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Sundae 08-21-2012 12:23 PM

First time I heard of her was in the Beastie Boys lyric, "I got more rhymes than Phyllis Diller"
I had to go to the reference library to look that up.

I really did.
I mean obviously it was pre-internet, but I mean I really did chase up stray references if my parents couldn't help me with them. Heterosexual for example (Mum confused it with homosexuality but it didn't fit in the context) and the Marquis de Sade who became a brief obsession of mine (although remained a lasting interest). Jonestown was another.

Kids this days have everything at their fingertips.
The bastards.

ZenGum 08-21-2012 10:09 PM


Heterosexual for example (Mum confused it with homosexuality but it didn't fit in the context)

That's a distinction you might want to keep straight. So to speak.

monster 08-22-2012 06:13 PM

Nina Bawden


She was in the "I assumed she died forever ago" category. I'm sad now I know she didn't. But now she did. Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig, and The Amazing Mr Blunden are the three books that stayed with me from my childhood (not all written by her)

sexobon 08-25-2012 03:07 PM

Neil Armstrong, 82

Griff 08-25-2012 03:11 PM

This makes me sad. All that work thrown away... A true hero.

Pico and ME 08-25-2012 03:40 PM

Thrown away?

Griff 08-25-2012 03:56 PM

No significant human presence in space 40 odd years later. We are not Vulcans, robot missions are neat but lack the romance of humanizing space.

Gravdigr 08-25-2012 05:00 PM

Small tangent:

When Kennedy said 'Let's go to the moon.', we went in nine years. Today, they say it'll take fifteen years to get to the moon.

Hell, if'n we use 1960s technology we could do it this weekend.


ZenGum 08-25-2012 08:27 PM

Well, after seeing his job outsourced to machines, and seeing his namesake disgraced, it has been a shitty month for him.

Seriously, I am saddened by this. He was the symbol of the greatest - or at least most symbolic and dramatic - human achievement to date. Now he has died of old age. It drives home how long it has been since we did this.

glatt 08-27-2012 07:56 AM

Mentioned to my kids that Neal Armstrong had died and asked if they knew who he was, and they thought he was the Tour de France cheater. So I straightened them out, and they were all "oh, yeah, we knew that."

And then I saw on Facebook, a friend of mine who works at a university reported that many of his students were confusing Neal Armstrong, Lance Armstrong, and Neil Patrick Harris.

Neil Patrick Harris? WTF! Doogie Howser? :facepalm:

footfootfoot 08-27-2012 08:37 AM

It's in the first 20 seconds

infinite monkey 08-27-2012 08:51 AM

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The Neil Armstrong Space Museum is an icon to those of us who've travelled up and down I-75 near Wapakoneta. I went there as a kid, but now I'm thinking a second look would be nice.

By all reports, Mr Armstrong was an unassuming man. An engineer they wanted to make a star: a transition he shied away from.

R.I.P. Rocket Man. :(

footfootfoot 08-27-2012 09:12 AM

Have you ever toured the soundstage where they filmed the landing? It's actually pretty small and unimpressive. The snack bar is cool though, they have these retro chairs and Tang and Space Food Sticks.

glatt 08-27-2012 09:13 AM

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