Son of a BITCH!
I really, really, really wanted to be Maximillian, or at least Bender. But no, NO!
This is some sort of cruel, bitter irony, isn’t it?
I wonder, when a former, or current MUDder gets a promotion at work, do they get on the intercom, and shout:
Radio Free Burrito will begin todays live broadcast at 3PM, PDT. Tell a friend.
Well, at last the phone call has come, and I can tell my story. Now, you can know where all your mojo has been going the last 2 weeks.
Before I get into the details, I have to say that, whether it is placebo or not, I felt more confident than I have ever felt, as I went through this audition process, and I know that it helped me relax, and do my best work.
One of the coolest things, ever, came from Susie, who takes care of kids in a daycare here in SoCal. On the day of Mojo-needing, Susie had her kids draw me good luck pictures. She said to me, is there any better mojo than the mojo of a child?
I think not.
She scanned and emailed the drawings to me. I was going to put them all up, but I’ve decided that I’m going to keep them just for me. I’m giving too damn much of myself away on this site as it is, anyway.
So here’s the shortened version of the story: I was auditioning to be the new co-host of the Comedy Central show, “Win Ben Stein’s Money”. It was a long process, and it was the most fun I have ever had, ever, auditioning for any show. The producers, and everyone who works on that show are so fucking cool, I can’t even begin to describe it.
Oh, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I didn’t get it. It came down to me and one other guy, and, everyone say it with me, “They took the other guy.”
Something that is really shitty for me right now, as an actor, is that I have don’t have enough of a “name” and enough recognizability to put me “over the top” for shows, but I do have enough to take me out of shows. I can’t even do commercials, because I’m not a big enough celebrity to be an endoresement guy, and I’m too well known to be an average joe. I wonder if that came into play on this job? I don’t know.
The challenge for me right now is to get producers to see me in a different way. To see past their pre-conception of me, and let me show them something that they weren’t expecting.
Like this website. How many people came here expecting some jackass celebrity site, where the celebrity has nothing to do with it? How many people came here expecting me to be a complete ass?
Did I give them what they expected? I certainly hope not.
So this news has devastated me. I really wanted to work with the crew over there, because they are all so cool.
Get this: The producer of the show, the EXECUTIVE FUCKING PRODUCER, actually called me, to tell me how sorry he was that I didn’t make it, and how he really liked me, and how he called other producers, to let them know about me. That just doesn’t happen, and I am floored by that. He is, truly, one of the coolest people I have ever met.
A sincere “thank you” to everyone who sent me mojo, and kept me in their thoughts. That was very cool, and I think I’ll be calling on you all again. I didn’t get this one, but I’ll get one soon, I can feel it.
Oh, one last thing: can we cool it with the “I’m first” thing? It’s really lame.
From Slashdot: “The U.S. Senate passed its version of the “anti-terrorism” legislation last night. The Washington Post, CNN, and Wired all have stories. There are terrorists under every rock, and we must destroy our freedom in order to save it.”
Congress is at it again. This legislation is absolutely absurd.
Here’s a bit of it, from EFF:
Additional provisions of the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act include the following measures:
*make it possible to obtain e-mail message header information, Internet user web browsing patterns, *and “stored” voicemail without a wiretap order
*eviscerate controls on Title III roving wiretaps
*permit law enforcement to disclose information obtained through wiretaps to any employee of the Executive branch
*reduce restrictions on domestic investigations under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
*permit grand juries to provide information to the US intelligence community
*permit the President to designate any “foreign-directed individual, group, or entity,” including any *United States citizen or organization, as a target for FISA surveillance
*prevent people from providing “expert advice” to terrorists
*extends federal DNA database to every person convicted of a federal terrorism offense which includes low-level computer intrusions
*other provisions, whether or not related to online civil liberties
When I opened this site, I knew nothing about html and it’s bastard brothers, CSS and.php and stuff.
Now, 8 weeks later, I know next to nothing, but I’m closer to knowing something, which is nice.
The entire site has been redone, in.php now. It should load faster, look cooler, and be easier for me to manage.
If you look on your right, you’ll see a new feature I’ve added: it’s books, music, and movies that I like. Since I seem to have attracted a certain type of person here (smart, independent, progressive), my guess is you already have what I’ll be putting up. But if you don’t and you want to buy it, you should go to a local, family owned business and get it. If for some reason you live in The Republic of Best Buy, or the Feifdom of Wal*Mart, you can click on the pictures, and get it from amazon. It’s a good way for you to support my site, too, because Spamazon will send me something like 15% of the cover price, less taxes, of course…so the 18 cents I make will go towards getting me a new computer, with a faster processor, and a bigger hard drive…which means more RFB for the children. Because I care about you, and I want to make my computer cooler, for the children.
Also, I’m expecting my site to be enjoying the Slashdot effect, very soon, maybe even tonight. So if you’d like to mirror the site, that’d be cool.
There is one last thing: While I was redoing the site today, looking at the clock, freaking out that I had to leave, and I wasn’t done, I hit a wall. I just couldn’t get the pages to look the way I wanted them to, and I was about to have a complete meltdown…and I begged my friend Josh, one of the guys behind logjamming hosting, to help me. Josh did help me, and I would have never been able to fix it on my own.
I owe Josh a huge debt of gratitude, and if you are hooked on this lame little site, so do you.
You should update your links, too. If you were linking to greymatter.htm, you’ll need to relink to www.wilwheaton.net/main.php
I am certain that I messed some things up. Please post your discoveries in the comments, so I don’t get 500 emails saying, “You messed up A, B and C”, or “You messed up Living in Harmony”.
I hope everyone is having a good night!
I think I have found my site’s new slogan. This comes to me from an Email:
“like a beacon of light in that mass of crap known as the Internet”
How freaking cool is that?!
To quote Homer Simpson, “Now we play ‘the waiting game’…awww, waiting game sucks! Let’s play Hungy Hungry Hippos!”
Since I don’t yet know what the results of the audition are (if it’s killing you, imagine what it’s doing to me!), and I don’t have Hungy Hungry Hippos, you can read this super cool interview I did with BBSpot while you wait.
Read slowly. It may take a day or three until I hear something.
Wow. What a day.
Short story: I killed. I felt the mojo, and it was good. I won’t know anything until sometime tomorrow, at the earliest.
RFB is off the air because my computer was acting strange, and required a reboot and a silicon enema.
Long story: coming soon.
Last week, I put out a plea for some vibes, mojo, good thoughts, tantric chanting, or whatever anyone felt they could throw my way, because I had an extremely important audition.
I said that if it worked, I would have the coolest story, ever, to tell.
I am the most skeptical person you could ever meet, but I swear, I felt mojo coming my way when I needed it most, and I was relaxed, funny, charming, and all the things I needed to be on my audition.
I don’t let myself get too high or too low about auditions. As I’ve said before, being the best actor usually isn’t what gets an actor the job. There are so many factors that I can’t control, that I just focus on doing my best read, or having my best possible meeting. For me, a successful audition isn’t necessarily one where I get the job. It’s one where I leave the room, knowing that I was the best I can be.
So, having said all that, I can tell you that your mojo and vibes, and all that worked, because I was walking on air when I left that room, and every time the phone rang, I was excited that it would be my agent telling me that I’d been hired.
But the phone call that came was not that I’d been hired, but that they were bringing me back one more time, to perform again, and this time it was between me and one other person.
So here I am, putting out yet another plea for mojo, vibes, good thoughts, voodo dances, or whatever you’d care to send my way.
My final, final, final callback is today, at 3PM.
So, if you can, please send mojo between 3 and 4:30 PM PDT, and I will give up all the details of the project, the audition process, and all that, later on today.