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Speed Download 5 released {}

Feb 15th 2008 8:28PM I'm a Macheist bundle purchaser, and I'm an SD 5 purchaser. Speed Download was probably the best piece of software in that group of 12 that I received. It's the only one I use on a daily basis, and it has made a big improvement to how I download and manage files. The way I figure, is if the $50 from Macheist was split between 10 developers, then my total cost for Speed Download 5 is $20. For something as handy as it is, that's a fair price.

Sure, communication should've been better all around, but at the end of the day, if I get something useful, and a developer gets to eat a decent meal, I can live with that.

Bionic Woman: The Education of Jaime Sommers {AOL TV}

Oct 25th 2007 11:08AM Did anyone else notice the "bionic sound" when Jaime had to jump up on top of the building? It wasn't the original sound, but it finally gave the show that little bit of throwback that it needed.

I thought this episode was the best of the bunch so far. Sure, it's not all dark and moody, and it's not pushing the Sarah Corvus story, but it was fun. I think that for a show called Bionic Woman, it should give us some of that campy 70's fun we remember as well as that new-millennium darkness we've come to expect from shows in the past few years.

And I whole-heartedly agree with a lot of the posters here - let Michelle Ryan keep her British accent. Have Jaime fall down and bump her head or something to explain it.

Build Shop: Shaman 40/0/21 {WoW}

May 18th 2007 9:31AM Bwest, Enhancement is a great spec for leveling, and quite enjoyable too. However, at 70, Shaman don't have an aggro-dump like rogues do, so they constantly end up getting aggro (due to massive dps) and dying early in any end-game instance boss fight.

This is a cause of frustration for some (HI DAN!) enough that they respec to Resto (arguably the best for endgame raiding) or Elemental (my personal pewpew choice).

Hope that helps.

Build Shop: Shaman 40/0/21 {WoW}

May 17th 2007 7:19PM My build:

Yes, 39/0/22.. Used to be a little different.

I'm a raiding elemental shammy who maintains 33% crit on lightnings, but who also likes to solo. I had the 6 points in to get ToWrath, but it just didn't seem worth it. The extra versatility of nature's swiftness more than makes up for the extra crit. Additionally, without random extra lightnings, I can follow my own threat a lot more, and not steal aggro from our tank.

I did take elemental warding, as 10% damage reduction from a lot of the mobs I fight seemed a decent way to mitigate for only 3 talent points. I'm experimenting with fire totems in place of wrath, hence the 3 points in Call of Flame.

Alright, that was completely worth it {WoW}

Feb 5th 2007 5:31PM Leveling to 60 can be fast, and a little painful. I recommend finding a good leveling partner. You maximize xp and quest-completion speed with 1 buddy. Any more than that and you lose XP, and can lose time with waiting and whatnot.

Next, experience. Knowing what to do and where to go really helps. If there are quests that want you to turn in items that are on the AH, then buy them ahead of time. XP > money.

Finally, dedication to the cause. I leveled Wyahld (the 60 draenei shaman) in 6 days 21 hours and 37 minutes of /played. That's 165 hours in 20 days, or 8.25 hours a day. That, on top of 2 jobs, and a put-on-pause social life can be quite taxing. This was the fastest I'd ever leveled a character. My previous best was 1 month and 7 days 22 hours of /played.

As always, I recommend Jame's Alliance leveling guide (google it, you'll find it on WoW Pro) for levels 31-60. Hit Outlands with a friend at 58, and the last 2 levels will take about 2-3 hours each.

Realm cultures {WoW}

Jan 23rd 2007 5:59PM Khaz Modan - The Home of Ask Vlambaard.

Actually, some great guilds there, but not too much drama or culture yet. I'll get right on it.

Breakfast Topic: Best Looking Tier Set {WoW}

Dec 5th 2006 9:28AM I've said it before, but I don't get sick of saying it, so I'll just agree with David on the Judgement set. I will not trade mine away for anything. That said, the Warrior Tier 5 on a Tauren looks amazing, and it seems to me that the Priest Tier 5 picks up where Judgement leaves off - an avenging angel kind of look that screams with badassery.

Breakfast Topic: Favorite Class {WoW}

Nov 10th 2006 12:22PM Rogue.

I've played WoW since beta. 2 hunters, a paladin, a priest, a shaman - all 60 and nicely geared. I raid with a Paladin in full Judgement.

A few weeks ago I started playing with some RL friends, and the group needed some DPS, so I made a rogue. Now I know why every guild is full on rogues. This is the game on easy mode, where you see huge numbers in damage for very little effort.

My level 44 rogue is now doing more damage than my full Judgement, Herald of Woe wielding paladin.

Don't nerf rogues, Bliz, just buff everyone else.

If I were in charge of NBC... {AOL TV}

Oct 26th 2006 9:44AM Ooh, pretty good schedule, though I'd make a few bumps.

Monday: DOND, Heroes, Dateline
Tuesday: Biggest Loser, Scrubs, 30 Rock, L&O SVU
Wednesday: same as yours
Thursday: same, except ER in the Heroes Slot
Friday: same as yours

This way NBC keeps ER where it needs to be, Scrubs and 30 Rock can be more fun in the 9pm hour, and Heroes can be on its own as an event on Monday, with Dateline doing silly features like "Real life Heroes. How everyday people make a difference." You go Stone Phillips, you go.

Studio 60 ratings drop, again {AOL TV}

Oct 17th 2006 4:49PM A portion of the problem is premise (go alliterative me!) - in that the show is Studio 60, about this late-night sketch comedy show, yet we have characters like Jack and Jordan, who really wouldn't have that much involvement in the daily runnings of the show. This lean to having a B-plot about the network really shifts focus off the show itself. A better move would be to have Jordan sent by the network to co-exec with Danny, and push the network's agenda more. Better conflict, less focus, better use of your talent.

As a viewer interested in the behind-the-scenes of the show, the actual sketches aren't important to me. In fact, skip trying to show anything funny at all in the sketches, and let us ONLY see the setups or the un-funny bits when you HAVE to show us the show.

Ditch the celebrity guests. Real sketch comedy shows need them, dramas about sketch comedy do not, unless they serve the story. Focus on your main characters and their relationships and conflicts, and you'll be fine.

Worry more about making this a drama and having us invested in the characters' lives and relationships than making it about the show within the show.