How cool is this? California high school physics teacher, Amir Abo-Shaeer, has been named a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. Oh sure, David Simon (creator/writer for Homicide: Life on the Street and The Wire) was named. As was the designer of Verdana and Galliard fonts. Other geniuses were honored as well.
But Abo-Shaeer is the rockstar of the day, as far as I'm concerned. He teaches at Dos Pueblos High School in Santa Barbara. And he has been setting the river on fire.
MacArther Fellows receive $500,000, no strings attached.
Full Abo-Shaeer here.