Back in June I wrote a post about my Test Engineer Bucket List. One of the items on that list was "Develop a test system that measures a fundamental aspect of the universe." I think I've found an indirect way to scratch that particular itch: citizen science.
In the August issue of Dr. Dobb's I read an article about a recent success of the Einstein@home project: a new pulsar. Very cool. Also, in the June issue of Wired there's an article listing six different astronomical projects - also very cool.
I doubt any of these projects would give me a rush like building a calorimeter that sat inside the beamline at Fermilab, but it could still be fun. Maybe I'll discover a black hole.