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Hola Senor Wheaton, F those kids with uncontrollable Sharpie markers. F the kids with the crayons. F the wee little wankers with an uncontrolled desire to whip out their best #2 pencil and have their way with an unsullied magazine. F the pre-law majors who have their way with the newspaper you find on the subway or train, and half-finish the crossword while misspelling eight words. And, especially, F those GDMF'in MFers who put about three words into the crossword in the free magazine you run into on airplanes F all y'all! Well, not the literate folks. Just the rest. Though I guess they're maybe not reading the internets (tm).
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Jacking the thread somewhat.... Jesus, Boss. You used to be a mudder, and the spam of numbers and names sends you into a fugue? We OG find that...surprisingly normal. I can't keep up with it anymore, myself--and if you start throwing sparkly graphics into the mix, I think I may as well take a nap and start reeq'ing. Anyway, back to beer! Sweet, blessed beer! BEER! The wife and I recently moved from NC to OH, and I'm betting my first pathetic attempt at homebrew (in a 85+ F apartment) will go much better here. I'll drop a note once things get up and running. Oh...and since I'm a chemist, you can be darn sure I'll be anal about keeping notes! JSc
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Congrats on all that work paying off, Mr. Wheaton, SIR! I missed seeing the earliest beginnings of your growth from an actor to a writer, but it's been great watching as you worked through the past ten years to develop your skills and confidence. Have a great 2011!
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2010 on Happy New Year. I'm on a boat. at WWdN: In Exile
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OK, so this is fun..... But seriously, Boss.... The pic I just saw of you on teh Fark(tm) with you wearing the shirt of you wearing the shirt of you was, well, better. The thing that would have made it teh bestest(tm) would have been if it were you wearing the clown shirt, with an inset of you wearing the clown shirt, with an inset of...etc. Either way, rock and roll--well done! Dr. JSc
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Blargh you, Mr. Wheaton, SIR!!!! Here I COULD have scheduled a left-coast business trip a week later had I known that sweet, sweet Willie Wheaton would be juxtaposed with sweet, sweet beer. Sadly, however, I seem to be the slow kid that nobody picks for kickball--and that nobody tells about this awesome event of awesomeness. Bleh. Now I need a hug. Dr. JSc
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Hola Mr. Wheaton, SIR! If it's any comfort, that trend is pretty bleedin' common for many or most self-paced projects. On a good day, I'm at work by 7 a.m. and crank out a ton of "good" stuff before I head home at 6 or 8 p.m. On a bad day, I don't get in until 8 a.m. or so, get stuck in a bunch of meetings listening to the same bleedin' b.s. excuses for the umpteenth time in a row, and go home at 6 or 8 p.m. wondering what I accomplished. All that said, at least I get to play with lasers and chemistry all day...that makes up for it somewhat! Dr. JSc
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2008 on in which wil gets no work done at WWdN: In Exile
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Hola Mr. Wheaton, SIR! If it's any comfort, that trend is pretty bleedin' common for many or most self-paced projects. On a good day, I'm at work by 7 a.m. and crank out a ton of "good" stuff before I head home at 6 or 8 p.m. On a bad day, I don't get in until 8 a.m. or so, get stuck in a bunch of meetings listening to the same bleedin' b.s. excuses for the umpteenth time in a row, and go home at 6 or 8 p.m. wondering what I accomplished. All that said, at least I get to play with lasers and chemistry all day...that makes up for it somewhat! Dr. JSc
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2008 on in which wil gets no work done at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil--stop the presses, cancel your vacation. There's more important things to do right now.... http://www.brothers-brick.com/2008/06/16/lego-star-wars-10188-death-star-pics-news/ Yes, that's right.... Lego Death Star. Need I say more?
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2008 on wil's summer vacation at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil--stop the presses, cancel your vacation. There's more important things to do right now.... http://www.brothers-brick.com/2008/06/16/lego-star-wars-10188-death-star-pics-news/ Yes, that's right.... Lego Death Star. Need I say more?
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2008 on wil's summer vacation at WWdN: In Exile
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Sounds like everything is going well, Wil--congrats! Apologies on being so slow to check in. Life's been insanely busy of late.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2008 on i don't want to go on the cart at WWdN: In Exile
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Sounds like everything is going well, Wil--congrats! Apologies on being so slow to check in. Life's been insanely busy of late.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2008 on i don't want to go on the cart at WWdN: In Exile
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Hiya, Boss. It's great that everything is pulling together on this project. I remember you writing about your stress level while working on your second book, as well as the first, and I'm still not sure how you handle it so well--when writing papers or proposals, I become a bit of a complete nutcase. Re: Robots with freakin' laserbeams--you bring the robot, I'll supply the lasers. Re: the "Barefoot Army".... That sounds like it could be kind of uncomfortable (what with blisters and hang-nails and broken glass and shrapnel and marching over the bones of our decimated foes and whatnot), unless we all have some heavy-duty callous action going on. Just a thought.... Dr. JSc
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Hiya, Boss. It's great that everything is pulling together on this project. I remember you writing about your stress level while working on your second book, as well as the first, and I'm still not sure how you handle it so well--when writing papers or proposals, I become a bit of a complete nutcase. Re: Robots with freakin' laserbeams--you bring the robot, I'll supply the lasers. Re: the "Barefoot Army".... That sounds like it could be kind of uncomfortable (what with blisters and hang-nails and broken glass and shrapnel and marching over the bones of our decimated foes and whatnot), unless we all have some heavy-duty callous action going on. Just a thought.... Dr. JSc
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WTF are you talking about, Mr. Wheaton, SIR!? "Thinking about creating [your] own army?" Have you already forgotten the Monkey Armada (tm)? (Or is this an army to go along with the Armada???) J
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WTF are you talking about, Mr. Wheaton, SIR!? "Thinking about creating [your] own army?" Have you already forgotten the Monkey Armada (tm)? (Or is this an army to go along with the Armada???) J
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As always, long since overdue, Wil. I'm pretty well set-in-my-ways, but there is a dedicated core who value your real-world approach to national and international political affairs, and may actually draw some guidance. Don't feel as though you must eschew their interest in the 'blog, Boss. JSc
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2007 on Shorter Bush at WWdN: In Exile
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As always, long since overdue, Wil. I'm pretty well set-in-my-ways, but there is a dedicated core who value your real-world approach to national and international political affairs, and may actually draw some guidance. Don't feel as though you must eschew their interest in the 'blog, Boss. JSc
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2007 on Shorter Bush at WWdN: In Exile
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Examples, Dave? Roger that...firing up Google.... http://articles.news.aol.com/news/_a/innocent-man-sent-to-syria-and-tortured/20060918232609990016?ncid=NWS00010000000001 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/09/346251.shtml http://www.infowars.com/articles/iraq/iraqis_say_security_forces_use_torture.htm http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4440134.stm That's just a brief slice, in which three of the articles give names which you can no doubt track further using Google or the like. A couple of them also conveniently address your argument that "torture works." And so far as what I'd do, it's pretty straightforward--instead of further pissing off / pissing on the world and engendering more distrust / dislike / hatred of the US, address the issues which motivate people to attack the US. Quit invading countries and changing governments for our own short-term convenience. Quit dropping bombs to fight "terrorists," who are fundamentally a tiny fraction of any given population spread throughout a large group of innocents. Quit attaching godawfully idiotic strings to our international aid, such as the "abstinence-only" rider that made Bush's pledge of $15 billion in African anti-AIDS aid utterly useless and ineffective. Lastly, re: humanity, oversight, and morality. Anyone who imagines that the US or people in generally are inherently "good" is living in a dream world. The same is true of anyone who imagines that the current US government will allow anything even vaguely approximating oversight. Now, regarding the flipping of your scenario: You have yet to answer the question. If you or your children (however innocent) were arrested under suspicion of terrorism (just as many Iraqis, at least one German, and at least one Canadian have been), how long do you think you would be able to put up with torture before saying whatever your captors wanted to hear?
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2006 on a statement of conscience at WWdN: In Exile
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Examples, Dave? Roger that...firing up Google.... http://articles.news.aol.com/news/_a/innocent-man-sent-to-syria-and-tortured/20060918232609990016?ncid=NWS00010000000001 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/09/346251.shtml http://www.infowars.com/articles/iraq/iraqis_say_security_forces_use_torture.htm http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4440134.stm That's just a brief slice, in which three of the articles give names which you can no doubt track further using Google or the like. A couple of them also conveniently address your argument that "torture works." And so far as what I'd do, it's pretty straightforward--instead of further pissing off / pissing on the world and engendering more distrust / dislike / hatred of the US, address the issues which motivate people to attack the US. Quit invading countries and changing governments for our own short-term convenience. Quit dropping bombs to fight "terrorists," who are fundamentally a tiny fraction of any given population spread throughout a large group of innocents. Quit attaching godawfully idiotic strings to our international aid, such as the "abstinence-only" rider that made Bush's pledge of $15 billion in African anti-AIDS aid utterly useless and ineffective. Lastly, re: humanity, oversight, and morality. Anyone who imagines that the US or people in generally are inherently "good" is living in a dream world. The same is true of anyone who imagines that the current US government will allow anything even vaguely approximating oversight. Now, regarding the flipping of your scenario: You have yet to answer the question. If you or your children (however innocent) were arrested under suspicion of terrorism (just as many Iraqis, at least one German, and at least one Canadian have been), how long do you think you would be able to put up with torture before saying whatever your captors wanted to hear?
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2006 on a statement of conscience at WWdN: In Exile
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Dave, I think you're missing an important point--the simple reality is that many or most of the people who have been swept up by the government are not terrorists. Given the government's / current administration's abysmal track record and obstinacy re: listening to dissenting opinions (like, say, those in the CIA, the FBI, the DIA, etc.), it doesn't look like the government's hit rate on catching "real" terrorists is going to improve any time soon. Let's flip your scenario--suppose you or your kid (boy scout or not) were arrested under suspicion of terrorism (something which isn't beyond the realm of possibility even for suburban white guys like myself, given the recent upswing in "domestic" terrorism). Suppose the authorities are sure that you're guilty, if only because they tortured a little bird enough that he/she gave the authorities your name. Suppose they hang you by your thumbs, electrify your testicles, shove a cattle prod up your arse, shove needles under your fingernails, beat you daily with a rubber hose and keep you cold, tired and hungry. Accepting it as given that you're probably an upstanding citizen by all accounts, I'd still bet dollars to doughnuts that you would confess to everything short of assassinating Lincoln. In the meantime, there could be REAL terrorists planting REAL bombs and REALLY killing people.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2006 on a statement of conscience at WWdN: In Exile
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Dave, I think you're missing an important point--the simple reality is that many or most of the people who have been swept up by the government are not terrorists. Given the government's / current administration's abysmal track record and obstinacy re: listening to dissenting opinions (like, say, those in the CIA, the FBI, the DIA, etc.), it doesn't look like the government's hit rate on catching "real" terrorists is going to improve any time soon. Let's flip your scenario--suppose you or your kid (boy scout or not) were arrested under suspicion of terrorism (something which isn't beyond the realm of possibility even for suburban white guys like myself, given the recent upswing in "domestic" terrorism). Suppose the authorities are sure that you're guilty, if only because they tortured a little bird enough that he/she gave the authorities your name. Suppose they hang you by your thumbs, electrify your testicles, shove a cattle prod up your arse, shove needles under your fingernails, beat you daily with a rubber hose and keep you cold, tired and hungry. Accepting it as given that you're probably an upstanding citizen by all accounts, I'd still bet dollars to doughnuts that you would confess to everything short of assassinating Lincoln. In the meantime, there could be REAL terrorists planting REAL bombs and REALLY killing people.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2006 on a statement of conscience at WWdN: In Exile
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Re: whether or not the Constitution gives the same rights to non-citizens as citizens.... Keep two things in mind when discussing the Constitution.... First, it has traditionally been upheld as an exclusionary document, as have the various amendments--unless it explicitly states that "the power to do X is attributed to branch Y of the government," then it has been assumed that the Constitution doesn't allow branch Y to do X (the 11th amendment states it pretty explicitly, in fact). That this long-time perspective on the Constitution has been steadily chipped away at over the past several decades (that is, that the idea of "framer's intent" is being replaced with the idea that if the framers didn't explicitly prohibit X, then X is OK) should be a HUGE red flag.... Second, the Bill of Rights is really just a codification of the fundamental spirit of our country's Declaration of Independence (with a few additional things tacked in, of course). "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...." Note that the Declaration of Independence makes no distinction between Americans, Brits, Germans, Spaniards, etc., etc., etc. The Constitution makes no distinction between Americans and non-Americans, either. In fact, given that the 11th amendment explicitly uses the term "people" rather than "citizens", there is a definite implication that the framers of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution never intended that those documents applied only to how the US treated Americans.... Just my thoughts.... As a sidenote, btw, it's good to see that you're actively addressing politics again Wil (aka Mr. Wheaton, SIR!)
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2006 on a statement of conscience at WWdN: In Exile
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Re: whether or not the Constitution gives the same rights to non-citizens as citizens.... Keep two things in mind when discussing the Constitution.... First, it has traditionally been upheld as an exclusionary document, as have the various amendments--unless it explicitly states that "the power to do X is attributed to branch Y of the government," then it has been assumed that the Constitution doesn't allow branch Y to do X (the 11th amendment states it pretty explicitly, in fact). That this long-time perspective on the Constitution has been steadily chipped away at over the past several decades (that is, that the idea of "framer's intent" is being replaced with the idea that if the framers didn't explicitly prohibit X, then X is OK) should be a HUGE red flag.... Second, the Bill of Rights is really just a codification of the fundamental spirit of our country's Declaration of Independence (with a few additional things tacked in, of course). "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...." Note that the Declaration of Independence makes no distinction between Americans, Brits, Germans, Spaniards, etc., etc., etc. The Constitution makes no distinction between Americans and non-Americans, either. In fact, given that the 11th amendment explicitly uses the term "people" rather than "citizens", there is a definite implication that the framers of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution never intended that those documents applied only to how the US treated Americans.... Just my thoughts.... As a sidenote, btw, it's good to see that you're actively addressing politics again Wil (aka Mr. Wheaton, SIR!)
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2006 on a statement of conscience at WWdN: In Exile
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First off, congratulations Mr. Wheaton, SIR! Second, HOLY SPAMBLOGGING! It's amazing how having a couple good things to write about makes you (both the generic "you" and the Mr. Wheaton, SIR! "you") want to clear out the cobwebs, become more vocal about what's going on in general, etc., etc., etc. Just a semi-random observation.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2006 on finally back to me at WWdN: In Exile
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First off, congratulations Mr. Wheaton, SIR! Second, HOLY SPAMBLOGGING! It's amazing how having a couple good things to write about makes you (both the generic "you" and the Mr. Wheaton, SIR! "you") want to clear out the cobwebs, become more vocal about what's going on in general, etc., etc., etc. Just a semi-random observation.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2006 on finally back to me at WWdN: In Exile
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