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Just a simple "Thank You" back for giving me many excuses to not do actual work.
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2010 on it was a very good year... at WWdN: In Exile
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In my youth, I ran from a train. Through a train tunnel. With my two best friends. It was not on a dare or because we weren't smarter than that. It was just something we thought we could do and wound up *very* close to getting listed in a coroner's report. It's a much longer story that I will someday tell my sons... once they're mortal enough not to try anything so 22ish themselves. I think of those days, and especially that day, every time I drive past that old train tunnel. BTW, train horns may sound loud, but to hear one go off in the confines of a tunnel is an experience unto itself!
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A couple of years after this incident I became friends with a college girl from China who claimed to have been in Tienanmen Square that day. She told me that she heard no gunshots. Saw no ambulances. Was hassled by no police officers. And claimed that the story we were told was *invented* by American journalists. She was a very bright girl with nothing to gain by lying. She agreed that her government would act to conceal this sort of news if it had happened, but she was certain that the protests went off peacefully. The government couldn't hide the truth if she was there to witness it all... Yet, we know it happened. Here in the States, half a world away, we can read reports of people who were there and we can see the photos taken (like that of the heroic Tank Man). It's difficult for me to fathom a major, and very public, story like this being hidden from the people of this country. It's kinda like the way Russia kept the Chernobyl incident under wraps from its own people for so long. Just incredible. But for someone who was actually there to deny the events? I'm still baffled by that to this day.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2009 on twenty years ago... at WWdN: In Exile
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I want that stuff to be written from a point of view that's enthusiastic and celebratory, not worn down and exhausted. That's a really cool thought. I'm a science teacher. In an odd way, that's exactly the thought that goes through my head before I write a test. I don't want to be tired or in a bad mood because that'll be reflected in the difficulty [no, that's not the word I'm looking for... more like just easier to understand] of the questions. I think that's why finals are so tough sometimes. They're written at the end of the term when the teachers are worn out. Hmmmm. Maybe if I started writing questions for my finals earlier on and just let them accumulate through the term... but that would require actual planning and forethought. Pssshhhht!
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2009 on serve the servants at WWdN: In Exile
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Following up on the RiffTrax comment... There's a nice piece of video of these guys with the MST3K gang at the RiffTrax blog here: http://blog.rifftrax.com/2009/05/21/your-pauls-your-storms-your-coultonses/ It's short and mildly amusing.
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I think you should make a separate page on your blog and put your favorite posts there. Just a little link at the top of your main page, like your archives. That'd be cool.
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So the line which you made the title of this post... knew it was coming, still laughed. Great delivery. You played your character very convincingly and lent him some real personality -- even the yells when he got hit. So now I should say something bad about the episode to lend me some 'critic' credit, but right now I think I'll watch it again when it comes on Cartoon Network West Coast. :o) Good job, Wil!
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2009 on hit robots, make fall down at WWdN: In Exile
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SWEEEEEET! I'm totally entered! Geekdad rocks!
You are totally lucky. Except for the fact that your luck is self-inflicted from the depths of your geeky coolness. That makes it more 'reaping the dividends'. What is most awesome for you is your ability to be as geeky-cool as you want and your career not suffer. Many of us would like to use leetspeakgibberish as casually and as wantonly as you can, but us professionals have to deal with our obstacles (like bosses... or students since I'm a school teacher. Don't want 'em asking too many probing questions.). [much envy] Okay, enough hero worship.
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2008 on at last, it can be revealed . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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I'm going to agree with several others on this post and say that I'm eating lunch in my classroom away from the teacher's lounge this week until things have calmed down. I just don't want to hear about how now they have to hide their guns and Bibles. Interesting how this Obama supporter doesn't want to argue and fight while those McCain supporters I work with do. Wonder which of us is more rational?
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A phrase I repeat a lot: "You can't raise a teenager."
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2008 on this is for uncle warren at WWdN: In Exile
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Love the story. I once pissed off a DM and he immediately killed off my character in a most un-heroic manner. Earlier in the quest I had stolen an artifact that had Thor's markings on it. The DM held this over my head and when he finally decided to off me he just had Thor make an appearance. Which just sucked. I love the Futurama reference.
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2008 on Disneyland for Gamers at WWdN: In Exile
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Thanks so much for this post, Wil. I, too, have wondered about how many of the celebrities that I think are cool (like you) are actually self-serving douches behind the scenes. Awesome to see you are more cerebral than pimp. You just increased your CHA points even more! I constantly find myself associating musical interests with character (which, I know I shouldn't do, but meh). I'm always infinitely curious as to what people listen to, and if I were to ever meet you in person this post is what I would want to talk about. I teach high school math/science and have my laptop playing music constantly in the background. Teenagers need to be exposed to good culture which isn't processed and pasturized and I'm more than happy to assist, especially when I have them captive for a few hours each week. I play Bjork and U2 and Midnight Oil and a ton of other stuff that they consider old and busted. Some days I'll play some 90's punk and hardcore. Some days Pink Floyd or Neil Young. I try to surprise them as to what music they might hear come from the two little computer speakers on my desk. Whether any of it ever sinks in I'll never know. I had a student once bring in William Shatner's greatest hits. He actually had gotten it as a birthday present. I instantly put on LSD and one of the girls said "Who's that?" And before I could answer she said, "Oh, like I'd know you white people music anyway." So now I'm wondering... did she say that because she thinks all white people listen to Shatner "sing" or because she thinks all white people sound like that? Guess I should've asked. Finding new music is always awesome and I have not heard some of the bands you listed -- so you know what I'll be doing this week. Lately I've gotten into some bands from the Beijing punk scene (a guy wrote a blog post around the time of the Olympics and I thought some of it sounded pretty good). So I'll be listening to that and Woob. and Falling you. ...and many of your other suggestions. :o)
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I'm really enjoying the group. I was also glad to see some moderation on the obviously non-geek stories (like the athletic website). So, are we limited to only 3 conversations at a time or is there some kind of time-limit for additional comments?
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2008 on calling all geeks at WWdN: In Exile
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I love the "me, Wil Wheaton" line. If you ever tire of it you might try out Kim Evey's line in Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show. It would sound something like this: "Have you read Dancing Barefoot by Wil Wheaton? Thata me!" Wow. I should only comment before midnight.
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We'll miss you, Wil. I'll just re-make those plans for next year, too.
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I've watched it over and over just for that ending with UniCow. My face hurts now.
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Wing Commander 2. Wow. Complete storyline. Actual voice talent. So big it took three floppies to install! That was the first game that seemed to pay attention to the gamer. In one of the missions I allowed one of my team members (NPC) to get killed. Then every third mission or so after that another NPC would approach me and either ask sympathetically how I was getting along after the tragedy or else blast me for letting it happen. With many games the actions you take are inconsequential--they're just pixels moving along mathematical algorithms. That was my first experience with consequences in a richly developed game environment. [The hard truth is, that particular wingman was an idiot and I shot him myself.] The fact that a character could actually annoy me was, to me, the dawn of interactivity. It was a brilliant touch by the programmers. Sorry so far off-topic. It's just been a long time since I've thought about that.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2008 on i'm on wired's game|life today at WWdN: In Exile
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I enjoyed your rambling because it was very 'honest'. I see myself in a lot of what you write, and I wish I could express myself as easily and as captivatingly as you do. Now that I have your attention... Since you brought up the topic of anime, I'd love to know where Cowboy Bebop fits into your rankings. For me, the last two episodes of the series is without question the greatest hour of animation evah! Just wonderin'. Loved Juno for the intelligent character interactions and the dialogue. Afterwards my wife got annoyed with me calling her 'home-skillet' over and over. :o) Also, if you haven't seen Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) you really should. Saw it for the first time this week and fell in love with Michel Gondry's direction in the first 15 minutes. Now I'm hunting down all his movies. Lastly, if you bought Joshua Tree on CD in 1987, it would be close to the first CD you ever owned. That's about when CDs became available for the first time. Was it your first?
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So, seriously...Where *is* that wormhole taking you? Where would you go if there was the ability to simply drive yourself there?
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2008 on Going Boldly . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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