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Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton

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Chapter 2. WIL WHEATON dot NET

I OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED WIL WHEATON DOT NET on August 23, 2001. It didn’t occur to me at the time, but that would have been River Phoenix’s 30th birthday.

Word of its existence spread quickly around the Internet, and I was asked to give interviews to several popular websites, including Salon, Wire Slashdot and BBspot. Prove To Everyone did most of the talking, but I managed to get a few words in myself. I began to get e-mails from people I . . . uh . . . admired, like Asia Carrera. Friends who I hadn’t talked to in years heard about it around the water cooler, or in the chatroom, or via the prison grapevine, and got back in touch.

Here is an early review of WWdN from Chris Pirillo’s Lockergnome, a very popular and respected technology and Internet culture newsletter:

Wil Wheaton

http://www.wilwheaton.net/

{Stand by him} He was the scrawny writer in Stand By Me, and then he became Wesley Crusher of the Starship Enterprise. If you mention the name “Wil Wheaton” to anyone in my generation, they’ll know exactly who you’re talking about. But what has this actor been up to lately? You can find out at his official Website—written, designed and maintained by Wil (himself ). And ya wanna know what makes it cool? He isn’t afraid to kick back and let his hair down. He’s actually a pretty funny guy. Just goes to show you that who you see on screen isn’t always who that person is in real life. Dude, he always seemed so mellow . . . walking along those railroad tracks ...

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