Jun 22nd 2009 12:48PM @Vicki
I define culture as any aggregate of societal characteristics.
Going into the city for a burger is taking part in culture when your job affords you the opportunity to dine-in with twelve course meals prepared by world-class chefs.
Date nights with the wife, visiting monuments and attractions in other countries, these are all parts of a president actually involving himself in culture, not living outside of it within the confines of his office or home ranch.
Jun 20th 2009 9:08PM @TomW
The President is making up for lost details. The last administration kept the public in the dark on some of the most pertinent events. This president isn't looking for more airtime for the sake of image, he's doing it to promote information.
Sure, you'll find news coverage of his going out for a burger or visiting the Eiffel Tower. You'd have gotten the same coverage of Bush Jr. if he showed any interest in culture.
As for skepticism, there's quite a difference between questioning a platform and judging it. The media generally details the platform, Fox News tells the viewers why it will fail and judge the president for it, long before enactment or results are available.
Jun 19th 2009 6:43PM I have to disagree with the article: Obama is already winning.
It has been made fairly clear over the last few months that there is (sadly) little ground to be gained through bipartisan talk. What can be done at this point? Nothing but pushing through the President's agenda in the hopes it provides the short and long-term results he is hoping for.
By refusing Fox the interviews and unrestricted access other stations get, Obama is creating a more vocal and frenzied enemy; something the Republicans cannot afford to be at this point in time.
What better way to maintain your own image and message than to make your opponents look crazy? The Republicans already have a problem delivering their message, all the crying, yelling and arguing is not helping them look more centrist.
This is a war of attrition where the president started off 7% points ahead. If Republicans continue with the communist/socialist/devil rhetoric, the 2012 election results are going to look like 1980's results reversed.
Feb 10th 2009 12:48PM
I'd take the original comment at face value. There's nothing currently in the game that operates like this.
Non-consumable ammo such as throwing knives are their own weapon. They operate independently. Blizzard needs to essentially program throwing knives to operate through a ranged weapon. Aside from the basic (already in-game) DPS bonus based on ammo type, there's a chance that new ammo will have procs or special effects (icy bullets?) all these need to be calculated through a weapon and through a weapon again.
How does the program prevent double-dipping on bow/gun stat bonuses. +28 agility on a gun might be applied to the ammo "weapon" and then reapplied through the gun itself.
On top of that, they're still determining how/where the haste will go and what piece of equipment (or skill) will calculate the math on each shot fired. If it's built into the ammo, again, they need to make sure that new "2nd weapon" doesn't double dip on haste.
Dec 10th 2008 9:34AM BRK, another awesome post. You never fail to crack me up. I think the Hunter nerfs are, if things stay the way they are, overkill. I think it's fair to say nerfs are necessary, but outside of damage, there isn't much Hunters bring to the table when it comes to raiding.
I rarely see Hunters in 5 mans these days. Seems like groups try to avoid them, and that's with them being 'overpowered'. What happens when the DPS gets turned down?
Dec 4th 2008 5:27PM
I'll tell you what: While I think the WotF nerf was fine, if it was something worth quitting over, let Blizzard know. One time I cancelled my account was due to the daze mechanic vs. Defense skill with my warrior. I explained as much in my Other reason (it wasn't an option, I typed it up) and others must have done the same because that change never went through.
Nov 14th 2008 10:02AM 71.5 or so.
Slow start for me, trying to make sense of the starter zone (Alliance) and figuring out the location on a few things, but everything has since progressed nicely. 400 in mining, engineering, cooking, and first aid.
About 90% done with Howling Fjord. I'll try and run the last 10% of HF and all of Borean Tundra today.
Quite a few interesting new/altered quest dynamics, but they feel like they exist more to slow the player down than to just be original (explode some mining nodes outside of Westguard, or the 'grab the bag' quest at Steel Gate, for example).
(oh, also got my hands on a BoP cooking recipe and world-drop blue too. yay me)
Nov 12th 2008 11:21AM
Now that we know this is Wrath of the Glitch King, that image of Arthas with Frostmourne makes soooooo much more sense. He's trying to pull the sword out, but it won't budge. Just picture the caption:
"I think teh sword is borked"
Nov 10th 2008 11:30AM
Best of luck to everyone. =)
Sep 27th 2008 9:16PM Thinking about it, someone with a passenger mount could help a very low level buddy level up quickly if they have the time to drag them around all the various maps for exploration xp.
I have no idea how much xp is to be gained through uncovering portions of their map, but it could probably gain you a few mid-levels, at least.