So, my experiment has gotten to a place where, while not ideal, is manageable and I can get some data from it so I’m moving forward. I should be ecstatic about it, but instead, I feel as if I failed somehow. I cannot get the thing working at its former glory and I’m not sure I’d ever be able to no matter how long I worked at it. So, there really isn’t any option except to move forward with what I have.
I guess, I feel like I’m putting something out there that is subpar. Logically, I know that’s not the case. The data is good and the conclusions are sound. But, the pictures are not pretty because the staining is not pretty. I may never publish another paper again, depending on my ultimate career path, and I want it to be the best that it can be. I don’t want to show crappy pictures, I want to show beautiful ones. But, crappy pictures is all I’ve got and all I’m ever going to get and frankly if I can’t make this experiment look more beautiful then nobody can.
But I just can’t be happy about it.