What a joke (repost)

I wrote the following post for the now-defunct americanscienceblog.com in September 2014. But I enjoyed writing and rereading it so much that I wanted to preserve it here.

One frigid February evening, I arrived home from a long day of dissertation-writing and fellowship-applying at my MIT office, and settled down with some kind of takeout to watch the latest episode of FX’s “Archer.” I thought I was done with the history of metrology for the day. I was so wrong.

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