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Wil, That's a pity. If you had gotten that gig, you'd be in Big Bang Theory, Eureka and Fringe all at the same time. Pretty good geek Trifecta right there. If it's any consolation, there's an ALT-universe where you were cast. Possibly the same one where Back To The Future starred Eric Stolz.
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So "Money Finders" wasn't some bizarre New York anti-semitism? Somehow the TV version makes even less sense to me now.
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Wil, When the ID tag appears on screen, and says "Wil Wheaton - Actor", how do you feel about that? Would you have preferred it said "Actor / Author"? I realise that since you were there with your Acting Hat on, it makes sense to refer to you as an Actor. But I was wondering how you mentally fix the writing/acting in prominence in your head. Is the writing just something you do to pay the bills between acting gigs? Or is acting something you do for fun now, without actively pursuing it? Or are they sitting in equal importance to you in your head, or what? Really curious, so I hope you can answer this...
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2010 on in which wil is live at seven at WWdN: In Exile
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Okay, I really admire Randi (met him once too) and have nothing but respect for his anti-pseudoscience positions. I was a regular poster on his websites forums for some time, and got mentioned in one of his weekly columns (in a nice way). But come on. The guy is 81, and has already polarized opinion around himself based on his humanist and sceptical positions when it comes to things like God or religion and the supernatural in general. To come out of the closet now, at 81, is not a particularly brave thing. Even though America is still a far from gay-friendly place, where gay people could marry and adopt children without it raising an eyebrow, it is still a darn sight better than it was 30 years ago. Had he come out of the closet then, while he was a regular on Johnny Carson, or had his magic career to worry about, it would have been a brave (and quite possibly foolhardy) thing to do. But today? No, it's not particularly brave.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2010 on James Randi: "I'm gay." at WWdN: In Exile
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Oh Wil. Writing slashfic for Picard and Bev? Well, I suppose that's better than writing slashfic for Wesley and Beverly...
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2010 on billy bad breaks at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, Just a suggestion, since some people aren't Tea drinkers, preferring a cup of joe? Maybe make a few saying "Raktajino" or "Coffee. Jamaican Blend. Double strong. Double sweet."
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No, the stuff that Wil released under Creative Commons license is clearly marked as such (or when it's a video, he clearly says it on the video). The audio books were not. Just because someone supports Creative Commons, and occasionally uses it, doesn't mean they have to use it on every single thing they create.
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On the plus side: (1) You probably won't have lost too many sales. Every comment on Mr Please-cock-punch-me's website was telling him to take the links down. Just one was saying it was too expensive so he downloaded it, so that asswipe wasn't a sale either. (2) If there's one thing I've learned in life, it's that Karma is a bitch with a long term memory. (3) The latest comment seems to promise some sort of unholy retribution. While it's easy to be mr.threatening on the internet while living in a parents basement, I've seen stories on the news about the guys on 4chan.org. They're savage and fearless. They've even taken on Scientology and lived to tell the tale. Something tells me Karma may be going after this guy like a jilted loan shark.
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"it's important to remember that our tanks and soldiers aren't pointing their weapons at their own citizens" Yet. "We should also bear in mind that 40 years ago in America, a bunch of students marched on university campuses and rioted and caused destruction over our military actions in Vietnam..." No, what you should remember is that a peaceful demonstration at Kent university was broken up by the National Guard, who shot and killed some protestors. No-one was ever held accountable for those murders. *That* was responsible for a lot of other, less peaceful demonstrations. "a stark contrast to a peaceful demonstration 20 years ago in Tienanmen Square where innocent civilians were butchered by their own government." No, not really different at all. The only difference was in how the respective governments reacted to the butchery. "Unfortunately, many of us don't appreciate our personal liberties or value or freedom until we witness others having it stripped from them." And sadly, many people find the thought of people using their freedoms (of speech and free-assembly) to protest the actions of their government, somehow treasonable and wrong. Freedom to speak means nothing, if you're only allowed to say what everyone agrees with.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2009 on twenty years ago... at WWdN: In Exile
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It's not just that they are not allowed to remember. There are many people within China who do remember, and choose to ignore it. Or to think it's not as important as being able to buy the latest high-tech gadgets, or take pride in China's Olympic Games. That's the important lesson here. The danger of apathy. When your populace is apathetic, the government can (and will) get away with murder on a grand scale. So America? Yeah...
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2009 on twenty years ago... at WWdN: In Exile
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huh! That's what I said (though you bet me to it by 20 minutes)
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You know, if someone as anal as George Lucas was involved in that show, they could have taken your older self now and digitally imposed it back into the episode. Releasing a special limited edition (only 16 billion copies produced) version of the episode.
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Nice body slam of Reagonomics there! That made me laugh. It might be fun to try and impress upon your kid, that in 20 years or so, the "cool" games of today will probably be as equally lame to the kids who haven't been born yet.
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Robvs, How come you focus on Meg, who was obviously written as an extremist for laughs, and yet ignore the rest of the Griffen family, and their more moderate normal version of christianity? I think it's quite telling that some believers who have a visceral negative reaction to Meg's fundamentalist portrayal, ignore the more numerous and mainstream christians in the family and on the show.
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Wil, you mentioned in a previous post "I can't divulge any specific story details, or give away any jokes, but there's a gag with me that, if it makes it to the final cut of the episode, could quite possibly be the funniest thing I've ever done on television." Did it make the cut? Because I don't think either of your spoken lines were *that* funny.
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Alan Moore is definitely a genius, but I've never liked his dismissal of the adaptations of his work. Dismissing the movie he hasn't even seen as a piece of shit that's not worth his time, is just as bad (in my opinion) as the people who dismiss his graphic novels without reading them, because "comics are stupid and childish". If you watch something, sure, you can criticise the hell out of it. (Especially if it WAS a bad adaptation.) But this pre-emptive dismissal of all movies? Stupid and childish. Like comics. (j/k)
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For anyone who likes astronomy, I'd like to really recommend AstronomyCast, with Fraser Cain and Dr. Pamela Gay. http://www.astronomycast.com/archive/ It's one of my favourite podcasts. If you like British humour, I'd recommend Ricky Gervais' podcasts with Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington. I can't do it justice to describe it... I can only tell you that Karl is not an invented personality. He's a real person. He IS that ill-informed about the world. Those ARE his thoughts. :) The downside, considering you have to pay for them, it's still sometimes hit and miss. That's a shame. My actual favourite, is the SModcast, the weekly (most weeks) podcast by film-maker Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier. (When Scott is not available, Kevin ropes in a guest.) http://www.quickstopentertainment.com/smodcast Without doubt the some of the funniest stuff I've ever heard on the web, if you like Kevin Smith movies and his particular brand of humour. There's plenty of running gags, so I'd recommend starting with the first and going through them. I can't believe SModcast is free....
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Wil, One of the comments was how much you looked like a young Grissom from C.S.I. with the beard. I totally see that. Anyone else?
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Not having a car, I go by public transport all the time. And I always carry a book with me. Traffic jams are a lot less stressful when it means you get through 50 pages on the way to work, and another 50 on the way home. I get through about a book a week, easily.
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Not having a car, I go by public transport all the time. And I always carry a book with me. Traffic jams are a lot less stressful when it means you get through 50 pages on the way to work, and another 50 on the way home. I get through about a book a week, easily.
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Wil, not only do you know how to sell the audio book (audio extras... wonderful idea) I personally am quite pleased that you would make the assumption your readers and fans are "not dicks". I'll be buying mine for sure.
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Wil, not only do you know how to sell the audio book (audio extras... wonderful idea) I personally am quite pleased that you would make the assumption your readers and fans are "not dicks". I'll be buying mine for sure.
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Wil, for all that you dislike his politics or whatever, you're missing out on two great reads. I couldn't give a toss for the many many sequels to Enders Game, except for the direct sequel. Speaker for the Dead. It's even better than Enders Game, and it's more for adults, in the way that Enders Game really connects with kids who read it. I strongly urge you to give this book a try. And if I can plug one more of Scott Cards, I'll just say that Pastwatch (The Redemption of Christopher Colombus) is one of the most beautiful books (SF or otherwise) that I've ever read.
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Wil, for all that you dislike his politics or whatever, you're missing out on two great reads. I couldn't give a toss for the many many sequels to Enders Game, except for the direct sequel. Speaker for the Dead. It's even better than Enders Game, and it's more for adults, in the way that Enders Game really connects with kids who read it. I strongly urge you to give this book a try. And if I can plug one more of Scott Cards, I'll just say that Pastwatch (The Redemption of Christopher Colombus) is one of the most beautiful books (SF or otherwise) that I've ever read.
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