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I. Khider
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
An adventurer in text.
Interests: Books, music, film, linux, skateboarding, coffee, cute women, pencils, cooking
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Hey Will, It is cool you are going against the DRM mindset in a bid to help your clients. The term 'piracy' is misleading, (please read: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html#Piracy) but when people such as yourself take a stand, vendors are likelier to listen. I have heard of Ubuntu tablet devices in the works by companies such as Freescale (they got some cool prototypes if you google 'em). I hope that makes it to the mainstream. As a client though, I always prefer hard copies of your work.
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Hey Wil, It's an observation, not a 'tone'. Don't be paranoid. Not everybody is out to get you and I am certainly not.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2011 on Direct Relief for Japan at WWdN: In Exile
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Gee Wil, This is one of the few postings where you address current events. It is always interesting to see which ones you do. Something huge on the planet unfolds and I generally see some entry on gaming dice. So this is nice.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2011 on Direct Relief for Japan at WWdN: In Exile
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There is the superhero stuff, and then there is the horror tales stuff. I remember in that era story and substance took precedence over the art, though the art was not so bad either. These days the Marvel/DC stuff tend to be fairly generic. With the exception of Fantagraphics and Drawn & Quarterly comics which always had high standards. The Secret Wars 1 and 2 were a big thing for me. Back then comics were pretty cheap, but now...it's almost like buying a piece of art in a lot of ways. Though graphic novel prices have dropped. Those ads were something else too, I would dream about sending away for that stuff but never did. As a Canadian, like Cookie Crisp cereal, those things were not available to us. I guess I did not get ripped off.
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There used to be a time when I would phone friends to hang out, go for ice cream and that. Now they want e-mails instead and prefer chats to meeting in person. Calling someone up is a rarity.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2011 on technology makes you stupid at WWdN: In Exile
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Where would we be without hallway monitors.
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Hi Will, I never met you and I am not really into being touched in general anyway, *however* I am sure if you wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer you will be fine. Doctors touch really sick people all the time and by adding a few precautions are okay (i.e. never rub your eyes with the tip of your fingers). I know, people take massive dumps and without washing their hands, dig into an A&W burger or bag of Doritos. It is really too bad that you think you cannot shake hands or pat a back without getting sick. You totally can and I don't want you to get sick--but you may be eliminating a vital way to connect for some people. You touch what these people touch anyway, door knobs, faucets, etc.. Besides, these are geeks we are talking about... No disrespect, just please think it over. I have no problem if you were to just wave to me but for some it is important.
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From the early, early posts as described in 'Just a Geek' to the present, you seem to have come a long way. A much happier, fuller, well-rounded personality. A kind of media personality we really like. How many Hollywood stars won a fan base on a people-level? Congratulations. Nice work! Keep moving up!
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2010 on It's my birthday! at WWdN: In Exile
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Perhaps using one of the many Linux kernels and subsequent software might help you play formats without a hitch. When I was a Winblows user the Winblows Media Player would not play DVD's from certain regions. With Linux, it was no longer an issue. Mind you, I had other issues like 'how do I work this OS' but I can play anything. Screw Mac OS! Mind you, XBOX Media Player aka XBMC is opensource and also quite cool to use. Where possible, don't use proprietary.
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Richard Stallman echoes your sentiments: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2010/may/14/facebook-not-your-friend By the way, did you know Sir Patrick Stewart aka 'Baldy' was knighted recently?
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I just posted to say, I love you and thank you.
Toggle Commented May 28, 2010 on in which a list is completed at WWdN: In Exile
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No way, THIS is the best star Wars parody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A0rwG39Jzk James Earl Jones!
Toggle Commented May 20, 2010 on The Empire Strikes Back (1950) at WWdN: In Exile
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Linux has certainly come a long way since my first install in '07. Many swears and flavors (Gentoo, Slackware, Ubuntu, Fedora, etc..) later, it is the only way I compute. We don't need to live in a Coke/Pepsi world of computing, there is a whole buffet of OS and software out there and nothing says 'choice' better than GNU Linux/Unix. Thanks for posting this and spreading the good word, Wil. Incidentally, do you use the free film/script/storyboard developing software called Celtx? http://celtx.com/ That would be so cool if you did...
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Nothing for people outside the US, huh? Bah humbug.
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Boo Mac! Go Linux!
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Nay, ye skewer the hobbit over an open, merry flame and turn it over and over as the fat and fear drips and sizzles into the fires. Ye baste the hobbit in the gravy of its brothers whilst stuffing it's mouth with chestnuts it picked that morning. Round and round, your turn the hobbit whilst slicing off a piece here and there to taste. Then ye wash the fatty meat down with the a pitcher of elves' blood and pick yer yeeth with a pixie...perhaps floss with a wing or two. *urp!* Ahhhh.
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Is not soup and bread the beggining of dinner? What of the MAIN course? Roasted Hobbit perhaps?
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Great post, Will. A lot of time and care has gone into this one. An enjoyable read.
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Yog Sothoth is my boy, we cruise Sarnath pumping tunes by Erich Zann--get laid in the Witch House then wasted at Innsmouth and then crash beyond the walls of sleep. You know how we roll, in strange aeons even death must die!
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Not what I expected for a cover on Star Trek TNG memories, but that is a good thing. The whole Star Trek canon is typically very branded (by that I mean the paintings with the characters on the covers). Rather this is more unique and a way to develop your own branding--which I think is strong. (The fact you get crazy response posts here testifies to that.) There is also a kind of elegant minimalsim to it that I like...sort of like Futurist art...and yeah, it does look like a Penguin cover in some respects. It is good you are making your own tangents--because the other Star Trek stuff has been done to death. In fact, I would be embarassed to be seen in public with any Star Trek book--but yours are the exceptions because you have your own independently created world that is 'hipster geek' or 'geek hipster'. Put me down for a copy.
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Happy Birthday Wil Wheaton! You have grown beyond the confines and trappings of Hollywood Stardom and become a writer/person I respect and admire. Here's to more years where you will find new depths within yourself, and possibly share through your developing craft. Warmth.
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Robotech, SUPERIOR Transformers, INFERIOR Micheal Bey--eject! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TYzRanykbQ
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2009 on more than meets the eye at WWdN: In Exile
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Hello Mr. Wheaton, To help further your literary ambitions, may I humbly suggest you (if not already) leave the computer and try writing long hand first? The computer is a very distracting tool for most of us and not the best way to compose. Another writer called Sven Birkerts likened a word processor to a type writer with a condom over it. Text can be constantly edited on a WP, consequently you cannot always organically grow sentences. Whereas, with a piece of paper, you can see where you have crossed out words and systematically develop ideas. Some call this proccess tedious, but when you see the net result of this proccess, you may find it rewarding. Get some pencils and blank sheets of paper--pretend you're Hemingway, that's the way he worked. The old masters may have been onto something. ; - )
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2009 on time to write at WWdN: In Exile
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Greetings Mr. Wheaton, I was hoping, as a fellow writer and sci-fi enthusiast you might help with a problem. I know you are (or were) a fan of the Robotech series. The community section of the Robotech.com site allows for users to submit fan fiction. I wrote a piece but was appalled at the terms and conditions of the site which are cynical and unfair. Obviously a fan cannot expect money or to use proprietary characters for personal gain when submitting fiction--but these terms are beyond business prudence. I e-mailed Robotech.com administrators to ask for a middle ground, but they did not respond. I do not have the sway as someone like yourself does. Otherwise, could you advise on an alternate course of action for fan fiction? Below I pasted the terms, your advice or suggestions would be valued. Thank you very much. I. Khider (admirer of your blog and work ethic.) "Harmony Gold must request that members submit or send only original creative materials, including but not limited to submissions of scripts, story lines, fan fiction, characters, drawings, information, suggestions, ideas or concepts. If at our request you send certain specific submissions (e.g., postings to chats, surveys, message boards, contests, or similar items) or you send us creative suggestions, ideas, notes, drawings, concepts, or other information (collectively the "Submissions") shall be deemed and shall remain the property of Harmony Gold in perpetuity. By making any Submission, the sender automatically grants, or warrants that the owner of such material expressly grants, Harmony Gold the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, and distribute such material (in whole or in part) throughout the universe and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed, for the full term of any copyright, trademark or patent that may exist in such material for any purpose that Harmony Gold chooses, whether internal, public, commercial, or otherwise, without any compensation, credit or notice to the sender whatsoever. The sender waives all so-called "moral rights" in all Submissions. The sender further waives the right to make any claims against Harmony Gold relating to unsolicited submissions, including, but not limited to, unfair competition, breach of implied contract and/or breach of confidentiality."
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2009 on LEVERAGE: day four at WWdN: In Exile
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