FINAGLES RULES FOR SUCCESSFUL EXPERIMENTS
1. If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.
2. Always keep a record of your data. It indicates that you have been working.
3. Always draw your curves first, then plot your data.
4. Experiments should be reproduceable - They should all fail in the same way.
5. In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.
6. Do not believe in miracles - Rely on them.
7. Teamwork is essential. It allows you to blame someone else.
8. No experiment is a complete failure. At least it can serve as a negative example
ANTHONY'S LAW OF FORCE
Don't' force it - get a larger hammer If it jams, force it. If it breaks - it needed replacing anyway
ALLAN'S LAW OF FORCE
If it doesn't fit, you're not hitting it hard enough.
LAW OF CONSTRUCTION
Cut it large and kick it into place.
You can lead a horse to water but, if you can get it to float on its back, then you've got something. The man who can smile when things go wrong has thought of someone he can blame it on.
Progress consists of replacing a theory that is wrong with one that is more subtlely wrong.
LAW OF LIFE'S HIGHWAY
If everything is coming your way then you are in the wrong lane. A crisis is when you can't say "Let's just forget the whole thing."
RAY'S LAW OF PRECISION
Measure with a micrometer.......mark with chalk....cut with an axe.