Those Silly Automatic Doorsby wikki on 07:36 AM October 15th, 2001
When you were on the set of TNG did you ever find yourself running into the automatic doors when there was no one there to open them for you? How about at your house or other places? Was this a problem for any of the other cast members? Did you ever find yourself going to grocery stores and running in and out of the doors just to make you feel better?
This happened all the time. We'd get so used to those doors opening when we approached them, that we'd keep going right into them if they didn't. It was very embarrassing when I'd be taking some friends on a tour of the sets, and I'd expect the doors to open, and they wouldn't. Sometimes it would happen during work, because the FX guys wouldn't get their cue, or someone would decide to enter a scene early. One time, Jonathan was in the turbolift on the bridge, and decided that he'd come into the scene a little bit earlier than we'd rehearsed. So I'm sitting in my chair, Patrick is going on and on about the Prime Directive or something, and there is this loud CRASH! from the turbolift. We all turn around to look, and the doors slowly open (like the FX guy is scared to open the door), and Jonathan is on the floor. I think it was Michael Dorn who was in the turbolift with him, and he is standing over him, just pointing and laughing. We did a lot of that, on TNG. The pointing and laughing, I mean.
Those doors do have a legacy that cascades into my current work. They were loud, when they opened and closed, sort of like a sliding glass door. So the sound man would ask us to hold our dialogue until the doors were open or closed. Go watch TNG, and watch for it. We rarely speak when doors are opening or closing on screen, because we'd have to re-record the dialogue later in ADR. The thing is, even though I've been off the show for years, when I'm doing a movie today, I still don't talk when doors are opening or closing. Even if they're normal doors.
One time, I was at the grocery store, walking through the doors in a wistful attempt to recapture the magic, and I was attacked by some Girl Scouts. Apparently, they were trying to sell those damn cookies (which are Soylent Green, by the way. You heard it here, first), and I was scaring off the potential customers. Those Girl Scouts are very territorial, and they'll stab you in the neck if you don't watch it.
Wheres the parties, dude?by imrdkl on 07:48 AM October 15th, 2001
Seriously, how much time do you spend reading techie sites like slashdot, and keeping up with the issues? I see lots of nice links and banners on your webpage that seem to advocate. How would you "rate your geekness"? Is setting up your own server really fun for you, or just another way to score babes? :-)
Thanks, I enjoy alot of your work.
Well, here's my geek code:
-----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK-----
GPA d--(---) s:- a- C++++ UL P>++ L+>++++ E-- W+++ N+ o- K- w++++>----
O-- M+ V-- PS++(+++) PE Y++ PGP++>+++ t++@($) 5 X+++ R++ tv-- b+++ DI+
G++ e*>++++ h---- r+++ y+++
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I've been reading /. for a few years. It was my home page for awhile, even. I check in a few times a day, so I can keep up on what's going on, and complain that none of my submissions are ever taken. The issues that I am most passionate about are the Privacy issues, and YRO. Every chance I get, I bug these guys to publish a quarterly YRO journal. Unfortunately, every chance has been once.
Setting up my own server is still beyond my abilities, but it is something I will be able to do, someday. Often, when I'm in a "down cycle" or whatever the buzzword is for not working for months at a time, I think about getting a "fall back" job, so I could have a regular day job if I ever needed it. Recently, I've been thinking very seriously about pursuing a CCNA.
Born a geek, or did ST push you in that direction?by anvilmark on 12:27 PM October 15th, 2001
Did you have a technical inclination prior to STTNG? Did you become more/less interested in tech from your ST experience? If so, in what ways?
Ever since I was a kid, I've been interested in science and engineering. Unfortunately, my complete inability to do simple mathematics (when I got my SATs back, it said "3% of people who take this will score higher than you" in the verbal section. It said "95%" would score higher than me in math.) really interferes with my ability to take my interests further than just a hobby. I built one of those crystal radio kits when I was 8 though...that was pretty cool. And I *did* assimilate lots of other computers to make mine.
I've been a voracious reader my whole life, reading mostly non-fiction books, up until I was about 13 or 14, when I read Ringworld...something about reading that book...it was like a switch was turned on inside my head, and I suddenly couldn't get enough of Science Fiction. I read all of Niven's books, then nearly everything Asimov had ever penned, Ender's Game, Foundation, all of what are considered the classics, I guess. During that time, I developed this insatiable desire to understand the science behind the science fiction, so I read many of Asimov's non-fiction books, starting with his Guide to Earth and Space. I think that Asimov is truly one of the greatest authors of all time. For actors, his Guide to Shakespeare is required reading. Anyway, after reading some of his books, I read The Mind's Sky, A Brief History of Time, and, finally, Hyperspace. It was really cool to be reading about all that theory, and acting it out at the same time. I wonder if any of the other actors got it when there'd be a graphic in engineering labeled "Kalzua-Klein Field".
I spent hundreds of hours, over the years, hanging out with Rick Sternbach (in addition to all his great contributions to Trek, Rick also illustrated the cover of "Tales of Known Space", and autographed my copy, which was cool) and Mike Okuda, in the art department, asking them all about what made the ship go (because I look for things...things to make me go...), and making sure that I was touching the buttons in the correct sequence to do whatever I was supposed to be doing. Once, in 10th or 11th grade, I had to write a research paper, and I got permission from my teacher to do it on the fictional technology of Star Trek, focusing on propulsion. This was before Mike and Denise had written their books, so I actually had to interview the Techies on our show (oh, I guess they like to be called "Tech-ers". Sorry.)...anyway, I had to conduct interviews with them, and buy some of the fan-authored books...but the final project was really cool, and I was forever able to explain to tour groups exactly what each thing in the engine room did.
Wow. I am realizing what a super geek I am. But that makes me cool, right? Right?
I've just remembered something, that I haven't thought about in years. Sorry for the tangent. I know this is sort of off-topic, but you can't mod me down! *cackle* Ahh, the sweet, sweet elixir of corrupting power!
Once, I was at a Los Angeles area convention, not as a guest, but as a convention attendee, complete with badge and geeky T-shirt. I'm thinking it was LosCon, but I'm not sure. It's not important. The important thing is, I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time, and I walked into a room where there were lots of authors signing books. One of the authors there was Larry Niven. I just about gave birth. I had just finished reading Ringworld, and Ringworld Engineers, and I was in the middle of Tales of Known Space. I had even bought a copy of Ringworld while I was at this con, I think as a gift, or something, without knowing that Niven was there. So I ran up to him, and the exchange went something like this:
Me: Oh my god! You're Larry Niven!
Him: Oh my god! You're Wil Wheaton!
Me: I love your books so much! [Insert huge geekout here]
Him: I love you on Star Trek! [Insert minor geekout here]
Together: Can I have your autograph?!
No kidding. That really happened, and it was just amazing. I will never forget that. Stuff like that happens, sometimes, and I always love it when I meet someone who I admire, and they're just as excited to meet me. When I was working on Flubber, one of the other actors, I think it was Clancy Brown, came up to me on the first day, and said, "Wil. I have to come out of the closet." I thought it was weird that he was coming out to me, but I said, "Okay..?" And he says, "I am a huge Star Trek fan. I didn't want that to get in the way of our work."
I looked at him, and said, "Clancy, Robin Williams is a huge Star Trek fan, too...and THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!"
And I cut off his head.
Wesley Crusher jokesby DarkDust on 07:58 AM October 15th, 2001
As you mentioned on your FAQ page, the Wesley Crusher character from TNG was target of some not very complementary jokes. But are there any Wesley Crusher jokes that you liked ?
I can't recall any that I thought were very funny, actually. They are all pretty much just variations on the same theme, and I just don't find being sodomized by a Klingon to be the height of humor. Unless it's animated by Terry Gilliam.
There is a funny story that involves the whole "put Wesley in the airlock" phenomenon...I wrote about it at my site a few weeks ago, and I'll reprint it here:
It was my fanatical love of The Prisoner that allowed me to understand why anyone would want to wear a spacesuit and go to a convention. Because I used to have a lame little Number 6 pin, and I would wear it to game cons, back in the day.
Which reminds me of this one time I went to a huge game con, and some guy was selling "Put Wesley In The Airlock" buttons. I went up to his table, and he saw me coming, and tried to hide them, but I got there too fast, and I took one. While I was looking at it, I could see the huge drops of sweat falling off his Hutt-like visage, and I asked him, "How much?" He told me $2.50, or something like that, so I bought it, and wore it on my Batman t-shirt the rest of the day. That was cool.
Enterpriseby abde on 08:00 AM October 15th, 2001
liked your brief appearance in the Sprite commercial :) My question is, have you thought about sticking with the Star Trek franchise? With Enterprise, the franchise is taking a new direction, in which the characters are more human and not ultra-competent Utopians. Have you considered trying for a part, recurring or otherwise?
I've thought about it, sure. I even made calls to Berman and Co. back in the day, with some cool ideas, which were never developed.
I really like Enterprise. I watch it every week in the hopes of seeing more Detox Gel, and I really like the direction they are taking that show. As much as I loved TNG, it did wear on me a bit that everyone was so damn perfect. I love that the new show has lots of conflict, and the crew seems to be in real danger each week. The cast is great, and, so far, they haven't completely ruined the continuity of the Trek universe. Also, the captain has a beagle. A beagle! And he talks to it!You have to love that.
However, I left Trek when I was 18 so I wouldn't be doing it for the rest of my career. Trying out for a regular role on the new show would be a step back, career-wise, and very unlikely, considering the treatment I've gotten at the hands of Berman and Company since I left. However, I would be open to guesting, and I'm really sad that I don't get to be in the movie. Especially if there's a wedding in the script. I think it'd give some nice closure to the character.
Are you worried about being typecast?by wrinkledshirt on 08:03 AM October 15th, 2001
Jason Alexander once said in an interview that every single episode he did as George on Seinfeld made it harder and harder for him to be marketable in showbiz as any other sort of character. Given that most people know you as Welsey Crusher, do you ever worry about it? If that's a problem, how does an actor break out of it?
When I was 18, I was beginning to have precisely those feelings that Jason talks about. I did an interview with AICN, where I got to talk about that. Success is a double-edged sword, you know? On one side, it's simply amazing to be associated with such a successful show, and play a character that so many people get to know. On the other side, that association can utterly kill any chance you have of having a career beyond that show.
I have no idea how an actor breaks out of that, because Hollywood works very hard to establish an actor as a "type" and then leaves that actor in that "type" because they know that the audience will tune in to see it. Bob Saget is a perfect example. Holy shit. He is one of the dirtiest, funniest, stand-up comedians I've ever seen...but Hollywood just won't cast him an an "edgy" role, because he's forever the guy from Full House.
Hollywood is all about insecurity. Studio heads know that their jobs are only temporary, and they know that when they make one mistake, they're gone. So they don't like to take chances. They don't like to take an actor who is good in action, and put that actor in a comedy, because the audience may not buy it, and the actor may not be able to handle the role.
I have a reputation in Hollywood as a very good dramatic actor, and I think I've earned that, and I'm proud of it. What's currently driving me crazy is this reluctance by the industry to let me show them that I'm funny. It's maddening, because I've been doing very funny sketch comedy, at the ACME Comedy Theatre, and improv with the Liquid Radio Players and Los Angeles Theatresports . I have a plan, though. I adapted one of my sketches into a screenplay, and if this thing I talk about in my next answer works out, I can just make it myself, and take over the WORLD! < /scheme >
NewTek and the Video Toaster
by suso on 08:11 AM October 15th, 2001
On your homepage you mention that you once worked for NewTek during their development or initial release of the Video Toaster.I've always been curious to know how you got the job there and what you exactly did for them? Did you ever own an Amiga prior to working at NewTek?
I was invited to NewTek's XXXmas party one year, when I was 19, and I was simply blown away by what they were doing out there.
For those not familiar, NewTek was the company that brought desktop video to the consumer market, while also re-defining the professional market. They made The Video Toaster, which was an amazing, affordable way to make television yourself, that looked as good as the stuff the networks made, with nifty effects, graphics, and what was probably the coolest 3D program, back then.
I firmly believe that the Video Toaster created the market for the iMovie, and the other rash of desktop video solutions.
While I worked there, I was part of the R&D team, working mostly on the Video Toaster 4000. I also spent LOTS of time traveling around the country giving demos and stuff for the launch of the 4000 when it was finished.
The year and a half I spent at NewTek was one of the best in my life, as far as personal growth goes. I learned that I _can_ make it in the Real World, but, more importantly, I learned that I am very unhappy if I'm not being an actor. I'm a pretty skeptical person, but I tell you this: I really believe that "do what you're supposed to do" stuff, and I learned, while I was there, that I am supposed to be an actor.
I had this plan, when I worked for NewTek, and, unfortunately, I never got to complete it. It went something like this: I can write, and I can write well. I have TONS of creative ideas, that would make cool short films, but none of them would ever make money, or be suitable for TV. In short, no network or studio would ever give me the money to make them. So I decided that I would make them myself, using a digital video camera, and the Video Toaster. I'd give the movies to NewTek, and they could use them in marketing, as an example of what the Toaster could do.
Good idea, right? We all thought so, and we were doing it, until NewTek fell apart, and the core group left to form Play Incorporated, in the mid-nineties. It's actually a good thing that NewTek exploded, because it gave me this kick in the ass to get back to LA, and do rededicate myself to acting. However, a few years went by, and I was feeling like I had started this thing, and never finished it, and that was bugging me. So I called up Paul Montgomery, my friend who left NewTek, and became the vision behind Play Inc. Paul thought it was a great idea, and we started working out the kinks. And there were some kinks, believe me. There were some people at Play who I just couldn't work with, and Paul and I were in the process of working all that out, when Paul had a heart attack and died, at age 31. Holy shit. Paul was the soul of NewTek, and the soul of Play, and, with him gone, Play completely fell apart. I tried to keep going with our idea, because that's what I thought he'd want, but the person who took over Play was just impossible. He treated me so badly, and so dishonored Paul's memory, that I told him to shove it, and walked away. Shortly after Paul died, they ran Play into the ground, too. Completely sucked, because Play had amazing potential.
Thing is, I still want to make my own movies, and I still think that people like you and me can do it, with great ease, using tools like the iMovie. Matter of fact, if anyone reading this knows people at Apple, have them get in touch with me. I'd still like to produce my own stuff, and I'm thinking iMovie is the way to go, now, as far as I can tell.
I never owned an Amiga before working at NewTek, but I loved them while I had them. They were always easy to use, and stable as hell. Too bad Commodore never "got" the Amiga. Yet another example of Corporate America failing to see the forest through the trees.
Usenetby Herbmaster on 08:16 AM October 15th, 2001
When did you first hear of the classic usenet group, alt.wesley.crusher.die.die.die, and what was your reaction?
I first became aware of it while visiting the HAL labs in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January, 1992. I really didn't care about it, at first, because by that time I had gotten used to people hating not only Wesley, but me. Over the years, though, all that negativity, and the inability to separate me from a character I played has really wore on me. Since I launched my website, and had a presence on the internet, a lot of that crap has come crashing back down on me. Honestly, you'd think that people would grow up and move on, seeing as how it was so many years ago, but you'd be wrong. You know what's weird? It hurt, all that criticism. It hurt then, and it still hurts now. Sometimes it just makes me feel bad, and other times, it makes me mad. Once, after enduring a particularly vicious attack from someone, I wrote,
"Thank you for blaming ME for the writing of a fictional character, on a fictional tv show. That makes complete sense, considering all the input the writers would take from a 15 year old kid. Have you ever bothered to ask? Did it ever occur to you that I just said the lines I was given? Don't take it out on me. I'm just an actor, who did the best job he could with what he was given.
I don't care if you're "The Guy From TV" or if you're "The Kid From Math Class". Being personally attacked by people who don't know a thing about you hurts. It sucks. I wonder, do you spend a fifth of the time you spend dumping on me doing something constructive with your life? I certainly hope so. You people are just like the people in High School who never took the time to get to know me, and judged me before I even showed up.
Aren't we mostly geeks here, online? Didn't we all, at one time or another, get bullied by "the cool kids"? Don't any of you remember what that felt like? "
So, yeah. That's how I reacted when I was hurt, and mad. It's strange to me that I'm 29 now, and people are still giving me shit for a show that I did when I was 15. What's surprising to me, still, is that I even care, and that the criticism still hurts. If I could only live my life with my threshold at 4...
Wil's job at NewTek's Lightwaveby peter303 on 08:17 AM October 15th, 2001
You worked at the animation software shop NewTek
for a while. What did you do there? Do you thing you'll get back into tech again someday?
Well, I think I pretty much overed the NewTek stuff already, but as far as tech goes, the farthest I can go with my technical skill is what I've done with my website. I think I've come a long way from my first uberlame page that I built with Pagebuilder at Geocities. The problem that I run into constantly is that my aspirations constantly outpace my abilities. I have these dreams of doing all sorts of amazingly cool php things at my site, but that is months, maybe even a year off. Technology is moving so quickly these days, if you stop to look around, you get left in the dust, and it's pretty hard for me to keep up.
I have always loved technology, and when I can afford it, I will have all the cool tech toys that they sell at ThinkGeek. They will be mine. Oh yes. They will be mine.
Hollywood Activismby Dunkirk on 08:23 AM October 15th, 2001
You have made comments to the effect of poo-poo'ing celebrity opinions about issues in general. Yet in your blogs, you spend a lot of time discussing politics, and you make no bones about which side of the isle you favor. As someone in the public spotlight - and especially as someone in the geek spotlight (being a celeb that has your own self-coded web site) - do you consider it a duty of sorts to be an activist? Does being a celeb[rity] bring any more responsibility over the common, first-amendment-empowered citizen in voicing your opinion? Also, do you feel that you have qualities above and beyond other Hollywood celebrities that makes it important that you share your feelings?
One of my defining characteristics is that I can't keep my mouth shut. I can't stand idly by, and if somebody has to say it, it may as well be me. I am extremely passionate about virtually everything, and that passion drives me to discuss, argue, and learn about issues that have an effect on my life. I'm sure that it would just be easier to stay quiet, and live happily in McWorld, but I will not go gently into that good night.
I don't know if I have qualities above and beyond other celebrities that make it important to share my feelings. I don't know because I don't hang out with other celebrities, at all. But I do know that my passion is genuine, and I really do care about the issues I discuss. I don't know what the others do, but I carefully research issues before I get on one side of them. I evaluate both sides of an issue, apply my own filters, based on my knowledge and previous experiences. I draw a conclusion, I test the conclusion, I form an opinion, and then I post about it. I just write about the things that matter to me. I would be writing about this stuff, even if nobody came to my website to read about it. However, for better or for worse, in our culture we tend to give more attention to a celebrity than an equally educated non-celebrity. So if I can use my visibility to bring attention to the idiocy of the DMCA, or the things the MPAA and RIAA have been pulling the last 2 years, then I will do it, gladly. That falls under the heading of "Using the Power of Celebrity for Good". Of course, I'm sure it's fun to use it for Evil, but that opportunity hasn't presented itself to me yet.
I don't want people to listen to me because they think I'm a celebrity. I don't view myself as a "celebrity", at all. Matter of fact, one of the freakiest and most surprising things I've discovered since I launched my website is that way more people know my work than I ever imagined, so I guess that makes me a celebrity to some people, but not in my own mind, if that makes any sense.
Radio Free Burritoby webword on 08:42 AM October 15th, 2001
You seem to know a lot about music. How big is your collection? What are your favorite bands? What is Radio Free Burrito and what do you think of broadcasting live?
I am a total music weenie. I aspire to be like the guys in High Fidelity. Yeah, I'm that lame.
As I say on my music page, I think that you can learn a lot about a person through the music they listen to. The bands that I like, though they cross many genres, all have souls. What I mean by that is, all the bands I really like all say something with their music. It somehow affects me when I listen to it. The first time I listened to Kid A, for example, I had this visceral, emotional reaction to it, and I still get that when I hear it. When I hear the first "ping" of Echoes, I still get chills. I am so awed by the power of music to evoke emotion in people, and I admire the bands who take advantage of that power, and use it for Good. Pop music is so packaged, and over produced, and so clearly exists only to make money, that it just offends me. That's using the power of music for Evil. Unless you're Huey Lewis and The News. Then you use music for The Power of Love.
I have a real fondness in my heart for the Emo bands, and the indie rock. Some of my current listens are Radiohead, The Pixies, Tool, The Ataris, Coldplay, They Might Be Giants, Portishead, *Nsync, (just seeing if you're skimming or really listening. har.), Pink Floyd, The Rushmore soundtrack, fairview, Alkaline Trio, Hot Water Music, and The Get Up Kids.
Tangent, here: I think The Ataris are like a musical Linux, sort of. They publish all the lyrics for their songs, the guitar tabs, and make every single one of their songs available as an MP3, for free download. Yet they still make tons of money at MP3.com, and their records sell like crazy. I think it's a great analogy...you don't have to be closed source to be profitable.
Radio Free Burrito is my attempt to fulfill a childhood dream of being a DJ. I stream my MP3s through a Live365 server using shoutcast almost every day, and I do live broadcasts a few times a week, where I joke, do news "Letterman-style", run a chat room, and stuff like that. It's really fun, and I still get this giddy excitement when I check the station stats and see that there's 50 people listening. Broadcasting live is insanely fun, and gives me another chance to reach an audience directly, on my terms, rather than some producer or network's. I have a whole page devoted to the rfb, at my site, with a playlist and links to hi-fi and lo-fi streams. Come listen someday, you'll be glad you did! </shiteating grin>
My CD collection is HUGE. I think I have over 6000 CDs in various places around my house, and in the garage. I would have more, but when I moved out of my parent's house, my younger brother moved into my bedroom, and sold all of my Cure, Depeche, Bauhaus, Boingo, and other 80s alterna-rock at some used music store. I think he used the money to buy rugs. Not drugs, rugs. My brother has had a rug habit for years. Persians, throws, areas, even Berber carpets. Sad thing is, he can't admit he has a problem. He's probably at Carpeteria right now.
Wesley vs. Adricby wowbagger on 08:51 AM October 15th, 2001
Many people have compared Wesley Crusher to Adric on the
Dr. Who. In both cases, the character was reviled because of
the way the writers handled him. What are your thoughts on
this? How would you recommend an actor handle this sort of
situation in the future?
Okay, first let me put on my Asbestos suit.
Alright. I don't know who Adric is, so I can't address that.
However, I can address the rest of your question. When I was on TNG, I had zero input into the character. The writers and producers never listened to me, and they shouldn't have. I was a teenager, and, contrary to what we all think at the time, teenagers know absolutely nothing. Of course, at the time, we as teenagers clearly know everything, so we get caught in an infinite loop of knowing everything and nothing at once, which should produce a wonderful, Zen-like existence, but never does....but I digress.
As an actor, I feel that it is my job to live up to the demands of the script, and perform what the writers are asking me to do. I did my best to fulfill that obligation, but I think the writers missed a huge part of Wesley, and I think that's why so many people didn't like him.
Wesley and I were very similar at the time: we were both teenagers who were pretty smart, and pretty skilled. Matter of fact, we were both smart enough and skilled enough to work alongside adults, and hold our own with them, professionally. At the same time, neither one of us had the grace, maturity, or wisdom to hold our own with them socially, or emotionally, and that created lots of conflicts. By not exploring that side of Wesley, beyond "Just tell me to shut up, Wesley, and I will.", the writers took a lot of his humanity away from him. It also didn't help that they gave me lines like, "We're from Starfleet! We don't lie!" and "You mean I'm drunk? I feel strange, but also good!"
The few episodes where Wesley was actually not a complete tool were, I think, "The First Duty", "Final Mission", and, one or two others. Those were the ones where Wesley was actually a fully developed, flawed, interesting person. If they'd given me more stories like those, and written my character more like that, it may have made it easier for me to miss the film opportunities that were passing me by, while I was saying "Aye, sir. Warp 4, sir."
Geekess or Valley Girl?by Dyrandia on 08:54 AM October 15th, 2001
As a lifelong geekess whose first crush was on Wesley Crusher, here's a question I'd love answered by Wil Wheaton, as well as the general male slashdot population. Which would Wesley Crusher, in character, prefer? An attractive, yet slightly braindead, clothes/hair/nails oriented girl, or her equally attractive, intelligent geekess identical twin sister? Someone who can't carry on a conversation unless it involves who was seen where, with whom, and what each was wearing, or somone who can argue the pros and cons of which programming language suits a certain task best? What about you as a person?
This is such a no-brainer. Geekess. Duh. Especially if she's a karma-whore. That is *so* sexy.
Dear Wilby sllort on 09:27 AM October 15th, 2001
You mention in a LA Times interview that you dumped Linux for Windows because
"While I'm a champion of open source, I don't think Linux is there yet"
Was there a specific bug in Linux that prompted you to dump it, or was it just the entire operating system?
When I said "Not ready for primetime" I was not putting down Linux. "Not ready for primetime" means to me that it's not ready for The Masses. That's not necessarily a bad thing. SNL wasn't ready for primetime back when it started, and it was superior to virtually everything else on TV. Now that it's been processed for The Masses, I think it sucks more often than not. Except Will Farrell. That man is a genius.
I had Linux installed, and I dual-booted for quite sometime, but I was never able to actually *use* it to do anything. I have given O'Reilly LOTS of my money over the years, attempting to learn how to run it, but it's always *just* eluded my grasp. I had the hardest time just getting it to do things like find my sound card, or give me fonts in X-windows when I was running Netscape that didn't make my eyes bleed. It also didn't help that when I did my install, it never seemed to tell me exactly what dependencies I needed, so lots of stuff didn't work correctly, and I could never figure out where things were supposed to go, which was frustrating to me. I rely on computers for too much in my life to make my primary OS one that doesn't run in idiot (also known as Wil Wheaton) mode.
I completely support the Open Source and Free Software movements. Let's just say that I hate The Borg as much as you do. I aspire to a complete removal of The Borg from my life, and I would like nothing more than to be the number one ex-trek-actor Linux cheerleader, with the little suit and everything.
So have I just lost all of my cool points, or what?
Patrick Stewart's bald headby Genie1 on 09:40 AM October 15th, 2001
Have you (or any of the TNG cast) ever rubbed it for good luck?
Are you kidding me? We'd gather every Monday morning in the center of the bridge, cry havoc, and let slip the rubbing of Patrick's head. We always wanted to rub Shatner's bald head for luck, but he'd never take off his toupee. So we'd just rub his belly instead.
Fan Fixated Moment?by broody on 09:41 AM October 15th, 2001
While this may seem way off the wall, please give me a
Kirk Russell, on the commentary to the Big Trouble in Little Chinia DVD, talks about how his trip down the elevator on the way to confront "the ultimate evil spirit" has generated more comments then any other. Fans are always quoting back lines from that scene, particularly in elevators.
Here is the question. Are there particlar lines from one of your roles that fans repeat back to you? Which role do people most often identify you with when they see you in the real world? If you could change this defining moment to an alternate scene or line, what would it be and why?
People seem to think that it's really funny to ask me if I really have the biggest one in 4 counties (I do, by the way. But the counties are all in the former Soviet Union, and none of them touch each other, for what it's worth).
Something that I've noticed myself doing is quoting some of my own things, because sometimes it's just too funny not to. Once, I was working on a movie in Kansas. We were driving from the set to the house where we were all staying, and it was close to a 40 minute drive. Now, 40 minutes in a city is nothing. But 40 minutes along a rural highway seems like an eternity. So we're driving along, and I ask my friend if we're there yet, and he says no, and I say, "Jesus. By the time we get there, the kid won't even be dead anymore." There is this pause in the car, and one of the other actors says, "Dude. Did you just quote your own movie?" I answered in the affirmative, and he says, "That was very cool."
I find myself saying that things are "goochers" all the time, too. Does that make me lame?
I guess that the thing people say to me all the time is, "Were the leeches real?" They then turn to their frat guy friends and snicker, like they're the first person to ever say that to me. I wait for a second, so they think they've really cut me down, and I say, "Yeah. Ask your mom about my scar."
Finding new and preferably disgusting ways to degrade a friend's mother was always held in high regard.
Industry insider?by Stavr0 on 10:47 AM October 15th, 2001
Since you're part of Hollywood and somewhat of a geek (if
you really are 'CleverNickName') here's the
Would you be interested in becoming a (scifi/hollywoood/?) contributor to Slashdot (a la Jon Katz)? I'm sure you could get lots of exclusives from Paramount, actor friends etc ...
.. assuming of course you're prepared to be a lightning rod for all the Katz-haters cum Wesley-haters ;-)
You know, I don't have a huge problem with Katz, and I don't really understand why some people do. But, as we've discovered during our little chat today, I am exceedingly lame, so maybe there's part of the joke that I don't get.
Sure, I'd contribute, but I don't see what I could bring to the discussion that isn't already covered here, because nobody ever gives me exclusives, or inside info on anything, which is exactly the type of blinkard, Philistine, pig ignorance I've come to expect from that non-creative garbage. They sit there, on their spotty behinds, picking blackheads, with their bleeding Hollywood Insider secret handshakes...I always wanted to be a Hollywood Insider, but they wouldn't let me!
How did you feel about being Slashdotted?by waffle zero on 10:51 AM October 15th, 2001
How did you feel about being Slashdotted? And did you expect this to happen?
Yeah, actually, we knew it was coming, and I got really nervous. I've endured some pretty horrible slings and arrows over the years, the most recent coming from MeFi and MemePool within 24 hours of my launch. This may sound totally lame to you, but I really cared what /.-ers thought about my site, and about me, because when you get right down to it, I am just an insecure geek, hoping to someday sit with the cool kids. The guys who host me were a little nervous, because we knew that it would kill all the sites on the server. By the way, if you're a weblogger, and want hosting for 5 bucks a month, you should check logjamming out. They're really cool guys.
I gotta say that the coolest thing so far was just being asked to do the interview, and all the positive feedback I've gotten from people who came to see my site. The whole reason I made my website was because my wife is always telling me that I could shake the Star Trek thing, and the Stand By Me thing, if people would just get to know me. I've always been frustrated that people, inside the industry and out, have this one dimensional preconception of me. Building and running my website has given me a chance to challenge that preconception, and hopefully change it.
This interview has been really fun to do, and I want to thank Chris for asking me, Rob for emailing me and telling me not to be afraid, and everyone who posted questions and comments.
Oh, and that guy who said, "Shut up, Wesley!". That was really funny. I've never heard that before.
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