Amidst all the bitching-moaning-cynicism that goes on here at Opensewer, we are incredibly happy to link to the MacArthur Fellows Program, a $500,000-each no-strings-attached award given to 24 recipients. What is the impetus for this, you might ask? Well, in their words, "...the new class of MacArthur Fellows serves as a reminder of the importance of the creative individual in American society." Bravo. Read more about it here, with an overview of recipients here.