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Comment It captured the public's imagination (Score 1) 139

It doesn't matter if he's dead, or if the case isn't relevant anymore. Who cares about its legal status. The heist captured the public imagination. The audacity of it, the lingering mystery. People will still be talking about it in 100 years, just like people still talk about wild west stage coach robberies.

Comment Re:Careful with distinctions here... (Score 1) 786

Hypothetical situation: Let's say you travel to another country where you don't speak the language.

"I don't speak the language" isn't a Get Out Of Jail Free card. People may make exceptions for you, but those exceptions will only get you so far. You have to make an extraordinary effort to learn the language, or accept that you're going to have to be isolated with others who speak yours.

Social interaction is a lot like that. Some people may make exceptions for you based on your disability, but acting out and then falling back on your disability as an excuse is just going to rub most people the wrong way. I struggle too. I've got ADHD and social anxiety, which makes me seem aloof and distant.

Oh, and that woman who called you "sexist" for opening the door for her? She's got a problem too. I've run into people like that, and they're impenetrable walls.

Comment Cultural Interest (Score 1) 387

Interest in space wore off when the glamorous visions of the Space Age wore off, and as a culture we became aware of the banal realities of it.

But kids have started to get interested in space again, thanks to Chris Hadfield's charisma and social media savvy.

We need to *keep* them interested, though.

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