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Race changes "coming soon" {WoW}

Sep 22nd 2009 11:16AM
Much appreciated.

I'll echo my desire for a Class Change. I have a L70 Rogue that will never see the light of day again unless I can shift him to a healing or tanking class. Seems that I have settled into my role within my guild even if my alts somehow missed the memo.

Personally, I wouldn't mind having Blizz say - OK, you can change classes, but you're starting over again - just now at whatever level you're at. Faction / Money / Gear / etc all going to zero don't bother me. Having a toon that will never get played again - depressing.

Breakfast Topic: What do you think of new race and class combos? {WoW}

Aug 24th 2009 8:56AM


I would have been happier to see Goblin Pallys - perhaps as a part of their world being destroyed, they 'see the light'.

I am a huge Tauren fan, but I kind of regard a pally Tauren - especially for a tank - as a joke. "er, dude, a little to the left there so we can see what you're hitting please".

The racials work, but...

Time is Money: On patrol {WoW}

Aug 7th 2009 6:05PM I haven't used the addon, but I did make a map of the ingredients I kept next to me while performing the alchemy portion of the quests.

As for the other quests, I am not sure if this still works but this was my strategy on my Pally (who resides on an RP-PVP server.

Accept Troll PaTroll (main quest).

Accept and Complete the other 3 - But do not turn them in (they are 'complete').
Drop Troll PaTroll (main quest).
Re-aquire Troll PaTroll quest. (time resets)
Do the Alchemist Finklestein quest. Turn in.
Turn in other 3.

Do not do the Alchemist Finklestein first or you will not be able to reset.

On an RP server, getting under the time-cap is doable. On a PVP server, it only takes one attempted gank to create a real problem.

WoW Armory for the iPhone released {WoW}

Jul 16th 2009 11:44AM
Future Feature Idea: I am running this toon through this instance, what drops should I be looking for?

Visually impaired players: The unseen inhabitants of Azeroth {WoW}

Jul 6th 2009 2:35PM
Not all visual problems - actually only a precious few (fortunately the most common) - can be corrected with glasses.

Breakfast Topic: Paid services {WoW}

Jul 6th 2009 11:45AM I have to disagree.

Blizz has commented on the fear of people changing classes or racials each month - well, it would seem to me that this would be an interesting metric for determining what was OP and what was not.

That said, I think changing Class would be one of the more useful changes you could make.

If you want to dock me 5 levels so that I can 'learn my new toon', I'd be fine with that *reeducation* program.

If you wanted to make this a once in a lifetime 'mid-toon' life crisis, I am OK with that as well.

If you wanted to strip my toon of any achievements, mounts, and gear, I would be OK with that as well.

As our guild's main healer (small 'group from work' guild), the flexibility to be able to work in a new toon without having to level from zero would be greatly appreciated.

Breakfast Topic: Paid services {WoW}

Jul 5th 2009 2:10PM
Rather than faction changes, what about class changes. I have a 70 Undead rogue that is likely never to see Northrend. Why? Because my Shammy is one of our guild's main healers. Would enjoy being able to shift this guy to another healing class just for a little variety.

Insider Trader: Your guide to profession-specific buffs {WoW}

Jun 11th 2009 5:36PM
The mailbox is a bit pricey to use regularly. Useful, but pricey.

Would be nice if when using a heal bot that engineers got a cut of the profits.

Engineering is fun, but I believe the profession could use some tuning to keep it interesting.

Study finds teens don't really care about their hearing {Engadget}

Mar 27th 2008 4:39PM
Generally, I agree. As so long as

1) you understand the potential ramnifications of your decision,
2) don't become a "victim" and sue the company because they didn't protect you, and
3) don't claim that somehow society should pay to treat the condition caused by your crummy decision making...

From the tone of your post, I suspect that you'd fall into #1 - which is the cool "you know the risks, accept the outcome, and nobody else gets hurt" approach.

The problem is that lots of people want to be wild and crazy 'cuz they think its cool - and then expect to get bailed out when something *bad* happens to them.

And unfortunately, there are more of them than there are of you - and they all seem to have attorneys...

Study finds teens don't really care about their hearing {Engadget}

Mar 27th 2008 2:40PM Lots of interesting comments here. Seems like kids aren't the only ones who don't really care about their hearing...

A couple of facts / thoughts

- It is impossible to determine what is *safe* based on the volume knob. The SPL (sound pressure level) delivered depends on the amplification level, the device producing the sound, and the distance from the device to ear drum.

- Personal music devices (CD Players, MP3 Players, etc) have the potential to be somewhat more dangerous that "blasting your stereo speakers". Few of us blasted our stereo speakers for the length of time that many people today listen to their personal devices. Saving the lecture on ear anatomy for another time, your ears can only handle so much energy before you experience hearing loss. This energy can come in a single large dose or a less intense prolonged explosure".

- Somebody asked about "how loud is too loud?"... Well, at an extreme - if you ever hear ringing or that uncomfortable silence - the volume is too loud. If someone else can hear the music through your headphones from a couple of feet away, your volume is probably too loud. If someone has to yell to get your attention while you're wearing headphones, the volume is probably too loud. Beyond this, accurately measuring sound levels requires some pretty sophisticated equipment.

- Somebody else mentioned something about modern studies needing to be taken with a grain of salt. Well, it is true that many of these studies are funded by special interests groups - as is the case with most studies. The comment regarding psychology and psychiatry is somewhat misguided - I am aware of no sound studies utilizing psychiatry. Psychology, yes - and as with most studies, some are good, others not so much so - psychology can offer insights into perceived loudness but not physiological damage. One area to look at is the area of occupational noise exposure - there are substantial bodies of knowledge relating to how the ear responds to different noise levels. As an interesting aside, manufacturers of music devices are not required to abide by occupational noise exposure guidelines as these standards do not apply outside the workplace.

- Lots more could be said here - one point worth mentioning, hearing loss is permanent. "Turn Up the Music" may be macho, but it is also generally misguided. Most people who are casual about hearing loss have never experienced it themselves. Hearing aids help, but there does not exist a procedure similar to laser eye surgery for your ears... Once hearing is gone, it is gone.