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Comment Re:The Curve on Academic Courses (Score 2) 425

As someone who was briefly an art major, drawing is largely a matter of practice and having the proper foundation (which is gained by practice). Classes increase the rate that practice helps. If you practice, art education teachers have already figured out how to help you improve. What you see in high school art classes is the division between people who care and people who don't. People who don't care don't practice and consequently don't have the foundation to practice further. Because there's no future in art, in college the only people who take art classes are the ones who care and who have the proper foundation, so (allowing for the typical small class size) there is a much more normal distribution in skill.

Comment Re:Since when is THAT a crime? (Score 2, Funny) 138

I'm sorry, but you lost me at, "If Hollywood has taught me anything about the Judiciary system," Because if Hollywood has taught me anything about the judicial system, it's that attorneys in criminal courts are people who are better looking than people you meet in real life, crime scene videos are infinitely zoomable so you can see the killer's microscopic tattoos, that judges like you to give a mini-criminal procedure lecture every time you make an objection, and that juries are actually impressed by grandstanding.

Comment Re:Congratulations (Score 2, Interesting) 219

IANAL, but I work for a defense lawyer who handles expungements.

The whole point about expungement is that the court thinks you were guilty but is letting you off anyway because you've filled certain statutory criteria.

The most usual criterion (other than turning 18) is the passage of time.

This isn't justice delayed. The delay is the whole point. The court still thinks he's guilty but is letting him off anyway.

This means he can stop fighting REGARDLESS on whether or not the justice system thinks he was guilty.

Submission + - Whatever happened to Aerogel?

BK117 writes: "When I first saw the news releases for this amazing material (in the early 1990's) they said it would revolutionize refrigerators, hot water heaters and many other devices needing lightweight insulation. Well, I have yet to see any consumer-level appliances using aerogels. Why not?"

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long