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Wil, one of the things that endears you so much to all of us fans is your willingness to share the reality of what it means to work in the entertainment industry. This is a world that most of us will never be able to experience, and your vivid descriptions paint a picture which bring us all into that hidden world. Thank you for that!
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She got to join the cult at level 8? WTF?!?
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Wish I could make it. Loved every minute of W00tstock 2.1 in Portland. Any plans for a 3.x tour, yet? If so, I was asked by a friend to suggest a Nathan Fillion/Felicia Day cameo. ;)
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Patrick Rothfuss contributed to it?!? That's great! I just finished his novel, "The Name of the Wind" and was filled with its awesome. If anyone digs a good fantasy novel, where character development and good storytelling take a leading role, you need to read this book. I couldn't put it down. Great idea for this project, Wil and John. I look forward to reading it and am more than happy to donate to a worthy cause!
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Wow, when I read this, "I opened my notebook and turned to a blank page" I instantly pictured you opening up a notebook computer. Even after I read, "I clicked my pen open, and pressed it against the top of the page," my brain was forming an image of you pressing a stylus against a computer screen. I even thought to myself, "Cool! Wil has a touch-screen laptop! I didn't even know those existed!" It was only after that thought that I realized you were talking about an ACTUAL notebook and an ACTUAL pen. Have we really ventured so far into the digital age that pens and paper are no longer the default tools for writing...even in our imaginations? Or is it just me? And I'm even the same age as you, Wil. I'd almost expect this if I was some punk-ass kid just out of high school whose never known anything but laptops, iPhones, etc. Anyway, just a wierd geek moment that I thought you'd appreciate.
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Wow. Just... Wow.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2010 on never forget your roots at WWdN: In Exile
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Good luck at the Con! Makes me wish we still lived in Arizona. At least I got to go to w00tstock 2.1 in Portland. And it's about bloody time that Hollywood recognized your talent! Your work is inspiring and meaningful to a whole lot of us out here in the internets, Wil. The uncensored honesty in your writing, both here and in your books, is a rare thing. It gives us fans a glimpse not just of your public persona, but of you the person. It gives us fans a connection to you that we'll never have with any other writers/actors/artists. It makes you feel like a friend of ours. Which is why so many of us are so genuinely happy for you whenever you get the recognition we all believe you most definitely deserve. My hope is that as your star continues to rise (and I am completely confident that it will) that you continue to share your wonderful stories with us here, in your books and on your podcasts. It means a lot to us! Have a great time in Phoenix!
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The PDX show was incredible, Wil! Even my nerd-adjacent wife had an awesome time. In fact, I heard her laughing harder than me throughout some of it. All of the guests you got worked so hard to make it a memorable and fun evening and each of them added something uniquely their own. I was particularly impressed with Adam. I've been a casual fan of Mythbusters but had no idea how great of an entertainer he really is! I'm definitely putting that show on my tivo schedule! And frankly, I could have lasted another hour at least. Loved the fact that it went so long. There was no way I was ready for it too be over at the 3 hour mark. Finally, thank you for taking the extra effort to hang around after the show and allow us fans a chance to say thank you. That was a very special moment for me and one that I will probably never forget. The art you create (be it written, spoken or performed) means so much to a lot of us out there. It's nice to be able to let you know that in person once in a while. Oh, and tell Ryan that if he leans the spinner down it won't be weighted so heavily towards the top. I tried it out with my version at home and it worked way better. -Paul
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WHEEEEEAAAAATOOOOOOONNNNNNN!
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I don't even need to play the games to find myself transported back to 1982/85/88/etc. Just hearing the opening beeps of the Legend of Zelda theme is enough to smell the musty orange shag carpet in our basement and to feel my feet starting to go numb from kneeling in front of the tv for too long. And I am right there with you, Wil. Emulators just don't do it for me. The muscle memory still exists to carry me through the pre-game rituals of getting an older NES cartidge to work properly: 1. insert cartridge, push down and press power; 2. remove cartridge, bring the connectors to my lips and blow hard from bottom to top; 3. reinsert cartridge slowly with both hands to ensure that it is centered properly and gently press down; 4. Lather, rinse and repeat until the blue screen or strange pixelation goes away. That was part of the experience of playing these early console games, and no emulator can ever replace it.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2010 on the fountain of youth at WWdN: In Exile
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Dude! That is twenty seven different flavors of awesome! And I can't even imagine the feelings you must have...well, felt...when you learned the title of the episode. Pretty damn humbling, man. Pretty damn humbling. I assume that most of the geek-ware sported by the cast is custom made (it's just way too geektacular to be available in stores). Did wardrobe let you keep your t-shirt?
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2010 on something something giant balls at WWdN: In Exile
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Ok, I decided not to be a lazy bastard and went looking to see what I could find online. Found them! W00T(stock)! Can't wait!
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Sounds like a great time! I totally wish I could have been there (it would have been my first-ever Con). Still hoping to make it to w00tstock in Portland, though. Any news on when the tickets will go on sale and where? I'll have to get some Portland friends to go get them for me if they're not available online.
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Wow, I had no idea that sitcoms still taped shows in front of a live studio audience. I just assumed that they added a laugh-track to the shows. That is just smothered with awesomesauce! Do you know how one goes about getting tickets to a future taping of TBBT? Is it one of those "I know someone who knows someone who can get me tickets" type of things?
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2010 on The 8-bit Bang Theory at WWdN: In Exile
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Thank you for sharing this post, Wil. As a park ranger in our National Parks I am always overjoyed to hear that others love these amazing places as much as I do. And it's even more wonderful to learn that someone I admire as much as you appreciates them. Do you get many chances to take your family out to the Channel Islands, up into Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area or over to Joshua Tree National Park? You've got some incredible NPS units right in your backyard!
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Speaking of D&D and various Cons, any chance you might be giving another go at the Dungeon Delve fundraiser you did in Tucson at the 2010 Emerald City Comicon in Seattle in March? I was thinking if you did it sort of like an "a-thon" type of fundraiser, you could have people raising pledges based on the number of minutes they manage to survive in your dungeon...ie, the longer they last, the more money they raise.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2009 on the 2009 year in review, part two at WWdN: In Exile
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Dec 14, 2009
Best. Beard. Ever. You've got some great beard growing skills. Chicks dig guys with great skills, you know.
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Incredible story, Wil. I can only imagine how surreal that moment must have been. And it's a testament to your incredible skill as a storyteller that you can bring out such raw feeling as you share your experience. I had a similar experience when someone I admired but had never met already knew who I was. Those are wonderful moments, aren't they? Oh, and BBT this week was hilarious. How does it feel to know you now share cameo rights with Katee Sackhoff?
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Brilliant idea, Wil! I can see this being a staple at Cons across the country. You could even do some sort of "Delve-a-Thon" event, where participants get pledges...for example, someone could get a bunch of pledges from their friends donating 20 cents, 50 cents or a dollar (etc) for each minute that their character survives "Wil's Dungeon of Death". Of course, the logistics of something like that would be a bit more complicated, but it wouldn't have the stigma of an auction for a spot at the table. Speaking of cons...are there any in the pacific northwest you're thinking of attending?
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These last two posts are just oozing awesome, Wil! Your insights and honesty about your experiences with the cast of TBBT are not only entertaining, they bring me into the world of a professional television actor. They give me the opportunity to appreciate the effort and love that everyone puts into producing it, and makes me appreciate it even more! Thank you and good luck!
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2009 on the big bang buzz at WWdN: In Exile
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Dinosaurs on clothes is the DEFINITION of cool.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2009 on Q'Plah! at WWdN: In Exile
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I don't know what it was about iron-ons in the 70's, but I just had to have one on every single shirt I owned. It didn't matter if the shirt already had a design on it, I wasn't happy until I had E.T., Yoda or Chewbacca plastered dead-center on my chest. On an unrelated note, I just want to thank you for your amazing work on "The Happiest Days of Our Lives". I had the distinct pleasure of listening to it this weekend during a long drive to Seattle. I laughed, I cried...it was like listening to stories of my own childhood. You really have a gift for storytelling!
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2009 on Q'Plah! at WWdN: In Exile
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