I am under a brutal deadline at work, and I’m working on The Next Big Thing(tm) right now, so updates are going to be a little thin for a few days.
However, I would like to share a couple of spiffy mentions I’ve gotten this week:
First, I was mentioned in McPaper as one of the Top Ten Celebrities We’d Like To See Back On Television.
I’m guessing that G4 doesn’t count just yet, since we’re in a relatively small number of homes
Speaking of G4, when I was at E3 last week, I did an interview for HomeLan Fed, which came out pretty well.
Finally, tonight on the JKvS Show our guest is Save Ferris! If you’re in LA, it’s really worth it to come and see the show. They’re a great band, and we’re going to have lots of fun tonight.
Hope everyone has a good weekend. I should have some good stuff next week.
Last night, at the Los Angeles Underground Film Festival Awards Dinner, Jane White is Sick and Twisted won best comedy, and my friend Danica won best new director for her movie Speechless, in which I have a small part.
How cool is that?! I’m in two movies which won awards, and I got to meet Zack Ward, who played Scut Farcus (He had yellow eyes…so help me God, yellow eyes), who was hosting the awards ceremony. It was funny…during the opening of the ceremony, he’s reading his prepared jokes, which are really funny, and he looks at me (I was sitting near the stage) and he totally stops and says, “Hey, Wil Wheaton! How you feeling?” The whole room is staring at me, so I say, “Uhhh…singled out.” Which is really funny, you see, because I was sitting next to my friend Chris Hardwick, who is not only in Jane White, but also hosted Singled Out on eMpTyVee. Unfortunately, I was the only one in the room who enjoyed the ironic humor.
You know, this is also a good time to share with everyone that Jane White has gotten rave reviews, and has also won quite a few awards! I’m extremely proud of Jane White, because it’s the first movie that I’ve done that is really just 100% comedy (on purpose, unlike The Curse).
When we were done at the awards dinner, Chris talked me into going up the street to The Laugh Factory, because he’s friends with Bob Saget, and Saget was doing a set. Now, here’s the thing about Saget: He’s insanely dirty, profane, raunchy, offensive, and hilarious in person. He is so unlike the stuff he does on TV, and if you ever get a chance to see him, I highly recomend it.
Three random things:
I noticed this morning that searching for “Wheaton” on Google Images gives rather interesting results.
I had an interesting thought about why Geocaching appeals to me so much, especially as an activity to do with the kids: it’s about the journey, much more than it is about the destination.
My step-kids have spent so much time around hyper-competitive Little League and Soccer parents and coaches, who put the focus on winning at all costs, rather than just playing (despite what the various organizations claim about sportsmanship) that I want them to be in an environment where their enjoyment is in the doing, rather than based solely on their success. Geocaching puts the focus right where I want it to be, and even if we don’t find the cache just taking the hike and spending the time together is awesome.
Some birds are building a nest in my breezeway. I think that’s really cool.
Thought for today:
“If you hate your parents, the man or the establishment, don’t show them up by getting wasted and wrapping your car around a tree. If you really want to rebel against your parents: outearn them, outlive them, and know more than they do.”
The Need To Win
When an archer is shooting for nothing
He has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle
He is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold
He goes blind
Or sees two targets-
He is out of his mind!
His skill has not changed. But the prize
Divides him. He cares.
He thinks more of winning
Than of shooting-
And the need to win
Drains him of power.
-Selections, Chuang Tzu
Everyone who emailed and commented seemed to really enjoy the last entry, and I’m really happy about that. I am very proud of it, and I’m going to see if I can get it published someplace. This is an odd feeling for me, because I am usually very critical of everything I do, which prevents me from sitting back and saying to myself, “Hey, Wil! You did a good job! Enjoy it!”
Anyway, I’m going to submit The Trade to This American Life, and see what happens. Cross your collective fingers for me, if you don’t mind.
Anne shared a sentiment with me last night, which I think she heard from my mom, and it is the thought for today:
“A mother is only as happy as her saddest child.”
I just found out that my weblog is going to be featured on The Screen Savers tonight.
So I got to thinking (always a dangerous thing) that if they show a screen shot of my site, this entry will be at the top.
So it would be like I’m in the background at a baseball game, waving to someone through the TV.
God, I am such a dork.
This is just too good to pass up.
You know, I’ve been a Kings fan since the purple and gold days.
So you’d think I’d be used to this.
But goddammit! They showed such promise in this series…but here’s the thing: you don’t score 4 goals on Patrick Roy in a game 7, ever. Forget the empty-netter. Longtime Kings fans saw that one coming.
On the other hand, it is strangely reassuring and familiar to have the Kings eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. And that meltdown in the third period was vintage.
Oh well, at least we have the Dodgers.
April 26th is here, doo dah, doo dah.
Hey! My Los Angeles Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche in OVERTIME last night, to keep their playoff chances alive!
GO KINGS GO!
Nolan wants the Avalanche to win, because he always plays them as his team on PS2, so we had much fun last night, watching the game and cheering for our respective teams. Ryan isn’t that crazy about hockey, but he did watch the first period with me…then I hammered him in USA vs. The World mode on NHL 2002.
I really treasure things like watching a game, or playing PS2 with them. Nolan even tried to work the “Hey Wil, since this is such an important game, can I stay up past my bedtime to see what happens?”
So of course I didn’t give in…not. I let him stay up until the end of regulation, which was about 9:30…his bedtime’s 9, so that wasn’t too bad. When the Kings won in overtime (YEAH BABY!) I jumped up from the couch and gave one of those victory screams…you know the kind, right? I mean, unless you live in Chicago…or Sacramento.
Well, I gave one of those screams, and ran into the back of the house, not realizing that Nolan was probably asleep…until I got to his bedroom door, and saw him, lying on his bed, eyes shut. Without even opening his eyes he deadpans, “Kings won, huh?”
I love it when he deadpans stuff like that. I think he gets that from me.
So, I’ll be away for the weekend with The Guys(tm). There won’t be any more updates until Sunday night, or Monday night, depending on how crazy the weekend is.
I hope everyone has an awesome weekend, filled with magic and illusion!
This is one of those updates where I say, “I don’t have time to update!”
I’ve got ten billion things to do this week, so I don’t think I’ll have time to say much of anything here.
However, if you live in Sacramento, you may want to come out to Boomer and The Dave Day tomorrow. I’m coming up from Los Angeles to hang with them, and play dodgeball against Tiffany.
Yes, that Tiffany.
It should be hellafun.
Ah, incidentally, I have heard this Ashley Judd rumor, and it’s news to me.
Hey! It’s Friday, and that means we’re all struggling to figure out what to do with our weekends…
Of course, if you live in or around Los Angeles, you can hop on some of our clean, safe, effecient and reliable public transportation, and come over to the ACME Comedy Theatre tonight, and catch me doing The J. Keith vanStraaten Show. Our lead guest tonight is David Carradine, who played Cain on Kung Fu!
Farkers know that this weekend is Fark Fest LA, and there are hellacrazy Fark opportunities. Should be Super-sized fun.
Now, seeing as how my wife and kids are out of town, you’d think that I’d be out this weekend drinking and enjoying some fine entertainment…but you’d be wrong. I’ll be writing all weekend, and playing GTA 3, because I am that lame.
G4 made an announcement yesterday about our programming lineup. I’m still not allowed to say too much about my show, butI think I can safely say that we filmed two episodes yesterday, and I’m really, really happy with how they turned out. I’m really proud to be part of this show.
There is a message board that G4 has set up for all the shows (this link goes straight to Arena), and you can login and talk about my show with me and some of the people behind it…now, I heard from this magic talking donkey that the folks at my network are watching the traffic on the board to guage interest in the new shows. So if you’re interested in Arena, and you want G4 to know, log in and tell them!
Finally, I found out something pretty cool yesterday: WWDN is ranked number 20 on the all-time top ten list* at Blogdex. I just thought that was really cool. This website has really grown over the past few months, and I love it that so many people are reading it.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Thought for today:
“The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.”
*I realize that you can’t be number 20 on a top-ten list. Sure, I could change it, but it just illustrates my lameness in a beautiful way.