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bphuettner
Interests: communications, writing, publishing, usability, accessibility, media, drums
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Here in Tucson, the Magic Carpet miniature golf course went out of business. Sadly, there was no pagoda that I remember, but there was a Buddah and a sphinx and a tiki head and tons of animals with various moving parts. The new owners are putting in a car lot, but have agreed to wait until all the sculptures are sold and moved. I'm NOT king of the world (nor would I want to be) but I did just adopt the giant monkey (see http://vagabond.blogsome.com/2009/04/02/my-new-monkey/). It won't ever be a whole golf course again, but you're welcome to come play that one hole if ever you're in town.
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I saw that panel, and it was awesome. I also totally have the shirt that Wil is wearing - AND I was wearing it that day! GMTA - or something. See proof on my blog at http://vagabond.blogsome.com/2009/01/23/picture-worth-1000-words/
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2009 on a little more from phoenix comicon at WWdN: In Exile
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This is going to be so much fun! Phoenix is a great location, and the weather is supposed to be very nice all weekend (mostly sunny and 70s). Good weather for clown-face t-shirts.
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I'm too old to have memories of D&D as a kid, but I still have game roots. For me, that means the dice game Cosmic Wimpout when I was in college (and avoiding homework). Though the dice only have the traditional 6 sides, there are some mysterious-looking symbols, and a lot of the fun was in "house rules". And yes, the game is still being produced and played!
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2008 on never forget your roots . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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Want (click) ordered (click) paid (click)... waiting. I'll wear it up to the Phoenix Comicon!
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This post brings tears to my eyes for a bunch of reasons. First, I have been reading you long enough to understand what this kind of moment means to you, and I'm grateful that you're willing to share it with the rest of us. Your ability to make a connection with your kids (and write about it so honestly) is absolutely inspirational. Secondly, I'm working through a similar issue myself, with my 18-year-old daughter who moved out of the house this past Tuesday. It's still new and raw - and you as a parent probably know what I mean - and the idea that things can even temporarily return to what I like to pretend is "normal" comforts me. Finally, though I'm not much of a "gamer" in any sense, I have recently begun connecting with my 16-year-old son over things related to Comic-Con. And the reason I attended that event in the first place was to see your panel! So for all of these reasons, and probably many more, I want to thank you , Wil, for sharing your experiences with us, and for serving as an inspiration to me in so many ways.
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I am SO looking forward to Comic-Con! Looks like we each get only 1/4th of the poster - should be some interesting swap sessions going on!
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My favorite tshirt design is just text: WWdN:ix Way cooler than i through viii
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2008 on that's no moon . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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WOW. OK, you are speaking on Thursday, and the only tickets available are for Thursday (and Sunday)... What is this? kismet? kharma? something going right for a change in the cosmos? I am not sure, but I will move the local stars and my schedule to make sure that I get to be there. Um... if I buy your stuff while there on Thursday, you'll sign it for me, won't you??
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"...it's genuinely wonderful to feel cooler than I really am, even if it's only for a few fleeting seconds." I totally agree! Just got back from a conference for technical communicators (geeky, and fun for me, but not that cool) that just happened to be held in the same hotel as a WizardWorld event. Though I may not be entirely clear on the difference between Master Chief and Master Blaster, I got to hang out with some super cool people who make their living doing stuff like designing superhero costumes for movies and writing about video games. I got to pretend to be cool for days!
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We were discussing this last night at a technical writers meeting, when my friend Carrie said "How I wish I could calculate pi" - then pointed out that the if you write down the number of letters in each word of that sentence, they give you the first few digits of pi. We then got into a discussion of how many digits you really need. Our techie selves thought maybe 4, our writer selves decided "none". Anyway, Happy pi day to everyone!
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2008 on when come back, bring π at WWdN: In Exile
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Could be the moon or the time of year or something in the air? I've been unmotivated for weeks now! Just today, I read a post of at Tom Johnson's superb "I'd Rather Be Writing" blog and podcast (hosted at the cleverly-named site www.idratherbewriting.com)called "How to Get Out of a Slump, and Handle Pressure Situations Calmly". He's talking about Malcom Gladwell's book Blink and the idea that forcing yourself to smile can bring about good feelings (and in theory, help get or keep you on track). Another excellent way to avoid doing real work!
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2008 on where is my motivation? at WWdN: In Exile
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Bring them all. There WILL be people waiting in line for them. Remember the line just last weekend (http://www.flickr.com/photos/11793759@N07/)??
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Did anyone get a group shot of Red Shirts? Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, it turns out that the probability of Red Shirt mortality is 53% (see Matt Bailey's analytics at http://www.clicktracks.com/insidetrack/articles/kirk_analytics.php)
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I was there on Thursday specifically to see you, Wil, and you were amazing! Like iamturok, I too had read all the pieces you performed that evening, but watching you peform them live made the whole trip worthwhile! It was my first con of this type with fans and stars and all that(I usually do only work-related conventions and conferences). Here's what I learned: 1. You can meet a lot of very nice people while standing in various lines or wandering the hallways. They all had interesting stories - some about Star Trek and some not! 2. In general, actors in the autograph room/vendor area (instead of the official big-bucks ticketed autograph sessions) were much more able and willing to chat with fans. 3. One of the actors from the first pilot ("The Cage") also played "Cousin Itt" from the Addams Family. 4. Even though I was probably the 100th person through the line (or more), George Takei was warm and gracious for the full 45 seconds alloted to my photo op with him. 5. I should NEVER play poker while drinking. I didn't include anything about Wil's generosity, openness, friendliness, or kindness in this list of lessons-learned because I knew he would be like that before I left home. Overall, it was fabulous, though two days was more than enough for me. Thanks, Wil!!
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Hey, Wil, since we're talking about Star Trek already, can you give us a hint about which day you'll be speaking a the convention in August? I'd hate to get all the way over there and then miss seeing you.
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2007 on A couple of Star Trek things at WWdN: In Exile
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Very cool about your great-grandparents meeting during the construction of the Panama Canal. Though it seems that you mostly read fiction, you might enjoy "Zone Policeman 88" by Harry A. Franck - he was a well-known travel author who worked (obviously) as a policeman during the construction, and really captured what it was like for the people who worked on the Canal. The text is on Gutenberg for free, but if you get a chance, check out the printed book, it includes some great photos. (see http://www.harryafranck.com/ZP88.htm) If you can't find it, let me know and I'll bring one for you in August!
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2007 on it was a magical time . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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I definitely want one but (dorky though it may be) I will need the paperback so that it matches the rest of the Wheaton collection on my shelf. Also happy to pre-order if it helps! I was just wondering... might these be ready before the Star Trek convention in August?
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2007 on inspire in me the desire in me at WWdN: In Exile
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I am SO there. Wil, make sure you let us know which day you'll be "on"!
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So did you celebrate the official "Talk Like a Pirate" Day on Sept 19th? http://www.talklikeapirate.com/
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2006 on the next generation of gamers at WWdN: In Exile
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This is true everywhere. I do training sessions and get evaluation forms at the end of each one. I won't claim 98% wonderful like Amanda does - that's truly awesome! - but I do get maybe 90% who love what I did. And what do I focus on? The 10% who weren't happy. The trick is to keep it all in perspective. If 9 out of 10 people think I did great, that says more about that 10th person than it does about the training I gave.
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2006 on made of plastic and elastic at WWdN: In Exile
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One thing I disagree with - 6 hours of "I'm entertaining people" time is more like 12 hours regular time. (I do a lot of events where I feel like I need to be "on"). I'm impressed you lasted as long as you did.
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2005 on undone (the sweater post) at WWdN: In Exile
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I'm using the service over at blogsome.com (based on WordPress) and like it a lot. It gives me the option of controlling what I want, or just letting the defaults do what they want. As someone once said, "...if this site is going to represent me, it should be run by me." Oh wait, that was you!
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2005 on nearing the rubicon at WWdN: In Exile
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I've had Google ads on two of my own sites-- microwaves101.com is geared toward microwave engineers. The pages on the site are very focused, so the Google ads are very focused --for example, a page for wave-guides gets only wave-guide vendors on it. I can't retire yet, but it is very good money considering the amount of effort involved. The other site is more a hobby site--harryafranck.com is a tribute to (you guessed it) Harry A. Franck, a travel writer from the first part of last century. I had ads on there, but the traffic was too low to justify them and I ended up taking them down. I'm new to blogging-- my blog at vagabond.blogsome.com has only been up for a few months now, and I still use the Wordpress free version. I like it alot , it's easy to use, and they put Google ads on it for me (how nice!) I don't get any money from them, but when I'm ready to go ahead and pay for the software and domain, I'll probably keep the ads for a while.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2005 on some thoughts in exile at WWdN: In Exile
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