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Across the Universe: By Paper, to the Stars — 2 Comments

  1. As a former government bureaucrat myself, I became very familiar with the “all you guys do is create metric tonnes of circular paperwork, that only serves to justify itself” litanies – and yet sometimes that non-glamorous memo shuffling works miracles: building schools and hospitals, saving swathes of pristine wilderness, opening up new fields of science, and even sending robotic probes to worlds beyond our own!

  2. I wrote this before I became an observatory director. If people think paperwork is burdensome, they should try dealing with it in a different language than their native tongue! And yet, it makes things happen. And it sticks around to remind each of us what it was we agreed to do. I always insist on emails at least; phone conversations are mere wind…

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