Thursday, February 08, 2007

Finally an arts reporter who thinks!


Yesterday Roger Collier of the Ottawa Citizen did some standard issue investigative reporting which, if I can say so, I thought was a mighty fine thing to do. The topic of his investigation was Cesar Saez's fruit shaped balloon that Mr. Saez insists on calling a Geostationary Banana.

Article number one, where Mr. Saez now tells everyone that he has $500,000 of the $1 million he needs. Last month he only had $125,000 or $200,000 depending on which newspaper you chose to read.

Article number two, where Mr. Collier verifies with people more learned than me, that in fact the fruit balloon won't be geostationary.

And finally, in one of his throw away lines from the first article, Mr. Saez is quoted as saying 'It's the first time anyone's done visual artwork in space.' While I do not have the means right now to verify the veracity of that line (I've emailed NASA and they say to wait 15 days for a response), as NASA has had an art program since 1962, and also has a pretty gosh darn impressive art collection, I have a suspicion that Mr. Saez might be wrong on that count as well.

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