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Three geeky things I'm excited about:

  1. Using apt-rpm, I sucessfully upgraded KDE to 3.1 without breaking anything.
  2. My pal Russ built a nifty website called blinktag.
  3. I had a submission accepted at Slashdot on Friday!

Now, if I could just get my lan browsing working, and convince all three of my machines to see (and use) my printer, I'd really geek out.

Huge thank yous to everyone who e-mailed suggestions on printers for my books. I have narrowed the search down to two places, both of them highly-recommended. It's just a matter of figuring out who will cost less, and who will print on recycled paper.

Regarding the previous entry, I failed to point out my long-held belief that we are the sum of all our experiences, including the ones we regret. If I'd listened to my advice to my 12 year-old self, I would most certainly not be the person I am today. To paraphrase a certain bald captain: "I don't want my pain taken away. I need my pain."

Time for bed. I'm taking my family to climb a mountain tomorrow.


Have a great climb with the family tomorrow.

Watch out for slides now the ground has had a good soaking.


Also, don't forget to take a cell phone, just in case!

Have fun

and watch out for that tree!

sounds like youre in a wicked frame of mind. keep it up =)

Which bald captain was it? I didnt think it was a piccard thingy??? I thought Kirk said that in Star Trek V. Oh geeez does this make me a trekkie??? shoot me now! :)

(first time poster, long time reader) (quote nicked from Grosse Point Blank))

1. I have no
2. idea
3. what you're talking about

Have a fun climb! Are you Geocaching or is this a relaxing walk? Don't fall off the mountain! (thinking of SpongBob SquarePant's "Mount Climb Up and Fall Off")

Don't worry about your 12 year old. You turned out just fine. Besides, he wouldn't have listened anyway; knowing how 12 year olds are.


Cool, your friend Russ has a link to Bruce Campbell's site. Gotta love that. I still have a crush on Ash...the one without the uni-brow. :)

Have fun hiking with the family tomorrow.

big ole w00t on the slashdot submission!

Climb ev'ry mountain
Search high and low
Follow ev'ry by-way
Every path you know

Climb ev'ry mountain
Ford ev'ry stream
Follow ev'ry rainbow
'Till you find your dream

grrr. where's my pencil.

That blinktag - looks a lot like Fark. Fark with decent design and rather less asshats.

Glad you had a productive and fun weekend so far, keep it up! :)

Have a great day with your family tomorrow and watch out for the poison ivy.

Uh Dude,

I thought it was a rather portly Captain whosaid "I need my pain". Wasn't it WFS in Star Trek V when he told Sybock?

Just wondering...

And BTW, with that advise you give your 12 year old self, you may end up NOT marrying at all!! You're not thinking 4th dimensionally!!

: )

No regrets.... but damn do I have a lot of them.

Commander of the Red October

wil, aren't you happy with who you are now? Because to all of us, you'e turned out to be a wonderful man (the part that we know, anyway). If you would've changed anything, you would've changed everything. You might not have met your wife, you might not have written your book, hell, you might not have made this website! *gasp* But as it is, sure, u may have done some shitty things, and acted a certain way to others, had some shitty things done TO you, but look at you now. You may not be rich in wealth, but you have a wonderful family, you're a great writer whos appericiated by many and you've done things in life that most of us can only dream of. Chill Wil, You're great okay...

Everyday when we wake up, we climb mountains for ourselves, by ourselves.

Tomorrow, you climb as a family.

Sounds cool, have no idea what it means, and I hope that blinktag.org provides many hours of enjoyment in a much asshat-less environment.

Thanks for the plug; I'll bookmark that site now, Mr. Hamil. ;-)

hmm. If I had listened to my 12 yr old self, I would have bonked my then girlfriend Dianne when I had the chance. As it was I had to wait another year before that happened.

Recycled Paper...Ha...I wipe my ass with recycled paper.

Why the hell did everyone hate you? (By the way you were talking about Star Trek weren't you?)
Wes was always my fave even before i saw stand by me and some of your other work.

I liked Wesley too, but I'm commenting because your last two paras remind me of this song lyric:

"If I could keep three things forever,
I'd keep a day you cried;
I'd keep a day you climbed a mountain;
I'd keep a place to hide, to hide,
I'd keep a place to hide."

It's from Trish Nugent, a name that will mean nothing to anyone who reads this, in all probability.

Maybe by "bald captain" he was referring to William Shatner who has been said to wear a hairpiece :)

Hi Wil -- you bring up a good point about we are the sum of all our experiences -- but trust me, that summation might not be what we want. Your entry about your letter to you as a 12 year old inspired me to write my own (http://www.livejournal.com/talkpost.bml?journal=chgowiz&itemid=48926). It was damned painful but will probably end up helping in therapy.

What I did remember or rediscover is that gut wrenching pain that one can feel at that age. And while those experiences make us who we are today, there's a good chance that there is much we *don't* want to be - by 12, we've programmed or are finishing programming most of what we'll take into our adult lives. Reversing that programming is what keeps the therapy business alive and well.

We may "need [the] pain", but I would be very willing to explore a future without that pain.

Enjoy the weekend!

Heh, I do agree about us being the sum of our experiences, even those we regret... I think maybe the things I really do wish I could tell my 12-year-old self are things that might have made me a better person now... which I suppose is what I really need to address. What can I do now to make myself happier? After all, regret is pretty pointless. Though perhaps this little exercise will help us all figure out where to go from here.

It is way to early for me to be writing anything.

It looks like your pal Russ just stole Fark's idea and renamed it "Blinktag."

I don't remember Captain Stubing ever saying that??

Yay mountains!

We need more of them.

And they need to be bigger. Bigger I say!!!

To the mountain-o-matic! Away!!!

PS WFS is bald and wears a fungal mat to hide the fact, thus qualifying him as the "certain bald captain".

Damn Edgar, ya beat me to it buddy! lol

As soon as I read about "Climbing a mountain with the family", that song entered my head! and I KNOW I'll be singing that damned song all week now!

I'll have a picture of Wil in Lederhosen in my head all day now! hee hee

Enjoy your QT hiking with the family Wil.

Peace and love

Is the Telegram Sam in the title a reference to the T. Rex song?

1. ....umm.... ::stares at her monitor with that glassy look in her eyes::
2. Cool!
3. Yay!

And I also agree with you about us being the sum of our experiences. I've been through some pretty painful things in my short span of 24 years, but I wouldn't trade it for the world because it has helped to shape who I am today and at the risk of sounding stuck on myself, I'm happy with the person I have turned into. I may not be perfect, but I can live with myself and my beliefs.
Have fun mountain climbing! =-)

Congrats on all those "Geeky" achievments, but even bigger congrats on your final statement.
When I read yesterdays blog and the thread in EE I decided I wouldn't give myself any advice because it could change the path of my life and I like where I am today. :) Nice quote ;)


Or is Telegram Sam a reference to the Bauhaus song?

Enjoy the mountain climbing.


Have a great hike. Gonna go geocaching while you're up there?

Have fun!

Okay, line up everyone. Prepare to hand in your Trekker licenses. Shame on you!

WFS wears a rather awful toupee, you know. So he is indeed bald.


(Let's hope it was that and not that Wil actually misquoted something Trek.)

Wil, Have fun climbing that mountain. See ya at the top ;}

As far as needing your pain, if you were to go back in time and give advice to your 12 year old self, and your 12 year old self took that advice, then when your 12 year old self became your 30 year old self, you would no longer have a need to go back. Since you didn't go back this time, then you never gave your 12 year old self that advice, which in turn lands you right in the same spot you are in now. Of course that is assuming time is completely linear and there are not alternate dimensions in which every single outcome to a decision does actually take place...

But that's enough Temporal Mechanics for one day. I'm going to give myself a headache...

To those that think Shatner was the captain that maid the comment about the pain, you are right, he *did* make that comment in STV. But I heard somewhere that he too is bald, he just wears a rug on his head. I don't know for sure...

I think Picard did make a similar comment in the Episode "Tapestry" though, where Q sends Picard back in time to his academy days, so he can avoid being stabbed through the heart by a Nausicaan. I don't remember the exact dialogue but I think Picard said something similar, I could be wrong...

Hey Wil,

You've sparked an interest for me to write to my 12-year-old self, but the mid-20s self is still thinking about what to say to her...

I am the person I am today because of all the pain I went through, but how could I wish that upon any 12-year old?



I always loved the lines toward the end of Tapestry on TNG. Picard says he always regreted having certain loose threads in his past and that when he messed with them: "when I began to pull on those threads, it unravelled the tapestry of my life." Always loved that line....


Wisdom spouting bald captain...Ummmmmmmmm, Stubing?

Wow...you're another step closer to the book being completely done! Congrats again!

Hope you have/had fun climbing the mountain.

You know 12 is a rough time & I doubt I would have actually listened to everything anyone/maybe even myself who was 30 had to say about life.

Hey Wil, we all like you exactly how you are.

Damn You.

I upgraded to KDE 3.1, and the _only_ thing which broke was kmail. Do you have any idea how much of a pain it is to not have kmail? Heh, I bet you do.


Anywho, enjoy the trip.

"I upgraded to KDE 3.1, and the _only_ thing which broke was kmail. Do you have any idea how much of a pain it is to not have kmail? Heh, I bet you do."

Dude, I am dealing with the same EXACT thing now. You can apt-get install kmail, and it will get some packages, but I haven't been able to make it work with any real consistency.

So true Wil.

I hate the things that I regret in my life, but I wouldn't remove them if I could. I know I would not be the person I am today if I hadn't had to live those regrets.

And LIKE who I am today.

Recycled paper... You know it will probably cost you MORE to print on recycled paper. It's cheaper to make new paper than recycle old.

ya know that there is a nun in Austria who sings about climbing mountains ;) Hee hee hee

Things to do: Climb a mountain; with family (even better).

Have a nice mountain climbing!!:))

Yes, everybody, Shatner is the bald (but rug-wearing) captain. I took a 3-day screenwriting class at UCLA Extension with the woman who wrote the TOS episode "The Tholian Web", and she told the following story--

Her involvement with Star Trek led to a career in writing and producing, and at one point she was on staff at the show featuring Shatner in his other most famous roll, T. J. Hooker. She told of coming up with a scene for one episode: either Heather Locklear's character or the guest "damsel in distress" would (somehow) be tossed off the Santa Monica pier, and Shatner-as-T.J Hooker would leap into the water to save her.

The producers said no. She said, "But I know Bill, this is just the kind of heroic stuff he loves! It's perfect for him!" They still said no. Because, they told her, they weren't sure Mr. Shatner's toupee would remain in place. The scene ended up going to either James Darren or Adrian Zmed.

After the laughter in class died down, the instructor noted that the problem was solved by the time of ST-IV, since Mr. Shatner's hairpiece didn't float away during his swim with the whales...

Sorry to be long-winded, Wil, but I like that story and it finally seemed to be post-related enough to pass along.

Hope the climb was fun! (and that everyone managed to avoid poison ivy, sunburn and bug bites!)

Best to all,


Wil: If you're looking for a good book publisher at a fair price, try http://www.iuniverse.com. Your book can then be available through Barnes and Noble.com, Amazon.com, and a few other big chain bookseller sites. Just in case nobody else mentioned it first. I dunno if iuniverse.com will publish on recycled paper, and that's a good question I'll have to ask them sometime, when one of my manuscripts are ready for publication.

And uh... good luck on the mountain climbing. Take pictures. LOTS of pictures. And post 'em!

Wow, a T. Rex reference! Now I have to whip out my box set and spend some time with the boppin' elf.

Rattlesnake out with your tail feathers high,
Jitterbug left and smile to the sky.

I don't remember Sisko ever saying that. When did he say it?



pain is a force that sometimes propels us from where we are...and where we have been...to where we should be.

haha, I totally just saw you on Nickelodeon doing an interview dealie at a con. That was odd.

Anyway, you are an awesome writer..keep it up!

Whoa, Wil, your philosophy on being the "sum of all our experiences" is verbatim part of my personal philosophy. I now have to try and remember--or go find it in a file. It was something like:

"You are the sum of your memories and your reactions to those memories. With every passing moment, you become a new and different person..."

My original is more eloquent and a bit longer, so I hope I can find it or it pops into my memory... Perhaps it is on one of my ancient disks I used as an undergrad...


I just saw you in Flubber tonight.
What a jerk.
I know, I know, not YOU, you're CHARACTER!

Wil -

Why are you *paying* for your book to be printed??? That's the publisher's job. Unless you're self-publishing. And then my next question is; why are you self-publishing? Do you not have a literary agent? A regular publisher that will add credence to your work?

Your writing would seem to warrant such attention.

What gives....?


Climb every mountain
fjord ever stream
Follow ever rainbow
Til you find your dream

You are Teh l337 H4ax0r! :)

Recycling is a waste of time and money. Here in Canada, we don't produce enough paper to create recycled paper so we have to import waste paper from the US. With that waste paper we can create recycled paper to sell; the only problem is that we have to clean the waste paper and its full of contaminants from the ink and coatings and what not. Long story short, recycling paper pollutes a TON of water and in the end it costs more too. The only reason to do it is to sell it to people like Wil who must have recycled paper. Break the cycle!

Oh yeah, and blinktag is nothing more than a crappy Fark. I mean even the layout is the same. Sketchy.


If you make amends with Roxann Dawson, maybe she can give you some publishing tips.

O, How I would love to:

Climb ev'ry mountain
Search high and low
Follow ev'ry by-way
Every path you know

Climb ev'ry mountain
Ford ev'ry stream
Follow ev'ry rainbow
'Till you find your dream

A dream that will need
All the love you can give
Everyday of your life
For as long as you live

Climb ev'ry mountain
Ford ev'ry stream
Follow ev'ry rainbow
'Till you find your dream

A dream that will need
All the love you can give
Everyday of your life
For as long as you live

Climb ev'ry mountain
Ford ev'ry stream
Follow ev'ry rainbow
'Till you find your dream

(sorry, I just had to...

The /. comments to your piece were laugh out loud funny. You aren't going to make the paper yourself? Slacker.

I also climbed a mountain yesterday with the family!

A mountain of snow!

I made after shoveling the driveway for an hour and a half. (Only in Canada, eh.) It was still fun though.

And "Tapestry" is one of the best episodes. And arn't all Star Trek Captain's bald?

here is some shameless self=promotion for my blog from a gay, arab, latino, american mutt living in New York City Somewhere Over the Brooklyn Bridge.

William Shatner is NOT bald.

and the pope ain't Polish!

Prev. posters are correct, it was The Girdled One (WFS) instead of le Capitaine Chauve... :D

And as for the browsers/printer bit... I'd offer to walk you through it, but A) I have NO idea what systems you're running, and B) have less of a clue about *nix than you do. Bleah.

Have fun on hillclimb with family. Take a walking stick; they do come in handy for all sorts of things. :D

Suggestion about LAN browsing:

Get LinNeighborhood. (http://www.bnro.de/~schmidjo/)
Excellent piece of software, it will scan your network for Windows/Samba boxes, and mount things for you (as a normal user).

Good luck.

oh my goodness, i completely agree! my sentiments exactly. "i don't want my pain taken away. i need my pain" the last year and a half of my life has been the most painful time in my young ansty 20 year old mind (though i know i will go through much much more pain in my life time, probably even worse pain. :-)), and though i would not wish that pain on ANYONE, i know that pain has shaped me to be the strong individual i am today, so therefore i would not take the pain away for ANYTHING. :-) ciao.

this was the first weblog i have ever seen, i expect its not my last.
thanks wil, I still love the re-runs!

It's not about whether it's cheaper to print on recycled paper, it's about social responsibility! Of course, I also do wonder about the chemicals we spew to clean the paper, but that's another debate ...

I used to work for a freebie new age mag that had a hard time finding a printer that would use recycled paper - let us know how it works out. Maybe some other aspiring-to-be-published types can benefit from your research!

A quote - "Experience is the name we give our mistakes" - Oscar Wilde. Nuff said.

Looking forward to your book.

Just looked at your site here, and I like it and you- the actual person making up the script for his own real life- better than the fictional character made up by somebody else.

Perhaps more to the point- even if I had never seen any of the series.


Bravo Will,

I couldn't agree with you more. We are indeed the sum of our experiences (good or bad)Keep the faith.

"Or is Telegram Sam a reference to the Bauhaus song?"

It's both!