When the body speaks

When the body speaks

I’m going through my email, and I was read the following question. What started out as a simple answer has turned into a new entry:

Oh, my girlfriend…wanted me to mention that she was completely and totally infatuated with Wesley and Gordie :-)
Do you consider yourself a part of these characters? Or were they just roles?

That’s a good question…
When I am working on a show, that character that I am portraying takes on certain aspects of me, and I take on certain aspects of him. Sometimes, it is very hard to determine where one ends, and the other begins. There are some characters that I can’t wait to let go of, and others that I am sad to put to rest…it really depends on how good the script is, and how much I have invested in the project, emotionally. I feel that it’s my job to realize the vision of the screenwriter, so I always endeavor to do what the writer is asking. When the writing is very clear, it is easy, and fun. When the writing is unclear (as it was, sometimes, on TNG), it can be like teaching a pig to play poker.
I start out every project full of hope and excitement. Sometimes, that hope and excitement fades to resignation, when I realize that the director is an complete moron, and he’s going to ruin the project, or when one of the main actors is an unprofessional jackass, who thinks he can just do his own thing, and not what the script is asking for. Other times, that hope and excitement endures, and is justified with a terrific final cut.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Hoopy Frood

Hoopy Frood

I saw this site in my referrer logs, and went there, expecting the usual…but it turns out that this guy actually said some cool things about me:

BBSpot recently ran a short interview with Wil that’s funny enough to make you suspect it was ghost-written by someone who studied Advanced Modern Cultural References at Harvard.

and

Wil Wheaton is apparently a geek, a practiced wielder of sarcasm, and an all-around hoopy frood in general.

Now I’m off to do the happy geek dance.

DoublePlus Ungood Thoughtcrime.

DoublePlus Ungood Thoughtcrime.

Some thoughts on the previous post, which I’d have put in comments, but the comment thread is so huge, I didn’t know if anyone would see them..so, uh…yeah:
I am horrified at the way this kid appears to have been treated. I think a BIG part of it was that he *IS* a kid, and a non-conformist kid at that. I was a non-conformist kid, and I am a non-conformist adult. I know how McWorld treats us…they just give adults less shit because adults stand up for themselves more than kids do. Maybe he didn’t handle himself well…but kids tend to react honestly to things…and I’d honestly freak out at someone if they gave me shit for the book I was reading. The authorities there clearly knew that they had over-reacted, because they fabricated a story about him making a bomb threat. Don’t lose sight of that.
Should airport security be tightened? Duh. It should have been brought into line with the EU years ago. Why wasn’t it? I dunno…but I’m willing to bet it had something to do with corporate profits.
I didn’t say that this was scary because I am against airport security. Let’s all get that straight. Remember that there was a commision formed specifically to address possible terrorism in the US, and their findings and reccomendations were ignored. Arianna Huffington has an interesting theory.
I was dismayed to read some comments that seemed to fall right in line with the “You’re with us or you’re with the Terrorists” rhetoric, seemingly heeding Ari Fleischer’s warning to “all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do, and this is not a time for remarks like [Bill Maher's on PI]; there never is.” But I am happy that, now more than ever, we can all conduct ourselves here with dignity and aplomb, and argue ideas, not personalities.

Here Comes Your Man

Here Comes Your Man

Last night, I went to the screening of my latest movie, “Jane White Is Sick And Twisted“. It was very, very cool. The screening was a benefit to raise money for the American Cancer Society to benefit breast cancer research, and I hear that we raised close to 10,000 dollars. Cool!
I am always nervous before a screening…I never know what the audience is going to think, I don’t know if the movie is going to suck…it’s never a fun, relaxed thing for me. So I was very, very happy to see that the movie is indeed funny, and I think I’m really good in it. I always worry that what I prepared in my head and what I did on the set won’t make it into the final cut, which happens more often than you’d think…just read any of William Goldman’s books, to get an idea of how an asshole director can ruin a movie.
A big challenge for me right now is to convince The Industry that I can be funny…I once made some flyers for a comedy show I was in, and wrote on the back:

I heart idiots

I heart idiots

It has just been brought to my attention that someone is sending out a potential virus, changing the From: header in the email to appear as if it’s coming from [email protected]
If you have received any emails claiming to be from me, with an subject called “usample” or any other file alleging to be a README, delete it, and send an email to [email protected], since I’m pretty sure that’s the IP where the email came from.
Here’s the information I got by running the headers through Sam Spade:

Trying whois -h whois.ripe.net 194.165.169.179
% This is the RIPE Whois server.
% The objects are in RPSL format.
% Please visit http://www.ripe.net/rpsl for more information.
% Rights restricted by copyright.
% See http://www.ripe.net/ripencc/pub-services/db/copyright.html
inetnum: 194.165.160.0 – 194.165.175.255
netname: ESATNET-ROUTE6
descr: Esat Net Consumer Dialup Modem Bank
country: IE
admin-c: CA1690
tech-c: CC1276-RIPE
tech-c: GP1184-RIPE
status: ASSIGNED PA
remarks: For SPAM/UCE complaints, please email “[email protected]
notify: [email protected]
mnt-by: RIPE-NCC-NONE-MNT
changed: [email protected] 19991207
changed: [email protected] 20010128
source: RIPE
route: 194.165.160.0/19
descr: ESATNET-NET5
origin: AS2110
remarks: Aggregated route covering multiple Esat Net networks
mnt-by: IEUNET-NOC
changed: [email protected] 19960528
changed: [email protected] 20010423
source: RIPE
person: Colm Anderson
address: Esat Net Limited
address: 4 Westland Square
address: Pearse Street
address: Dublin 2
address: Ireland
phone: +353 1 6790832
fax-no: +353 1 6799634
e-mail: [email protected]
nic-hdl: CA1690
changed: [email protected] 19990118
source: RIPE
person: Catherine Chelmiah
address: Esat-X
address: Citywest
address: Co. Dublin
address: Ireland
phone: +353 1 432 6926
fax-no: +353 1 242 4001
e-mail: [email protected]
nic-hdl: CC1276-RIPE
notify: [email protected]
changed: [email protected] 20010823
source: RIPE
person: Gary Petticrew
address: Esat Residential Service
address: 7-13 Cardiff Lane
address: Dublin 2
address: Ireland
phone: +353 1 6724016
fax-no: +353 1 6771477
e-mail: [email protected]
nic-hdl: GP1184-RIPE
notify: [email protected]
mnt-by: IEUNET-NOC
changed: [email protected] 19981031
source: RIPE

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(-1, Troll)

(-1, Troll)

I read /. daily, post infrequently.
As I’ve said before, I am really, when you get down to it, a geek, who’s just looking for validation from his fellow geeks. So being asked for an interview by them was pretty goddamn cool…and the scariest thing, ever. I knew that the server would crash. I knew that I’d go so far over on bandwidth that I’d have to take out a 4th on the house. I knew that the other people hosted by logjamming would get hosed…and I was scared shitless that the trolls would come, and eat me alive.
Thankfully, things have been okay, so far. I read /. at 3, so the signal to noise ratio is very good.
Anyway, I wanted to share something that I thought was hilarious, and very cool.
The story at /. was “Ask Wil Wheaton Anything.” There are some REALLY great questions there, and I’m going to have funtimes answering them…but, as I was reading, I saw the opportunity for a joke, and I had to take it.
I was asked:

Do you have an account here ?
Have you ever posted here ?
Have you ever submitted ?
Have you ever got a submission accepted ?

I was tempted to answer all the questions there, using my Slashdot UID, but I resisted…except for this one, because I saw the chance for some operation mayhem:

Do you have an account here ?
Yeah, I’ve had it for quite some time. I never put my name to it because I was afraid I’d automatically get modded down.
Have you ever posted here ?
Yeah. But not too often. My motto is “if you don’t have something to say that’s worth at least +1, don’t say anything at all”.
Have you ever submitted ?
Yeah.
Have you ever got a submission accepted ?
Are you kidding me? If I had a submission posted, that would make me cool, and that would begin the slow unraveling of the very fabric of space-time.
If this post isn’t the poster-child for karma whoring, I don’t know what is.
I am Jack’s.sig

Now, the humor of this will be completely lost on you, unless you are familiar with Slashdot’s moderation system…but this post got modded up, which I suspected it would…but the Operation Mayhem kicked in, and the joke paid off, when someone moderated it down…(-1, Troll).
If the person who modded it down is reading this, I must say thank you. You totally got the joke, and I am giving you a personal (+1, Funny) and a (+1, Insightful) along with a (+1, Underrated).
With my feet in the air, and my head on the ground.

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