the dance must go on
It seems that contrary to earlier reports, onset of the war with Iraq will not affect the NCAA tournament schedule.
Which isn't universally good news, it seems, according to this AP report indicating that filling out brackets and discussing the tournament causes US$1.4 billion in lost productivity. The article also informs me that I have an "ilk" (I've always wanted an ilk...):
You and your ilk may be contributing to $1.4 billion in lost worker productivity, according to a good-humored research exercise by Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.
The company estimated that if each of the 36.6 million American workers with a college degree spent 10 minutes talking about the teams daily — the tournament lasts 15 days — that would amount to $9.3 million per minute, based on an average national wage of $15.38.
None of which is scientific or particularly useful to anyone, save for a chuckle.
I don't want to think about how blogging fares under those calculations...