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Rev.Smith
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What a skewed perspective time gives us when we compare & contrast with our children, ourselves and our own parents: Equally scary in my book is thinking about the thirtysomething year old mom & dad of mine, and how I remember thinking of/about/up-to them as a kid. And now, inhabiting a thirtysomething year old body & life myself, and what a reality check this age/life is: I'm a mortal, making mistakes left and right. But back then, when I was 10 or whatever, those near-40 year olds were a) damn OLD and b) practically Gods of knowledge/abilities. And I have to laugh at my damn fool (younger) self. And wonder what I'll think, 30 years from now, looking back on that damn fool of a thirtysomething who is me (now), who thought life was awe-inspiring THEN. With any luck, this website will be eternally archived, and I'll be able to read my old damn fool words. [*waves* hi, future self!! Send winning lotto numbers please!!]
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Certainly a retail joint simply titled, say, "*RETRO*" should be in order to encapsulate the above great ideas. ( I'm in for at least 10 grand so long as StarWars and Omega Race sitdown versions & foosball are available. Methinks Gabe & Tycho should be approached.) One part Flynn's arcade (everything from The Who's Tommy pinball* to Dragon's Lair), One part seaside town boardwalk style arcade (give it up for SKEEball, indoor bumper cars, and The Clawww), One part the-history-of-gaming-arcade (allowing you to play/experience everything from MAZE WAR to DOOM to ColecoVision to the original NES in their original glory), One part sweet oldschool record store, One part drugstore with poprocks and candybars (also 25 cents, dammit), cheap novelty toys, kenner Star Wars action figures, and rotating wireracks of comic books (don't forget MAD and Cracked, please), One part retail clothier and hair salon so you can really get your 80's on (aquanet, muscle shirts, vans, swatch, and studded leather fingerless gloves...), One part slot car racetrack (look it up, kids), One part gumball/toy machine forest including those shriner 1-cent chiclets, One part bowling alley / drive in movie theatre / billiard lounge / pizza parlour, and One part John Hughes film - [insert favorite memory here] (and a little Cameron Crowe too: the sandwich board outside on the sidewalk can be in the shape of Lloyd Dobler holding up the boombox...) ...there'll also be a schwinn scrambler with a banana seat and rad 5spoke mags, permanently locked to the bike rack out front =) What? Can't I dream? People will come. * we'll have to have this updated with Wil's voice added too; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation_(pinball) p.s. I'd also like there to be a liveaction donkey kong game/experience where you run up ramps and dodge barrels with hilarious falls/crashes ala tv's Wipeout.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2011 on the value of a quarter at WWdN: In Exile
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I'm always jealous of your ability to keep the mistress known as Theatre and the wife known as Writing, BOTH happy. Damn you and you're getting-back-on-of bicycles. (Part of me though is glad to know that it can indeed be done). Also there's the entirely relatable-yet-not-quite factor that this earlier sentence encapsulated: "I felt a sense of wonder and awe that I haven't felt since the first time I walked through the Enterprise on stage nine in 1987" Those moments, when you are humbled and excited by your art, are what one's career is all about, right? PS By the way, did you see THIS? "Picard's chair for sale!" (ok, the Vegas version, but still) http://my.earthlink.net/article/ent?guid=20100409/a752d6e5-ead9-4c85-a6bd-499bfa35b407
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2010 on The Wheaton Recurrence at WWdN: In Exile
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"Today's Wheaton post" Tap two lands and activate Interrupt Enchantment, all within reading distance awed for one turn. All mana used in current turn restored, along with a little hope. Flavor text: "Why yes, Mr Wheaton DID just tie M:TG to a 1900's-level of natural resources nationalism. FTW, bitches. "
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Preface: Musicians in the digital/kazaa/torrent age are getting thoroughly pillaged. As if record execs weren't bad enough... Personally, I think online connections/promotions are tertiary to commitment and quality. There are many examples, some I think mentioned in this post or its comments (Jeph Jacques, anyone?), of artists who've 'made it' online entirely without prior noteriety. There may even be more people who've made it 'big' online who aren't previously well-known. I always thought Wil was an oddity in that he's successfully KICKED TO THE CURB his well-known TV/film characters (and all the curses/gifts that go with) and re-branded himself as himself. Few actors ever pull that off, especially S.T. actors. (e.g. William Fawking Shatner can't quite claim it!) That said, the thing "someone needs" to get noticed: easily ranking in the top 5 is: cleavage. Again, Jeph Jacques I think proves this theory. His now-FT job started, I believe, with simple line drawings of the ladies and their 'girls'. Now, add to that a commitment, a stubborn loyalty to a fan base that wasn't even there yet, mix in some ever-increasingly adept art-making, a high quality product (writing/characters), and then (bringing it full circle to the OP/topic) value-adding something like twitter or a blog or freebies or fan-service... and success became his. Jeph has a FT job doing his art now (and even employs some other folks) and twitter (each characters' tweets, I should say) are a wonderful part of the art. Important to note: he didn't use twitter to promote or build a fan base. He used it to give his characters outlets: he gave his art another stage where it could reach audiences. He didn't use it to Market (a one-way street with a ditch), he used it to Communicate (a two-way street with sidewalks).
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I've recommended The Elysian and I will again. McMinniman's Pub has Half-decent stuff too. Pyramid Ales if you're slumming it. Down in Renton though, there's a lot of Millertime™ and Rainier *involuntary shiver*
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WotC NDA???? hmmm.... Oh, you son of a she-targ... You're going to write a [REDACTED] for them aren't you?! Basterd!!!/Yay!!!/Jealous!!/Woot! KOTS sequel, perhaps.....? *big excited grin with wide eyes and a little nod* Or perhaps something utilizing Tucker's Kobolds????? ;)
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As a fiction writer, a designer of intangibles (like light) and creator of artisany stuff / art: I prefer to think of writing as occuring in bursts, binges almost: the ideas, the urges, the observations... they are threads zipping by you, and some are strong enough to be considered rope and therefore there's a chance you can latch onto one and enjoy the ride. It phases you out of "reality" while you're whipping along at warp 9, but the places it takes you are sometimes worth it. Sometimes you can disregard the smaller threads, or even sustain that attitude for a week or so.... but there are some meaty ropes, passing trains as one person has put it, that instinct simply won't let you ignore. My biggest complaint is that the muse, the genius, doesn't always cater to my schedule or energy level. Ex: In the middle of a big 3 day family reunion I had to excuse myself and write. Just simply HAD to thumbnail the rough idea before it passed me by. While I disagree with her take on the nature and role of a higher power in things, Elizabeth G does a nice take on the subject of creativity and the muse called "genius" here: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html
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Congrats, Sr. Chronarch!
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If/when ever in Seattle again, there's also a lovely "toy" store in PA's /Jerry & Mike's old neighborhood called "Math n'Stuff" that is full of 100's of ways to "get" math and science. Hands-down the best way to re-inject oneself into orbit around science and math learning.
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Oh my. *pant pant* Color us all jealous, naturally. I would have slimed Ron Jones* and Katee SOOO hard. Wasn't Ron the composer that Berman fired for being too good / too noticable? The amazingly insightful and beautifully cynical anti-Hollywood Hollywood musician?! Love him and his work. * = Here we go: He used to score Hanna-Barbera, A-team, Hardcastle & McCormick [[Daniel Hugh Kelly tie-in for the 6-degrees ST loop! 5 pts!]] & Duck Tales. The guy won an EMMY for "Q who" FFS!! ...and Ricky fired him. Oy. Fool. His assesment of the Enterprise themesong was the best: Question: More specifically, what do you think of the use of lyrics in the Enterprise theme song? Answer: Someone needed a naptime, or perhaps they thought they were making a new Brady Bunch series by mistake. It sucks. It doesn’t envelop the essence of space exploration. It is better suited to the opening ceremony of WNBA basketball games. RJ FTW. But yeah, Katee would have totally put me on her 'get a restraining order on this guy, stat' list in no time. When I get rich, famous or powerful, I'd love to cast her as the heroine in my sweet graphic novel story about an exFBI-turned-vigilante. Just sayin' ...in case the universe is listening. ;) Thanks for the story, Mr Wheaton.
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I think writing requires no less bravery, and is certainly a continued case of irrational immortality.
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Mewonders if this comment board should have a word limit. Gawd knows half of us will abuse it if not. Wait, wait... just catching up on wwdnNexile after much time away from computer lands (someone's gotta write that damn book), and also just was watching STTNG dvd's. Including "Homeward". Oh so appropriate. So, I got it. I know what the fish said, the fish scientist. Like, perhaps the next time the hand came into the pool: "It's the Sign of LaForge!!" "Homeward" of course, is the lovely episode where Worf's loose cannon Russian brother sneaks a village into the holodeck to relocate them to a planet that's not dying. Not at all like ST:Insurrection, of course. Pay no attention to that writer behind the curtain/Nothing to see here. Mr Wheaton, as always, thank you for this delicious website. Your writing seems to be ramping up. A definite quality upsurge. Not that you were on any downswing, but rather you appear bored with the plateau you'd grown cocky about, and ready to climb up fearless, ice in beard and all, to the next set of supposedly insurmountable heights. Fearless like a twenty year old with his feet in a Pacific Ocean storm, perhaps. Good hunting. Keep the twits and txts and such at arms length and the virtual Underwood under your hands: I'm impatient to read the hot new stuff I can sense bumbling under your mental caldera. Many inspirations I owe to your work and your example. Keep Calm / Carry On.
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Dayum right. Who is the dwarf that would risk his neck for his brother dwarf? Can you dig it? Who's the dwarf who won't cop out when there's kobolds all about? Eomer. Right On. I am so totally to the max going to play my next dwarf as a Mr. Hayes wannabe (I have a dragonbourne fighter I play a little bit like Avery-Brooks-HAWK/SpenSawh-era, but that dwarf takes the proverbial cake). Awesome post: good D&D story, good fathering story, good writing. You win at all three. 'quarter cup of unsweetened chocolate, and half a cup of brandi... then preheat the oven to three-fiddy, and give that spoon a lick...' Tree-climbing rocks (as long as the branches still hold you - =) Then it's time to graduate to structure-climbing).
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There actually IS a D&D for Dummies being sold at Barnes&Noble
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HOLY-frak! This is the best thing to happen to me this week since discovering Warren Ellis' sexy-ass webcomic FREAKANGELS on Monday. The Venn diagram of D&D geek, Comics geek and online geek is COMPLETE! Much rejoicing at free module gawking and hurling of the dice! [Wil: on the subject of polyhedrons, I hope you enjoy the odd little d20 within a d20 which I think I managed to give to you at EmeraldCityComicCon while sliming.., er, saying how impressive your creative works are... Also, Amy loved the signed headshot - much happiness for me that week too ] Thank you for sharing this D&D news! Looking forward to the next WW/D&D team-up!
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HFS that was so full of awesome there's a puddle of spilt awesomesauce all over the floor, 2 inches deep. Evidence: Klaus Badelt soundtrack! Sword of the Kings The Nightmare before Easter poster (Tim Burton's alice in wonderland, anyone?) And Jentle 'buttfondler' Pheonix doing voicework (Yay Bupu!) Charlie 'the flash' Schlatter! And was that Alex Polinsky from Charles in Charge?? And o course Mr Wheaton kicking ass on computer, with sword, and even wearing lace Thank you for sharing this! Touching and hilarious. Again. ALso; loved the R&J foreshadow: Verona High School in the establishing shot, the italian piazza belltower architecture, the big dance coming up (MAMBO!!MAMBO!) Patrick Stewart best watch out, his top-dawg-ST-Shakespeare-Cred is no longer 100% secure!
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2009 on kyle + rosemary is finally online at WWdN: In Exile
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*puts on +2 GeekCred Wizard's Cap* That Voltron 2 was actually known as Albegas aka 光速電神アルベガス, and the 3 robots were, unimaginatively, Alpha, Beta & Gamma, and they were black, red and blue. (Piloted by Daisaku Enjoji, Hotaru Mizuki and Tetsuya Jin) Red had a female pilot, Blue had RocketHandRobotPunch™, and Black had a boomerang weapon. [I don't know about 2.5 though.... perhaps a money-grabbing ploy ...akin to certain PnP games we know] The storyline was they were each highschool students that BUILT their robots (world's best-funded science fair ever, apparently). Then a professor looked over their designs, made a few tweaks, and suddenly we got this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHuq4B79VbE&feature=related Extra credit: they also had three small shuttlecraft jets they flew (and landed inside the robots), which ALSO combined into a superjet.
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Heard in my home just now: SPLURGH *coffee just came out my nose* 'Dammit, Wil Wheaton! MUHAHHAHAAAAAAAA' Hilarious. This is funnier than Conchordes, funnier than Wil as ALF in PA/PVP D&D; You, sir, have just upstaged yourself with teh funny. Totally sending this link over to fatherinlaw and brotherinlaw: both phd's in math and funny guys too. Should make their day as well. Thank you for the cheer up on this drizzily Saturday!!!
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2009 on to celebrate pi day... at WWdN: In Exile
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My red set was a gift from a good (and wise) friend in '85 or so, who said I might like it, since I liked Elfquest & swords [Good call, Devin, damn good call]. I still have it (looking forward to presenting to my little one), and while unpacking into our new place, did my own similar walk down memory lane, that you tell so wonderfully. Also ran the adventure. "Damn that Bargle!! " "Aleena!! NOOOoooo!" "WTF? Rusted?!" Later, much like ChooseYourOwnAdventure, I went through and tried all the routes, just to have read all the blocks. ;) The writing comment is spot on; D&D and writers go well together. Either that or writing is naturally geeky (mostly true). Been lately playing (as PC) a long drawn out series in 4e with friends/brother-in-laws. After having not played since 2e. Damn Good fun - not sure what the 4e hate is about. Would love to get something new going for Seattle area (CapHill), don't mind newbies, only mind stubborn min maxer power gamers. Nixon babies and all genders of D&Ders encouraged. Seriously: mphoenixsmith(AT)hotmail. Guilty admission I hear no one else claiming: Elmore's doe-eyed girls* sold me, though I stayed for the dungeonmastering. *= dude, cleric on page 24 = totally hot art *ahem*, er, when I was 13. Elf on page 49 = based my fav character on this drawing. In fact, gave the 3 characters a backstory and dialogue, the works. She ended up killing Orcus and herself dozens of levels later - blaze o glory!
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It's on like donkey kong... Great memories of great/fun games here. [DoubleDragon @ greyhound station; TMNT ; Asteroids Deluxe; Joust & Moonpatrol at ChuckECheese! ] My four are easy : (okay not so easy, I had to cut StreetFighter and NEOGEO worldheroes from the list) 1. Star Wars "This is red 5 going in" "...you're all clear kid" 2. Hard Driving -sit down 3. Rampart: castle building/cannon shootin' 3-person trackball stand up game from Atari - a bit like Tetris meets Civilization I 4. Omega Race - sit down (awesome space game, easily a fav) Pinball: Damn hard call... I love me some pinball. T2 is very good, but I gotta go with the classic WIZARD, there's one at the nearby laundromat/selfstorage place: *www.pinrescue.com/games/images/wizard/wizard2.JPG Honorable mention to Elvira's Scared Stiff *12yo snicker* dayum funny: www.imdb.com/title/tt0078400/
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2009 on nostalgia overload at WWdN: In Exile
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really could not help myself. in the least. triple helping: http://obamiconme.pastemagazine.com/profiles/ghadzooks
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*throws the goat* \m/, Wil rocks!
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