Deep Space Account Managers

Far be it from me to turn the MC website into a blog about space and sci-fi, but 2010 is the Year We Make Contact and Avatar just won the Silver Medal for biggest movie of all time in the world, ever (right behind Titanic, of course). According to The Economist, the hunt is on for planets in our universe that share the same basic characteristics as Earth. Sure, we’ve always been searching for other planets but now there’s this great newfangled probe called the Kepler that studies the amount of light coming from about 150,000 stars. From fluctuations in the light, Kepler can determine the orbital periods of Earth-like planets — and, if they’re at similar distance from their sun-like centers, the theory goes, they could sustain life. So many films and theories portray aliens as weirdos on singular missions. The truth, I’d wager a million alien credits, is that they’re full of worker bees (a la District 9) and middle managers, just like the rest of us.   We need a Big Hollywood Movie about the alien corporation coming to Earth to check us out, and how the big Earth corporation fights the big Alien corporation. We don’t assume that aliens out there have advertising or toothpaste or that they’re hoarders or that they might have fallen arches in their feet.  Only that they’re, well, aliens.  If we’re visited in the next 50 years, I’ll be at the landing site — not to say hello, but to see if those guys might need some creative marketing initiatives.  News told me that 2010 is gonna be big for new ideas and innovation, and I call dibs on the web contracts for our new friends from the planet Xorporft.

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