Apparently I lost my marbles

I have been sitting here thinking.

Ok, quit laughing, I was really thinking, not just watching the arms on the clock move ever so slowly towards quitting time.

As I was saying I was thinking. Thinking about all the raids I have been on, all the instances I have run. Oddly I ended up thinking about how some television shows have characters you could almost see finding in a random pug some day. Not the actors that play them, but the characters they portray.

For instance, just to look at Gilligan’s island I see a few things.

  • The Professor would have Gnomish Engineering as his profession. The man could make a radio out of two coconuts and an empty soup can, yet half his inventions went horribly, yet hillaroiusly wrong. (hold up a second guys, I want to try something.)
  • Gilligan would play a hunter, and play it badly. Things would just seem to go wrong around him, for no apparent reason. (Hey skipper I fell through a hole in the world, again!)
  • The Skipper would be a bear tank and raid leader, you can almost see him shaking hit hat at his monitor as he herds the cats. (Dammit Gilligan, that’s a 50 dkp minus! blue square is ice trap not snake trap!)

Skip forward a few decades to the show House. Can you not see House playing a horribly sarcastic Priest? One that mocks you while he heals you? I certainly can. Hell, I can see him playing a warlock and loving it.

How about Lost? Can’t you just picture Hurley nuking things as a boomkin and loving every minute of it? Or Kate running a rogue? How about Locke as a death knight?

Perhaps I am just seeing things, but I think some of these folks would be fun (or at least entertaining) to run with.

Either that or I finally just lost my marbles watching the clock.

What to do, what to do….

For those who stopped by hoping for something at least remotely related to Wow, I’ll do my best with what I have.

My gaming machine died a horrible death last week. I have managed to get Wow to run on an old desktop, but it crawls so bad it is completely unplayable.  I am talking 2 fps in Dalaran.  I could probably log into a lower level character in a less populated area and do a bit of alt leveling.

Actually I may give that a shot. I need to level Herbalism on one of my hunters. I could level all the way to 400 without ever setting foot in Northrend if I took the time. I may also get a chance here and there to use my daughters laptop, possibly when she is at work. Either way it’s safe to say that my gaming will be pretty limited for a while.

My new system should arrive late next week and bring with it a whole new issue. I am going to have to rebuild everything from the ground up. All my addons, all my macros (and I use lots), all the things that make up my UI are going to need to be redone.

Oh, and I finally ended up getting Windows Vista forced down my throat. Nothing like having to learn how to do everything all over again. I also look forward to hours of sifting through the shiny new system nuking all the preinstalled bloatware that always comes with them. At least I have links to some sites that have good advice on cleaning up a new system.

Crap, now that I think about it I also lost all my bookmarks, shortcuts, hotlinks, saved documents, blog backup files, and *busy signal as brain shuts down*.

Well, as I said, I am going to be faced with rebuilding my UI. So here, in no particular order I am jotting down my list of “must have” addons. I would like to think of this as a post about my prospective UI. The reality is I am just putting this stuff here where I can find it easily.

Yes I know, just go to Curse or Wowinterface and search right?

I am planning ahead, by the time I scrub all the crapware off my system, get it configured to play nice with my network, and get Wow installed, my brain is going to be mush. I am not going to want to have to research anything. I will just want to load up and go.

Without further ado here is my list ‘o addons.

Also after reading an interesting post on the Greedy Goblin I have decided to try out the addons he mentioned there.

That’s all I can come up with off the top of my head. I am sure there are others out there I am not thinking of right now.

Ps. if anyone knows of a good “how to build a UI” post let me know.

Blue Smoke

Todays post has been put on the back burner (way too literally, as you will come to find) while we have an interesting scientific discussion.

For todays lesson I will be discussing “The Blue Smoke Theory” and how it effects electronics. Particularly of interest will be it’s potential effects on computers and their peripherals when connected to the Internet. As an example, my laptop.

The theory is actually quite simple. You will read about “gates” and “processors” as well as “power supplies” and “ram” all being made possible by sophisticated little wires and switches that are so small you can only see them under a microscope. However, I was also taught to only believe what I can see. Last time I looked I did not have an electron microscope in the garage.

I do have a magnifying glass in my toolbox for reading small part numbers and burning holes in things, but it is unable to see these alleged “microcircuits”.

In reality all electronics are made possible by top secret “blue smoke” technology. It was  originally developed during the cold war in an effort to make missile guidance systems compact enough to fit on a rocket smaller than the empire state building. Since that time blue smoke has been carefully concealed within almost every electronic gizmo made.

The blue smoke is contained within specially designed devices, most commonly called “components”.  It is commonly believed that the shape of the component and number of connections it has is directly related to how much blue smoke is sealed inside. Careful observation of these components will show that they are all carefully sealed against smoke loss. In short, its the smoke contained inside that makes them work.

The theory is supported intense scientific research. These experiments are generally conducted by people trying to make the stereo go just a little bit louder or the computer go just a little bit faster. The results are pretty conclusive.

If you attempt to make something louder, faster, brighter, or in any other way “more uber” it is about 99 percent likely that you will get one of two results.

  • The device in question accepts the change and runs better, enjoy your new uberness.
  • The seals on the components fail under the load allowing the rare blue smoke to escape, throw it away it’s wrecked.

 

The problem with this technology is that the blue smoke will often escape even if you are not trying to make a 5 watt speaker rattle the windows in your house.  The escape can take place in one of two ways.

The first and by far the most common is leakage. Ever noticed how after a time your electronic devices work less efficiently? Cell phones start dropping calls and chewing through their battery life like I go through fried rice at the Chinese buffet. Computers will run slower and slower as time goes on, no matter how many spyware scans you run. Televisions will start to show fading colors. The remote needs to be thwacked with a stick just to change channels. These are all signs of a slow leakage of the blue smoke that makes them go.

Less frequent, but far more dramatic when it happens, is a complete seal failure. The seals on one or more components within your electronic doo-dad fail catastrophically, releasing large amounts of blue smoke into the surrounding area. This will often be accompanied by a sharp almost ozone like smell and the sounds of cursing coming from the devices user.

Noooooo!!!!!! Not my Data!!!!!

Such was the case yesterday when my laptop suffered multiple catastrophic seal failures at the same time.

 

Game play, research, and posting will be very limited for the next week or so. I should get back in the swing of things once Dell ponys up with the new laptop that I ironically ordered Tuesday.

A whole herd of unicorns

A few days ago Breana from the Gun Lovin Dwarf Chick asked an interesting question.

What is your Unicorn? What is that one mystical piece of loot that always seems to elude you?

For me I actually had two, and here is their story.

As I was leveling my first hunter shortly afterThe Burning Crusade hit I saw a 70 hunter in one of the top raiding guilds on our server carrying one of the most awesome looking bows ever. He was p[acking the Sunfury Bow of the Phoenix. Right then and there I decided that was the bow for me. Decado ran Kara for months, back when it was progression content, hoping to see it.

Decado is retired now, and never did see it drop.

 

For Morham it was Lights Justice, that wonderful healing mace from Prince. He never did finish the key quest for Kara, never being able to gather a group for Arcatraz. One thing he did managed to do is run Kara every single week, pugging it when he had to, hoping for his drop. He ran kara till he was exalted twice over yet never did he see it.  In a cruel twist of fate he happens to be an enchanter. He did see the Sunfury Bow drop with nobody in the group that could use it. He has disenchanted Decado’s prized loot.

Twice.

 

Drupadi was leveled late in The Burning Crusade, only finally hitting 70 a few months before Wrath hit. She never really had anything she particularly lusted after since she knew it would all be replaced soon. Oddly enough she has been through Kara one time but managed to get virtually every drop Decado ever wanted. If they met in World’s end Tavern (Decado’s favorite hangout) he would likely as not throw things in her direction.

Like Decado before her however she has seen the weapon that caught her eye. The Envoy on Mortality is a wonderful looking gun, in a very spiky kind of way. It drops from Kel-thuzad in 25 man Naxx, which I don’t exactly run every day. Talk to me in a year and we shall see if she managed to catch her unicorn.

Or (more likely) just spent her time tilting at windmills.

Daily Fun

Usually I show up here on Monday mornings grumpy and generally unhappy with being back to work. Today though, not so much. This was a most excellent weekend, both in game and out. So good in fact that it is overshadowing my normal, almost Garfeild like, dislike for Mondays.

The group of server hopping wandering refugees  friends that I have run with for several years has found a new home in a guild called Damage Control. It’s hard to explain why, but I really like the “atmosphere” the guild provides. Altaholic Mom and her husband Zere even managed to go successfully run a heroic OS with them, although I was offline at the time.

My in game time was pretty limited this weekend by doing a lot of work around the house. The time I did spend was pretty well rewarded. Both with skillups, much needed rep gains, and a nice BoE epic healing belt for Morham once he hits 80.

Speaking of, who is this Jordan guy anyway? He keeps leaving his stuff all over the place. This weekend I find his belt laying about, just like I found his staff a long time ago. Perhaps next it will be “Jordans lightly soiled knickers” or the epic headpiece “Jordans misplaced toupee”.

I have officaily done my last Ebon Blade daily quest. I hit revered with them Saturday morning opening up the vendor for the head enchant and shoulders I was after. The odds of me ever getting to exaulted are right up there with getting hit by an asteroid. Sure, it could happen, but don’t hold your breath.

After the Ebon Blade was done I promptly reset my home to K3 to start the Sons of Hodir questline and dailys. I am sure that I will be even more sick of them than I am of burning down houses and impaling folks for the Ebon Blade soon enough. In the mean time, I will just enjoy the questline.

What we need is another set of dailys, ones done in citys. Dailys that would give rep to whatever faction you are wearing the tabard for. Challenging non-repetitive dailys like taking out the trash from all the shops in Dalaran. Another could be cleaning off the tables, even doing the dishes! The list goes on and on. Making the beds in the inn, picking up trash off the streets, feeding the animals in the stables. You name it, we could quest for it.

Really, the only limit to the chore listpossible dailys is the imagination.

In other news this weekend I also managed to finish leveling Engineering to 450. I could easily have stopped at 440 and made my epic helm, but decided to go ahead and finish. I am glad I did it, and I am glad its done. Well, I am done until the next expansion anyway.

While the server sleeps

The major project for my this past week has been switching over Drupadi from Mining and Skinning to Mining and Engineering. It is hard to describe in words my excitement as a flew around in circles for nearly 5 hours Thursday morning farming enough Cobalt to choke a horse. On the plus side I also ended up with 12 green gems, 6 blue gems, and 19 eternals. We won’t even talk about the old world and outlands ore gathered over the last week or so.

Hitting “smelt Cobalt” I headed off into the kitchen to see if I had the mats to craft a pancake breakfast for the family. Once I dug everything up I cooked us all a nice meal, then sat down and ate. After that was all done I headed back to my computer only to find I was still smelting Cobalt. Like I said, I had a bunch.

tools of the trade

 

The best part was spending the better part of the day (off and on) running the crafting circuit. You know the one I am talking about. Trainer -> bank -> forge -> mailbox -> trainer……. On the plus side, I managed to get all the way to 418 by the time it was done for the day.

I swear Drupadi lost 20 pounds doing laps around Dalaran making all kinda of nifty engineering gizmos. If she could have reached out of the screen and slapped me upside the head she likely would have. Particularly if she knew my plans for Saturday morning. You see I still need Saronite (and lots of it) to finish off the whole “learn a new skill” thing.

That’s her mission for Saturday. We prep the bird and head to the basin, carving circles in the sky and filling our bags with Saronite while the server sleeps.

The anticipation is killin me, I can hardly wait.