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Happy Birthday, Wil! May you live to be at least twice the age you are now and have lots of money along the way. Enjoy yourself!
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I wouldn't say that I thoroughly enjoyed the film, and with all the crude humor and excessive cursing in it, I really hate that I took my three year old boy to see it. He got tired of it halfway through. Personally, outside of a lot of plotholes that never were filled, and threads that went nowhere, and characters added for no reason other than random humor, I actually DID enjoy the film. (sorry about the caps, no button to italicize, can I use html code in these posts?) The action was great, Optimus came out as the central hero throughout the film from beginning to end, Megatron looked cool as a space tank, and the backstory about the Primes was rather interesting. Plus JetFire makes an appearance and does his classic switch from being a Decepticon to being an Autobot. There actually was a plot throughout the movie, but with all the plot holes and threads that went nowhere it could be easy to miss if you weren't paying attention. I still haven't decided if the plot entirely made sense or not, but I enjoyed it enough not to walk out on my friend I had brought along to see the movie too. I'm not sure where all the negativity on this page is coming from, but I don't think it was a bad film, just one that should have been worked on a bit longer with the script and possibly editing. A bad editor can ruin a great script. Also, I did have a hard time believing the Decepticons could travel so fast back and forth from Earth to Cybertron. Not a kiddie film, but one adults should be able to enjoy even if there's a few things that could have been done better.
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2009 on more than meets the eye at WWdN: In Exile
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The more I keep up with your blog on here, the more I appreciate you. It's posts like this that moves you. Thanks for the reminder.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2009 on twenty years ago... at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, Thanks for bringing back memories. So often I was addicted to Pac-Man growing up that whenever there was a Pac-Man game around (or any variant of it - usually the infamous Mrs. Pac-Man) my mom knew to give me a quarter to play it. I tried other games and loved them too, but Pac-Man was the game for me. I'll never forget when I lived on the outskirts of Greenville, SC and a place opened up there called "Showbiz Pizza Place" "Where a kid can be a kid!" Yep, all you "youngsters" out there, it was called Showbiz Pizza before Chuck-E took over and the star was Billy Bob the Bear. I remember my mom taking me there and I would go all over the place. It was there I first discovered "Super Pac-Man" and lost terribly in the game. I tried so hard to win even one level, but the Super Pac-Man wouldn't stay Super long enough for me to eat everything. Since then I learned a pattern that has taken me up to 14 levels, but back then I was struggling, and loving every minute of it. Whenever I played Q-bert I would always fall off the edge. And I loved the way the joystick worked for that game. That was one of the coolest games next to Pac-Man in my opinion, and like yourself, never enough quarters to play. And recently in March I took my 3 year old son to Chuck-E Cheeses for his birthday and he went all over the place too. The name may have changed, but kids certainly can still be kids there. I hadn't thought of Showbiz and my time there as a kid since March, and I don't know when before that, so many memories there to think on. Thank you Wil for helping jog them for me.
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A very good tribute. My dad served in the Air Force and a lot of my mom's cousins and uncles were in the service for various wars. I've never served, but have always had respect for those that did. Thanks for honoring them. Happy Memorial Day.
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Yeah, I'm 33 and keep feeling like I should be in middle school when ST:TNG first aired. I have a 3 year old son and I'm fortunate that at this stage anything I play for him movie or TV-wise that I used to watch growing up he just eats up like candy. Whether it's Superman, Star Wars, or even the Greatest American Hero, he just loves it all and will ask for it by name. Now with the new movie I'm working on the indoctrination of Trek with him. We've watched a few episodes on reruns and I was concerned he would get "Trek" confused with "Wars", but that quickly went away. Now when he sees the Enterprise D he knows to say "Star Trek" with the same wonder and excitement he says everything else. Now if I could just get my wife more into these things, but she's from a completely different culture having been born and raised in Zambia. One final thought here: Wil, don't be so hard on yourself. You are funny and a very good writer, but if you really think that the Farpoint chapter that starts your book is going to be such a bummer compared to what you know is to come, then make it chapter two and write a chapter that sort of introduces everything and tells people a little about you as a person going into Star Trek. That way when they read the parts where you aren't liking Farpoint too well, then they'll already understand that this just wasn't your cup of tea yet because they have a feel for you as a person (and not just as Wesley - which I understand you don't like from people). I'm looking forward to reading your book when it comes out and would like to help in selling it if I could. I'm working on an online store that I hope will be up and running this year. If you are interested, I'm following you on Twitter as @beyondthecharts, so send me a message and I'll tell you more.
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Sorry I didn't break that up into paragraphs. Once I posted it, it wouldn't let me go back and edit.
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This is the kind of thing that regularly gets me when I'm driving on the road. Although I've only witnessed a couple of accidents take place in front of me, I've seen plenty after the fact, and the people that drive like they have the fires of Hell chasing them and cut back and forth are just begging for an accident or will cause one in their wake. This past week the daughter to a friend of mine lost her best friend in an auto accident and is all broken up about it. I witnessed an accident on a regular road one time and knew it was going to happen because of how the driver was driving. I kept my distance and when it happened, the young lady got out of the car all shook up and of course just completely surprised that it happened. I'm in a small town where everyone's friendly (or was back then) so the people she crashed into were more concerned for her than their own car. I and a couple more people that saw the accident pulled over to check on everyone. Personally, I felt like telling her what an idiot she was, but since she hadn't crashed into me, I kept my mouth shut. I haven't witnessed an accident as it's happening yet on the highway, just plenty after the fact, but I'm sure if I live long enough I will. Hopefully I won't be involved in it if I'm careful enough. One of the things though that gives me worry when I go out is the way the law acts here in Georgia. I know everyone speeds every now and then, but the amount of people that speed here is outlandish. One day I was driving in the left lane, or the fast lane, and was going right at the speed limit when the Georgia State Patrol got behind me. To make sure I wasn't going over the speed limit I slowed down just a bit and the officer pulled me over. The Speed Limit was 65 and he told me I was going 63 and that was too slow. I asked him if I needed to be going over the speed limit to not be pulled over and he responded that he wasn't telling me to speed, just to be going the speed limit when I was in that lane. Then I asked him about the people that pass me in the right lane when I am going the speed limit in the left lane and he said that the problem wasn't with people speeding too much, but with people going too slow. Too slow? I was going the Speed Limit! Then he asked me if he needed to write me a ticket. I asked him if he was seriously going to write someone a ticket for going under the speed limit two miles an hour. Then he actually gave me a written warning. I couldn't believe it. Then a couple of months later when I saw another State Patrol officer talking with my banker outside the bank I decided to ask him about this and he confirmed that it was state law that you needed to be going at least the speed limit if you were in the left lane. Considering that an hour's drive away North Carolina has a much tougher take on things, and in Florida I got pulled over for not slowing down fast enough when the speed limit changed, this just floored me. Now I just stay in the right lane unless I need to pass someone. Cruise control or not, I'm scared of the left lane with these crazy state laws here. It's like damned if you do, and damned if you don't. I suspect that the friend to the daughter of my friend would still be alive if the laws around here discouraged people from speeding rather than encouraged them.
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Spock didn't intentionally go back in time. Read Star Trek Countdown for the full story, but both his and Nero's ship got sucked into this black hole thing that transported them back in the past. And Nero stuck around to wait for Spock, so even if Spock was trying to save both worlds, Nero intercepted him and stranded him on the ice planet and took that away from him.
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