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Michael (The Fish) LaMere
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Interests: Writing, Comic Books, Guitar/Playing Music, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Music, Film Making, Role-playing, The Internet, Computers, Cars, Movies and anything Creative I can think of.
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Congratulations on your team finally winning the Cup. My team was the North Stars and when they went to Dallas I kind of lost my passion in hockey. I still watch The Wild, but it's not the same to me anymore. Anyways speaking of the Dodgers, my father and I were HUGE Dodgers fans. I mean nearly religious fans, and living in Minnesota that was close to being a pinko communist. Anyways in 1988 we watched the Dodgers in the World Series and my favorite baseball player of all time, Kirk Gibson (truly an old school tough ass player) hit the greatest home run I have ever seen. I still get moist in the eye sockets thinking about watching that game live and screaming until my throat hurt. I was 15 in 1988 and since then my father has passed away, but I still get chills whenever anyone mentions being a big Dodgers fan. I catch as many games as I can up here in the "Great White North" but without my father watching the games with me it's hard to re-coop the passion. My son, who is 9 is beginning to show interest in my passion for the Chicago Bears, so perhaps another round of nostalgia is on deck. Thanks for the memories.
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My friends and I, about nice of us in all, play this game just about everytime we have a game night; which is about twice a month. Quarriors is also another one of our favorites and might work for your show. Zombie Dice rocks! I love your show by the way and a few years ago we tried to do a show similar, without the celebrities, just my friends, through our Local Cable Access station only with Magic The Gathering. It was fun, but only lasted two shows and died because it took me like twelve hours of editing to get the show down to any reasonable length. I WAS the production crew. But it was fun and we might do it again someday. Enjoy the show immensely and look forward to it. Michael
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Wil, as far as simple fairly quick (30 minutes or so) games, you should try "The Resistance". This would be a great game for the show. It's all about table talking and simple strategy that would translate perfectly in a show like this. http://www.amazon.com/Lone-Oak-IBCRES1-The-Resistance/dp/B0043T4C6C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337301427&sr=8-1 This game is super fun and very easy to understand for just about anyone. I would love to see this game on your show and I know it would work perfectly. And it takes about 30 minutes. Thanks for the great show. I love it each week. Michael
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I love the moment you realize exactly what the gift is. That is priceless and I can tell you were totally surprised. Not even you are that good of an actor. I would have to agree with a previous commenter in saying, "Your joy is infectious". That kind of gift is what the holidays are all about. Spending time with friends and family and really appreciating them. Thanks for sharing this and I will be watching Mr. Hardwick on December 24th on BBC America. I used to help him edit his website way back when it was an mere infant. I just love how things have taken off for him. Anyways, I can't wait to see that whole program. Happy Holidays Wil
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2011 on it's a festivus miracle at WWdN: In Exile
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Thrift Stores are perfect places to get OLD TV's that only work for those ancient gaming systems. I bought a really early 80s TV from a Thrift store to hook my Intellivision to and it worked great. The colors were a little off and it smelled of elder berries but it worked. I just wore some rubber gloves while carrying it out to the car and I tried to ignore the nicotine stains all over it, but for a while it was heaven in my garage. My wife would NOT let it into the house. But it was fun while it lasted, which was about five weeks.
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Awesome! I have been playing games every week for the past twenty years with the same group of friends. We play every Sunday night until it's so late we all regret how tired we are going to be in the morning but we still push it another half and hour. We play AD&D, Marvel, Star Wars and or any other RPG that we feel is worthy of our attention that month. Campaigns and one-shot deals, it's all fun for us. I am nearly the same age as you and I know what it's like to grow up as games have evolved. I sit down with my PS3 or XBOX and marvel at the graphics and gameplay and remember blowing into my Atari 2600 Astroids cartridge just to make it work. Those were the days. Thanks for bringing back all those memories and I will continue to make new ones each and every week in Minnesota. There's always a chair open for you if you find yourself in Minneapolis anytime soon. P.S. I have the same problem with collecting dice. I just can't stop myself. When our DM asks me to roll a d20 I literally have 100 of them to pick from. It's a problem I should probably take some pills for or something. Michael
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March 11th, 1972 for me. I think about two years ago I did the same thing. I am an English major so my math skills are subject on all counts, but you would think I could add up to 36, but not really. So happy birthday and lets hope you forget how to add on your next birthday, because honestly who really wants to say they're 40 years old? I hope you had a great day and I still love that sweater. Michael
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I really like the idea of board games on the iPad also, but the big thing for me is going to be comic books. What could be better than reading my weekly comic books on the iPad. Once that kind of application is in place and I can avoid going out and spending $4 on a monthly comic book, and I can get it through a store like iTunes, I will be running out to get an iPad. Being able to carry ALL of my comic books, magazines, novels and wil wheaton books on a device that is portable like this, will make the iPad a necessity. It's got REAL potential, but for now, without Flash support especially, it's just a cool device which I won't be spending my hard earned cash on. It truly is just a iPod Touch on steroids. Not thanks Mr. Jobs. Michael
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237.9 days to be exact. That's seems like a long time to me. That could have been running since the time you bought the iPad Mini. Thanks for that smile. The funny thing is I never thought to check my iPhone when I read your post, but just today I was sitting down to take a power nap (I set the Timer thingy for like 20 minutes and power nap) and I looked at the stopwatch and mine said 3120 hours. I laughed so much I couldn't sleep and I just got back to work. Thanks for the post even though it took me nearly a week to comment on it, I just didn't see the connection until today. Michael
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2010 on time keeps on slippin'... at WWdN: In Exile
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That is a total trip and something I watched straight through without a thought. I love old Pink Floyd stuff. The rest of "Meddle" is not that great to me, but "Echoes" makes up for the rest of the album. I wish they would release "Wish You Were Here" as a SACD version, like they did DSOTM, which completely blew my mind when I heard it on my high end stereo system. I will never hear that album the same again. It was so much more open and dynamic, I nearly started to cry in knowing I could listen to it with all it's glory from now on, instead of listening to my old Harvest Album to get a decent translation of one of the greatest albums ever made. Don't get my wrong the Harvest Album of DSOTM is really good, but this new SACD version is mind-blowing. I write like a sixth grader because my mind has been blown out by Pink Floyd.
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2010 on echoes beyond the infinite at WWdN: In Exile
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Our family has always been this way. We have never really had that much money either and haven't had the opportunity to get into the commercialism of the holidays, so I understand exactly where you are coming from. We look at the holidays as that special time to see our family and do things with our children instead of just spending money on presents that sit under the tree, cold and often times impersonal. In the past few years we have put a limit on our spending, not due to financial reasons, but in order for us to have to put more thought into our gifts. Grown ups get a $25 limit and children get a $50 limit. If you want to get someone a present, then you can't spend more than that. It really makes for an interesting and often thoughtful Christmas season. Like you, we aren't really religious either and I am not the biggest fan of shopping, so this really helped us get closer as a family in the past decade or so. Another way we spend our time for the holiday season, is throwing a huge family party and inviting our entire family and most of our friends to come and join us in playing some serious Rockband...lol. Nothing says the Holiday Season more than listening to your sister destroy the soulful harmonies of Paul and John in Beatles Rockband. Happy Holidays! Have a great holiday season and keep safe. Michael
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A few of my friends work at Fantasy Flight games here in Roseville Minnesota. Those guys are some really cool people. VERY geeky like the rest of us. Back in the day, when Fantasy Flight was a newborn, I applied for that place and would have been hired as a Graphic Designer, but marriage and kids came along and took hold of those testes and squashed them. Anyways those card games they make are pretty excellent. It's nice to see you pimping my friends workplace on your website, thank you very much, even though it surely wasn't intended to help me out. I appreciate it none the less. Great work on the site by the way. I love coming here and reading a post or two every few days, it's nice to see someone almost exactly my age making a living at being Geek. I don't get paid to be a Geek, so I'm a little jealous. Good on ya mate. Michael
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It's so funny, each time read something you write on here, I am brought back in time with you. I was in that same game shop in 1993 and I was sucked into the void of Magic The Gathering at about the same time. I was also offered the 300 card set at the time, the difference is, I bought one of those huge sets and did HAVE a Black Lotus in it. My Black Lotus is lost in time someplace, but I do have some of those Mox Stones that are pretty valuable. I also had some disposable money back in the day and like you, don't anymore. I however have kept all my cards in cases since then. I have probably around 1000 cards total. I had to laugh my ass off when you talked about newer players who had to cover their cards with sleeves. That's pretty damn funny. Since back in the day, when I had my cards just starting out, we played with them like they were playing cards and not collectors items. It's a shame really. I admit most of my cards are in very good shape, but my friends really hashed on theirs. I have also recently taken some of my cards to some tournaments at my LCS. I got plenty of wide eyes and people complaining to me my cards should be in cases, but I just laughed and slaughtered them with my older more powerful cards. It was fun. I have a deck that is completely illegal as far as tournaments, but it's a lot of fun to play. Lots of Plague Rats, Sengir Vampires and Nightmares, throw in a few terrors and some other nasty black cards and you have a devastating deck. Your post made me smile about the olden days and also on how similar and small the world is, no matter where you live. Good luck and Happy Veterans Day. My father was in Vietnam and my Grandfather was in World War Two, so today means a lot to me. Michael
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Speaking of playing games. A bunch of friends and I decided this year to get the "crew" back together and play some old school AD&D. It came about because of Halloween falling on a Saturday night. In our old age, we have trouble staying up past midnight on work nights, so this year we figured to throw caution to the wind and stay up until 2am, like we did back in middle school. My friends showed up at my place around 5pm and we sat down to make characters and drink twelve cans of Tahitian Treat. Side Note - Holy crap that stuff is sweet, I can't believe we used to drink that stuff like it was water back in the day. No wonder my young adulthood was filled with many Dentist visits. Anyways, we broke out the books and dove head first into the classic, meet at a bar type adventure, and time reversed. I looked around and we had all turned into 12 and 13 year old kids again, it was an amazing thing. I could almost make out the pimples my friend Ryan always got, and I swear I heard Dave's voice break a few times when he tried to sound like a gruff dwarf. It was brilliant! I had one of the best Halloweens I can remember and so did most of my friends. Life is such a strange and wonderful circle. Thanks for posting over the past few days about your childhood memories. Thanks to nights like Halloween, I am still making them and I'm 37 years old. I might be getting older physically, but age will never take away my desire to stay young mentally. This is something, that at times drives my wife crazy, but she's learned to live with it. A mature 37 year old, doesn't talk to a Squash like it's a baby too often, so I know you suffer from the same mental youthfulness that I do. Good on ya mate! Michael
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2009 on Happy Halloween! at WWdN: In Exile
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I know exactly what you mean about the nostalgia of the older games. I get together with my friend Jason about twice a year and more often then not, whether we are at my house or his house, we migrate to our respective collections of gaming material. Last time he came over to my house, we spent the whole night ignoring our wives and recalling our glory days with 2E AD&D. I have all my books still and after pulling them down from the shelves, it was something of a Buddhist type moment. All these feelings and images rushed back into my mind as we flipped through the Monster Manual and discussed the times we faced certain creatures or how someone died at the hands of another. Our beers drained as our minds raced backwards to days of collecting experience points and filling out countless character sheets. At one point in the very early 90's, my friend Jason and I were on a bender as far as role-playing goes and for three straight years we played four to five nights a week, after work for at least five hours. That's some serious devotion to something we loved so much, but in the end it was all worth it. To this day, I still play two nights a week, about five hours each night. So I am still making memories, which will undoubtedly be shared in visits with my friends 20 years from now. I can't wait for today's memories to be tomorrows nostalgia. Thanks for the post and stroll down memory lane. Michael
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2009 on senses working overtime at WWdN: In Exile
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Someone said that these older books are complicated compared to the original Red Box D&D stuff and he's right, but compared to the overly complicated 4E crap out there, these are simple. I think that 2E was the best for the storytelling type of roleplaying. If you want the board game, where's the next big monster to fight, type of game, then 4E works pretty well. I think we should all post digital pictures of our collections. I am the same age as you Wil and I have some stuff from back in the 80's. Back when there was no internet and Asteroids on my Atari was the shit for a video game. Is there a place we can all post our collection photos?
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2009 on making plans for nigel at WWdN: In Exile
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That looks really damn funny. That show is probably my favorite comedy on the air right now. I have to give props to "The Office" and "2 1/2 Men", but this is a great show and I can't wait to see you on it. I am sure that you will fit right in. That show looks like it's a lot of fun to work on. I bet those guys have a blast all the time. I know it's a job, but it looks like too much fun to actually feel like a job. Michael
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That guy is a total cock-knocker. There I said it for you. I know you wanted to say something like that, but in the interest of diplomacy, you hands were stayed from typing something more colorful to this douche bag. It's a real shame when people take something away from someone else, who obviously worked really hard on it. It's also not like you don't sell your books for cheap enough. It was a steal (no pun intended) compared to other audio books. I released a song about three years ago for .79 a download on a friends website and well I don't have iTunes money so I was unable to protect it with digital protection so for a while I was going alone selling about 50 a month, not great money, but it was comic book money. Then one day I found the song on a website, from a former friend of mine. Well at the time he was a friend, but I think you understand why he is a former friend now. Anyways he was giving the song away for free. I didn't, couldn't really do anything about it, but it really pissed me off. You are a popular person, who has a huge following and I was a little fish in a huge internet pond, but I know what it feels like. It was terrible. I wish you the best of luck in getting this guy to take it off his site. You deserve the money for what you created, just like I did. Don't let this giant smegma stain ruin a perfectly good day. Keep up the good work and your true friends/fans will continue to support you. Michael
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There is nothing like a good dog. I know how it feels, my cocker spaniel that I had from sixth grade and for 14 years after that had to be put down and it shook my entire world. I was 26 or 27 and I remember crying like a baby. I feel your pain and unfortunately you may never truly get over it, especially when you see another dog that looks just like yours. Much love to both of our dogs. Michael
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You know I was just talking about that same thing the other day when I watched "Stand By Me" with my best friend since the sixth grade. I made the same comparisons and my friend thought I was the second coming of Nostradamus or something. It was funny that you would bring it up in your blog no less than three weeks after I said pretty much the same thing. And you are a GREAT writer my friend. And yes it's too had that River died so early. I really like Jerry also. He's seems like a totally cool guy. Are you guys still friends? Do you still talk to him, or are your worlds too busy to keep in touch? Just wondering. Keep up the great blog. Michael
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Great clip. We played the same clip on our Comic Book Podcast show back in March when both Ryan and I turned 37 also. The sad thing is we are approaching 40 and that feels like old age to me. My back is messed up and my hips feel like they need to be replaced some mornings. It's all downhill from here. Happy Birthday and may you have many more. I look forward to your website on at least a bi-weekly basis. Keep up the good work. We here at Chronic Insomnia are right there with you at that tender age of 37. Michael
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I suffer from the ability to get those 4-6 hours of straight "Writing" and it really puts a hamper on my productivity. I have been trying to write a story/script/movie for over a year now and I have had very scant hours to actually sit down and churn out the pages. I am a very fast writer, at least in a rough draft form, but I still require a minimum of a few hours a day. I'm lucky if I get one hour in a single day. Some days I get no time at all. I could give up my role-playing nights and some of my video games, but honestly those are the things that I enjoy as much and sometimes more than writing itself. I have a normal 40 hour a week job and kids to keep an eye on, so it's hard to get the free time I once had in the late eighties, early nineties. I agree with everything you said by the way. I admire your writing style and think of you as a person I can draw inspiration from. As far as the act of actual writing being only a small part of the whole process, I find that completely true. I don't know how many times I have sat down, with my limited amount of free time and in that hour or so, only actually written for a few of those minutes. Most of my time was spent deliberating and arguing with myself internally before my fingers even touched the keyboard. It's like a mild form of writers schizophrenia. I have to convince myself what I am writing is going to be something good as I am doing it. Does that make sense? I don't know, I think I'll ask myself. That kind of thing. It's a lot of talking to myself in my head and then a very limited amount of time actually typing out the words I want to string together. Great post and I love reading things like this. If you haven't read Stephen Kings book on writing yet, you should pick that up and pour through it. It's a wonderful book to read as a writer. He's a master craftsman and the way the book is laid out really helped me think in different ways and it also gave me a lot of confidence to just get out there and write. I'm not saying you need any help Wil, your writing is awesome, I would even say masterclass, but I think everyone would agree, you can never attain perfection in writing. Anyways... Michael
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2009 on time to write at WWdN: In Exile
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Very cool interview. I like the way you are so cool with people. I actually like Brad Pitt, but I watched him on Ellen the other day and I was amazed at how hard he has to try to be either funny or likable. For you it's natural, probably because you ARE likable. I had to chuckle to myself when you started talking about AC 0 and d20 systems and that guy was totally clueless as to what the hell you were saying. You might as well have just spoken to him in Klingon. As always great writing and keep it up. I check back here everyday hoping for a new post from you. It's like reading a version of myself that actually knows how to write. We're the same age, we have A LOT of the same interests, but I'm not a famous person. At least not yet. If my script turns out as well as I think it will, I might be famous someday too. Cross my fingers. As far as being able to self-publish in this day and age, I agree totally. Lulu is the best thing since sliced bread and I am sure there are other better sites for self-publishing, but I haven't found one yet. Your writing has really inspired me to tackle more writing challenges in my life. I am not delusional enough to think that I can be a writer in the next year or so, but I think a lot of writing has to be learned by just going out and doing it. I have noticed your writing getting better even over the span of the last few years and your books. Not to say that your writing ever really suffered, but it's surely gotten MUCH better as time passes. You and Chris Hardwick are my inspirational heroes. I frequent his site just as much as yours. The one difference is he doesn't write as much as you do. However he is a wonderful writer also. He's very funny. I have actually emailed him directly a few times and he emailed me once directly to ask about some editing on his site. It was nice to know he's just a regular guy like you and I. Sorry for the long post. I don't want to waste your time. I do however want to express how much I love reading your blog. Michael
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2009 on LEVERAGE: day four at WWdN: In Exile
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The same thing can be said for Batman Returns and the new Superman movie. Those were all reboots just like the Star Trek movie. Why is the Star Trek cannon so sacred and every other movie can reboot or remake itself and be just fine? I think it's because some people are afraid of change. I would love to see more original cannon Star Trek, but it just seems that those actors/actresses playing those parts are just too damn old. No offense Wil. Stewart, Spiner, Shatner and Nimoy are too old to play their parts anymore and well we still want Star Trek don't we? I didn't like the idea of a alternate timeline, but in the long run it's going to make sense for the future of the franchise. As far as television goes, well this is where I agree with the original cannon being a part of the formula. Why not make a series that takes place AFTER Star Trek Nemesis or even later than that? Go ahead, not back again. You can't watch something showing the past without a lack of tension in the storyline. We all know that the Enterprise can't get destroyed if we are watching something from the past. It looses it's mystery if we aren't watching something moving forward. As far as something that Gene Roddenberry would have loved, well I think he would have absolutely LOVED it. It's got a campy storyline with ridiculous action and it looks a lot like what he was trying to accomplish in the late 60's. As far as the writing is concerned compared to TOS. Well Roddenberry wasn't exactly a Thoreau when it came to writing, lets not give him too much credit. He was going to name the show "Wagon Train To The Stars" or some dumb shit like that. He wasn't writing the next Walden, he was writing campy GREAT TV shows. This movie is just like that. At least in my humble opinion.
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Gotcha, but the timeline the movies are going to stick with is timeline B with only 10,000 vulcans left in the universe, which is a cool ass idea if you ask me. Actually the timeline that is in the movie started when Nero came through the time warp wormhole, blackhole thingy and destroyed the USS Kelvin and shit like that. Isn't Nero a substandard CD burning software? The movie was excellent and you as well as anyone have a TV given right to review this movie with impunity if you so desire. I am glad you liked it as much as the rest of us did though. I have been a fan of Star Trek ever since I saw that faithful evening of "Encounter At Farpoint". I loved the introduction from Gene Roddenberry on the first night and I still remember the dark living room, with the 27 inch color TV (27 inches was big back then) and the anticipation reaching a fevered pitch. What great memories. I think my memories of this reboot might be in the same league once it takes off. I'm hoping we get a new TV show and a heck of a lot more movies from this reboot. Michael
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