Former TV Scientist Proves He is No one Trick Pony
Shows His Mastery of New Media With Scholarly Work on the Website of the Storied Metro.co.uk
Writer and Former TV Scientist turned nightmare angel of the expressways Rob Waugh has done it. Many called him a has been who could never hack in the modern new media landscape. Others said he was a washed up old school nobody and that the days of the superstar TV scientist were over. The odds of a successful transition from television science to the wild west like world of internet science are long indeed. The statistics say that of the roughly 10 television scientists who attempt to make the jump each month at best only one or two find any level of professional success online. The remainder see their publication records in the top technical journals in television science plummet and their reputations tarnished immeasurably. Grant money dries up and some have even been forced to take low levels positions as radio scientists or in the most desperate cases have returned to the practice of actual science. The thought of such a miserable fate has scared away many active and well known television scientists from even attempting a move to the web.
Rob Waugh however appears to have beaten the odds. His latest blockbuster published recently at the famed Metro.co.uk website in the Metro section titled Nasa Fast Tracks Mission to Asteroid Worth 8000 Quadrillion Which Would Crash the World Economy, has taken the entire world of internet science by storm and caused television scientists the world over to sit up and take notice. It is a pulse pounding, factoid filled thrill ride that makes you feel as if you are right there in the middle of action as NASA files the paperwork and completes the budgetary allocations necessary to begin planning for a possible trip, at some unknown point in the future, to an asteroid composed of a lot of boring metals like nickel and cadmium.
What really sets apart the work of Mr. Waugh however is his ability to relate even the most technically demanding of scientific issues to the common man through the use of often colorful and amusing illustrative metaphors. In this case by calculating the amount of money said asteroid would be worth if all of its metals could be mined and sold on earth at current market rates. As with most of Mr. Waugh’s posts the realities of economics and the law of supply and demand are completely ignored as even the most cursory understanding of said law would suggest prices for all of those commodities would plummet wiping out any theoretical gains. As the nightmare angel of the expressways like to say, “fuck it I’m going with it.”
Writer and Former TV Scientist turned nightmare angel of the expressways Rob Waugh has done it again.