The figure that saved my sanity:
This marks the end of a six-month-long spat I've been having with my committee. "Phase has a normal distribution!" I argued, even though my only reasoning was that I had done my entire dissertation under that assumption and didn't want to redo everything. "Uniform distribution!!" sneered my committee. "But it DOESN'T WORK when I do that!" I whined to Dr. Advisor.
And then! I realized that I could just take a sample of "real" data and compare the phase with my "fake" data and LO! NORMAL FREAKING DISTRIBUTION! I drafted a cool, professional email to Dr. Advisor, belying the happy dance I was doing at my desk, attached the figure, and sent it off to Old Town.
His response? An equally cool, professional "I agree." Which is the academic equivalent of a kiss on the mouth.
Don't ask me why I didn't come up with this plan earlier.