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The Daily Quest: What is that all about, anyway? {WoW}

Jul 27th 2011 4:15PM Minecraft is what I left WoW for. But I still subscribe to all these WoW blogs.

I host my own server now. It's much more than endless Legos once you start playing with Bukkit Plugins. You can have PvP, roleplaying, economies, dungeons (real ones with bosses and loot). Because of the API the possibilities are nearly endless for this game...

Breakfast Topic: Is there a class you just can't play? {WoW}

Mar 4th 2011 3:51PM I've started two shamans. Got them both to 25. Tried leveling as resto in dungeons and tried elemental, but it just doesn't click.

Herb respawn rates up {WoW}

Feb 10th 2011 2:31PM Yes, Blizzard does stealth updates to the respawn rates to trade good spawns.

You can tell it's an increase in spawn rates because if you look at posting activity in the UMJ page you can see that the quantity of posts has gone up. It's not just that sales of Whiptail have reduced. (in fact my server shows a spike in sales too and the price is still falling)

Gold Capped: How much can I automate? {WoW}

Sep 8th 2010 7:39PM Your bidding situation is typical of an AH camper. They are immediately notified if they are outbid and often they are sitting at the AH when they are notified. It's also possible it's a bot, but honest (but obnoxious) campers are more common.

I keep relisting, depending on the merchant price of the item in question. Your deposit depends on the vendor valuation. Many items have no vendor price or a very small vendor price compared to the market price. You can relist them indefinitely and never lose a copper (or very little). Other items, like cut gems, can be much more expensive to relist. You need calculate the cost of continuing to post and decide how much you can take.

Gold Capped: How much can I automate? {WoW}

Sep 8th 2010 7:33PM Even just "/reload" works.

I'm bothered that I can't automate prospecting/milling/DEing. Why those processes act like any other recipe and I just click 'DE all' or something. *sigh*

I have a single hotkey:
/case Prospect
/use Saronite Ore

and I just click it mindlessly while watching a movie or something. (also one for milling and DEing)

The Queue: Failure {WoW}

Jul 29th 2010 12:38PM I have a Horde warrior I'd like to transfer to Alliance as a Worgen. Will this be possible on or near the release date?

Where is patch 3.3.4? {WoW}

May 21st 2010 3:19PM "1.. 2.. 5!"
"Three sir!"
"Three!"

Breakfast Topic: Breaking the bank {WoW}

Feb 15th 2010 10:55AM I'm definitely NOT a pack-rat. Although, I have 2 guild banks and a number of bank alts, but they store my supply of gems, saronite, cloth, and enchanting mats.

If I ever dip below 50 slots free in personal bag space, I freak out and head for the nearest vendor and mailbox.

I do keep a few items though - like some fun seasonal items (snowman, snowballs, fiery dancing post, super simian sphere) - and some sentimental items (my first *epic* item, my first raid item, etc).

As soon as I'm sure I'll never use something again, it gets disenchanted or sold to a vendor. Yes, I still cringe when I do it. It's not like it's THAT easy.

Australia ratifies Kyoto Protocol {News Bloggers}

Dec 4th 2007 10:51AM Kyoto is bunk. It's ineffective.

Global climate politics is a public goods game, and actors in these games are unlikely to contribute or sacrifice if there is significant free-riding. It's rationality and self-preservation, and we can't just tell policy makers to throw those concepts out.

We should abandon Kyoto and come up with a better plan that's more equitably and economically feasible.

Melting Icecap - NASA Timelapse {News Bloggers}

Oct 26th 2007 3:14PM #26... formally #27

I'm not used to this comment system.

"Are ytou saying that since 1978 records have been kept?
Isn't 29 years a little short time compared to the average lifespan
of a human. As far a geological time is concerned, 29 years does not even have a place within the measurement of a planet.Pray tell, how
is it that the "Northwest Passage" is fully navigable now since and if it was "never" navigable before, how did it came to be called
Northwest Passage."

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It's called the Northwest Passage for historical reasons. It dates back to when explorers and merchants were trying to find a way to Asia without having to go around Cape Horn. But every attempt was thwarted by ice. It may or may not have been fully navigable since then, but we have no record of that. All we can see for certain is this is the first time it's been navigable since we started actually tracking it.

And while we don't have sattellite or direct daily weather data over the past coupel millenia, other evidence in ice cores and speleotherms (cave formations that contain evidence of climate history) suggest that it has been thousands of years since we've seen a climate shift such as the one we are experiencing. While we can't
be certain that it hasn't opened up in the past few millenia, evidence suggests that it hasn't. What we are experiencing is deviant.