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Who needs monkeys with typewriters? It's probably only a matter of months until a spambot comes up with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare in a spam email, by piecing together all sorts of unrelated Internet crap.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2010 on Your Saturday Moment of Zen. at WWdN: In Exile
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That incident with the innocent passerby reminds me of a similar incident I've heard and read about which occurred during the filming of Star Trek IV (for the two of you who don't know, that's The One With The Whales.) While they were shooting on the streets in San Francisco, for the "Nuclear Wessels" scene with Uhura and Chekov, one lady actually stops to answer "I think they're across the bay, in Alameda." That woman was not an extra nor an actress, she was just an innocent (and helpful) passerby who they had to run after to get her to sign a release so they could use the footage in the movie. Leonard Nimoy (who we all know, directed the movie) says, in his book "I Am Spock" that he thought her "performance" was so completely natural and perfect for their needs that he had to keep that bit in the movie. So if your "improv" scene works within the context of the show, I hope they keep it in, or maybe at least set it aside for a DVD bonus feature.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2009 on LEVERAGE: day two at WWdN: In Exile
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Funny thing: I just watched the clip (the on funnyordie, since The Powers That Be have decided that Hulu can't show videos in Canadia) and I noticed that, at no point during the sketch does Burt Reynolds, a.k.a. Turd Ferguson, utter the exact words "it's a big hat. it's funny." It's kind of like how everybody says "Beam me up, Scotty" when those exact words were never, ever uttered during the entire run of The Original Series. Ha! I win at relating everything back to Star Trek! Now, where do I go to collect my award?
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2008 on it's a big hat. it's funny. at WWdN: In Exile
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PAX is not an option for me, being unemployed and living thousands of miles away in Montréal will do that, but I thought I could give you a cool argument for that "casual games killing hardcore games" panel. The simple fact is, there are, and there will likely remain, for the foreseeable future, a large number of hardcore gamers. The new wave of casual gaming isn't making that group smaller (except in comparison) and as a matter of fact, it may help the hardcore group to grow. The situation is similar to what happened in the late 60's and early 70's, when Star Trek became popular: suddenly, a lot of people who were not previously science fiction fans (the hardcore gamers in my analogy.) Some people in SF were enthusiastic, thinking that all those people would soon be reading book and magazine SF. In actual fact, what this mostly created was a market for Star Trek novels, and cheap knock-off TV shows. But that never killed "real" SF, and with some Star Trek fans graduating to "real" SF, this became a huge win-win for everyone! It even paved the way for such things as Star Wars. I believe the analogy holds for gaming: most casuals will either remain casual gamers, and that's OK, because without this new wave of casual games, they would have just been non-gamers instead) but some will get bitten, and will end up playing more hardcore games and liking those. Right now, a lot of those new casual gamers are buying all sorts of games, including some very crappy ones, simply because they don't know any better. That wave will probably end fairly soon, as long as enough good casual games get published. Those initially clueless casual gamers will wise up pretty fast, because we've all known, all along that playing video games tends to make you smarter (as long as they're played in relative moderation and not to the exclusion of other essential things.)
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2008 on Wil Wheaton's 2008 PAX Schedule at WWdN: In Exile
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Not to be annoying or anything, but New Super Mario Bros. came out last year. In the spring of 2006. Otherwise I would certainly concur with you, as the first few weeks I played it, it made me feel as giddy as when I first played Super Mario Bros. 3. Mario Galaxy, on the other hand, would be a great contender for game of the year too, as it does damn near everything right. But I still agree with you about Portal. There just aren't enough games that reach this level of innovation and polish. Nintendo have a slightly better track record at this, but they still often rehash things. Get well real soon!
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Wouldn't Wesley have been able to realize that he was talking to Lore and not Data when Lore was all "Hey, it's not unreasonable, I mean, it's not going to eat your eyes." That's two contractions, right there! Wesley should have picked up on that. That's a major plot hole right ther-- Oh! I see what you did, there.
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2007 on i am from space and the future at WWdN: In Exile
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I am an avid reader of SF short stories. Our tastes might differ a lot, but I think there are some good anthologies I could recommend, regardless of these differences. First, I always buy David G. Hartwell's Year's Best SF paperbacks whenever I see a new one out. The styles vary enough that you're almost certain to find at least a few stories you really like. If you don't mind reading older stuff (your mention of "speculative fiction" might preclude that) you should look for volumes that collect the Hugo and Nebula award winners ever since they started giving the awards. I also own a volume titled "The Best of Orbit 1-10" which was an anthology of stories taken from volumes 1-10 of the original anthology series "Orbit" edited by Damon Knight, and almost all the stories inside are really good, and interspersed with illuminating correspondence between Knight and the writers. Amazon seems to have some used copies: Another anthology that blew my mind was "The Best of Interzone". I have to say that I love ALL the stories in that book. I think this is it: (if it starts out with the story "Mitochondrial Eve" you have it.) But really, when it comes to SF anthologies, my view is, unless it mostly contains stories by writers you already know you hate, it's usually worth it, if for no other reason than for the variety in styles, subject matter, and points of view. Maybe my standards are lower than yours (or I'm just less picky) but I've never come across an anthology that didn't contain at least one story I liked. Now, if someone could put out one or two volumes of "The Best of SF Age", the slick that lasted about 10 years from the 90's up until the beginning of the new millennium, I would buy those without hesitation. One last suggestion about the writing part: if you still feel insecure about your ability to write fiction (said the unpublished writer to the published and successful writer) you might want to try transitioning slowly. What I mean by this is: either take an event from your life of the kind you might have written about, but add a simple science-fictional element to it, a kind of "what if..." twist. That way, you can keep the tone you've been using in your stories up until now, which has been proven to be succesful. Anyway, that's one way to do it, I guess.
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