Wil, I’ve a question about your comment about “I won’t get a chance to even audition” for Kevin Smith’s Buckaroo Banzai made for TV. I’ve noticed this isn’t the first time you’ve turned down a role without even trying to audition for it – Ready Player One, for example. My impression of you has grown over the years, I think you are an awesome actor, and I have at times actively looked for you in movies and TV shows. Why are you not even trying to get these roles that you seem so well suited for?

wilwheaton:

Oh, I’m not turning anything down. In fact, I never even get the chance to think about turning these jobs down, because I never get the opportunity to even audition for them.

Like, thousands of people had the opportunity to put themselves on tape for Ready Player One, and the only roles in the movie that I’m right for were offered to other people.

Kevin’s series will be entirely cast from well-known famous people who the studio and network can count on to deliver audience, and even though I have a pretty respectable resume and the technical skill to back it up, I won’t get the call. Because I never get the call. I’ve had like 5 auditions in 10 years.

The reality is, for the last decade, Hollywood isn’t interested in me. It’s profoundly depressing, and I’m doing everything I can to get the Industry to like, just have a fucking meeting with me, but nobody is interested.

The super frustrating thing is that nobody, not even my friends who are showrunners, can tell me why, so there’s nothing I can do about it.

Hey @wilwheaton, if it’s any consolation (he said facetiously, knowing it’s totally not) I am often in meetings to discuss digital marketing for a project, and someone ALWAYS pitches “let’s get Wil Wheaton to tweet about it.” It’s like a whole bullet point on their slide and everything. :/

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wilwheaton:

geekandsundry:

http://geekandsundry.com/house-of-leaves-the-most-meta-mystery-story-ever/

Mark Z. Danielewski says his novel is easier to read than it is to explain. It’s been sold as an existential horror story, but he’d prefer it be labeled a love story. Either term works, but we’d still call House of Leaves a meta mystery. Not only does its plot intrigue readers w…

A bunch of us were talking about House of Leaves at the studio last week. I wonder if that has anything to do with this story showing up in the G&S blog today, or if it’s just a 5 ½ minute hallway doing its thing…

And now I have to cue up some Poe…

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walking-fandoms:

Tormund has never seen a woman like Brienne of Tarth before
(I totally ship it…just a little)

What do you think of Hillary supporting things when those things start to become popular (i.e. gay marriage)? Isn’t that the least bit suspicious? Isn’t that just a little bit of an indicator that she’s just trying to gain power and will say anything to get it?

kenyatta:

edwardspoonhands:

It’s hard to remember this (thankfully) but ten years ago it was impossible to get elected to a highly contested political office while supporting gay marriage. Hillary’s statement in 2000 that marriage was between a man and a woman, but people in committed same-sex relationships should be given the same rights as a married couple was a politically dangerous compromise in the year 2000. Indeed, this was the exact same compromise that Bernie Sanders helped usher in in Vermont that same year.

People get so damned pissed at Hillary…picking apart every bit of her record to confirm the existing bias that she’s a conspiratorial, power-hungry nut job. It’s terrifying to me, because she’s likely to be the nominee, and we seem really predisposed to distrusting her.

I don’t really understand people who get up in a politician’s face for being at the mercy of public opinion. It is literally their job to enforce the will of the people, that’s why this is a democracy. I would much rather have a person lead this country who is willing to change their mind than one who has always believed and will always believe the same thing. Or worse, someone who knows without a doubt that they are always right and have somehow never been wrong.

Bernie has been a much more stalwart supporter of LGBT rights than Hillary, and his vote against the “Defense of Marriage Act” was politically dangerous and courageous. But he also had the freedom of representing a small, homogenous, progressive state.

I remember the dumb arguments we made to ourselves that gay marriage wasn’t a big deal. I remember accepting those arguments myself. And I remember it being an litmus test that conservatives were using to weed out progressives and further their totally unrelated agendas. It sucked, but it happened…and we have to remember that before around 2006, a very strong majority of Americans opposed gay marriage.

It seems impossible now to be a conscious human and be opposed to marriage equality, but that was not the case 20 years ago. We sucked, and we shouldn’t forget it or give people a pass…but Hillary was ahead of the curve on this issue…just not as ahead as Bernie was.

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Hank is spot on in his comments above. Except that not all Americans sucked. Only some of us did. And those of us who sucked, sucked on some things but not others. And more importantly, the majority of us who did suck, over time, we started sucking less.

That’s what’s so fascinating about political change in a democracy. The hard work isn’t in serving the people who are already not sucky – it’s in bringing along the people who, at the moment, are.

It is quite possible that America’s current acceptance of the right to marriage and the right to health care wouldn’t exist without the work of the Clinton Administration in the 1990s.

If Bill Clinton doesn’t get LBGTQ soldiers accepted in the military, a victory that was hard fought and not without compromise, then America doesn’t have a public debate about the human rights of its LGBTQ citizens involving one of its most stalwart institutions.

If Hillary Clinton doesn’t campaign for universal health care when no one – not even the Clinton’s own party – would unite on the issue, then America doesn’t acknowledge its soaring costs and decaying coverage as more than an economic issue and consider health care as a human right.

While it would have been better to have both issues resolved twenty years ago, getting a large percentage of the country to change their minds was a huge step toward sucking less.

Reminder: politicians aren’t characters in a scripted drama. And yet we seem to always treat them as such.

Actually, come to think of it, isn’t that how too many people treat all others. 

Human beings are not characters.  

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As the door to the Richard Rodgers Theater crept open, an ear-splitting scream rang out through the throng of Hamilton fans clogging the New York City sidewalk. They had gathered by the hundreds for a chance to win a ticket to the sold-out Broadway uber-hit through its weekly lottery, and they knew that the show’s star and creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, often puts on a mini-show for the crowd while they wait. In Hamilton lingo, this is called the “Ham4Ham show.”

But neither Miranda nor any of the other acclaimed cast members appeared. Instead, a bespectacled 27-year-old named Mike Karns emerged, and the sound died down as quickly as it started up.

“Not me! Not me!” Karns told the disappointed fans, several of whom were wearing paper masks of Miranda’s face.

Karns in person may not have thrilled the would-be audience members. But he’s played a crucial, if unsung role in stoking their excitement for the biggest hit on Broadway today. Karns manages Hamilton‘s digital footprint, which includes the dozens of viral videos that populate the musical’s YouTube channel; the hundreds of Instagram posts that have earned Hamilton more followers than any other Broadway show; and the Hamilton Twitter handle, which has 202,000 followers.

In less than a year on Broadway, the show’s online audience has surpassed that of longstanding classics like Wicked and The Lion King. And that’s no accident. The Hamilton team has worked hard to cultivate a strong online presence to make up for the paucity of tickets. With so many shut out of the show, the internet has become a vital way to keep fans stoked.

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Hamilton’s online audience has its own language, its own inside jokes, and occupies some alternate universe in which YouTube comments are actually totally delightful to read. Of course, while these digital snippets may help quench the thirst of fans who’ll never make it to the show, they also have another effect: they expose the show to a much broader audience that might never have been interested in Broadway before.

The day I visited was May the 4th, also known as Star Wars Day. So, while Karns and the army of fans waited outside the theater, Miranda was inside, hastily scarfing a sandwich while rehearsing that day’s Ham4Ham show with a surprise guest—Star Wars director J.J. Abrams. Star Wars and Hamilton overlap in precious few instances. But Miranda and Abrams had recorded a song together for the most recent Star Wars film, and now, they were getting ready to perform it for the hundreds of fans outside.

Meanwhile, Karns was standing by, ready to capture the moment for hundreds of thousands of fans nowhere near the theater. Online, the show is always going on.

baebl:

“In fact this is precisely the logic on which the Bank of England—the first successful modern central bank—was originally founded. In 1694, a consortium of English bankers made a loan of £1,200,000 to the king. In return they received a royal monopoly on the issuance of banknotes. What this meant in practice was they had the right to advance IOUs for a portion of the money the king now owed them to any inhabitant of the kingdom willing to borrow from them, or willing to deposit their own money in the bank—in effect, to circulate or “monetize” the newly created royal debt. This was a great deal for the bankers (they got to charge the king 8 percent annual interest for the original loan and simultaneously charge interest on the same money to the clients who borrowed it) , but it only worked as long as the original loan remained outstanding. To this day, this loan has never been paid back. It cannot be. If it ever were, the entire monetary system of Great Britain would cease to exist.”

David Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years 

Oh hai, Cithrin bel Sarcouer!