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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.


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.

❤ 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


I Apparently Didn’t Learn…

July 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Even Kael is Facepalming Me (AGAIN) 😦 (Art by K_Rocket on Deviant Art)

The first time -.- I apparently hit API cap on Twitter again. AGAIN. Yes! Miri is a social butterfly!

There was RP discussion with @snack_road (spillover from yesterday) that involved Raz dealing with an elf obsessed warlock who likes to Death Coil him and as Snack put it:

She just wants to get to know Raz, lose herself in his perfect hair, to learn his hopes, his dreams, his fears. Especially fears.

So Raz had to remind her about the whole “Alliance sorta screwed us” past between the High Elves and the Alliance. But she’s a sweet warlock (with a grumpy Draenai friend played by @outbirk), so who knows what will come in the future! O.O

Other things that happened–discussion about using Fraps to review raid footage, how epic paladins are, how all the Twitter warlocks ganged up on Raz (I have NO CLUE), how me retweeting a blog post from @Rhidach got both of us featured on a Star Wars blog (where I’m apparently a big submitter, wait, what?)…

And right before I was so rudely cut-off by Twitter’s API limit, there was great discussion between @_Rades, myself, @Buglamp, and @no_funeral about making a machinima STARRING FABULOR, with supporting roles from Shieldplay and Raz. The music? Well, something that @healbot linked today in Twitter:

So on the bright side, I can use my “block” from Twitter to get caught up on work, and work on the long overdue tanking strat guide (short and sweet on  this one guys!) for Beth. Oh, and I need to finish editing/splicing together the Beth kill video and recompress Shannox so you can actually SEE something.


Categories: Fail, Technology, Twitter, Warcraft

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!

There’s a Tweet Daily Limit?

June 28, 2011 4 comments

Even Kael is Facepalming Me 😦 (Art by K_Rocket on Deviant Art)

For real? Was having great fun with discussions this morning and I apparently hit a Twitter cap? I didn’t even REALIZE something like this existed. So I dug around and found this little gem of info:

Let me show you my tabs O.o

WTH? I would have loved for them to have told me that earlier O.o Who knew that discussing impending patch changes and misc. tomfoolery would have gotten me locked out of Twitter for an unknown span of time.

So here I sit, favoriting all the things I want to retweet or respond to. And can’t -.-

I can’t even Tweet about this blog post! So hopefully those who have put me into a Blogroll or a Reader will see it =\  Anyhoo, I guess I’ll just /facepalm on this one, and get started on the other blog posts I need to get written up today!

After I find something to eat…and oh yea, a meeting /sadpanda

Categories: Fail, Technology

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!

Why am I Cursed with PCs!?!?

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m not quite sure what I’ve ever done to offend the computer gods.  Maybe it was the belief that for the first time in YEARS I wouldn’t have to do a new build every 9 months.  The 9-month mark crept by, and my PC was still plugging away in all it’s glory (which, for the amount of money I spent on it, it had better be).  I even was thinking yesterday about “wow, we’re approaching the 1 year mark and it’s still going strong.  I love this PC!”  And honestly, I think FedEx loves me when they don’t have to deliver heavy stuff to my house on a monthly basis (though the next time I’ll have stuff shipped to my office, those guys are used to hauling around routers and stuff). Read more…

Categories: Fail, Technology