Thursday, November 29, 2012

Call For Papers - Yeah, Right...

In the academic world, we often come across something known as a Call for Papers. It's an academic thing - an invitation to submit research papers to a conference. It's a fairly routine event that brings together people interested in a certain topic, and provides them the opportunity to discuss new developments in that particular field. What makes the one below a little different is that it's sponsored by a new consortium attempting to make a name for itself.
Call for Papers
2013 Mustang International Academic Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Conference will provide ... academicians an opportunity to share their research and works in progress with members inside and outside their disciplines.
Most conferences have a highfaluting name (e.g., the International Conference on Computer Systems and Industrial Informatics). Unfortunately, the name this group chose for themselves has other connotations - especially given the conference's Nevada location. I'd have a hard time (*hah*) sneaking that through on my expense report.

And speaking of the Mustang Ranch
The owner of the infamous Mustang Ranch brothel recently became the first of his kind to win election to public office in Nevada since prostitution was legalized here in 1971. He won a seat as a Storey County commissioner by a wide margin.
They say politics make strange bedfellows. At least in this case when his constituents get screwed it's literal, not figurative.

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