Markos Zúniga reports on a George Mason PhD candidate whose dissertation project is apparently interesting to everyone but his chairman:

Sean Gorman’s professor called his dissertation “tedious and unimportant.” Gorman didn’t talk about it when he went on dates because “it was so boring they’d start staring up at the ceiling.” But since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Gorman’s work has become so compelling that companies want to seize it, government officials want to suppress it, and al Qaeda operatives — if they could get their hands on it — would find a terrorist treasure map.

And I thought I had trouble with my committee.

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  1. I bet he’s going to bring a copy of today’s Post with him to his next meeting.

    I loved the quote:

    “He should turn it in to his professor, get his grade — and then they both should burn it,” said Richard Clarke, who until recently was the White House cyberterrorism chief.

  2. John Lemon says:

    BFD. Seth Green already did this in “The Italian Job.”