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Get Grumpy, Faster and cheaper than Figure Prints! {WoW}

Jan 31st 2008 3:04PM I don't know... if I didn't have that mage T4 headpiece, I might chew my stitches out.

Are instance drops really random? {WoW}

Aug 20th 2007 6:47PM Of course it's all random, but perseverance pays off. From 65 through Kara I had really bad luck with drops--either nothing I could use dropped, or I got outrolled by a guildmember (different problem, still random). Then in 1 week I got my tier 4 headpiece, Nathrezim Mindblade, Quagmirran's Eye, and the offhand item from Nightbane. So it is a totally insane sample size, and there is no real correlation, but what you can draw from it is just to keep going.

Tying one on {WoW}

May 26th 2007 12:56AM You'll also find, when you're that drunk, that mobs around you appear to be 1-2 levels lower than they really are. "Liquid courage" indeed.

Not quite a set: Purple Judgement {WoW}

Apr 5th 2007 10:27AM Completely off-topic: Was the reference to Mark Twain's short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

The naked Night Elf (who does more than dancing for gold) {WoW}

Jan 25th 2007 3:19PM Spoken like a truly mature adult, cloud.

201 issues in 2.0.1 {WoW}

Dec 6th 2006 10:52AM Ah, Kahja, how I love Clone High.

More on-topic, I'm kinda liking Dragon's Breath as a fire mage, but it seems like the disorient doesn't proc unless the target stays in the stream for most of the casting time.

Guildies and I got on last night to see how the new things would work. I got annihilated by my girlfriend's lock, was wasted by a friend's priest's reflective shield, but on the other hand I demolished our guild leader's rogue. I'm pretty sure that was accidental, though, since I can't imagine being that lethal against rogues in the wild.

Breakfast Topic: Why Not Change History? {WoW}

Aug 14th 2006 12:07PM The great "paradox" of time travel is that oft-mentioned "kill your own grandfather" nonsense. The only thing is, the existence of time travel negates free will. If it was possible to return to the past, you couldn't change anything anyhow--that you even exist, that there is a past means everything prior to you (in your frame of reference) has been determined.

Of course it means that everything in your future is already determined by someone else's past, but that's only really an issue if they can move from their frame of reference to yours. Crazy as Terry Gilliam is, 12 Monkeys got it pretty close: a return to the past will do nothing to change the flow of history. That you have returned means only that the events between the past and your return must happen exactly that way, regardless of your action.

Breakfast Topic: To respec or not to respec? {WoW}

Jul 14th 2006 11:38AM I just recently respecced my 49 mage for the first time--I wanted to try out fire/arcane for a bit. That lasted all of 30 minutes before I respecced again to fire/frost (my original build was a bastardization of fire/frost/arcane that was okay but not real effective in anything but fire). However I misclicked a few talents during my rebuild, so I'll probably try respec #3 when I get up the gold. (I'm eternally poor.)

What's been quite encouraging is that being a fire mage has never gotten old yet, I think I picked the right specialization for my playing style.

Screenshots Suppressed on Flickr? {WoW}

Jun 15th 2006 4:53PM As has been mentioned previously, this isn't a recent change. The NIPSA stir came about somewhere between four and six months ago when a web developer blogged about how his screenshots were NIPSAed and he thought it was unfair, when Flickr's response was clearly within the defined actions of the TOS.

Now, perhaps Flickr needs to be more explicit, but there's no real grounds for complaint here. Flickr is a photography site and screenshots are not photography. The Wired article cited provides a quote from a person who has 1500 screenshots in his Flickr account and does not want them suppressed. What he's looking for is free image hosting, not a photography site, and this runs counter to Flickr's business--as well as the interests of the established Flickr community. (I have a Flickr account, have since before it was grabbed by Yahoo, so I'm not just blowing smoke.

In this case, while it is exclusionary by definition, I don't think it's unfair to tell these people that Flickr is not what they're looking for. I'm sure WOWInsider's moderation system would eliminate comments I post that are blatantly spammy or offensive, and if you do so, I have no grounds to bitch about your unfair tactics. As someone on Slashdot said, it's your house, I should play by your rules, or I should find a forum more receptive to my whims.

Stupid Mage Tricks {WoW}

Jun 14th 2006 6:35PM I like to accept a duel spammer's invite and relentlessly sheep him. I don't actually bother fighting. I just keep sheeping and sheeping and sheeping, and when the poly finally won't hold, run away to cancel the duel. God does it piss them off.