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Tuesday, September 28, 2004 
It doesn't take a genius to...oh, wait, it does 
In case you're wondering who you're not smarter than, the MacArthur genius award recipients were announced today. (The MacArthur Foundation itself uses the term "MacArthur Fellows Program," which is a little less catchy, but no one's going to quibble about nomenclature when they get an out-of-the-blue, no-strings-attached $500,000 grant for doing something they probably never expected to get paid for [or at least get paid well for].) Actually, to heck with the grant, I'd just like to be able to have their occupation descriptions: "glass technologist" (James Carpenter), "marine roboticist" (Naomi Ehrich Leonard), "technology transfer innovator" (David Green). And yes, I know that to be able to have their job descriptions I'd have to acquire the appropriate education and experience and have the requisite energy and persistence, and none of those things is going to happen; but since I don't think Crappy Book Less-Crappy-Maker or Stupid TV Show Couch-Heckler or Spiny Mouse Population-Boom Enabler is going to be on the list anytime soon, I may as well envision myself doing something useful.

[ at 1:17 PM • by Abby • permalink  ]

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