Archive for June, 2011

Stupid Human Error

Posted in Rant with tags , , on June 10, 2011 by tomeoftheancient

This post for the most part is rant, just warning you. I have put up my rant face. The rant face was inspired by a particularly bad day at work. It’s part of a series I did where I would take a part of my body and combine it with all manner of things, squirrel skulls, scans of crumpled aluminum foil, you name it. If memory serves, in this one the teeth are really mine with Photoshop’s “Release the Kraken” filter applied. I had to go out in the backyard and find wildlife to eat to get the appropriate blood-stained look.

So why am I so upset? Human error, mine. I was so going to go straight from day one all the way through on  World of Saz 15 Days of Screen Shots challenge. I knew what I wanted for about the first 11 days, then it gets a little tougher but I thought it would come to me.

So what happens? Typical disorganized me happens. I get to day 7, Best Screen Shot of the Year and go to my folder where I had saved all the screen shots I took before Cataclysm of places that I knew wouldn’t survive Deathwing. And it’s empty. Because I don’t learn lessons. I had two folders named “Screenshots” one on the desktop and the one in the World of Warcraft folder. The desktop one is where I keep a copy of a screen shot I’m fiddling with to post, periodically I empty it after I post things. This is a dangerous thing to do, I knew that, but did it stop me, oh hell no.

So I’ve apparently emptied the wrong folder, they are all gone. No more shots of Auberdine, Tanaris, and all those shots you take when you get your first flying mount, holidays, you know. I’ve been searching everywhere in the hope that maybe at some point I backed them up at a now undisclosed location. The past me sometimes did things that the present me knows nothing about so I haven’t lost hope yet. But geez, how stupid can you be. I shouldn’t ask that as I’m sure I’ll do something to show myself up.

Ahhhhh, well, moving on. Anyway, what I was going to say before the rant was how great this challenge has been because beside the fact that it’s fun I have found many new blogs to read, both the participants and from their blog rolls. It was like Christmas. I’ve noticed that there seem to be three different types of blogs I read.

First type are the ones you go to so that you won’t spec like a total idiot and your clothes won’t draw comments like “LOLNOOB”. The ones with the math wizards toiling away behind the curtain, working with, Oh God, numbers!! I don’t do numbers at all well. Thank you math wizards for sparing me the typed laughter of the crowds in town.

Second type is harder to define. I just really like that person. The way they write, what they choose to write about, it’s hard to put a finger on it but it’s the kind of thing that makes you think, aw, I wish they were on my server.  The second type can sometimes also be a first or third type too.

The third is easy, they make me laugh. A thing that I hold in high regard. Sometimes they can change types. I used to read Big Bear Butt because he told me what to do when a bear but now I read him because he frequently makes me laugh. Mortigan The Warlock and OddCraft are also in the laughing category.

After reading these blogs I wish I could be more like them. I should do something about my epic run-on sentences, I should really consider using punctuation occasionally. I wish I could promise to do that but I think It’d be like promising never to name two folders in different locations the same, I know I’m going to do it.

And one last thing, I feel kind of guilty, I read lots of WoW blogs and almost never comment, for the most part I just read voraciously, laugh, or learn and I don’t comment. I just lurk. This has got to stop, I’m going to try to be better … except … the math wizards … can’t go there, they are just too scary.

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Through Your Interface — Favorite Line of Poetry/Lyric

Posted in Saz's Screen Shot Challenge with tags , , , on June 7, 2011 by tomeoftheancient

Day Six of World of Saz 15 Days of Screen Shots challenge is about your favorite Line of Poetry/Lyric. My apologies, I seem to be saying this a lot, I’m kind of cheating. No lyrics or poetry jumped out when I read this one but a quote from my all-time favorite classic did immediately.

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”

– Roy, The Movie Blade Runner

When BC came out my first character, my hunter, was somewhere around the low fifties level. I couldn’t go to Outland yet but nevertheless I bought and installed it, I guess as an incentive. I was so excited and this was back in the time I talked to my husband about all things WoW rather than you.

When the moment came and I was going to get my first glimpse of Outland he wanted to see what all the fuss had been about. Now I have no idea what this is about but whenever he walks by the computer when I’m in WoW he usually asks, “Hey, look up, what’s the sky look like there?” and this is what I saw.

So I have my non-gaming husband to thank for one of my best WoW moments, I felt like Roy, it was like seeing the attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.

P.S. Thanks to smarty-pants Druid with insta-flight form for getting the shot. I don’t even think I knew how to take a screen shot back then.

Through Your Interface — Title of Choice

Posted in Saz's Screen Shot Challenge with tags , , on June 6, 2011 by tomeoftheancient

Day Five of World of Saz 15 Days of Screen Shots challenge is about your favorite title and why you like it. I wear  The Insane title because, well, it was a title I could conceivably, actually get.

As someone who plays off-peak hours without a guild (well, I’m in one but all my guildies are me), too shy, thin-skinned or whatever to pug anything but a holiday boss most challenges in the game are not designed for me. When I first heard about Insane in the Membrane I thought now here’s something I could actually do, but I didn’t. Having been in Booty Bay when others were wreaking destruction on the town I knew I couldn’t do that.

Someone told me that it was possible to just kill Booty Bay Bruisers without bothering the other inhabitants of the town, I tried, they were right and so began the grind for The Insane title.

I did nothing else for three months, nothing had been said about what would happen when Cataclysm came out but I didn’t want to take any chances, and since I didn’t know how long it would take it became my obsession.

My Rogue picked pockets, my Shaman made darkmoon cards while my Druid ran, and ran, and ran Dire Maul. By far the hardest part for me was procuring pristine black diamonds, they just did not drop and back then they weren’t up in the AH all that often so my bank alt haunted the AH, checking hourly.

When I finally got it I flew to Tanaris to sit on the beach and relax.  I have worn The Insane ever since, I’ll never be The Kingslayer or a Conqueror of Ulduar but I will, however, probably always be insane.

Through Your Interface — Greatest Accomplishment

Posted in Saz's Screen Shot Challenge with tags , , on June 5, 2011 by tomeoftheancient

This is Day Four of World of Saz 15 Days of Screen Shots challenge and I’m kinda cheating. This was not my greatest accomplishment, I think maybe pickpocketing about 1,400 junk boxes for The Insane without giving in and buying any might have been but this one gave me the greatest amount of joy, yes!

I hated you Fel Reaver, you, you, stupid … um … Fel Reaver you.  Why, Fel Reaver, why? You snuck up on me I don’t know how many times between all my characters. Stomping around, bellowing, suddenly breaking into a run … right at me … once again I was smushed under your foot. So I’d move to another area and then who shows up, one of your freaking cousins who squashes me again.

I don’t remember when I went back for him … the first time, probably level 80 but nothing has ever been as satisfying as putting Fel Reaver down, nothing. Just writing about it makes me want to head out for Hellfire Peninsula once again.

Through Your Interface — Representing You

Posted in Saz's Screen Shot Challenge with tags , , on June 4, 2011 by tomeoftheancient

This is Day Three of World of Saz 15 Days of Screen Shots challenge and it’s been a tough one. Show us an image that represents who you are, either in Azeroth/Outland or in real life.

After thinking about it, it was kind of eerie, who knew, me and my characters seem to have a lot in common. My Druid is a dog lover, I know, I know her pet isn’t technically a dog but close enough. And you can see even my dog likes her and he’s picky.

Then there’s my Warlock, she’s always going to Hardwrench Hideaway for hard-shell crabs. She loves to sit outside and watch the ocean while consuming a massive amount of crab, well shoot, so do I!

I was amazed how alike me and my characters were. My Druid gave me a scenic tour of Elwynn Forest and we talked about all the things we liked which were strangely similar. At the end of the day the only thing where we differed was the body count. I have none, these girls are stone cold killers. I mean the Druid has a kill count of over 100,000. I mean you wouldn’t know it to talk to them, they’re all so nice, but geez, they did assure me they had all been bad guys though.

Other than the killing we’re pretty much the same, I on the other hand pick up bugs that get in the house and carefully put them outside, boy, did that get a giggle out of them.

Through Your Interface — Player Housing

Posted in Saz's Screen Shot Challenge with tags , , , on June 3, 2011 by tomeoftheancient

Day Two of World of Saz 15 Days of Screen Shots challenge is about where you would decide to call your home if you could and why. There are so many places I love to revisit but I think I’d pick Sundown Marsh.

The Wetlands bring back so many memories, the Death March to Ironforge first among them. Way back when I had just one noob Hunter I wanted to learn guns. I found that the trainer was in Ironforge and I didn’t know how to get there. I don’t remember what level I was but it wasn’t appropriate for Wetlands. I found a level 8 Priest who knew the way and we corpse-jumped our way to Ironforge.

When I got to the Wetlands at the correct level I found that little house in Sundown Marsh and it was the first time I found an NPC that would sell you something you’d actually want, I mean Wenna Silkbeard had armor you’d want and patterns! What a find, I was ecstatic!

So I’d have to pick Sundown Marsh as my new home if I could. For beach front property like that I can put up with the little Crocolisk problem.

Through Your Interface — Favorite Hangout

Posted in Saz's Screen Shot Challenge with tags , , on June 2, 2011 by tomeoftheancient

This is the first day of World of Saz 15 Days of Screen Shots challenge. Thank you Saz, I love having a good excuse for taking screen shots. Once Cataclysm hit and Dalaran was no longer an option and the place to be was either Stormwind or Orgrimmar I felt a little lost. I had never hung out in Stormwind before but as time went by I finally found my spot.

Whenever I feel like just sitting around and people-watching I have found that I enjoy laying in the shrubbery by Weller’s Arsenal. Noboby bothers me and I have a nice view of the area where people strut their new mounts.

This only works in Cat Form though, the Bear really can’t fit in there and if I do it in Human Form I draw too much attention. So if you’re ever on Fenris and see a kitty in the shrubbery, that would be me!