The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable, have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen.

- Arthur C. Clarke (h/t Brin)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Swag

A minor but (perhaps sadly) amusing point regarding the Beeville hoax story.

Here are closeups of the stuff Julisa got along with the infamous letter, clipped from the photo taken by (and kindly provided to Irene by) Sarah Taylor of the Bee-Picayune.




This all explains the two logos on the letter. Apparently the perpetrator could not come up with a high resolution NSF logo for the trophies, and resorted to clip art that says "SCIENCE" on it. (The objects designated on the pedestal are obviously a telescope, a microscope, and, um, a corn dog.) So for consistency, the clip art logo appeared on the letterhead.




Update: It didn't take long for somebody to find the original. (h/t JM) Here's a similar item available in single quantity. Here's what appears to be the logo itself:




Update 6/19: Links to Beeville stories by myself and others here

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