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Guest Post - Protect and Serve
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 02.10.16

E. Messily writes: Good thing the cops showed up! Otherwise he might have killed himself. Also the media is having pronoun trouble. Also this Chicago cop is suing the estate of the person he killed, for emotional distress.

Heebie's take: The judge is bringing us all strudel this morning. Isn't that nice of him?

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New Hampshire
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 02.09.16

Let's have a thread.

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Guest Post - Child Star
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 02.09.16

Nick S writes: Sort of trivial but something other people might enjoy, Wil Wheaton compiling the most interesting parts of an, "I was a child star in the 80s. AMA." that he did.

Last year I read his memoir Just A Geek, and enjoyed it. The quality of the writing wasn't exceptional, but the story he told of himself, in his 30s, gradually realizing that he had to give up his dream of being a full-time professional actor, was interesting and felt very honest (and he does seem like a genuine geek). The linked post covers some of that.

I spent over a decade after I quit Star Trek regretting it and wondering what could have been. I created a demon called Prove To Everyone That Quitting Star Trek Wasn't A Mistake who controlled my life. It was really tough. A large part of the narrative spine of my autobiography Just A Geek is about that.
But getting to put on Wesley's face and hair and sideburns and uniform, and getting to go back to the set, surrounded by people I loved, but felt ashamed to be around, and actually appreciate it, was a huge huge huge thing for me.
I haven't seen the thing Mac did where he plays an adult Kevin, but I wonder if he experienced a similar catharsis, being able to own that character and let it go on his own terms, the way I did with Wesley.

Heebie's take: This is a good week for guest posts!

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Eyes, Juries
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 02.08.16

I have jury duty this morning. Originally my summons was for family court. What kind of family court issue requires a jury?! I was curious, but it was scheduled for the day after my surgery so I deferred until today. Today's summons is just regular old district court.

Unrelated: since my hysterectomy, I've had very dry eyes for the first time in my life. I read a recommendation for one of these masks, which you microwave for 20 seconds and then wear for 5 minutes, so I gave it a try.

It did not feel moist to the touch, just warm, so I sat there for five minutes and it did not seem like anything was happening that wouldn't just happen in the shower. But then, when I opened my eyes, my vision was super blurry! And stayed so for the next 5-10 minutes. And now my eyes still feel great. (The folk explanation on the package is that the warmth is unclogging your oil ducts. I don't understand how warmth alone could do that, but I also don't understand how anything besides vague vapors could get in under your eyes and make your vision blurry.) I'll take it.

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