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I have the mixed feels. I've only known you here. It's been years. And as a reader of your blog the typepad aspect hasn't been a difficult one, per se. So I have no hard feels for this place. It kinda feels like home for me. But, clearly from your above blog, your domain feels all the feely feels for you. So. I'm happy for you. So. I am looking forward to the move. Though, for now, I will regard this place with a certain amount of fondness because it's where I found you and all your bloggy feelnesses. Cheers and congrats for finally making the move you've wanted to for a long time now. See you there!
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When you find yourself searching for meaning in life, Neil's accomplishments should tickle the contentment part of your brain. It feels good to be a part of a people who continue to reach out into space to grasp for answers about who we are right here. Sometimes you have to go out to come in.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2012 on Rest in peace, Neil Armstrong. at WWdN: In Exile
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"Unleash the Dick Side" - there is so much fun in that statement! Announcer Voice: Coming this fall, The Dick Strikes Back, a video game, a world... a way of life... the choice is yours. On November 3rd 2012 be ready to... unleash the Dick Side!
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Have you been able to bring that back to your life? Been able to see that most of the jerks you've run into (and fretted about) over the years, were really doing the "right" thing in their own minds? Which may, in some cases, bring you to an understanding of their dickishness?
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Aye. A douche for certain at least. That said, it's Wil's most sympathetic character of the lot he's done recently.
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He does in theory, but as soon as he internalizes it he'll inevitably become Wil Fucking Wheaton. Which is why he needs to keep reminding himself of his initial insecurities; it keeps him balanced and not a dick. :)
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Clearly you had the: Best. Birthday. Ever. So grats on that and may this year be as wonderful as the last has been. Cheers, AP
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'working' like: Wil: "Hey, Nathan, could you be totally awesome and come to Anne's next birthday?" Nathan: "Totally! Awesome!"
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I know it would be next to impossible, especially due to schedules, but would you at least consider having the four of you make that a short film? You guys could star in it, John could write it; and if schedules jived, Dean Devlin could produce it and Frakes could direct it. Now THAT could be an amazing piece for G&S.
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Your life is weird... but also good. Keep finding your influence where no person has expected to find their influence before.
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I didn't become a reader until after high school. During high school I did what most did, read only what we were assigned and ONLY the bare minimum of that (often times just the first couple chapters and the last one). Once I did become a reader, I was in love. I loved the worlds and I loved the conflicts and I loved the themes that meant something to my that-very-day world. Eventually I got to see how fun it was to play with symbolism and metaphor. Reading certain texts became like putting a puzzle together or untangling a dozen knotted strings. It was an intellectual challenge that I enjoyed and found that I was good at. Small wonder that I want to share it with my students. However, I remind myself that it wasn't until much later in life that I came to that joy myself, so I prefer instead to try to instill that joy of reading and thinking in general to my students. Knowing that if I succeed in that, they may, later in life, find the joy of symbolism and metaphor like I did.
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Yes! There's a video version of this Fleetwood/Stewart Macbeth, and I show this to my students now. It's epic! No one does crazy eyes like Fleetwood, and Patrick makes a mean sandwich!
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It's "teachers" like that that inspired me to become a teacher. Some are inspired because they see greatness. I was inspired because I saw failure and knew I could do better, and wanted to do better because I think children deserve it.
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That's awesome, Jim. It really goes to show that a) there are serious dicks out there, and b) we don't have to listen to them - in fact, it's probably imperative that we don't.
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Cheers, mate! That is all. :)
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Boo was Christ... Scout the disciples... sigh. It's got enough in it without stretching so far as to get all that. Jeesh. Yeah, there are people who see Christ in everything. Yeah, tell your school-aged self that she was right, and her teacher was indeed seeing what he wanted to see. Keep reading and keep enjoying!
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Here and I always interpreted that line two ways: literal, "When the battle is over, one side will have won and once side will have lost;" and, as part of the overall theme of the story, "sometimes, to gain something meaningful, you also have to lose something meaningful." Which Macbeth clearly does, as does MacDuff, Malcom, and all of Scotland.
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I stopped having my students (en masse) read Shakespeare for this very reason. I now cherry-pick some key students to take the long parts and I often take some of the key emotional scenes myself (like MacDuff when he finds out about his family), because even well spoken students have difficulty reading emotion well on a cold read. Shakespeare is for entertainment and enlightenment, not oral evaluation. I get my oral reading evaluation done on level-appropriate modern language texts.
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Very interesting story. And you're right. Getting people to read aloud is very important or the reason you note. But your criticism of Wil was, I think, mis-motivated. I believe why he thought his teacher was an asshole was because she humiliated him for being an actor and wanting to read it (and probably for similar humiliations along the way). I think we know the "type." It's the teacher who uses humiliation as a motivator, much like sport coaches who yell insults and obscenities at their young athletes to "motivate" them through anger to try harder. I have no problems with calling these types of teachers assholes.
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Wow. Zelazny is a hero of mine. I never got to see him. So, cool beans that you got a chance to meet him, and ask him about that! Sorry that your teacher responded that way... sad. As a teacher I try my damnedest to allow myself to be wrong - especially in those types of situations (when the student does the work to prove I'm wrong). I mean that self-education and research is exactly the type of thing that we hope to inspire in young learners. And I for one am sure I'm human enough to make mistakes and/or not know everything.
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Yeah, they're dumb. Dumb kids. And to me that's a great angle to take with 14-15 yr olds. "Look how dumb these kids are being, and look how badly it ends: don't be a Romeo or Juliet." I point out how shallow Romeo is, how the first thing he wants to do is get in her pants by promising anything he can. It's a classic move my guys (dicks) that teenagers need to be know or be reminded of. One of the biggest challenges is getting past the barrier of the language and the cultural differences. If you can do that, you've got some good material to work with for that age group.
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As a Canucks fan since 1976, I totally get the many years of a few ups and mostly downs. About 33 years of downs, and 3 ups: 1982; 1994; and, 2011. Two of those were Game 7 losses in the Stanley Cup Finals, so those were losses as tough as losses get. But I know, when the Canucks do finally win, I'll react very much like you did this year, Wil. And I'll hope Jim Robson is there to lift the cup like Bob Miller did. And I hope ex-Canucks like Trevor Linden get to hoist it like "Lucky" Luc did. And, like you, I hope to share it with my family and friends who know how much it will mean to me. Congratulations. It was a fun ride, riding this one with you.
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Yay! The internet arrives here! Concerned citizen: "The USA is in a sorry state!" Internet troll: "Obama is ruining the USA, and if you don't agree you must be a Nazi!!!!" Dear Internet Trolls: Rome did not fall in a day, nor can you lay all the blame of any country's current economic state on its current leadership. It takes - DECADES - many failed leaderships, to put a country as strong as the United States into a position so critical. Likewise, to reverse the trend it will take - DECADES - and ALL the LEADERS making very informed and intelligent decisions. Unfortunately, this is so hard to do, since too many people would rather blame others for the situation, instead of taking responsibility and fixing it, that there are very few examples in history where things do in fact get better after getting this bad. Or to put in another way: red states aren't going to solve it, nor are blue states - this can only be solved by a purple country. Best Wishes, Alex Pope (a concerned citizen of a different colour)
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2012 on The American People Have Spoken at WWdN: In Exile
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Well, how often does one get a chance to play a well-loved game with the game's creator? Not very. So, that's mighty awesome. Well done, Wil! It's becoming quite the good little show.
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Well, even though your Kings took out my Canucks, I like you enough to cheer for the Kings anyway. I would not do it for the Bruins. Nor would I do it for the Blackhawks. So, consider yourself well considered. Besides, we owe the Kings for taking out the Oilers for us in 1982. And, Willie Mitchell, a well liked ex-Canuck stands to get a well deserved ring as a result, so yeah, Go Kings!
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2012 on GO KINGS GO!! at WWdN: In Exile
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