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Brian
Albuquerque, NM
JavaScript developer for SitePen, Inc. out of the southwestern US
Interests: javascript, html5, awesome things
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Looking forward to the API! Here's hoping there's a JSON-P interface for JS use. :)
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2011 on State of the Shake at mlkshk
I've been saving up this year-in-review until I had time to properly read it over. I have to say, of all the amazing stuff that you did in 2009, I find myself jealous of the experience you had with DMing for your son and his friends. I didn't get to play any D&D as a kid. I wasn't introduced to it, well... ever at all until I was in college, and really that was more just me finding out that there was something that these MUDs were kind of modeled after. I didn't have friends who were interested. I'm turning 31 in less than a month, and I still don't have but one friend who plays any sort of RPG, and their group is too tight for me to integrate into. Until I listened to the D&D podcasts with you and the PA/PvP guys (which I didn't do until a couple of weeks ago), I didn't feel too bad about this. Now I feel like I've been missing out on something amazing and engaging for decades. I've picked up the PHB and PHB2. Even though I've not played yet, I'm probably going to read the DMG just because I'm kind of a crazy rulemaster during boardgame play and the idea of DMing appeals to me. I've found a local branch of the RPGA and in a little over a week's time, I'm going to attend my first game. It'll be a low-level delve and not the start of some campaign or anything, but that's okay. I've even talked my wife into trying it out (she's not a gamer except that a couple of years ago, she and I spent a lot of quality time in WoW and she really did enjoy that). I have two nephews ages 3 and 6 currently. Thanks to you (well, and at least somewhat Mike/Jerry/Scott), I'm going to do my best to ensure that when they're old enough to play and really get into it, that they don't miss out like I did. I hope that I can do the same for my children someday. Thank you Wil. You're an awesome human.
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I have to say, posts like this make me jealous of you, Wil. Not because you've got celebrity from childhood works. Not because you've got celebrity from modern works. Not because of anything like that all, though those are all pretty awesome things. I'm jealous because I don't have memories like that. I wasn't raised in a home that really supported any sorts of activities like this, and while I found my way to RPGs of a sort on my own later (as I spent a lot of the 90s on MUDs), I've never actually been a part of any sort of D&D-type campaign in person. I've had to imagine things based on textual descriptions, but for as much as I loved the MUDs, it never had a truly personal touch. Your posts inspire me to try and foster these sorts of memories in the children I hope to have someday. You're a pretty awesome geek and father, and I hope I can be half that when starting my next generation.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2009 on senses working overtime at WWdN: In Exile
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By saying "I also don't know that I'll ever be able to profess my love for my second stepdad", what I meant to say was "I also don't know that I'll ever be able to honestly say that I love my second stepdad".
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By saying "I also don't know that I'll ever be able to profess my love for my second stepdad", what I meant to say was "I also don't know that I'll ever be able to honestly say that I love my second stepdad".
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That bit about stepkids: That made me tear up something fierce for a few minutes. I literally stopped reading and my heart wrenched out of my chest and cried. I don't think I ever told my first stepdad how much I loved him, until he was on his deathbed, and I think he was too far gone by that point to really know. If there is an afterlife (and I like to think there is), I hope he knows how much I love him. He came into my life once I was already a legal adult (I was 19), and we connected quickly. He was a computer geek, had been gaming on PCs since there were games to play on PCs. I like to think he'd play a human pally in WoW these days if he were still with us. He was only in my life for five years, but he left more of a mark than I'd have ever imagined, and was more like a real father than my biological dad. I also don't know that I'll ever be able to profess my love for my second stepdad, which makes me immensely sad. He came into the picture faster than I was ready for (although I'm not one to deny my mom happiness, by any means) and I really can't connect with the guy. Even though it basically put my day on halt for a few minutes, thank you Wil. Damnit, I'm crying again. I'm stopping now.
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That bit about stepkids: That made me tear up something fierce for a few minutes. I literally stopped reading and my heart wrenched out of my chest and cried. I don't think I ever told my first stepdad how much I loved him, until he was on his deathbed, and I think he was too far gone by that point to really know. If there is an afterlife (and I like to think there is), I hope he knows how much I love him. He came into my life once I was already a legal adult (I was 19), and we connected quickly. He was a computer geek, had been gaming on PCs since there were games to play on PCs. I like to think he'd play a human pally in WoW these days if he were still with us. He was only in my life for five years, but he left more of a mark than I'd have ever imagined, and was more like a real father than my biological dad. I also don't know that I'll ever be able to profess my love for my second stepdad, which makes me immensely sad. He came into the picture faster than I was ready for (although I'm not one to deny my mom happiness, by any means) and I really can't connect with the guy. Even though it basically put my day on halt for a few minutes, thank you Wil. Damnit, I'm crying again. I'm stopping now.
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I don't know about you, but I know that playing Rock Band helped me gain yet more respect for good percussion. For reference, I did music in school from 5th-12th grades on a variety of brass pieces, as well as two years of marching band in college, so I already had a lot of respect for good musicians (something I hope I was, at least somewhat), but due to the nature of my experience, I didn't really see or deal with a lot of trap set play. So amazing. Such a great video. Thanks Wil.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2008 on joe morello is a god at WWdN: In Exile
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I don't know about you, but I know that playing Rock Band helped me gain yet more respect for good percussion. For reference, I did music in school from 5th-12th grades on a variety of brass pieces, as well as two years of marching band in college, so I already had a lot of respect for good musicians (something I hope I was, at least somewhat), but due to the nature of my experience, I didn't really see or deal with a lot of trap set play. So amazing. Such a great video. Thanks Wil.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2008 on joe morello is a god at WWdN: In Exile
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Rock Band has totally given my brain a ton of ammo to sing at stupid times like this. I've caught myself humming Dead or Alive at random points in the day and it's just very weird. :D
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Rock Band has totally given my brain a ton of ammo to sing at stupid times like this. I've caught myself humming Dead or Alive at random points in the day and it's just very weird. :D
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Wouldn't the xkcd comic serve as a corollary to the PA comic, which is a theory over the greater Internet, as opposed to xkcd's theory in a concentration at YouTube? :D
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Wouldn't the xkcd comic serve as a corollary to the PA comic, which is a theory over the greater Internet, as opposed to xkcd's theory in a concentration at YouTube? :D
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