xeni — 2013-08-06T15:07:40-04:00 — #1
milliefink — 2013-08-06T15:15:24-04:00 — #2
FTR, I care a lot more about your birthday than his.
baudzilla — 2013-08-06T15:42:45-04:00 — #3
Hey VC guy.
Here is a tip on being awesome.
If you are going to NEIL FUCKING ARMSTRONG'S birthday party,
maybe consider wearing a coat and tie...
robotmonkeys — 2013-08-06T17:48:39-04:00 — #5
He's been dead for almost a year. What's the point?
darrontoddmoore — 2013-08-06T18:19:50-04:00 — #6
The point is that he was the first of our species to step off this planet and onto another world. That's the point.
randywalters — 2013-08-06T18:26:45-04:00 — #7
Another August 5 baby here... I've always been proud to share the day with Neil.
What's the point? Hmm... kids these days...
andrew_ce_reid — 2013-08-06T23:34:27-04:00 — #8
Just in case any of the geeks here don't know, there are annotated transcripts of the radio communications from the Apollo missions at the NASA lunar surface journal -- Apollo 11 starts here. This is hugely humanizing, the annotations include comments from the astronauts, who self-assess pretty candidly, it seems. Neil Armstrong, in particular, felt he was a bit "spasmodic" in handling the Apollo 11 touchdown.
Also, Neil Armstrong's claim to "greatest pilot ever" includes not only Apollo 11, but also Gemini 8, where he saved a crippled spacecraft, and likely the whole space program, from a stuck thruster, which is about as bad as it sounds.
robotmonkeys — 2013-08-07T03:02:24-04:00 — #9
This isn't about his accomplishments. This is about the absurdity of wishing a a dead man a "happy birthday." Birthday wishes are for the living. We might as well be asking him, how he plans on celebrating his birthday. According to Miss Cleo, he says "Well, I was going to go on Twitter and thank all my friends for their good wishes, but then I realized that I was a pile of ash sealed in a small box at the bottom of the ocean, so I won't be doing much of that. Damn. I really could go for a nice brain sandwich right about now."
medievalist — 2013-08-07T11:20:29-04:00 — #10
Happy belated birthday, Xeni!
xeni — 2013-08-11T15:07:44-04:00 — #11
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