Friday, April 22, 2005

NASA: mark this

Following comes from an educational list.

Yummy: Experimental Sciences Inititative at Texas Tech University gets a $1,000,000 earmark. That is a nice round number.
120,000 square foot facility to promote interdisciplinary programs like agroterrorism (what! couldn't DHS absorb this earmark?); hoping to secure private funds to equip it... well, er, if you build it, they will come.
Should be a bit of that floating around with current oil prices.
I hope it produces some f'ing great science, because I know what that megabuck was taken from.
The science community will be eternally grateful.

Looking at that list, I could even approve as a good thing some of the project earmarked (eg Hilo center is doing good stuff), but there's a reason for the proposal process...

I'll be cherry picking more of these, and the sub-million dollar insidious earmarks that wreak havoc on budget lines.
Bleedin' congresscritters ought to learn some classical iterated game theory.


People should read Cordwainer Smith - specifically the short stories in "The Rediscovery of Man"; he was an extraordinary writer, exceptional ideas and good writing. Stories such as Ballad of Lost C'Mell and Game of Rat and Dragon still read as well as when they were written decades ago. His best(!) novel, Norstrilia, is also worth a read, but his strength is short stories.

Author was an interesting man too; see his daughter's website.
Scholar, diplomat, spy.
Something about being a spy that makes good science fiction writers. Better do Tiptree next.


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