I didn't know there was a national Inventor's Day. It turns out it was a couple days ago, February 11. I found out about this because I just watched a two-and-a-half minute ad before a video on YouTube. The reason I watched it was because I was incredibly surprised to hear Ze Frank's voice on the ad, and I figured whatever Ze Frank is going to advertise for has to be at least worth listening through.
The ad was about inventors. It's called Why Inventors Are Awesome. It was for national Inventor's Day. It was sponsored by GE. I'm not sure it's changed my opinion about GE (they make a lot of stuff that I really like existing, but they're a very big company and that gives me an uncomfortable sense of 'what am I not hearing'...)
I just wanted to take this moment to talk about the fact that there are, it seems rarely but actually pretty often, occasions when ads benefit everyone involved. This video, Life by the Numbers, and YouTube, both got money for serving that ad to me. GE got my eyeballs for a little bit, and made me think about looking into them with a charitable attitude. And I got a two and a half minute video that made me feel good about the world, about humans, and about the past and the future.