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After that episode, there absolutely must be a rematch between you and Sheldon. Chuck Lorre, are you listening?
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2009 on The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary at WWdN: In Exile
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My 11-year-old self is absolutely squeeing over this episode. Well done, Wil. I'd love to know what you thought of playing opposite Jim Parsons.
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2009 on The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary at WWdN: In Exile
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Dude, your Lewis Skolnick costume is scary accurate. I went to your Flickr page, and even though Anne's dolled up to look like an 80s pop star, she SO doesn't look 40. Not one bit. Certainly doesn't look old enough to have a kid in college. You could've topped your Revenge of the Nerds outfit, though, if you still had one of Wesley's pumpkin coloured sweaters ;) Like the beard, by the way. Very Riker-ish, actually.
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"River died too young, Corey struggled like crazy to get his personal demons under control, Jerry found success and happiness, and I'm a writer. ...I have had a fucking weird life, man." When I discovered that you had started writing in your post-Trek career, the line I kept hearing over and over in my head was the line where Chris tells Gordie that someday he could be a real writer. Life imitating art, and all that. Perhaps you've always had the soul of a writer, and maybe that's why you had such a good handle on your character. Could also be why Jerry played Vern so well - he tapped into that boundless enthusiasm for life that he's managed to hang onto all these years. Stand By Me is one of those films from my childhood that, when I happen upon it whilst flipping channels, I'll always stop and watch. The source material for the film was excellent, of course, but you guys made it something special.
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Don't sell yourself short, Wil. You were only 12, first of all, and second, at least you did learn from your mistakes *before* they were immortalized on film. It's a little hard for me to watch that film nowadays, but that's because of River's passing, not because of the acting. That still gets me, all these years later, how his character (as an adult) died in the movie, and then River died just a few years later... I identified with Gordie so much as a kid. I just felt like I never fit in with the world around me, and when I watch Gordie, that's what I see in him - a kid who doesn't quite fit in the world around him, and his struggles to at least try to make it work. Always wanted to ask - you had a few scenes with John Cusack - what was it like working with him? Favorite blog entry... I don't know that I have any specific favorites, but I think the ones where you talk about spending time with your sons, the poignant moments that happen in the course of everyday life, are the ones I like the best.
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Don't sell yourself short, Wil. You were only 12, first of all, and second, at least you did learn from your mistakes *before* they were immortalized on film. It's a little hard for me to watch that film nowadays, but that's because of River's passing, not because of the acting. That still gets me, all these years later, how his character (as an adult) died in the movie, and then River died just a few years later... I identified with Gordie so much as a kid. I just felt like I never fit in with the world around me, and when I watch Gordie, that's what I see in him - a kid who doesn't quite fit in the world around him, and his struggles to at least try to make it work. Always wanted to ask - you had a few scenes with John Cusack - what was it like working with him? Favorite blog entry... I don't know that I have any specific favorites, but I think the ones where you talk about spending time with your sons, the poignant moments that happen in the course of everyday life, are the ones I like the best.
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Dude, you're making me feel old, which is no mean feat considering I'm four years younger than you. I'm having bad flashbacks of jelly bracelets, IZOD polos, prairie skirts (had to be a Little House fan to get that one), my favorite Swatch Watch - the "Jellyfish" that had no face and no one but me could read it and tell the time... I have a picture - an honest to God photograph, probably taken with my old Instamatic 110 camera - of me, standing in my grandparents' kitchen, with my jeans pegged. It was December 1990, and I was a freshman in high school. Somewhere in that year I began my transition from 80's jeans-pegging to 90's grunge, when I stole my grandfather's flannels to wear to school over baggy T-shirts, jeans, and ragged Chucks. Ah, those were the days... and my favorite TV show in 1990? TNG. Season 3 is indelibly etched into my high school memories as the Best.Season.Ever in TNG's run. By the way: pegging your pants is still a useful trick if you happen to ride a bicycle and don't want the cuffs ripped and frayed on the front set of gears.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2008 on and now, little green bag at WWdN: In Exile
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Dude, you're making me feel old, which is no mean feat considering I'm four years younger than you. I'm having bad flashbacks of jelly bracelets, IZOD polos, prairie skirts (had to be a Little House fan to get that one), my favorite Swatch Watch - the "Jellyfish" that had no face and no one but me could read it and tell the time... I have a picture - an honest to God photograph, probably taken with my old Instamatic 110 camera - of me, standing in my grandparents' kitchen, with my jeans pegged. It was December 1990, and I was a freshman in high school. Somewhere in that year I began my transition from 80's jeans-pegging to 90's grunge, when I stole my grandfather's flannels to wear to school over baggy T-shirts, jeans, and ragged Chucks. Ah, those were the days... and my favorite TV show in 1990? TNG. Season 3 is indelibly etched into my high school memories as the Best.Season.Ever in TNG's run. By the way: pegging your pants is still a useful trick if you happen to ride a bicycle and don't want the cuffs ripped and frayed on the front set of gears.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2008 on and now, little green bag at WWdN: In Exile
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After I graduated from college in 1998, I spent two years working as a narration recordist for a postproduction facility in the DC Metro area. At the time, I recorded voiceover talent for everything from documentaries to political ads, instructional videos to promos and interstitials for Discovery Channel (which they have since brought in-house). I have worked with brilliant VO talent and VO talent for whom the word "talent" was used VERY loosely. Some of the best talent with whom I worked were people whose names you will never know, but if I told you what ads or shows they've done, you'd say, "OH YEAH, I know that voice!" And guess what - for most of these people, that's ALL they do. They're not actors (though some were, and well-known too) - they just possess very distinctive voices, can read copy flawlessly on the first or second take, know how to enunciate, adjust the tempo of their reading, and take direction with grace. I feel very privileged to have worked with so may talented people in those two years, and though I have changed careers since then, I will treasure that experience, always. Wil - thanks to my husband and my three year old, both huge Superman fans, I hear you every Saturday morning as Cosmic Boy on Legion of Heroes. Keep up the good work :)
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2008 on regarding voice acting . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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After I graduated from college in 1998, I spent two years working as a narration recordist for a postproduction facility in the DC Metro area. At the time, I recorded voiceover talent for everything from documentaries to political ads, instructional videos to promos and interstitials for Discovery Channel (which they have since brought in-house). I have worked with brilliant VO talent and VO talent for whom the word "talent" was used VERY loosely. Some of the best talent with whom I worked were people whose names you will never know, but if I told you what ads or shows they've done, you'd say, "OH YEAH, I know that voice!" And guess what - for most of these people, that's ALL they do. They're not actors (though some were, and well-known too) - they just possess very distinctive voices, can read copy flawlessly on the first or second take, know how to enunciate, adjust the tempo of their reading, and take direction with grace. I feel very privileged to have worked with so may talented people in those two years, and though I have changed careers since then, I will treasure that experience, always. Wil - thanks to my husband and my three year old, both huge Superman fans, I hear you every Saturday morning as Cosmic Boy on Legion of Heroes. Keep up the good work :)
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2008 on regarding voice acting . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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Ah... this is one of my personal faves. I loved playing this in college. And by playing, I'm not talking about listening to the record, I'm talking about playing it, on my alto sax, in various jazz small-groups (quartets and quintets). That was back in the day, when I was still a music major, and didn't worry about things like supporting myself financially.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2008 on joe morello is a god at WWdN: In Exile
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Ah... this is one of my personal faves. I loved playing this in college. And by playing, I'm not talking about listening to the record, I'm talking about playing it, on my alto sax, in various jazz small-groups (quartets and quintets). That was back in the day, when I was still a music major, and didn't worry about things like supporting myself financially.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2008 on joe morello is a god at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, don't feel old! You can't be old - I'm only 4 years younger than you (well, technically 3 years and 51 weeks younger to be exact, but who's counting), and I'm not old, so you CAN'T be old! (Dontcha just love that logic that only a mother's sleep-deprived brain can produce?) Seriously, though, you'll do fine. This kind of thing is right in your wheelhouse, and I seriously doubt that the audience is going to think ill of you. Personally, I think you are generally too hard on yourself. Usually that comes across as humorous self-deprecation, but you have to be careful or it will consume you like it almost did over this speech. If you need a confidence boost, look no further than your sons. They obviously think very highly of you.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2007 on regarding the PAX panic at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, don't feel old! You can't be old - I'm only 4 years younger than you (well, technically 3 years and 51 weeks younger to be exact, but who's counting), and I'm not old, so you CAN'T be old! (Dontcha just love that logic that only a mother's sleep-deprived brain can produce?) Seriously, though, you'll do fine. This kind of thing is right in your wheelhouse, and I seriously doubt that the audience is going to think ill of you. Personally, I think you are generally too hard on yourself. Usually that comes across as humorous self-deprecation, but you have to be careful or it will consume you like it almost did over this speech. If you need a confidence boost, look no further than your sons. They obviously think very highly of you.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2007 on regarding the PAX panic at WWdN: In Exile
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I live not too far from where the shooter's family lives, and the media coverage here has been ridiculous. My husband has had to dodge news trucks just to pick our son up from daycare in the evenings. The media doesn't care about the victims or their families - it's all about having the exclusive for the evening news. I just wish everyone would leave the shooter's and victims' families alone and let them grieve in peace.
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I live not too far from where the shooter's family lives, and the media coverage here has been ridiculous. My husband has had to dodge news trucks just to pick our son up from daycare in the evenings. The media doesn't care about the victims or their families - it's all about having the exclusive for the evening news. I just wish everyone would leave the shooter's and victims' families alone and let them grieve in peace.
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Wil, I had Hacker for my C64 when I was nine. Never did finish it, but I thought it was a great game. I still have it in a box somewhere in my basement, along with my C64... 20-odd years later and I still can't part with my first computer :)
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2007 on now it's my turn to ask a question at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, I had Hacker for my C64 when I was nine. Never did finish it, but I thought it was a great game. I still have it in a box somewhere in my basement, along with my C64... 20-odd years later and I still can't part with my first computer :)
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2007 on now it's my turn to ask a question at WWdN: In Exile
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At 7 months pregnant, I find myself doing the Picard maneuver quite frequently when I stand up... even maternity shirts are not quite long enough these days :(
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2007 on the picard maneuver at WWdN: In Exile
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At 7 months pregnant, I find myself doing the Picard maneuver quite frequently when I stand up... even maternity shirts are not quite long enough these days :(
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2007 on the picard maneuver at WWdN: In Exile
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In the security line at Dulles, I was forced to surrender my Leatherman Micra (a very small multi-tool that contains a very small pair of scissors and an even smaller knife blade - not even 2 inches long) because it was considered a "dangerous item". Puh-LEEZE. I could have done more damage with one of the 3 pens I had in my laptop bag, or with my laptop power cord, than I could have with that miniscule blade that honestly was barely sharp enough to cut butter (I had the multi-tool mainly for the scissors anyway)!
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In the security line at Dulles, I was forced to surrender my Leatherman Micra (a very small multi-tool that contains a very small pair of scissors and an even smaller knife blade - not even 2 inches long) because it was considered a "dangerous item". Puh-LEEZE. I could have done more damage with one of the 3 pens I had in my laptop bag, or with my laptop power cord, than I could have with that miniscule blade that honestly was barely sharp enough to cut butter (I had the multi-tool mainly for the scissors anyway)!
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Re: Keith Coogan - how about "Adventures in Babysitting?" That was pretty good too. "Cousins" was a great movie all the way around. I still admit to liking "Toy Soldiers" for Sean, Wil and Keith as a guilty pleasure. (Obscure TV trivia - this season on CSI, in the first ep about the miniature model serial killer, William Petersen was reunited with his "Cousins" co-star Sean Young. Just thought that was cool.) Wil, I know I was totally busting on "Justice" in my post yesterday, and in my haste to pick apart the episode, I forgot to say that your review is top-notch as always and I got a good chuckle out of it. Can't wait till you get to episodes in later seasons too, particularly "The Dauphin". Do you plan to review every episode, in order, or are you going to skip some here and there? I never saw a review for the series premiere (Encounter at Farpoint) and was wondering if you decided to skip that one altogether. Even if you don't review it for TVSquad, it'd be great to see it here on your blog. Here's a funny: My husband was working from home one day a few weeks ago, and was watching Spike in the afternoon (when they show TNG and DS9 eps back to back), and "The Game" came on. His jaw about hit the floor when he realized that Wes was gettin' serious with none other than Ashley Judd! Good on ya, Wil - you two actually had good on-screen chemistry. Too bad the writers couldn't do more with that....
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2006 on TNG Review: Justice at WWdN: In Exile
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Re: Keith Coogan - how about "Adventures in Babysitting?" That was pretty good too. "Cousins" was a great movie all the way around. I still admit to liking "Toy Soldiers" for Sean, Wil and Keith as a guilty pleasure. (Obscure TV trivia - this season on CSI, in the first ep about the miniature model serial killer, William Petersen was reunited with his "Cousins" co-star Sean Young. Just thought that was cool.) Wil, I know I was totally busting on "Justice" in my post yesterday, and in my haste to pick apart the episode, I forgot to say that your review is top-notch as always and I got a good chuckle out of it. Can't wait till you get to episodes in later seasons too, particularly "The Dauphin". Do you plan to review every episode, in order, or are you going to skip some here and there? I never saw a review for the series premiere (Encounter at Farpoint) and was wondering if you decided to skip that one altogether. Even if you don't review it for TVSquad, it'd be great to see it here on your blog. Here's a funny: My husband was working from home one day a few weeks ago, and was watching Spike in the afternoon (when they show TNG and DS9 eps back to back), and "The Game" came on. His jaw about hit the floor when he realized that Wes was gettin' serious with none other than Ashley Judd! Good on ya, Wil - you two actually had good on-screen chemistry. Too bad the writers couldn't do more with that....
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2006 on TNG Review: Justice at WWdN: In Exile
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Yeah, it was interesting to see ST tackle the capital punishment and religion angles, and I understand that they did that because they were still trying to find their identity and the original series often tackled big, weighty issues like that, but have you ever noticed that the better episodes of TNG were smaller, more character-driven stories, not these big, socio-political statements? I remember that episode, and it really felt contrived to me, even at the tender age of eleven. I mean, you *knew* they were going to get Wes out of there, and it felt like the writers wrote themselves into a corner and resorted to rhetoric to free Wes from certain death. Oh, and bringing Rivan onboard was a HUGE plothole no-no. That would be like one of the investigators on CSI collecting evidence without gloves on - it's a glaring violation of one of the show's canon rules. The Picard of later seasons would never have done something like that, because he would have known how mind-blowing that would be and that it would not help the situation at all. FWIW, they could have gone a totally different way with this show and explored more personal issues, such as the dangers of unprotected sex, promiscuity, teenage sex, etc. (I mean, think of how Wes could have - er - grown as a character!) Or, maybe have the crew contract some unknown STD from their shore leave dalliances. At the very least, let Wes face death for a much more worthwhile offense. I cringe thinking about how the writers of first season clearly did not know how to write for a teenage character. Now if Wes was getting his freak on with the hot chick in the flower bed, that would have been much more worthwhile (and believable) than him tripping like a 3rd grader into that flower bed while trying to teach a bunch of scantily-clad hot alien teens how to play baseball. Sheesh. They wrote Wes as if he were still in grade school. It was frustrating to watch - I can only imagine how frustrating it was to actually play the part that first year.
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2006 on TNG Review: Justice at WWdN: In Exile
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