Some embarrassments on the interweb are not worthy of notice, but some must be stopped before they can spread their poison to the innocents. It saddens me that I must be the one to debunk this tomfoolery, but someone must rise to defeat evil, or we're all doomed.
Firstly, I must concede that he is technically correct about data being data. But he is soooo wrong about me having "data envy." I mean, sometimes I literally get THOUSANDS of photons. Know what I can do with them? Lots. And you know what's really cool? They come (usually) from things millions of light-years away, not invented in some lame, Earth-bound adding machine.
However, these things I study do tend to always be "background dominated." Hence the name of the blog. Background is like static, or noise, in a detector. Since we only get new telescopes, like NuSTAR, once in a blue moon, we work hard to detect the faintest things we can, which means searching for signals in the static. That's what you see in the background of this blog — the noisy "background" from one of the detectors on the NuSTAR hard X-ray observatory.
The Turbulent Scientist's data are like imaginary friends. Sure, you can invent tons of these "friends," but at the end of the day, they don't really exist. I may not have as many friends, but at least they exist. BOOM!