Figure 1: The author, goofing off.
A popular apocalyptic song played in my head as I fiddled with my newest gadget toy, a high tech, micro-controller powered Geiger counter. It beats my old surplus/civil defense unit by a ton – pun intended. Seemingly, the old unit was sensitive enough to tell a user when the radiation was strong enough to make that person dead. I suppose it could be useful to provide enough time for prayer. To tell the truth, I’m not really sure the surplus unit ever was functional, because it never really convinced me it was indicating real levels of radioactivity. But – it could have just been insensitive instead of dead itself.