Monday, November 23, 2009


Today's bitter laughter opportunity, courtesy of a New York Times blog, epitomizes the great American enthusiasm for bragging about things that aren't quite worth it.

President Obama: “We’re going to show young people how cool science can be.”

Pleasing empty talk, done many times by too many.

For the record, DD has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Lehigh University, formerly 'the Engineers', now the mucher duller Mountain Hawks. Who lost to Lafayette in the cross-region college football rivalry game on Saturday. Albright College, DD's other alma mater, on the other hand -- beat Alfred on Saturday, advancing one step in the NCAA DIV III play-off scheme. Go Lions!

"Mr. Obama presented the 'Educate to Innovate' campaign on Monday," reported the Times.

"Sally Ride, the first American woman in space [and the only post-Apollo astronaut whose anyone can remember other than Krista McAuliffe's], was on hand, along with students and dozens of scientists and other administration officials. After speaking for about 15 minutes, the president inspected the 'Cougar Cannon,' a device made by two students that is intended to scoop up and toss moon rocks."

Yeah, that's hella pretty and elegant science -- something for the tossing of 'moon rocks' made by upper middle class spoiled kids from Vienna, Virginia, whose parents presumably work for either an intelligence agency, NASA, a defense contractor, or the MITRE Corp.

Allegedly, A Push for Science & Technology -- hopefully not all destined for an intelligence agency, NASA, a defense contractor, or the MITRE Corp.

Hey, this is really some hot shit!

"Sony is expected to donate 1,000 PlayStation 3 game consoles and copies of the game LittleBigPlanet to libraries and community organizations in low-income areas," reported the Times here.

"Part of the competition will consist of children creating new levels in LittleBigPlanet that incorporate science and math. The other part will offer a total of $300,000 in prize money to game designers for science and math games that will be distributed free."

Game designers! That'll jump start science & technology, for sure. That compares favorably as hell to the $500,000 to $1,000,000 / soldier we're going to be paying out for the war in Afghanistan in the next year. The sheer generosity and broad scope of 'Educate to Innovate' is not only astonishing, but also breath-taking!

“We’re finding extraordinary engagement with games,” said Connie Yowell, director of education for MacArthur. If the engagement is combined with a science curriculum, she said, “then I think we have a very powerful approach.”

The US excels above all others in one thing! We always know were the priorities are.


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