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Ah. Nice "Stand by Me" reference. Seriously, very, very cool. :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2009 on senses working overtime at WWdN: In Exile
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A word to the wise: Listen to the Woman. She knows whereof she speaks. :-)
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Terry Pratchett has written, in more than one of his _Discworld_ stories, that everyone knows" that anything that is a 100-to-1 shot (aka, "so crazy it just might work!") works nine out of ten times. Words to live by, says I. :-)
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2009 on of angels and angles at WWdN: In Exile
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Sorry to hear about your pain, but I wouldn't blame physics, Wil; better to blame it on the "old guy thinking he can still do what he could do when he was a kid" syndrome. Yes! You now are officially a member of the Old Farts Club. We, your fellow members, salute you. :-D
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2008 on can i break just one rib? at WWdN: In Exile
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Sorry to hear about your pain, but I wouldn't blame physics, Wil; better to blame it on the "old guy thinking he can still do what he could do when he was a kid" syndrome. Yes! You now are officially a member of the Old Farts Club. We, your fellow members, salute you. :-D
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2008 on can i break just one rib? at WWdN: In Exile
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"simply because this technology is, to them, indistinguishable from magic." Har. Let's all have a good giggle at those hopelessly out-of-date old folk. Speaking as one who is old enough to be your mother, I do indeed realize that the workings of the Internets is no more mystical than those of the TV in my living room--despite the fact that I cannot *explain* the inner workings of either (beyond the obvious: plug it in; turn it on; it works). Nevertheless, I have managed to avoid hazardous e-mail at home because I know enough not to open a message from an address I don't recognize (having learned that costly lesson on a PC at work); and 2) I learned a *long* time ago that "if a thing is too good to be true, it probably is" (reinforced by the previously mentioned lesson), and c) at home I own and use a Mac. Gods bless Steve Jobs. He's obviously saving this old coot(ess) from her (laughably ignorant) self. And don't even get me started on what actually constitutes "magic."
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2008 on the ghosts in the machine at WWdN: In Exile
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"simply because this technology is, to them, indistinguishable from magic." Har. Let's all have a good giggle at those hopelessly out-of-date old folk. Speaking as one who is old enough to be your mother, I do indeed realize that the workings of the Internets is no more mystical than those of the TV in my living room--despite the fact that I cannot *explain* the inner workings of either (beyond the obvious: plug it in; turn it on; it works). Nevertheless, I have managed to avoid hazardous e-mail at home because I know enough not to open a message from an address I don't recognize (having learned that costly lesson on a PC at work); and 2) I learned a *long* time ago that "if a thing is too good to be true, it probably is" (reinforced by the previously mentioned lesson), and c) at home I own and use a Mac. Gods bless Steve Jobs. He's obviously saving this old coot(ess) from her (laughably ignorant) self. And don't even get me started on what actually constitutes "magic."
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2008 on the ghosts in the machine at WWdN: In Exile
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"Someone once said to me that we should always do our best, and understand and accept that 'our best' will vary from time to time." That's one of the Four Agreements ("Always do your best") with the caveat that one's best will vary, depending on time, day, circumstances, atmospheric pressure--you know, *stuff*. Useful book. :-)
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"Someone once said to me that we should always do our best, and understand and accept that 'our best' will vary from time to time." That's one of the Four Agreements ("Always do your best") with the caveat that one's best will vary, depending on time, day, circumstances, atmospheric pressure--you know, *stuff*. Useful book. :-)
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Wil, I know you have an editor, but I'm a grammar geek (English major with a concentration in Rhetoric), so this sort of thing makes me a little crazed. Please bear with: "A few minutes later, I walked down a well-landscaped path toward a five story mirrored glass building." "Five story" should be hyphenated (because it's a compound noun acting as an adjective), and "mirrored glass" should be hyphenated for the same reason. There. I feel better now; the voices in my head are once again quiescent. Thanks. :-)
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Wil, I know you have an editor, but I'm a grammar geek (English major with a concentration in Rhetoric), so this sort of thing makes me a little crazed. Please bear with: "A few minutes later, I walked down a well-landscaped path toward a five story mirrored glass building." "Five story" should be hyphenated (because it's a compound noun acting as an adjective), and "mirrored glass" should be hyphenated for the same reason. There. I feel better now; the voices in my head are once again quiescent. Thanks. :-)
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Hey, Wil, you're famous: you were 52-Across in Thursday's New York Times crossword puzzle. How cool is that? :-)
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2008 on wil's summer vacation at WWdN: In Exile
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Hey, Wil, you're famous: you were 52-Across in Thursday's New York Times crossword puzzle. How cool is that? :-)
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2008 on wil's summer vacation at WWdN: In Exile
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To "Mr. Wright," who wrote, "This is a perfect example of why society should be more accepting of men punching some women in the face." Really? Seriously? Is this truly the path you which to tread? It's a slippery slope--what you are basically advocating here is, "if I am bigger and stronger than and DON'T AGREE WITH YOU, I'm entitled to beat the crap out of you." Really? Seriously? I'm thinking you might want to rethink that statement. And perhaps spend some time with a good therapist to help you address your hostility toward women.
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To "Mr. Wright," who wrote, "This is a perfect example of why society should be more accepting of men punching some women in the face." Really? Seriously? Is this truly the path you which to tread? It's a slippery slope--what you are basically advocating here is, "if I am bigger and stronger than and DON'T AGREE WITH YOU, I'm entitled to beat the crap out of you." Really? Seriously? I'm thinking you might want to rethink that statement. And perhaps spend some time with a good therapist to help you address your hostility toward women.
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To Todd: Please don't lump all people of a certain (i.e., my) age group into "boomers" and blast us all for being obnoxious. I don't even own a cell phone, for starters. I haven't attended a concert since Elton John played Bloomington, IN (that would be '73), and I taught my three children that it was _verboten_ to talk during movies, never mind *live* performances of any stripe. People of any age can and do misbehave, but please don't condemn the group for the actions of the memorable few. To Wil: I hate to say this (because I'll be incinerated by loyal Wil fans), but you might have added some kerosene to the fire when you used the F-bomb. I'm not saying it wasn't justified in the circumstances; all I'm saying is, if you want to create peace and understanding, there are a *lot* of other words that are more effective. Granted, most of them would not have been as satisfying to use in this situation, but by using the F-bomb, you gave Intoxicated, Obnoxious Lady license to be as immature and annoying as she chose to be. And to everyone reading this post: All I'm interested in is peace and understanding and the further growth and abundance thereof. Please refrain from killing the messenger.
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To Todd: Please don't lump all people of a certain (i.e., my) age group into "boomers" and blast us all for being obnoxious. I don't even own a cell phone, for starters. I haven't attended a concert since Elton John played Bloomington, IN (that would be '73), and I taught my three children that it was _verboten_ to talk during movies, never mind *live* performances of any stripe. People of any age can and do misbehave, but please don't condemn the group for the actions of the memorable few. To Wil: I hate to say this (because I'll be incinerated by loyal Wil fans), but you might have added some kerosene to the fire when you used the F-bomb. I'm not saying it wasn't justified in the circumstances; all I'm saying is, if you want to create peace and understanding, there are a *lot* of other words that are more effective. Granted, most of them would not have been as satisfying to use in this situation, but by using the F-bomb, you gave Intoxicated, Obnoxious Lady license to be as immature and annoying as she chose to be. And to everyone reading this post: All I'm interested in is peace and understanding and the further growth and abundance thereof. Please refrain from killing the messenger.
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Oh, Wil, what with one thing and another (how life interferes with one's plans, hopes, and aspirations), I have not yet bought _The Happiest Days of Our Lives_, but it is seriously on my List of Things to Do. You are such a gifted storyteller. And--forgive the presumption--you inspire me to become the same. Gods love you.
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Oh, Wil, what with one thing and another (how life interferes with one's plans, hopes, and aspirations), I have not yet bought _The Happiest Days of Our Lives_, but it is seriously on my List of Things to Do. You are such a gifted storyteller. And--forgive the presumption--you inspire me to become the same. Gods love you.
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I think think that (making up "fake" sequence of buttons for various functions) is totally *cool*! Shades of _Star Quest_--and who says the only "real" is the one we can see around us?
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2008 on Going Boldly . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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I think think that (making up "fake" sequence of buttons for various functions) is totally *cool*! Shades of _Star Quest_--and who says the only "real" is the one we can see around us?
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2008 on Going Boldly . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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Congratulations! Even if acting isn't your main focus any more, it's always nice to know you're wanted. I'll definitely be looking for you (Numb3rs being one of my husband's favorites).
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Congratulations! Even if acting isn't your main focus any more, it's always nice to know you're wanted. I'll definitely be looking for you (Numb3rs being one of my husband's favorites).
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I always enjoy reading your stuff, Wil, but as a self-confessed grammar geek, I have to point out that the plural of "medium" as used in your post is "media"; mediums are people who communicate with the dead.
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I always enjoy reading your stuff, Wil, but as a self-confessed grammar geek, I have to point out that the plural of "medium" as used in your post is "media"; mediums are people who communicate with the dead.
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