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I was introduced to Star Trek by my ...mom. Back in the 70s, when it was first on German TV. I watched The Prisoner on my own, though-no one else seemed to enjoy it! (I've stayed at Portmeirion quite a few times, too.) But I don't have kids, and I probably never will...
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Ah, this totally makes me giddy and everything! Even though I have to wait a little longer to watch it, as I'm....in a small village in Egypt* at the time it's going to be released. I think the next cinema is in Cairo or something, and I doubt they'd show THAT movie. Well, I have the original Ozymandias to keep me company-at least the one that Shelley wrote about. I might go and chew a few sugar cubes to pay homage to someone else though. I used to do this as a kid all the time. *this geek girl here is a linguist and Egyptologist-no diving in the Red Sea kind of holiday, but scrambling around old ruins and such
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I just found my install disks for DOS 6.22 today in an old box....the three computers I have around me here don't even HAVE disk drives anymore. Think about it, a whole OS on three disks... Today, you need an ocean liner for that.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2009 on boating our software at WWdN: In Exile
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Been on the computer too long today. I thought "Hey, does he come in serial or at least USB as well?"
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*giggles* You said "fuck"! And "asshole"! *goes into linguist researching foul language overdrive*
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I might have to send this to everyone on my friends list.... Alyx Sands (yes, that's my RL name as username. Never mind. Nothing to hide here)
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If he isn't he sure as hell should! *tries to impersonate Google Reader* Funny thing is, I have my Darths and Droids rss feed right next to the feed for Wil's blog. No, they're not sorted alphabetically. ;-)
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Wow, major douchebag alert....besides, this is totally unfair to Ted Kord as well! ;-) (Redshirt, bah!) I never particularly liked Wesley, but that was possibly just because I was exactly the same age and kept thinking I would love to be in his place! :-) But I have always enjoyed Wil the actor and for the last years obviously also Wil the author! And beware the power of the interwebz mobz!
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2009 on unintended consequences at WWdN: In Exile
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I think I'll go lie in a corner and weep for a bit now....that was a natural 20 on the "getting whacked over the head by nostalgia" table...including the furniture in those pics. Yes, we had some terrible photo wallpaper, too. Yes, we had a shag carpet in orange, and armchairs in olive green chenille, and those weird dried pampas grass things, and age 11, even Ewoks are cool...although I found Han Solo even cooler. And I had TIE fighter envy, as my bestest friend in fourth grade had TWO of them and I had none... ...and THEN I'm gonna dig out all my crappy Star Wars drawings, scan them and upload them to Flickr!
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2009 on growing up star wars at WWdN: In Exile
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I was impressed with the whole automated procedure too-and my mini me looks cute-I only have to fight the urge to zoom in or try to change clothing... Alyx Sands
Heh, that's the year I was born, too. Which is NOT the only reason Im going to buy it. The penultimate chapter in the printed version made me cry. For quite some time. It will probably leave me in tatters in spoken form, too...
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Heh-I read the Doctor Who thing about half an hour ago, too-I was staring at the colour pic of the first Doctor for a while...
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Here in ye olde Europe, I spent the whole night until six in the morning in front of the computer for this one...
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2008 on YES WE DID at WWdN: In Exile
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Someone make me stop clicking on links when comments say "argh" etc....I am too curious and almost sent the laptop flying when I jumped. Whoah momma!
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2008 on plan b at WWdN: In Exile
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Don't care much for baseball, it's soccer that's great here and that I should go to with my dad I think-oh, and luuuurve the palindrome! I read it twice and thought "something's odd here...."
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Um, I first skipped the Neil gaiman bit too and thought "OMG! Wil's in CORNWALL!" (which would _almost_ be near enough to travel there for me)
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Egad. I must have looked like the female, German version of you back then, Wil. I just had a serious flashback moment here! (Although, oi! I am WEARING a Swatch RIGHT NOW. Okay, so it's the grown-up, cool steel version with understated dark blue face, but still-it's a Swatch. Alright, so it's actually a James Bond memorial Swatch for "From Russia with Love", and it sports a red star on the blue. But no one actually knows that. Did I just say that loud?) And I don't know why, but I also have a laaaarge box with all 80s memories packed away. Including a lovely Body Glove t-shirt, and several Oppalokka, OP, and Maui & Sons ones. That was during my "I can't surf but I want to look cool" phase. Did the whole Batman thing, too. Had a BMX bike that I kept fiddling with (dad's a mechanic with a huge workshop, that sure helped). Wore Converse Chucks (Um, I actually still wear them..) and ugly jeans...and those jeans jackets that had fancy lining in a different pattern. And fake baseball jackets. And we enjoyed watching that great new show, TNG. Goodness, we were dorky back then... ;-) Thanks for that trip down memory lane!
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2008 on Strewn with time's dead flowers at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, you should come to FedCon in Germany next year- Aaron will be there, too! I'm a linguist, I'm usually giving scientific geeky talks at conventions, so I'm fairly used to the celeb crowd and the squeeing fans (being one myself- squeeing, not exactly a celeb!)
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Zork and indeed all the other Infocom adventures ARE educational. I learnt English through them. Okay, so I acquired a rather weird vocabulary, and none of my teachers could explain grues to me (but I DID keep the light on while playing....those things scared the heck out of me when I was 11!). Yeah, skeleton keys. Took me a while to get THAT one...for a while, I thought it really was a skeleton-shaped key.
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It's definitely not just for kids. Ever since I (okay, my character...) got killed in a game of AD&D on my birthday (my REAL birthday, that is-it was just a regular session of our group that happened to be on my birthday), we've played with some variation of hero points, luck points, or-which is actually part of the game- possibilities (i.e. TORG). It's just too sad to see something go pear shaped just because of a stupid dice roll that *should* have worked, and it's not just kids that get grumpy... ...as you can see, I'm still telling that story of my ruined birthday, and that was my 27th birthday. Nine years ago. Had we had rule 17b back then for AD&D, I wouldn't be telling this sad tale again and again...
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2008 on Gaming with kids: rule 17b at WWdN: In Exile
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Coolest pic of the YEAR I think....a geek's dream come true? And AJ-the C64 was the only computer I've ever owned (okay, so I *still* have it...) where the blue screen WASN'T a BSOD... ;-)
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2008 on in which i get to hurl polyhedrons at WWdN: In Exile
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Heh- Marge's lego hairdo rawks!
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Uh, now I'm stuck here because I can't look away or it'll send me off to Hull *shudders* I live next to a cemetery, can you imagine how I felt after "Blink"? And I love taking pics of the statues there, too-not only digital, but also with my trusty Canon 3000V analogue camera-I even develop the pics myself and print them-I can haz darkroom!
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John Kovalic is an incredibly nice guy, isn't he? I've worked at the Essen Game Fair in Germany for years, doing admin stuff for a publisher and as I'm practically bilingual AND know how to wield a +4 Whip of Subduing Customers ...er, I mean, I know how to get things organised....I'm the one who looks after any VIPs we get. John is one of my faves-I have several cards he drew for me (Munchkin!)-one because I drip-feed him coffee all the time... ...but I'm not gonna touch 4th edition. Our group has just reverted to....SECOND ed...
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2008 on it's the only way to be sure at WWdN: In Exile
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Oooh, I loved playing with my friend's Atari 2600 way back when...she didn't have many games, but we loved Moon Patrol and the way the ickle vehicle could jump. Yeah, so we were pretty young an easily impressed, okay? I turned into a total geek when I got my C64, the first person in my whole year at school (large school!) who had a computer-I basically learnt English with Infocom text adventures, although I had ahard time finding "grue" in the dictionary...ah, the memories....I still have all my favorites for several emulators! *wipes tears from her eyes*
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2008 on have you played atari today? at WWdN: In Exile
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