Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The incredible shrinking banana budget


OK, now I realize that in order to be an artist, one does not need to excel in math. However, I do not think it is a good idea to tell different media outlets different things.

Back on Monday he told the San Antonio Express that he 'has raised about a fifth of the estimated $1 million he needs for the project. It subsequently got picked up by the Associated Press, and got broadcast all over the great state of Texas (slow news day, I guess). Then, yesterday the Globe & Mail picked it up from AP, and the figure was revised downwards to 'roughly one-eighth of which has been raised so far.' It then went to Canadian Press, and today it became local.

And all that is mentioned is the $65,000 Mr. Saez has received from two levels of government. Nary a mention of any other cash raised.

Then while I am pointing out discrepancies in Mr. Saez's story. In order for a banana to be geostationary, it needs to be a) above the equator and b) achieve an altitude of about 36,000 km. If you hadn't noticed, Texas while being considerably further south than Canada, is nowhere near the equator. And in this article, Mr. Saez speaks of launching the banana 20 miles above the earth. In case you were wondering, 20 miles is equivalent to 32.18688 km. A small difference of about 35,968 km.

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