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Great story! (I'd say more but really, others have said it already and said it better. So "Great story!" will have to suffice.) As for whether Hollywood is disappointing... yes. It just felt like such a huge wasted opportunity... Given the history of the place, and the attention it gets from billions of people around the world, there should be something really unique, vibrant, and alive going on, and instead it's just yet another run-down neighbourhood with some sequins stapled on.
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2010 on there and back again at WWdN: In Exile
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Hey Wil, while you're there, can you nag Rogers and Devlin to get Leverage available for us canucks? :-)
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2009 on LEVERAGE: day two at WWdN: In Exile
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Holy nostalgia. Just seeing that cover is enough to make me fight tears. For me, it's remembering being seven years old and playing with my dad and brother. We played the same frigging adventure at least five times in the space of a year, and every single time my brother talked me out of picking up a magic ring because he said it was cursed. And every time, dad would tell me afterwards that it wasn't cursed and I should have picked it up. Thanks for the memory, Wil. You brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye.
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Dude, be glad. I live in Ottawa. The most exciting part of watching the Sens play these days is seeing whether Spezza's going to get more ticks in the "Holy crap that was an amazing play" column or in the "Pass the puck directly to the other team and give them an amazing scoring chance" column. Generally that second column is a lot more full than the first. And yes, cutting out fighting from the NHL is stupid if they're not going to cut out the cheap hits. There have been a LOT of cheap hits lately, and it just keeps getting worse. Besides, hockey fighting != real fighting. And who doesn't remember the whole-team brawl between Ottawa and Buffalo a few years ago where Buffalo's goalie thought it would be a good idea to take a few swings at Emery? Now THAT got the city talking about hockey! I'm going to disagree with you on dump and chase though. Most teams' defense is so good now that most passing plays entering the zone have exactly zero chance to score, unless it's an odd-man rush or something. Watching the teams wander back and forth between the blue lines because they both insist on trying passing plays that won't work... that's not exciting hockey. I generally turn the TV off when games turn into that.
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I was incredibly disappointed to discover that Teletoon's Sunday morning Batman: The Brave and the Bold is not actually the same as the one that plays in the US a day or two earlier. Very, very, very disappointed. There may have been tears. (There were no tears.)
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2009 on hit robots, make fall down at WWdN: In Exile
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You need to get Mike Holmes down there! Things I'm grateful for... My kid My job My stunning good looks OK, that last one's a work in progress. ;-) But I do have a very charming smile and I'm not afraid to use it! And I'm happy for that. :-)
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2008 on my roof is leaking; life is good at WWdN: In Exile
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You need to get Mike Holmes down there! Things I'm grateful for... My kid My job My stunning good looks OK, that last one's a work in progress. ;-) But I do have a very charming smile and I'm not afraid to use it! And I'm happy for that. :-)
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2008 on my roof is leaking; life is good at WWdN: In Exile
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I am so indescribably jealous of you right now. Just FYI.
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2008 on at last, it can be revealed . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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I am so indescribably jealous of you right now. Just FYI.
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2008 on at last, it can be revealed . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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Here's what confuses me on this "controversy"... it's a contest. Pure and simple. It's for entertainment. The folks bitching about being asked to do work without pay... The payout is the fun they'd have doing it. Wil's not making any money (or at least any significant money) off merchandise -- hell, he's considering shutting the store down -- and the prize has negligible monetary value. (Although the link & credit are a lot of exposure, admittedly.) The only reason to enter the contest is because you think it'd be fun. If you don't think it'd be fun, don't enter, and don't bitch about it. And the whole "I don't do anything unless I get paid for it"... I understand that totally, but with the added caveats "... if the person asking me to do the work is expecting to use my work to make money". I have a friend I've happily done work for in the past, starting at $35/hr (heavily discounted because he's a friend). Another friend I've done a bunch of free work for. The difference? The guy I charge is building a commercial project, the other dude just wants a basic web presence to say "Hey, I exist!" and he doesn't expect to make a dime from it. Anyway. For the folks who are bitching, I just hope you never, *ever* have the gall to ask your friends for free tech support...
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Here's what confuses me on this "controversy"... it's a contest. Pure and simple. It's for entertainment. The folks bitching about being asked to do work without pay... The payout is the fun they'd have doing it. Wil's not making any money (or at least any significant money) off merchandise -- hell, he's considering shutting the store down -- and the prize has negligible monetary value. (Although the link & credit are a lot of exposure, admittedly.) The only reason to enter the contest is because you think it'd be fun. If you don't think it'd be fun, don't enter, and don't bitch about it. And the whole "I don't do anything unless I get paid for it"... I understand that totally, but with the added caveats "... if the person asking me to do the work is expecting to use my work to make money". I have a friend I've happily done work for in the past, starting at $35/hr (heavily discounted because he's a friend). Another friend I've done a bunch of free work for. The difference? The guy I charge is building a commercial project, the other dude just wants a basic web presence to say "Hey, I exist!" and he doesn't expect to make a dime from it. Anyway. For the folks who are bitching, I just hope you never, *ever* have the gall to ask your friends for free tech support...
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Admit it, Wil, you set that whole post up so you could use those last four words.
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Admit it, Wil, you set that whole post up so you could use those last four words.
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I got in on a playtest of 4E with John Rogers. (Who is, by the way a very good DM.) I think a couple things may have been tweaked since then, but overall it looks a lot like what I played. A lot of the things that look a little quirky to experienced players end up being brilliant in actual play sessions, and some of the powers that seemed silly on paper were devastating in practice. I'll be honest... I went into the playtest displeased with what I'd read about 4E, and came out pretty much shaking with my uncontrollable need to have the new books NOWNOWNOW. It's really a ton of fun, even at first level. Very, very smart design. Combat went WAY faster in 4E than it did in any 3 and 3.5 game I played, and the fact that we didn't have to stop and sleep after every freaking fight was a huge bonus. One rule I'm going to implement when I run my own game in a week or two... There's so much new stuff in there, so many things that don't work quite the way you expect, that I want my players to have a chance to experiment. So I'll be instituting a rule that for our first few game sessions, any time the characters take an extended rest, you can change around your daily, encounter, and at-will power selection. After a few sessions, I'll make people take their actual final picks, and then we'll be playing the normal way after that, but I suspect a lot of great powers will get overlooked for quite a while if players don't get to experiment.
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I got in on a playtest of 4E with John Rogers. (Who is, by the way a very good DM.) I think a couple things may have been tweaked since then, but overall it looks a lot like what I played. A lot of the things that look a little quirky to experienced players end up being brilliant in actual play sessions, and some of the powers that seemed silly on paper were devastating in practice. I'll be honest... I went into the playtest displeased with what I'd read about 4E, and came out pretty much shaking with my uncontrollable need to have the new books NOWNOWNOW. It's really a ton of fun, even at first level. Very, very smart design. Combat went WAY faster in 4E than it did in any 3 and 3.5 game I played, and the fact that we didn't have to stop and sleep after every freaking fight was a huge bonus. One rule I'm going to implement when I run my own game in a week or two... There's so much new stuff in there, so many things that don't work quite the way you expect, that I want my players to have a chance to experiment. So I'll be instituting a rule that for our first few game sessions, any time the characters take an extended rest, you can change around your daily, encounter, and at-will power selection. After a few sessions, I'll make people take their actual final picks, and then we'll be playing the normal way after that, but I suspect a lot of great powers will get overlooked for quite a while if players don't get to experiment.
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Wil, I'm a biodad, and I have to tell you, there's a difference between a biodad and a stepdad. ... The stepdad knows who the kids are ahead of time and chooses to be their daddy. Other than that... Being a father has nothing to do with sharing genes. And the longer I'm a father, the more certain I am of that fact.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2008 on phoenix trip report, part 2 at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, I'm a biodad, and I have to tell you, there's a difference between a biodad and a stepdad. ... The stepdad knows who the kids are ahead of time and chooses to be their daddy. Other than that... Being a father has nothing to do with sharing genes. And the longer I'm a father, the more certain I am of that fact.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2008 on phoenix trip report, part 2 at WWdN: In Exile
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Sometimes, you just need to give in and say, "Today" (or "next thursday" or whatever) "is officially a Day Off. No work will happen that day. I will not clean, I will not accomplish chores, I will not pay any attention whatsoever to the list of things that I *should* do. I will sleep if I feel like it, I will eat comfort food if I feel like it, I will spend hours playing Solitaire if I feel like it. And I will NOT feel guilty about it." I find that when I hit a really spectacularly unmotivated period, one good solid day of relaxing is enough to recharge the batteries for a good long stretch of productive work. But it only works if I give myself permission to really goof off for a day and not feel guilty about it. If I goof off but allow myself to feel guilty, it doesn't help at all.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2008 on where is my motivation? at WWdN: In Exile
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Sometimes, you just need to give in and say, "Today" (or "next thursday" or whatever) "is officially a Day Off. No work will happen that day. I will not clean, I will not accomplish chores, I will not pay any attention whatsoever to the list of things that I *should* do. I will sleep if I feel like it, I will eat comfort food if I feel like it, I will spend hours playing Solitaire if I feel like it. And I will NOT feel guilty about it." I find that when I hit a really spectacularly unmotivated period, one good solid day of relaxing is enough to recharge the batteries for a good long stretch of productive work. But it only works if I give myself permission to really goof off for a day and not feel guilty about it. If I goof off but allow myself to feel guilty, it doesn't help at all.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2008 on where is my motivation? at WWdN: In Exile
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I'm halfway through Old Man's War, and so far Scalzi's my new favourite SF author. Just FYI.
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2007 on in the name of Scalzi! at WWdN: In Exile
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I'm halfway through Old Man's War, and so far Scalzi's my new favourite SF author. Just FYI.
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2007 on in the name of Scalzi! at WWdN: In Exile
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First: I'm lucky. One of the first more-adult book recommendations my dad gave me was Lord of the Rings. So I learned very, very early on to take my dad's recommendations seriously. :-) Of course, he was also a grade-school teacher, so he had a huge personal library of books appropriate for all ages, so he just pointed me at the appropriate section and let me loose most of the time. :-) Second: The only book recommendation I've taken from you so far is Ringworld. So that's a pretty damn good track record! I think I need to head to the store. :-)
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2007 on in the name of Scalzi! at WWdN: In Exile
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First: I'm lucky. One of the first more-adult book recommendations my dad gave me was Lord of the Rings. So I learned very, very early on to take my dad's recommendations seriously. :-) Of course, he was also a grade-school teacher, so he had a huge personal library of books appropriate for all ages, so he just pointed me at the appropriate section and let me loose most of the time. :-) Second: The only book recommendation I've taken from you so far is Ringworld. So that's a pretty damn good track record! I think I need to head to the store. :-)
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2007 on in the name of Scalzi! at WWdN: In Exile
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On a random note, I'm probably the only geek who actually enjoyed dodgeball in school. I may not have been a jock, but I was an absolute master at dodging. If only I'd had any kind of throwing arm, I'd have been unbeatable. Sorry. The talk of hating dodgeball made me think of that. I'll shut up now.
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On a random note, I'm probably the only geek who actually enjoyed dodgeball in school. I may not have been a jock, but I was an absolute master at dodging. If only I'd had any kind of throwing arm, I'd have been unbeatable. Sorry. The talk of hating dodgeball made me think of that. I'll shut up now.
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