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On a Personal Note…

June 10, 2012 1 comment

It’s been a while, and I feel like I should stick a post up here letting you all know that yes, I am still alive, and yes, I am still blogging.

I’ve been incredibly busy since I came back from travel in April. Work has been a massive time sink–I’ve been training new team members and trying to get better control of my crazy work life–because, well, at some point, I don’t want to be working 12+ hour days.

That being said, I relocated in May, and now spend 14 hours a week commuting (2 days a week). If you ever doubted my sanity, this should erase any question of doubt!

I’m still raiding with Enveloping Shadows 2 nights a week. We are currently wiping on Heroic Spine, and most nights end with me not even able to fathom where our weak point is (I have some ideas,  but I’m still unsure). A lot of raid frustration is around the fact that our second staff (AKA, Staff 2.0), vanished from the game within a couple weeks of the team completing the second legendary (Staff 1.0 did the same thing). We currently cross our fingers at night that all 10 will sign on to raid because we don’t have any members on stand by. It’s a touch rough!

I haven’t given Beta much time, which annoys me to no end! I love playing it, and finally feel somewhat in tune with the new Paladin stuff, but I just haven’t had the time.

Most of my free time (what little there is) has been going to Diablo 3, where my Wizard is playing around in Nightmare level. I die a lot, but it’s fun :) She’s the only character I’ve played in D3, and I think I’ll be taking her up to Inferno before I consider rolling an “alt.”

I’m still on Twitter, though not as much as I was in the past. Usually  because I’m so damn busy right now (which I’m hoping will change at the end of the month).

I’ve been studying for my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and I’m testing at the end of the month. It’s a 4-hour test after 4 days of boot camp, so I’m hoping I can pull this off and cross it off my list before fiscal year ends!

I just returned from a jaunt to NC to do some teaming with my coworkers and meet the engineers who I abuse mercilessly on a daily basis. It was a great time to kick back, play some Kick Ball (yes, there are pictures), Bowl, drink, and eat a ton of sushi! My team is reorg’ing our business focus and alignment, as we are part of a service that no other company can offer to my customer base, so I’ve been doing a lot of design support at the ground level. I took on the massive redevelopment of our internal support space, so I will have my arms full with that for a bit–it’s a godsend that my Director supports my random goals and helps me out when I need it. We’ll see if this paves the way for some new role alignments in the future. I’ve been pondering a relo to NC in the next couple years but if I can put a support structure in place and maintain an escalation point for my greater team from the comfort of my home office (with little to no travel unless management requests), then I will be happy. We’ll see–this is the time where I have more flexibility to push for things that benefit me. :)

Anyway–it’s safe to say that very few of you give a shit about my private life, but I did want to let you know that I am still playing WoW (though not at the levels I used to, see above for reasoning) and that there are more blog posts in the pipeline!

–Miri

Time Lost… AKA: Things Happen When You Least Expect Them To…

March 5, 2012 3 comments

Well lookie here...

Like this blog post! I just posted recently about all the stuff that I owe readers and that I’ve been really busy with real life. And real life has been kicking my ass, I’m not going to lie. Last week was just a package of awful wrapped in awful and I was basically at wits end. I went shopping on Saturday to continue the ongoing process of furnishing my condo (because nothing is more fun than furnishing a place that is hours away from you when you still have a non-stop job AND have another property to keep up with) and basically hit my limit with people interaction at IKEA. How I used to work some of the biggest sales on holidays when I did retail is beyond me. Now, dealing with a crowd of people for more than a couple hours reduces me to a near panic where I just want to flee and hide. (There’s a point to this, maybe, so bear with me) Saturday basically just added to my burnout of real life and I came home to sulk. I was in a foul mood, and tried my damnedest to contain myself on an alt away from my raid team. But my alt is guilded on another realm with other friends who decided to run Sunwell that night. The best thing I could have done was stayed away, but against my better judgement I went, and my frustration got vented against an unprepared group of people (didn’t help that the Light Sunwell chest piece, that I still haven’t managed to get on Raz, dropped that run). I slunk off after we downed KJ, simply stating I needed to go to sleep.

I went to bed, my mind racing. I had offended one raid team while trying to hide from my own for our own night of fun runs. I was a mess and I knew it. I popped onto remote guild chat to send a massive apology to my healer who had assembled the Saturday night fun run in guild and told her I just couldn’t handle people and was trying to do the right thing by staying away. She gave me e-hugs and I eventually fell asleep, completely pitiful and wallowing in my own hatred. I even left poor Mal to tank the fun run because I was being my douche-tastic self.

ANYWAY.

I slept for like, 12 hours, and was still in a pretty frustrated mood when I woke up. And then there was a message asking if I had checked my in-game mail. And I was quizzical, but I hit up the mailbox. There were a couple wrapped packages, and a little hatchling waiting for me. Apparently while I was hosting my own pity party in bed, my dearest Deedle was locating 3 pets for me to hit the 100 pets achievement on Raz…

*sniffle* Did I mention how much I adore my Deedle? *GIGANTIC E-HUG TO MY FAVORITEST MAGE EVER*

And then, while I was still processing that I had 100 pets (and squealing over the Elementium Geode, because damn I like that pet!), Dee sat there and was calculating the easiest way to get me to 9K achievement points since I had declared Sunday to be “Achievement Point Sunday.” And I was going to farm ALL THE THINGS.

At some point, I went full derp and decided that one of the things I needed to farm was the rares in Northrend.

So, funny story here. I farmed up all the Outland rares while I was working on Northrend Loremaster. I mean, it probably would have made a lot more sense to…you know…work on Northrend rares…when I was in Northrend. But, this is me. And as many will attest, I don’t always do things logically. So, I completed Northrend Loremaster and my Outland rares around the same time. I think subconsciously, I was willing to do the Northrend rares because I was trying to avoid Outland. I had 12 characters at max level at the end of Wrath. I did a lot of Outland. I’m good with never going back. But I have to, because Raz never did Outland. And there’s that pesky Loremaster achievement…

Anyway, back on the rambly topic…

So I started farming Northrend rares, and I did pretty decently my first day. Eventually I got bored and wandered away from my PC for a bit, laying down to read some on my iPad. About 2 hours after I laid down, I decided I should be an adult and go grab a shower, but something called to me and I decided to do a quick rare hunt before hopping under the warm water.

I was in Storm Peaks, finishing up my loop for Vyragosa, when suddenly, NPCScan went off.

It was the Time Lost Proto Drake

It was one of those moments of sheer panic. The moment of “OH GOD I WANT IT WHERE IS IT” to “OH GOD WHAT IF IT’S A CORPSE BECAUSE SOMEONE ALREADY GOT IT.”

My heart was racing, my hands were sweating, my eyes were wide. I started doing circles, trying to find it. And then suddenly, there was an Alliance Shadow Priest right beside me! I took off in the direction I hadn’t been yet, and was spam clicking the alert that NPCScan pops up on your screen. I was close enough to have the mob targeted, and it hadn’t taken any damage. OH GOD WHERE WAS IT!?!? And then suddenly, there it was! The Time Lost was soaring slightly above the ground and I took off after it. A quick Judgement and a fast Crusader Strike and the drake was dead. And I stood over it’s corpse, my body shaking, as I clicked to loot it. And there were the reins. And they were mine.

And then the Shadow Priest appeared beside me…

I quickly looted the corpse and took to the skies, flying quickly back to Dalaran. It was at about this time that Mal woke up from his nap. My heart was still racing, but I managed to form words and show him the drake (which he thinks is hideously ugly, but that’s beside the point).

And the Shadow Priest hovered above, frustrated with my luck.

The Shadow Priest I beat to the kill...

I wasn’t out looking for it, but I found it. And it made my weekend that much better. But the best part of my weekend? The fact that one of my friends was willing to set aside her plans for the day to help improve my mood.

<3 you Deedle! We’ll get you one too!

The hunter and the hunted

P.S. Yes, I know I am DAMN lucky with stuff like this

Random Quick Update

February 29, 2012 1 comment

Damn my Capris...

I’m still alive, just tossing that out there. Stuff has been a bit crazy IRL, in guild, and everywhere in between. Things I still owe you guys:

  • Updated Transmog ideas
  • Spine & Madness strats (damn these fights are boring)
  • H. Morchok and H. Ultrax quickie guides
  • More posts where my cotank makes fun of me
  • Miri on Guilds: Culture
  • Then & Now meme
  • Update on my Heroic 10s team

I’m sure there’s more, but that’s what I can think of. I’ve been writing a ton, but it hasn’t been blog related, so, sorry guys =\ Work has had me bashing people’s heads into walls and well…raids have been sorta having the same results. Something more like me bashing bosses into walls. And Heroic Ultrax sneaking in a 204K hit that I apparently couldn’t miss last night and went splat to because of an ill-timed Twilight Instability.

Anyway, usual excuses post. Lots of work travel for the remainder of the week but hopefully I’ll find a moment of clarity this weekend to post.

Enjoy the header, this was me on Ultrax last night, bitching about fashion woes, like all good Belfs do!

Also: cute Lofaz and Raz pic (I got “holy crap you REALLY are short” tonight when I shared it).

My Cotank DID transmog that awful looking belt...

I’m Still Here…

November 23, 2011 2 comments

Let's Hear it for Our Shaman - First Heroic Alys Kill (Pic by Rhidach)

Another one of those short and pointless blog posts that I seem to have an overwhelming tendency to make now.

I’m still alive, and still killing stuff in WoW (when it’s not killing me as the header pic shows)! I’ve added Heroic Domo and Heroic Alys to my collection of kills, basically relearned how to heal as Holy (it’s a completely different play style in 25s) and have discovered that I basically can’t heal 10s or 5s in my current gearing style. You’ll get some great shields, but with basically no haste? You’re screwed >.> So I guess I’ll continue tanking 5s when I get bored and need to cap VP.

Real life has sorta crit me hard–work has been absolutely hellacious and I’ve been prone to frustrated outbursts and panic attacks (as Twitter has been witness to) depending on what’s tossed at me. I’m in desperate need of this Thanksgiving break so I can unwind, get some WoW time in, and just do no work.

Things to come (this should look familiar):

  • Discussion about Paladins and Mastery healing in 25s
  • Heroic Alysrazor  strat
  • Heroic Domo strat
  • Heroic Shannox strat
  • Gear review for 4.3 (Prot and Holy)

And I’m sure I’ll think of more stuff. But anyways, I do still exist and I’m still really active on Twitter, so if you need something, or have a topic idea, hit me up there!

–Miri

The Ultimate Nerdery – AU Your WoW Character

November 7, 2011 6 comments

I was trying to amuse myself on a slow work day, so Dee and I got into some weird discussion about Alternate Universe (AU) and our WoW characters. Who would they be in current society? What would their habits and interests be? It was sorta fun to flesh out Raz from a modern day fantasy perspective. I polled Mal about it over dinner (we were drinking, sometimes discussions get weird) and jotted down the questions that were asked/answered.

I thought in some strange corner of my mind that this would be fun to do across the blogosphere and am curious to learn more about other people’s thoughts on their WoW characters in today’s times!

General Character Factoids
  • Character Name
  • Age (you can stay true to RP age or convert it into a more “human” number)
  • Sexuality (optional)
  • Hobbies
  • Financials
Employment
  • Work Background
    • Does your character work?
      • If so, what do they do?
      • Does it tie back to their in-game professions?
    • Do they own their company, are they in management, or are they a peon (zug zug)?
    • Do they work 9-5 or is their schedule flexible based on what they do (maybe a mercenary?)
Home Life
  • Where does your character reside?
  • Do they live with others or alone?
    • If they live with others, are they roommates, spouses/significant others?
  • Talk about their house
    • If they are single, is it the ultimate bachelor pad?
    • Is it cluttered with all the things that fill your bags and bank (lucky rocks, archaeology finds, etc)?
  • What’s their decorating style?
    • Modern/Traditional/etc.
Fun Stuff
  • Fashion – what’s their style?
    • For the guys: Boxers or Briefs (or commando!)?
    • For the girls: Well, the girl side of this question. (Typing th— on my blog actually weirds me out for some reason)
  • Music
    • What sort of music defines them? This could be the music you listen to when you PvP or raid. It could be a song that you think highlights your character.
  • What’s their favorite food?
  • What’s their favorite drink?
  • Transportation – would your character drive or use public transport (or have a driver)?
  • What’s one thing that your character would take with them from Azeroth to the current times?

I’ll be posting my info shortly–I just wanted to get this out there (it was too funny to ignore) and see what other people came up with!

Enjoy my Monday derp post!

–M

A Change of Scenery…

November 3, 2011 1 comment

I never thought this SS would be spot on in the future..

As some of you know, I’ve been an East Coast resident keeping up with the a West Coast raiding team. I’ve been raiding 10p-1a my time for the past 4 months, which was working out at the very beginning…and then one of my coworkers retired and I was “gifted” his accounts. While not the most awful thing, my engagement level with my clients stepped up, and I was going from a raid night to a very restless (and short, usually about 4 hours) sleep to a caffeine fueled work day. It was a running amusement on Twitter watching me struggle to make it through Thursdays; 2 cups of coffee as I left the house, a venti from Starbucks to get into my office, and then 1-2 Red Bulls and then a Coke on my way home. I was meeting clients looking (and feeling) like a zombie, and I just couldn’t keep it up any longer. I already work long days, but taxing my much needed sleep was becoming too much–days filled with headaches, me getting snappy in vent as exhaustion kicked in and I still had 2 hours left of tanking to go.

I spent a good chunk of BlizzCon catching up on sleep. 12-14 hours of sleep and I began to feel rested, with the dawning realization that I’m unable to handle random sleep patterns while remaining employed and never knowing what each day will bring me. It was a difficult decision, because I liked the people I was guilded with, but Mal and I were the early players because of the time difference. Things got  started late, and finished even later for us. We agreed that even though our work schedules are going to remain long and demanding, we still wanted to continue raiding, but on a better schedule for us.

And so here we are. A new realm, a new guild, a new raid team, a new raid size. A new role.

My focus on tanking will be shifting in the VERY near future, as I am picking up my off-spec for full time play. My focus on tanking, and a primary generator of traffic to this blog will be diminished, but I’ll still be doing it in 5-mans and as needed for raids. I will instead be resuming a role I performed in Wrath, stepping back from the action and into the healing mindset. This may change what I post, as healing posts aren’t incredibly exciting–so I will probably stick with more generalized strat discussion for Firelands Heroics and Dragon Soul as we progress through the content.

So thanks for sticking with me through the changes, and I hope you continue to find lots of amusement (and possibly education) here in the future!

–Miri

PTR Stuff, Raiding, This is REALLY a To-Do List…

October 2, 2011 1 comment

Mount Hyjal Healing (Untouched, raw file)

Yeayeayea…I’m still recovering from almost a week of being sick…during which the PTR hit, we downed Heroic Shannox, and I got my second binding for Thunderfury. It’s been a bit hellish and I’m trying to restore order to real life since it looks like a bomb went off at home. I actually had to be yelled at to make my own Friday night raid because I was so caught up with work and working with other raid teams on their Rag attempts.

Anyway, things to expect next week:

  • Transmog stuff – I may do a lame “here’s what I’m doing for Transmog,” the current costs, and info about the process on the PTR (find me as Razíel on Anasterian). (DONE, I finally finished this on 10/14 /flex)
  • Dungeon guides to the new 5-mans – so far the first one, End Time, is all that’s live, and it’s got some interesting mechanics. Loot is currently 378. (All the dungeons are up, I just haven’t had enough time to run them all yet)
  • Thunderfury completion in pictures – I’ve said I will sell myself on the streets of Org for my 4 final ingots–this could get interesting. (All ingots gathered, I am cringing at the thought of MC again)
  • I’ve been learning to Blood tank on my DK (tanked T11 on Friday night, somewhat sober)–so I’ll start making some pointers from a fail Blood DK perspective in the near future–I’m tanking Firelands alt runs now. O.O (YEA NO, I did it, I don’t plan on doing it again–it wasn’t bad in the least, it just wasn’t Paladin tanking, which I’m so familiar with. I’ll leave DK smarts to the Blood DKs)
  • Heroic Shannox, AKA “MIRI WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU IN BETH’S AREA”–a guide to ALL the things NOT to do on H. Shannox (holy hell does that range enrage HURT). (AT SOME POINT. I need a couple more kills before I even want to think about this fight again)
  • BlizzCon prep – yes, I am one of several who will be at BlizzCon in the coming weeks. If you want to stalk me, buy me drinks, etc, I’ll  have some info up on how to achieve this very weird and twisted fantasy. (DONE! And it’s got liquor stores included in it! Miri remembers the IMPORTANT STUFF)
  • Whatever else crosses my mind–I may also hit on H. Rhyolith as we worked on him some last week too! (Fuck Rhyo)

Enjoy the stupid picture of Raz in healing gear in Mount Hyjal from our OMG REP FARMING GIMME LOOT DAMNIT runs. Why I was healing, I don’t really know, but I was bored. REALLY REALLY BORED.

Also, Illidan can like…fall off a cliff or something–he still hasn’t produced my shield for Transmog purposes -.-

And now, I’m going to go pass out since I’ve had 2 cups of coffee and 4.5 hours of sleep. :c

Things You Can’t Do with Lag: Raid (Duh)

August 9, 2011 2 comments

And it was ALL my fault...

Last night was an absolute clusterfuck of epic proportions. And I place the blame squarely on my shoulders for our worst night of raiding on the books.

The week started out on an interesting note–I forgot I had a video meeting in the office and had to race to get myself put together and in by 11:30a, the link bridge to talk between the two video setups was broken (and thus, going into the office was a waste of time), and then the fact that the sky opened up with issues as soon as I walked through the door. Then there’s the general commentary that I didn’t get home until almost 7p, my laundry didn’t get done, and my house is a disaster.

I got home and settled in at my PC for some WoL review, some dailies, some farming, and some general BS with guildies, and all was right in my little world. Until the lag showed up. And the lag got worse. And even more worse. 45 minutes before raid time, I was bouncing between 120ms and 1600ms of latency. As a tank, I like the lower number A LOT MORE.

260ms of latency and a dirty Nharzul

After spending time herbing, I jumped onto Raz to get ready to head into Firelands and HOPE (and pray) that the issue would clear up. I mean, it was almost 10p–whoever was downloading crap on my cable internet hub should be going to sleep soon, right? The same thing happened on Friday, though I suspect that was an AT&T network issue based on the traces I was running to Drenden’s datacenter.

We survive the hill leading up to Rhyo and get ready to pull. As a reminder, I’m the one and only tank for Rhyo (this matters). All is going well, and I’m picking up adds with only slight delay, and we’re cruising to a kill. Until I DC right when the next round of adds pop. I make it back into game to pick up the Spark, but we’re down a couple people because of my DC mishap.

The second attempt on Rhyo went better–I didn’t DC, but we weren’t expecting him to push to 25% as quickly as he did, so we weren’t ready with CDs and the raid bit the dust fairly quickly on Phase 2.

The third attempt was a successful kill with loot to be passed out! The raid was happy, I was hoping my latency was normalizing, and we headed off to Baleroc.

Any idea what a nightmare it is to announce you’re starting a pull with a 14K ping to your vent server? Any idea how hard it is to taunt for Decimation Blade with 3 seconds of lag? I do, and unfortunately, my guild knows now too.

I was in my Avoidance gear (I'm not THAT scrub)

After our 5th wipe on Baleroc (which I think all were caused by my lag or DCs), I told the team I was tired of wasting guild funds on repair bills caused by me and that I thought we should call the raid 30 minutes early.

Now, if you know me, I don’t do that. I will raid NON-STOP if we’re on a roll. I can easily raid 4-5 nights a week without issue. I love raiding! So for me to recommend calling it early was painful. I knew that the team wanted to get Bale down again, but we were already filling one slot out of guild, and if I stepped out we were probably going to have to fill another slot. Our healers had healing down, the tanks knew their role, and our DPS was rocking crystals. So we had good synergy, but damn if my latency didn’t want to screw it up for everyone.

So we called it.

The decision was to go burn through 2 remaining bosses in BoT on alts with someone’s save, so I jumped on my DK. Latency wasn’t too bad and we managed to get through Council and Cho’gall without issue (helps that I wasn’t tanking or healing).

We all decide to get 1 more chance at a token and head over to Throne. I swap back to Raz and am Prot for the raid. We had some directionally challenged folks, so the first attempt was a learning experience. We got the first boss trio down on the second attempt, and I make the call that I shouldn’t tank Al’Akir with my craptacular connection (which was only getting worse at that point). I switch to Holy and we have an “oops” pull and then get ready for our second attempt. Which was a wipe with Al’Akir at 122 health. Yep, 122. Even better was trying to dodge tornadoes with 2K latency and getting delayed alerts for Wind Bursts (yay for getting punted). So basically my rockin’ guildies were two healing the fight because I was absolutely worthless. We get back in for our 3rd attempt and I DC during P2 and get grabbed by a tornado. Well, at least that’s what Rades told me when I came back into game (and by some miracle, alive). But the best part of coming back into game WHILE IN COMBAT? NOTHING WORKS. I had no raid frames to heal, just my own. By some miracle, we pull through and get Al’Akir down (once again, poor healers are 2 healing the raid). With Al’Akir dead, my raid frames reset for me to discover that all the guildies in the raid were alive (yay)!

And no, my shoulder token wasn’t the one that dropped.

Today’s connection LOOKS stable, and I did switch to Google’s DNS servers because Comcast’s have been an absolute mess with me being unable to resolve Google 50% of the time. I called Comcast after our Al’Akir kill (so it was like 3:15a) to tell them to fix their crap and to get a tech out (which you know does absolutely nothing, but if you’re going to waste my evening, I’ll waste your day–I’m a vindictive biatch). So I have a tech coming on Thursday afternoon and I got a great phone recording this morning of “We fixed a network issue in your area. Do you still want a tech to come out?” YES. Because if I say no, SOMETHING will break again. I’ll decide on Thursday morning if I want the tech to come mess around with nothing.

And I’m still even more annoyed that they installed FiOS at each end of my neighborhood, and stopped within a 1/2 mile of my house. YES. A HALF MILE. The rage I had when they quit installing was incredible. I have no clue when they will come back and finish it up.

So hope you enjoyed my miscellaneous Tuesday rant about my shitty internet connection, how I screwed my guild out of a Baleroc kill, a clean Rhyo kill, and Alys attempts, AND looked like complete fail in the T11 stuff we PuGged…

20 Days of WoW Blogging – Day 8 – 10 Things You Don’t Know About Me…

June 29, 2011 2 comments

Mutitasking FTW!

So today’s topic is a fun one! Ten things I managed to leave out of my “About Me” post. Which, honestly, doesn’t surprise me in the least that I forgot stuff. So, be prepared for some fun with the list below!

The header is a snapshot from my office back in my AOL days. I had a habit of alt-tabbing while working and browsing some forums, which you’ll learn more about shortly!

1. High School nerd points:

  • I was Editor-in-Chief of my High School newspaper.
  • I was one of 2 joint Presidents in our after-school AV club, handling the video production side of things.
  • I did theatre–stage management, lighting, sound, set construction for two major school productions (Grease and Annie). Our shows were sold-out for the 3 nights we performed!

2. My degree is in Network Security and I minored in Business Management.

  • I changed majors three times in 1 year!
  • I started in Marketing before swapping to Computer Science and then changing (AGAIN) to Network Security.

My 2002 Garage Queen WS6

3. Cars
I’m a reformed car freak–in the header screenshot, I’m on a car forum! Prior to getting heavily into WoW (and deciding I only needed to be supporting ONE expensive hobby), I was known to race cars on the weekends (and sometimes weeknights, but *cough*illegally*cough*). I had a Mustang in High School that I took with me to college, and I acquired a 2002 Trans Am WS6 in 2003. I sold the car in 2007 with 12K miles on  the odometer. I’ve turned wrenches, installed headers and audio systems, and spent all day detailing cars! I now drive a Yukon, so it’s not incredibly sporty, but maybe one day we’ll pick up another sports car in the form of an M3 or something.

4. Computer Games
So when I wasn’t out until all hours running the roads with my car buddies in college, I was sitting up in all-night Diablo 2 sessions. I can sadly say that I almost flunked out of college due to my gaming habits. We were even so hardcore, that we did multi-way calling while we played so we could communicate without typing (hello derpy Ventrilo)! My roommates in college must have hated me fiercely for it. Though it helped me earn HUGE brownie points with my guy friends.

5. PC Repair
For spare cash, I did PC repair in college. In my dorm room. I asked to be paid in booze, food, or money, if they actually had it. It was not unusual to see computer parts strewn across our dining table when I was working on someone’s machine. I also used to get calls from my sorority sisters in the middle of the night when they’d hose their Windows file structure.

6. Sorority Life
With all my geekiness, I was in a sorority in college: Zeta Tau Alpha. I was carrying on the family tradition of being a member of a Greek society. Most people don’t expect this when they consider my degree and my outside interests!

7. Egypt
When I was younger, I wanted to be an archaeologist focusing on Egyptology. I used to spend every waking moment reading about Egyptian history because I was so into all aspects of the culture. Once I realized that I didn’t like playing in dirt, and that I’d make no money, I changed up my profession plans! Instead, I married an Archaeologist who played in the dirt for a couple years before deciding there was no money in the field and switched to network engineering. At least Mal has as much interest in Egyptian history as I do, so we’ve got some neat things sprinkled throughout the house that came as gifts from family and friends abroad.

8. Disney
I love Disney animated movies! My favorites are Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. On nights when Mal has to work late for a maintenance, I’ll stick one in the BluRay and veg out. I’ve even gone to New York to see The Lion King on Broadway (wonderful show!) and grab tickets to it since it has started to travel. I think that B&tB, Aladdin, and TLK were part of a Disney renaissance and am very glad that I was able to enjoy them when I was younger, and still be able to enjoy them as an adult! We had a shadow priest in BC that would sing Disney songs (he had young kids) randomly during our raids, and we’d all join in. Disney movies are usually something that transcend age, which makes them pretty cool in my book!

9. Identify “Theft”
I impersonated the Assistant Dean of my school to get an A+ in my Information Warfare class. Yep, I totally took a class about Information Warfare and it was taught by the Assistant Dean of the Information Technology & Engineering School at my college. Our final project was to participate in an Information War, utilizing all the things we had learned in the class about social engineering, data manipulation, etc. We were able to align ourselves to one of eight “groups” that were in the war, and we had to figure out who our allies and enemies and capture it in our final presentation. The small team that I was on was the “hacking” team, and we decided to go all out with our end project. It didn’t dawn on us that we might get expelled for what we did until we went to present! We went through historical email traffic from our professor, gathered information about the other teams, and basically spoofed communications from our professor in her writing style to the rest of the teams, providing bonus tidbits of information on how the war was “evolving.” We honestly didn’t expect anyone to bite on our emails, and we were completely shocked when the presentations were done and people were including our additions into their presentations and talking about HOW IT SWAYED their decisions with who to ally with! The realization that people actually bought what we fed them (all 7 of the other teams!) and the look on our professor’s face which basically could be described as “WTF is going on here?” made our presentation quite stressful. We basically opened up with the picture on the right and asked the members of our class if they had learned anything in the semester. We got a bunch of crazy looks before we asked them to point to the person who sent them ongoing communications about the war. Everyone pointed at our professor, who was growing more and more confused. We then asked our fellow students how they knew the emails came from our professor. Slowly, all the arms lowered and a look of realization settled across all the other members of the class. We proceeded to continue through our presentation and explain how we had no allies, but how we used everything we had learned in the class to lead all the other members of the war astray. When we were done, we were all sweating bullets, wondering if we were even going to graduate after what we had done. Our professor, the Assistant Dean, sat back in her chair and smiled before asking the class “so, who won the war?” Slowly, everyone looked at us and nodded. We closed down our presentation with the simple understanding that you can never believe everything you read and to never be afraid to question the facts, no matter how reliable they seem to be. Two weeks after that presentation, I walked across the stage and accepted my Bachelor of Science from the same Assistant Dean I had impersonated!

10. WoW!
I used to not like WoW. For reals! Mal started playing right after release (when he could finally get his hands on a copy of the game–remember when they stopped selling copies of WoW because the realms were overloaded?), and I basically made fun of the game. Mal tried tirelessly to get me into the game while we were dating, and I would have nothing to do with it! What caught my eye in WoW was the Mini Diablo pet you got with the Collector’s Edition. As a die-hard Diablo fan, it was a must have in my book.  What finally sealed the deal for me was the South Park WoW episode. I’m not sure why, but it got me interested in the game. Amusingly enough, I still have that episode on my ancient and decrepit Tivo that I just turned off and relegated to the storage space. That episode made me think that this game just MIGHT be fun–and probably MORE FUN if Mal would give me the Collector’s Edition account so I could have that REALLY cute Mini Diablo. So I guess I should give South Park credit for getting me into WoW and blessing (or is it cursing) you all with my presence!

20 Days of WoW Blogging – Day 6 – Your Workplace

June 27, 2011 8 comments

Cinematic Posters

Today’s post is an interesting tour of the space I play WoW in! Now, go ahead and laugh because I fit the typical WoW stereotype; I play WoW in my basement (my old office was upstairs and it got too warm in the summer), and since it’s so disconnected from the rest of my living quarters, I told Mal we could make it a WoW haven for all I cared. And so the basement has become the home of WoW figures, BlizzCon posters (5 years worth!), sharp objects, and my home office. Oh yes, the nerd is strong here.

The header are the three cinematics posters I’ve been able to acquire and haul back on plane trips from previous BlizzCons. They are actually hung on the wall straight–it’s been a running joke all my life that I can’t take level pictures or hang level art. My roommates in college loved me for that…every poster leaned in our apartment… At this time, Blizzard has not released a Cataclysm cinematic poster, so that’s why only Vanilla, BC, and Wrath are represented.

Bottle Opener?!?

Above my bar hangs what my friends have referred to as the “big ass bottle opener.” Mal likes to collect pointy objects (if we ever had a burglar, the guy wouldn’t last long!), so it seemed only fitting that he got Frostmourne to add to his collection. The sword is huge and it requires me to wield it as a 2-hander *sits and thinks about what she just typed and /facepalms because someone is gonna make it sexual in nature!*!

It was a very cool piece to pick up, and I’m glad we got it (I said yes, Mal sorta bugged out on it slightly before agreeing to it).


I was doing WoW and MLP YEARS ago!

The bookshelf is sorta dumping ground for WoW figurines, my stuffed murloc collection, a My Little Pony that my mom gave me when I was at AOL (don’t ask, I’m not quite sure either), and our WoW Collector’s Editions (at LEAST one from every expansion).

There’s also some (but not all) of the WoW TCG cards that I mentioned in the previous post. And if anyone wants any of those cards…let me know…

Let me tell you, that bookcase is a PITA to keep dusted…I usually do it right before my mom comes to visit.  The last time she came over, she wrote her name in the dust as a reminder to me to dust -.-

Off to the side of the picture is an inflatable Frostmourne from a past BlizzCon.  The bubble-hearthing Dwarf Paladin is sitting on top of a lamp that I don’t use over there as well.

My WoW Space

The final pic is where I actually play WoW from! *gasp* I promised shitty pictures, and I delivered! BlizzCon posters for 2008-2010 hang above our PCs (2006 and 2007 hang as you come down the stairs), and then you get a glimpse of my home office (IP Phone and MBP are my home office). My area is on the left (Mal’s PC is on the right), and while it’s hard to tell, I play on a 30″ monitor (great for Photoshop and video editing too), so most of my screenshots within WoW are HUGE. My PC sits on the floor, an Alienware Aurora that’s a little over a year old and is still performing beautifully. Though I may want one of those video cards that Antigen linked yesterday (it was teh sex). I’m totally rocking a BlizzCon mouse pad, and a Darkmoon Faire 2009 TCG play mat rests under my MBP (It’s got Illidan on it!). Illi sort of acts as a protective barrier between the cherry desk and my drinks when I play.

In all, not that exciting of a space, but it’s where I’m found usually 12+ hours a day, so it works!

Tomorrow’s topic is on the name of my Blog, so hopefully that will be a little more intelligent than this entertaining post!

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