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Russ Rogers
St. Michael, MN www.rockingjamboree.com
A singer and comedian in Minnesota.
Interests: masters of song fu, godz poodlz, tma, too much awesom, rusty's rocking jamboree
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Wil, thank you for being cool enough to thank the people who matter for the things that matter. Thank you for being open enough to share those personal and important moments with the all of us here. I'm looking forward to meeting you at #wOOtstock 2.3 in Minneapolis next week. Rock on!
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You said it, Blair! Molly Lewis was one of the first members of the Ning Community, "Too Much Awesome"! A community of independent musicians, their fans and friends. And she was a guest on their weekly podcast! http://toomuchawesome.ning.com/page/podcast-episode-4 Molly also won the Internet Song Writing contest, "The Masters of Song Fu #3," beating out Wootstock Song Fu Masters Paul and Storm in the final round. http://www.quickstopentertainment.com/category/masters-of-song-fu/
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2009 on Molly Lewis is a national treasure at WWdN: In Exile
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What if Spider-man gets bitten by a radioactive Unicorn! And that makes it so he can't shoot webs any more; he can only shoot Rainbows and pink, Sparkley MySpace Hearts! Oh sure, he can still swing around on his Rainbows. But he can't tie up villains like the Vulture or Mysterioso, because his Rainbows and Sparkly Hearts just tickle. And he can't take off his mask, because Peter Parkers eyes have now grown so huge and sad and disgustingly cute, he looks like Huckleberry Pie(Strawberry Shortcakes boyfriend). And the only cure was to get to the other side of Gumdrop Mountain to get help from the Magic Wish Bear. But how can he get from Manhattan to the other side of Gumdrop Mountain in time? Ahh, I can't give away the whole story. Not before the plush toys hit the store shelves along with the direct to DVD movie, "Spider-Man Meets My Little Pony."
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Very funny. This reminded me of the Onion Story: "YouTube Contest Challenges Users To Make A 'Good' Video" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4dSsla-q6o
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Thanks, Wil. I'm fairly new to Twitter. But I'm trying to only be a noob and not a knob, an occasional Twitter Twit and NOT a complete Twitter Twat. @feliciaday has written several helpful posts (like yours)trying to guide the Twitter Twaffic that follows her. http://feliciaday.com/blog/finding-people-to-follow-on-twitter I feel strange following folks who I know have little opportunity (or inclination) to also follow me. I feel like a voyeur in a way. But, I haven't run into porn spam on Twitter yet, which is refreshing. Tweets just read like the Burma Shave signs of people's day to day lives. Just a few clever phrases with an occasional pointer to something longer and even more interesting, like your blog.
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Dude! "For Want of a Nail.." is a classic proverb. Ben Franklin used it. That's public domain stuff. I'll warn you, Todd Rundgren had a minor hit with "The Want of a Nail" in 1989. Here's a YouTube video of him singing it on Letterman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z4TSG2KcO0 AND searching YouTube, I came across a Star Trek Fan Video titled "Starship Farragut - For Want of a Nail." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bCQM1R_vHU So somebody got there first. But, you can't copyright a Title! So, go ahead, write your story. The Starship Farragut folks will think your story is a tribute to them! And I am very flattered that you took inspiration from me! I've been amusing before. But I can't remember ever being a Muse! BTW, I'm really enjoying this commentary conversation. I'm going to FOLLOW you on Twitter!
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Wil said: "Here's what I believe: Computers can only do what they're programmed to do, so ultimately, it is humans who are responsible for their consequences." You are right. I'm not frightened by the "Frankenstein's Monster" aspect of "THE Singularity." Computers aren't going to start thinking for themselves and working towards making us obsolete. There will be no SkyNet (isn't that in "The Terminator"?) or Matrix (isn't that from "The Marix"?). But...you did program your DVR to save BSG for you. And that system only worked until something went wrong with the system. Now you're SNAFU or FUBAR, you decide. So as computer systems get more complex and we rely on them more and more, I fear a day when a minor error creates major havoc. "For want of a nail..." Maybe we've already reached that point.
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Today(shortly after I posted my comment, and thanks for your response--makes me feel special!), I got a call from my mother, she had read something about "THE Singularity," a time theorized to be around 2050 when computers will be so sophisticated that they will be able to design better versions of themselves. At that point the complexity of computers will only be limited by the physics and economics of building them. Mom was blaming the current economic crisis on the fact that so much of our Economy had come to revolve around computer models of how the Economy is supposed to behave. It was supposed to limit risk, but if all the banks think that they KNOW the system and start GAMING the system based on that knowledge, then the system will invariably collapse. My mother blames the computers. I blame the people trying to game the system, who thought they could get their Money for Nothing and get their chicks for free. Don't they know we've got to install microwave ovens and make custom kitchen deliveries. We've got to move these refrigerators. And in this stalled economy ... not much is moving. Yes, your DVR is a Cylon! So is mine! Mine just crashed just two weeks ago. I lost "A Colbert Christmas," which I was planning to rewatch in July! I haven't watched any of the new BSG yet. But I'm planning to eventually. Spoiler Alert: I hear the Cylons are the bad guys!
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Have you seen "The Crying Game"? Jaye Davidson is a DUDE! There is something to be said for experiencing a cultural phenomenon with the culture. I video record SNL, and although I know it's the SAME show that went out LIVE (or nearly live), it still "feels" different because I know that I'm not seeing it at the same time as the majority of the audience. Maybe it's an Imagined Theater of people I'm sitting with, maybe the effect is entirely placebo. I'm not sure. There's a difference between seeing a movie in a crowded theater and an empty one. Even if the people around you are totally silent. There's a difference between watching a TV Show week to week and waiting for the Season of shows to come out on DVD. There's a difference between reading pamphlet comics and waiting on the TPB. There are benefits to each experience. But the danger of bumping into spoilers is certainly one of the drawbacks of waiting. By the way, as far as Gil Gerard goes: Mel Blanc was the voice of Twiki! That's why he sounds like Yosemite Sam!
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Wil, I'm a first time reader of your Blog. I'm very impressed. But you seem to think that only Geeks and Nerds read this or have any interest in your writing. Although I am a self-confessed geek, I think you're selling yourself short. You have a great, honest, self-effacing style, that can appeal to a broad spectrum of folks. Hawking doesn't have that. As for the Paul and Storm's "Geek Madness: The Battle for Secretary of Geek Affairs," I think you will probably take your bracket. Here are the current standings for the uninformed: http://www.paulandstorm.com/tournament/images/tourneycomplete_lg.jpg If this season of "Dancing with the Stars" premiers before you and "The Woz" go head to head, he might have a chance of beating you. But even then, the odds are against him. But I'm afraid after you win your bracket, you will go head to head against John Hodgman! I would say your hopes are slim for taking that match-up...unless you start campaigning now! I think the final battle will be between John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton. And I'm routing for Coulton to win the whole thing! Wil, I was reintroduced to your career by way of an interview on ComicMix.com. I came to this posting via Rick Marshall (late of ComicMix and now with MTV). Like I said, this is my first time reading your blog, but it won't be my last. Hey, here's a thought! Have you ever considered being a Guest Riffer on RiffTrax.com? I think you would be PERFECT! You've got the comedic timing and the credentials for this. This is TOO GOOD an idea! Somebody else has to have thought of this before me. You've probably already approached them, they've already approached you. I'm not usually this brilliant without finding out someone else got there first. And if you don't know of RiffTrax.com, well so much for your geek street cred.
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