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I definitely agree with your statement regarding the rights of same sex couples. Couldn't agree more really. Some people are way too sensitive about this and it gets into a bit of a "thou doth protest too much" situation. But you did get one thing wrong....Chick-Fil-A is definitely not shitty fast food. that stuff is delicious. Pressure-fried chicken? Yes please! Not going back until they stop donating money to hate groups, but damn I love that chicken.
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Yum. I'mma try that. My personal asparagus/string bean recipe is incredibly easy and always goes over extremely well. Get some asparagus, snap the ends off. Or use fresh string beans and cut the tips off (unless you like the tips, some people do). Rinse. Put the veggies in a glass dish that has a lid (I use a round casserole dish). Put a couple splashes of tap water in the bottom (2-3 tablespoons) Microwave (yes I said microwave) for 4 minutes on high with the cover on. This will steam them extremely well but leave them crispy. Drain the water out. Test firmness. If still a little hard, microwave again for 2-4 minutes until desired texture is achieved. Toss in a couple tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with seasalt and garlic powder. They turn out tremendous every single time, and you have an amazing side dish in less than 10 minutes.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2012 on Wil's Yummy Asparagus at WWdN: In Exile
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I really hope it's not a series I've already read. I'm guessing it won't be. The only 80s fantasy I've ever really read would be Roger Zelazny's Amber Chronicles, which is actually 10 books, but it would make sense to have a different narrator for the first 5 and second five because the POV character changes. Now I'm trying to decide if Wil would make a better Corwin or Merlin. Best not to get my hopes up, besides I just re-read those books like 4 months ago, probably don't need to buy the entire series on audiobook again.
Toggle Commented May 9, 2012 on "you are hearing me talk" at WWdN: In Exile
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Well done on that hug from Marina Sirtis. Teenage me is extremely jealous.
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I once learned a very important thing about writing on this very blog. When you have writer's block you have to give yourself permission to write something bad and go back to fix it later. It's made all the difference in my own writing. I can finish long pieces now without getting completely frustrated half way through because it's OK if I write little gems of awfulness. It actually keeps me entertained when i'm editing. I once had to write about 15 pages of complete drivel to get back to good stuff. I'm talking stuff like: "The man was hot. Temperature hot. The woman was hot too, but not the same kind of hot. She was hot hot". For pages. It was actually fun to write like that for a while. So go write something bad and give that writer's block hell!
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I think you should consider "Fawkes' Epicurean Ale" for a future brew at Wheaton's Pub. It has a nice ring to it. And if you're serving food I humbly suggest that "moonpies" be on the dessert menu.
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I don't know what you get paid for the guest/regular appearances on these shows, but it's not nearly enough. Eureka is the third show that I've become a regular viewer of because I checked out your guest appearances. I think the first was Leverage, then Big Bang Theory, and now Eureka. I've watched every episode of all of them I think, except maybe leverage because my DVR is recording too much stuff during that timeslot. I've been meaning to catch up on last season though.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2011 on Eureka: Up In The Air at WWdN: In Exile
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I started watching Leverage and BBT because you were on them. Now I'm a regular BBT watcher and an occasional Leverage watcher. I'd watch more leverage, but it's always in conflict with something else on my DVR, and Netflix took season 2 off streaming, sadly...probably because of a pending DVD release or something. Hopefully it comes back to netflix soon so I can catch up on the rest of Season 2 b efore Season 3 starts.
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I would have been overjoyed to have gone to a 5 hour wootstock, but I will gladly settle for a 3 hour wootstock if you make it to my town (Omaha, Nebraska). We've got a number of excellent venues for something like wootstock. The Music Hall has a nice intimate setting which seats about 2500. Lots of comedy acts go there. The Orpheum is a nice proscenium theater that seats around the same number, but is less intimate and has some bad seats up top...much nicer facility and stage though. I know you get a million requests to come to various cities, so add Omaha to this list! I know my city will turn out for your show.
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I have a convenient and excellent way to make sure that I am not exploited in any way by facebook: I don't share anything with them that I wouldn't share on a 100% public forum. I appreciate the fact that I can limit who sees stuff to people that I choose, but I am under no illusion that clever and/or devious people can't see it. So I choose to use it as a method for keeping in touch with people, but I don't put anything on there that I care can be taken and used, etc... Do I ultimately really care if an advertiser knows my opinions about Iron Man 2 that I just saw last weekend? No, not really. If anything that helps me out...if I said it sucked, maybe they won't make a third one. If I said it was awesome, maybe they WILL make a third one (protip: Go see Iron Man 2, it was awesome). Privacy is incredibly important. There needs to be a service out there that competes with facebook to really improve privacy. Maybe if such a thing does come about I will use it, but for now I am content to use facebook. As long as you know the score and are happy with the price you're paying, you shouldn't be afraid to use it either, but for some people that isn't good enough, and that's totally cool. Some people need a gaurantee of privacy that you'll just never get from Facebook. I hope that the diaspora project works out. It sounds really cool but I am skeptical that it will really be able to draw in the facebook crowd that has become addicted to farmville and mafia wars.
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Two questions: 1) Please please please will there be an official w00tstock DVD? 2) When does the next D&D podcast come out? I remember hearing about you guys recording one, and I think we're all dying to know what happens to Aeofel, or if you created a new character for us.
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Are you guys going to be producing an official Wootstock DVD at some point? I will probably not be able to make it to a show, and while there is lots of coverage on youtube, there's very few recordings that have: a) multiple angles b) decent video quality or c) good audio. C is particularly rare, since nobody has the benefit of being able to tie into your soundboard for audio capture. I know I for one would pay 15-20 bucks for a DVD, or even an iTunes video download.
Toggle Commented May 6, 2010 on w00tstock 2.x is this weekend at WWdN: In Exile
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Alfredo's Pizza, downtown near the Hyatt Regency is probably the best pizza I've ever eaten in my entire life. Not a terribly expensive joint. I'm not sure if they deliver, but they have "to-go" boxes that look like any other pizza delivery box on the planet, so they might. I used to go to Vancouver for a conference every year and we always made it a point to eat there.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2010 on Eureka: all the rage - day zero at WWdN: In Exile
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Personally my introduction to Anime was NeonGenesis Evangelion. AKIRA came afterwards so my mind had already been blown. I still haven't found an Anime that works for me on all the levels that Evangelion did. I remember thinking AKIRA was awesome, but I've completely forgotten it now...time to go watch it again.
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I'm sure you've heard this advice before...but just start writing! Allow yourself to write something bad. As you progress through your story it will start to get better and you'll find your footing eventually. Then you edit and fix all the parts that sucked.
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2009 on on the hunting down of ideas at WWdN: In Exile
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Wow, if I were you I don't think I ever could have convinced myself that it was somehow COOLER to make this an uncredited thing. I'd want my name all over those credits. Was JJ worried that Wesley haters out there would instantly recoil at the sight of your name attached to the new Star Trek? I can see how he maybe wouldn't want to have to deal with all the rampant fan speculation when it was announced that "Wil Wheaton will be performing voice-over work for the film".
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Almost all dialogue in movies ends up being re-recorded, is my understanding. It's easier than trying to hide microphones everywhere, especially on background characters where you'd literally have to clip a pack mic on them, or hide a mic in the set to pick them up well. Plus you needs voices in distinct and separate channels to do the surround-sound encoding correctly. Most voices are designed to come out of the center channel, but background/offscreen characters and such you might hear from over your shoulder or something.
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I see someone already commented on this, but I missed it. My bad. Still, I think it would make for an awesome excuse to retcon Aeofel back to life...not that I think you're the type who would want to do that. You've already grieved, so it's probably best to move on. Basically the DM could say he wasn't actually dead yet and right after the party left you rolled a twenty on your death save, crawled out of the pit will eventually meet up with them again. Actually now that I think about it this sounds like an awesome "evil aeofel" backstory for an NPC villain in the next podcast. Acquisitions Incorporated desperately needs a rogue, though, so consider that for next time. I mean seriously, the DM had to possess binwin with a ghost just to fill that void.
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Question regarding the D&D mechanics in this one...and I feel like such a tool for knowing this in such detail, but alas it's how my brain works: You got to -19 and you died because it was below your negative bloodied value, which you say in the podcast is 13. So I'm very confused...your level 5 character only had 26 hitpoints? In the last podcast didn't Aeofel have something like 42 hitpoints already at level 3? I specifically remember Scott Kurtz making a comment about how your character actually had MORE hitpoints than his. You should have had at least one more round for them to attempt to pull you out of there.
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Epic. Whose idea was the Fruit F'er t-shirt, yours or the producers/wardrobe people? It's a good thing the people at CBS Standards and Practices department probably have no idea what that thing means. I'm pretty sure the network would rather not be associated with fruit rape.
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I get your position Wil. And I'm sure most people who've expended a bunch of brain cells on the DRM debate do too. Not supporting DRM is not the same thing as supporting piracy. People who confuse the two are just mental. DRM is bad because it harms legitimate customers more than pirates. Piracy is bad because it's stealing. And in response to Kevin above me: VACCINES SAVE LIVES! VACCINES FOR (almost) EVERYBODY*! *unless you're allergic or not at risk or your doctor** tells you not to. **the real, medical kind, not some dude on the internet, not your shaman, not your chiropractor or any other quack who wants to sell you a "natural" or "homeopathic" remedy.
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Awesome episode. I just started watching Leverage on netflix instant watch when you said you were going to be appearing. Awesome show. I'm only like halfway through the first season, but I skipped ahead (something I don't normally do) to watch your episode. Fortunately Leverage is one of those shows where you don't really need to watch every episode to know what's going on, so it didn't even feel out of order to me. p.s. the showdown finger-twitch was hilarious, though I balked a bit at how they made you do the stereotypical "type real fast hacking". Apparently Hardison can hack with just a wireless keyboard, which is pretty impressive...Chaos had to use a wimpy netbook.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2009 on Leverage - The Two Live Crew Job at WWdN: In Exile
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You're not crazy or projecting, your dog can definitely tell when you're sad. Mine can as well. It's not like they're people and they're sympathizing with you or something, but they recognize your abnormal behavior and it triggers some level of response in them, like they're concerned about you. Dogs certainly have some level of emotional response, and I don't think it's crazy or psycho to believe they do. All animals experience fear, and anyone who owns a dog knows they experience joy and excitement as well. They may not be as deep or complex as human emotions, but they're definitely there, so I think your dog is bummed that you're bummed and wants you to feel better so that he/she can feel better too.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2009 on in which some comfort is found at WWdN: In Exile
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So sorry for your loss. I just got a second puppy myself a couple weeks ago, I can't imagine losing one of my boys so suddenly like that. Sometimes it seems like life is out to get a guy, throwing you a hit like this when you're poised to have such an awesome week with new projects finally seeing the light of day.
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Any news on the new D&D podcast? I saw word that a new one was recorded in my twitter feed, but nothing from you on the subject. Were you a participant this time? If so any idea when it will be released?
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2009 on ...and the livin' is easy. at WWdN: In Exile
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