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So Wil, 1.) We've all waited patiently until you finished Portal 2 so as not to ruin the game for you. Enjoy the next few days of Cave Johnson/Lemon MEME goodness. 2.) The programmers responsible for Rainbow Road must be found and brought to justice for their twisted, sadistic crimes. Who wants to start a commission? 3.) Was trying to form a corrolary of Wheaton's Law from your request to not be touched at conventions. But then I imagined that "Don't Be a Dick and Touch Wil Wheaton" might be misconstrued. Hmmm. "Don't Be a Dick OR Touch Wil Wheaton"? There. Much better.
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Wil, Just saw the online video of your PAX East keynote. Well done (again), sir. You represent us well in your post as Secretary of Geek Affairs. All the hard work (that you were cool enough to keep us apprised of here on your site) definitely paid off. I'm just bummed I couldn't go see you in person - and me being only less than an hour away. Oh well, maybe next time. [I wonder if JoCo will sing about you again.] Enjoy a well-deserved Guinness. (In Boston, you pretty much just have to hold out an empty glass and it magically appears.) And enjoy the rest of your time here on the East Coast. - Russe1l
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Happy Birthday Wil. I have been 37 for 36 days. And Happy Geek Birthday Quadrumvirate Day to everyone else: Wil Wheaton, Geddy Lee, Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner) and NASA - all born on the same day. Found this site with interesting (maybe) facts about "37": http://thirty-seven.org/index.html - Russe1l
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Wil, Just to add one more thing into your writer brain's "To Do" list... After reading this blog for a few years now, it seems you intermittently mention the time you left the Hollywood industry to join the ranks of the IT crowd at NewTek (as if you needed any more geek cred in your quite interesting life). I've thought there must be LOTS of material there for another autobiographical piece on how you came across that opportunity and made the decision to move, etc. I'm sure there's something you've already written in the blog archives about it, but it just seems like it has the potential to be a good longer-form story (especially when I imagine the reaction of your coworkers there when you first started). Has that been something you've considered?
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Happy Geek Birthday Quadrumvirate Day everybody! Wil Wheaton, Geddy Lee, Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner) and NASA - all born on the same day. Of course, you all know the proper way to celebrate is to sync your favorite Wil footage (TNG, Stand by Me, whatever of the Wheaton oeuvre that presently tickles your fancy) with Star Trek VI with The Right Stuff with 2112. The effects are similar to when mixing The Wizard of Oz with Dark Side of the Moon. Only not. Caution: May cause permanent loss of remaining "normal" friends. - Russe1l (<-- has been 36 for 37 days)
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Wil - yes, I remember reading your post about the Death Star play set for Land Speeder trade that will probably haunt you for the rest of your time on the planet. Your have our complete blessing that, once you are in possession of any kind of time-altering device, you may travel back to that fateful moment and scare the living bejeebus out of the kid who coerced you into such a bargain (and maybe give young Wil a smack and tell him to "make better life decisions" or you'll be back). That picture brought back lots of memories. (Notice the smiles on the kids with the Death Star and the dark, disturbing brooding of the boy with the LandSpeeder - or maybe I'm reading too much into it. Probably not.) I also did not have the Death Star playset but I did have the Landspeeder. I coveted the Death Star from the few kids in my neighborhood that had it. That, and the Starbird (http://farm1.static.flickr.com/55/109100239_3b0d272324.jpg?v=0), which my 70's child self would have traded just about anything for (limbs, family members, self respect, etc.)
Toggle Commented May 19, 2008 on that's no moon . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil wrote: "There have been ten Trek movies, and I'd say that two of them are accessible to mainstream audiences, another two are great, and the remaining six are nearly unwatchable." Wil, there's gotta be a post somewhere on your site where you've ranked the Trek Movies. Can you point us to to that or would you let us know what the 2 mainstreams, 2 greats and 6 nearly unwatchables are? I'm pretty sure I already know, but just want to make sure that I am OR am not that joiner OR wacko who conforms to popular opinion OR defies mainstream convention.
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Wil, Interesting concept. Obviously everyone here is a fan of your artistic output or they wouldn't be here, me included. The question, when you get right down to it, is what tangible "things" would I, or other fans ("true" or otherwise - don't get hung up on the semantics), spend that cumulative $100 on over the course of a year. Might I suggest thinking outside of typical "swag", although that can be one part of the whole, I'm sure (for those people that would embrace having a T-shirt or hat or other tchotchke with your likeness or catchphrase ("Fucos" seems to be perpetuating quite nicely) or the like emblazoned across its surface). We know you write books. That's probably your main output that you SELL, right? So let's say you commit yourself to 2 a year - maybe one that's in your nonfiction "wheelhouse" and your first stab at fiction this year. Second, and maybe this has been tried before or you've resisted or some other reason - a video of one of your con keynotes in a choice of media (orderable DVD or direct download - each with separate pay structure based on YOUR costs to produce/post, etc.). I, like many, LOVED the Pax audio download and caught some of the YouTube stuff and thought "This would be GREAT as just a standalone video - start to finish". Perhaps pepper in some video of some of your bookstore readings or other live events and, again, I'd find that worth purchasing. The next thing might seem like a drag, but you've acknowledged that some of your fans will only perceive you in a particular way (and maybe not as much as in how you've re-invented yourself as a talented writer). There will need to be some sort of Star Trek tie-in that you can make your OWN money on (but that you'll be able to live with yourself after putting out into the marketplace). Maybe the TV Squad gig is as far as you take it (which I hope you DO get paid for). The Trek Manga, also cool (also hope you get paid for). But there has to be something (within license restrictions and all related legality) that you can produce yourself that's Trek-related that you, alone, profit from. Last, and a few people already recommended it, is some sort of "paid member" option on this site. Two possible ideas for what could be offered in exchange for that payment? [1. You, Wil, need to make good friends with a skilled animator with Web skills, because I would frequent something ONLINE that utilizes your voice talent - and that seems like something you enjoy. Even if it was something that was once a week or so [and you'd need to split some $ with said animator], it's something that gets people coming back to the site. I'm imagining something similar to an animated Penny Arcade with Wil-voiced character(s) that lasted a few minutes or so. 2. A once a month Q&A where you choose what questions to respond to (as just one group response, not to each person indivdually - different from responsding to traditional "fan mail") - be it written, .mp3 or video. I've seen this on other sites and it seems to be a good draw, and is something that could be considered a "premium" rather than something expected for free (especially considering how busy you'd be with everything else you'd be doing to get our $100 a year). My goodness. There needs to be a word count restriction for long, tedious comment posters like me. Anyway, I'm no business major or famous person, but I am someone who appreciates artistic talent and hopes we're entering a time where artists get paid fairly for what they produce rather than get ripped off by "the system" or "the man" or "the man's system" or "the (fill in your preferred choice of faceless bureucratic suppressor here)". Best of luck. And if all else fails you could always start a telethon. "Only YOU can help Wil put food on his children. Won't you act now?"
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Aha! So for all those playing, we've gone from condition: "Horta" to "Brown Goo". And next time you feel you're subconsciously trying to kill yourself. "No Wil I".
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2008 on notice whom for wheels are turning at WWdN: In Exile
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"chunk of polyp-covered Horta from just one of my sinus cavities" Excellent visual imagery there, Wil. "No pick I" "No sneeze I" I, too, suffer from nasal problems. Feels more like a Crystalline Entity up there today.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2008 on i don't want to go on the cart at WWdN: In Exile
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I've always found that the involuntary release of precious bodily fluid(s) is not nearly as much fun as the voluntary. Get Wil Soon!
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2008 on is there anyone home? at WWdN: In Exile
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Next it will be "The Pants" and then "The Shoes" and eventually, when it all falls apart, "The Underwear". And that's when it's time for "The Meds". Sarcasm aside (and that's tough to do as you know), it seems to be a nice enough tie. Blue and shiny. Mine is maroon and shiny. And it's in almost every picture of me in a grown-up suit (I'm the same age as you, by the way) for quite awhile, which is why I compared both pictures in the first place. Hope that wasn't taken the wrong way. Good to see you making (more than) peace with your Trek past. - Long time reader, 2nd time commenter.
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2008 on Going Boldly . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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Just saw the new Flickr set. Wil in a suit and tie SHOULD be less shocking than Wil in rainbow adorned spaceware, but it still throws one off a bit. AND that's the same tie from the Child's Play Dinner snaps just below, isn't it? People, would you PLEASE buy Wil's new book so he can get a spiffy new tie? Willy can't be stylin' and profilin' without the chetta to make it all betta, you know what I'm sayin'? (No? Well, that's okay. I didn't really understand that either. I'm sorry. You see, I've gone and lost my geek to pimp dictionary again. I'll stop now.)
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2008 on Going Boldly . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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Such is the power of the InterWebTubes! Instances such as Wil's make me hope that the Internet is helping to make humankind even the teensiest bit smarter and/or more ethical. I can count numerous personal examples of a not-so-knowledgeable/dishonest service rep/repair person/tech support rep resorting to the "I don't know the answer to your question, but I'm going to do my darndest to shroud that fact in as much corporate policy babble/made up or inaccurate info/mean-spiritedness so as to force you to give up your issue" OR the "I KNOW the real answer, but I'm going to make you hand over a lot of money for no reason other than my own personal greed." routes. Now Wil might not be a HD TV expert, but MRPEACH is probably pretty darn close and all the "friends o' Wil" will now be that much better prepared if faced with such adversities as Wil. Of course, there COULD be a backlash where "GLOTFI"* replaces "RTFM" for these same service reps/repair people/tech support reps (or, if you break it down to absurdist levels - as I like to do - anyone you ever ask about anything ever again)if it hasn't already. Still, it feels good to solve a problem by one's self, even with the help of Internet friends like MR PEACH, and at the expense of lazy and/or evil people. * GLOTFI (Go look on the f-ing Internet).
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Star Frontiers (I remember my Vrusk character and I swear I imagined him to be exactly like Zorak before it was cool to like Zorak). Marvel Super Heroes (Why did Spiderman have to die, mommy? Why?) Star Fleet Battles (I seem to remember a lot of time being adrift in a ship class I didn't really like to begin with). Car Wars (My friends got very tired very quickly of my constant "I am the Nightrider" quoting before each turn.) I think Wil was leaning towards the "analog" stuff here, but here's another mention of the coolness that is Dark Tower - the Web-ified version of which can nostalgia-fy you here: http://www.hotflashgames.com/darktower.htm
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