Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Say Yes to Thursday

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* More Americans who identify themselves as struggling economically are worried about the affordability of higher education than about any other financial stress, according to a report, “Struggling in America,” released Thursday by Public Agenda.

300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds.

* Michael Hardt in the Guardian.

* Neal Stephenson: What the strange persistence of rockets can teach us about innovation.

Biz Dev Guy: We could make a preposterous amount of money from communications satellites.
Engineer: It will be expensive to build those, but even so, nothing compared to the cost of building the machines needed to launch them into orbit.
Biz Dev Guy: Funny you should mention that. It so happens that our government has already put $4 trillion into building the rockets and supporting technology we need. There’s only one catch.
Engineer: OK, I’ll bite. What is the catch?
Biz Dev Guy: Your communications satellite has to be the size, shape, and weight of a hydrogen bomb. 

* Why Your Grandparents Don’t Find The Office Funny.

* Why Nielsen Ratings Are Inaccurate, and Why They’ll Stay That Way. I actually missed becoming a Nielsen family by just a few months; my old apartment recently received an invitation. Alas, alas…

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