Monthly Archive: October 2007

Decisions, decisions

Warning: self-indulgent discussion of my characters! So, after I leveled my mage to 70, I haven’t played her a WHOLE lot. She’s keyed for Karazhan but that’s about it. Other than that, she has been farming. I have a priest stuck at 62, a rogue stuck at 67, and a warrior in her 40’s somewhere. And then recently, I made a Warlock, and she’s in 49 now.
The problem with all these characters is that I never know which one to play. So, I end up playing them all a little bit here and there. And the problem with that is that I get absolutely no continuity with any of them, which is kind of a shame.
And then there’s the fact that I haven’t played much at 70. Half the fun starts then, and I’m sort of missing out on it. But the thing is, whenever I play the 70 mage now, it’s too much to get back ‘into’ it … the continuity is definitely missing.
So, I’ve decided to stick with my warlock. And tried to make a promise to myself to stay with her once she hits 70, so that I don’t end up in the same situation again.
Luckily, I like her 🙂 … never mind that everyone and their brother and their brother’s best friend has a warlock, Baaaa!

Hamish and Andy

My afternoons in the car taxi’ing children hither and dither are actually a joy to me … IF they occur on weekdays between 4 and 6. I simply love these two guys … Hamish and Andy have a hilarious radio show for ‘the drive home’ that makes my day every time. If you’re up for a bit of an Australian giggle have a listen to some of the show’s highlights. I can, for example, highly recommend Bingo Wings and this discussion on rules for your housemate’s partner. Enjoy the giggle :).

How bad for you could it possibly be??

So, recently, I’ve seen a few different articles on exercise … and funnily enough, not ones that encourage exercise. This one from the Sydney Morning Herald particularly caught my attention. Apparently,

Nearly one-quarter of gym-goers exercise at levels that can be dangerous to their health, new research shows.

Now come on!! In a society that is becoming increasingly sedentary, little kiddies in school are getting increasingly chubbier, and stadium seats are being built increasingly wider to accommodate our increasing derrières, is this really the kind of stuff we should be worried about?
Apparently, Jane Fletcher, a psychologist quoted in the article thinks

“Exercise is not bad in itself. It is whether it interferes with your work, social life and family life that may indicate whether you have a problem.”

Now, I have several issues with this. The most obvious one is that a lot of people who enjoy working out and staying fit actually socialize AT THE GYM. Is that evil? And as far as I know, more and more businesses actually encourage their employees to become more physically active.
Also, why is it always so inherently discouraged to be addicted to something? We’re addicted to oxygen. And I’m addicted to food. Why should it be bad to be addicted to an activity (exercise at the gym, for example) that actually makes you healthier, gives you more energy, and might even be socially enjoyable??
Aargh!! I know that I personally don’t need to be given any more excuses to not get up and go to the gym. Save me from these sensationalist news stories, and let me get off to the gym!

Well worth the Wait!!

For fans of Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth, this will come as a real treat! And even for those who never read the spectacular medieval drama about a man with a vision for a grand cathedral, this will be a real treat! World Without End is the sequel, set in Kingsbridge about two centuries later – still in Medieval England. Again, it is sweeping, epic, gripping, and brilliant. Political and personal intrigue mingle in a great cast of characters. The historical setting is great, and halfway through, I can honestly say I’m loving every page. If you’re looking for a saga to whisk you away – this is it! But, be warned, it’s hard to put down!

Virtual Debt???

You have GOT to be kidding me. Apparently, you can now get a Credit Card in Second Life. It’s the delightful MetaCard! The most astonishing thing about this new wonder of the virtual world is that it actually gets tied to your Real World account, so that you can get into Real World debt with Real World interest just like you can get into a Virtual financial mess. I wonder if your Real World credit rating will incorporate data from your virtual credit history? Luckily, I never spent more than 10 seconds in Second Life … I’d be the typical person to spend, spend, spend – making the following scenario even more likely to occur in my house:

How soon is soon?

So, I heard that we might be getting increased space in our bags ‘soon’ … this according to a blue post on the World of Warcraft forums. Well, we have all been disappointed by Blizzard’s definition of ‘soon’ before. When you have an open ticket to a game master, for example, you are told that it will be answered ‘soon’ … an hour later isn’t my idea of soon, but hey! I’m usually happy to get it answered 🙂 …
Further on in the same forum thread, a green poster very kindly reminds the readers of what ‘silly’ actually means. In the Wowwiki entry for ‘soon’, it says the following: Copyright 2004-2007 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. “Soon” does not imply any particular date, time, decade, century, or millennia in the past, present, and certainly not the future.

“Soon” shall make no contract or warranty between Blizzard Entertainment and the end user. “Soon” will arrive some day, Blizzard does guarantee that “soon” will be here before the end of time. Maybe. Do not make plans based on “soon” as Blizzard will not be liable for any misuse, use, or even casual glancing at “soon.”

I cannot tell you how much I chuckled when I read this (it was a lot) … it’s incredibly clever, and should make those of us who think we can expect more bag space anytime in the Real World definition of ‘soon’ to think again.

Why I’m allowed to yell at my husband

Apparently, it’s actually good for my health — or rather, it’s apparently bad for my health to bottle it up inside. According to this article in the New York Times

when women stay quiet, it takes a surprising physical toll.

The situation is of course NOT the same for men … so I apparently get to scream to my heart’s content when the PMS sets in, otherwise I could suffer just as much damage to my health as I would get by smoking! This is alarming news. And I bet my husband and a lot of other husbands find the news even more alarming. May I suggest ear plugs? It’s a lot better than losing me early? Then again, if I died earlier as a result of this ‘self-silencing’, he’d have to put up with fewer years of yelling and ‘venting’.


I came across this article today about eliminating ‘cheating’ in computer games.
I guess I don’t really have a problem with MOST types of cheating in World of Warcraft. If someone wants to buy a bunch of gold or buy a level 70 character from someone on e-bay – that really doesn’t worry me much. Buying the gold I’ve discussed before – and the person buying their fully leveled character? Well, first of all, they won’t know how to play their class – which could be a real bummer when trying to group – maybe not the first time, but people quickly learn to avoid bad players.
Someone who buys their character fully developed also misses out on all the fun of leveling – learning the intricacies of their character, etc. I guess they’re not after the same experience as me from the game.
I’m not QUITE as lenient on people who use other programs to exploit the game. When you see a character going round and round in circles ‘farming’ in what’s quite obviously an automated way, it can be a little annoying if you yourself are trying to get the things they’re farming. I had a friend once who used some program to stand fishing for hours on end in the Wailing Caverns getting Savory Deviate delights, and he made a bunch of gold that way. But really, even this form of cheating doesn’t worry me toooo much (I know, I know, a lot of people are screaming, “But look at what it does to the realm economy!”).
What DOES worry me is the cheater who hacks into someone else’s account, steals their characters and sells off the loot. That seems rather criminal to me … and I wouldn’t be happy if it happened to me. This is the kind of cheating I think the game developers should be focusing on preventing — of course that’s also up to the owners of the accounts … keeping security tight and protecting their password, etc.
Meh – I guess I wish the game developers would focus their time, energy and other resources on making the game better …

Dove Onslaught

Dove has been making some very cool commercials of late. This is the latest one. It’s incredibly well made and has an excellent message. I can’t help but keep in mind though that Dove are selling beauty products as well. It may be a good message, but in the end, they are still selling products that tell us we will be ‘beautiful’ if we use them – even if they admit we won’t look like supermodels. In the end, I do like the clips though.