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The Daily Quest: Toys, gadgets, games and fun {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2011 3:36AM Today I did a post on my blog Power Word: Gold ( about using TradeSkillMaster to help maximize profits from selling gems for the jewelcrafting daily. You can find the post here Thanks!

Spiritual Guidance: Does Cataclysm spell the end for Vampiric Embrace? {WoW}

Nov 11th 2010 3:11AM Also you can use the combo points that are still on mobs after they die for Recuperate.

Ghostcrawler on the evolution of rotation complexity {WoW}

Nov 9th 2010 5:37AM "Basically, every tree is the same: take the bottom tier talent and all the talents with the heavy borders. Assign extra points wherever."

TIL that some talents have heavier borders...who knew. Looks like heavy borders are one-point talents?

Totem Talk: A feast of enhancement macros {WoW}

Oct 26th 2010 12:29AM correction to my travel macro above.

the line should be:

/cast [swimming] Water Walking;

Totem Talk: A feast of enhancement macros {WoW}

Oct 26th 2010 12:27AM /stopcasting
/cast [swimming]; Water Walking;
/cast [indoors] Ghost Wolf;
/cast [flyable,nocombat] Green Proto-Drake;
/cast [combat,outdoors] Ghost Wolf;
/use [nocombat,outdoors,noswimming,noflyable] Mekgineer's Chopper;
/dismount [mounted]

(Modified from a druid travel macro.)

The Daily Quest: Preparation {WoW}

Oct 16th 2010 8:21PM I recently wrote a post on Precisely Calibrated Boomstick about maximizing our hunter AOE DPS in 4.0.1 through clever use of a Worm pet.

The Art of War(craft): Keybinding your way to winning form {WoW}

Sep 17th 2010 6:54AM Long ago I read on a blog (Big Red Kitty?) to map your F1-F12 keys to your bottom left action bar (the bar right above the main action bar). I started using this setup and have been using it ever since. 

While I can only comfortably reach 1-6 and F1-F5. The other thing I love about the set up is that with the addons Inline Auras and Omni CC I get most of the important timer/dot/cooldown information as text right on the buttons themselves. 

As time has gone on I've added refinements to it like using the Move Anything addon to slide my bottom action bars all the way to the right to move the area I focus on most (1-6/F1-F5) more towards the center of the screen. 

I like to keep the geometry of the layout roughly based on the default UI so that if I'm ever not using addons I can still function. (Like on the PTR although I know some addons work on the PTR.)

I use tilde '~' as a keybinding on one of the action buttons in the lower part of my right action bar along with the two side mouse buttons. This way I can add or swap out spells or macros to them with ease.

If you play a pet class you can put a /petattack macro (with Hunter's Mark for hunters) on the tilde action bar button for a quick way to send in your pet. 

I use these 'utility' key bindings for something different on each class. For hunters/warlocks/frost mages/unholy DKs tilde is a pet attack macro. On my warrior it's charge. Cat Druid/rogue it is stealth. Shadow priest it's shadow form.

My top thumb mouse button bind is used for totems on my shaman, horn of winter on my DK, cleave on my warrior (when fury), and blink on my mage.

I bind toggle autorun to my middle mouse (clicking the mouse wheel down).

As for mouse clicking I pretty much use my mouse for anything that isn't in 1-6  or F1-F5. 99% of the time those spells aren't as time sensitive as my main buttons.  

I also like to designate areas for themed abilities/items. The right hand side of my bottom right action bar is for things that keep me alive in emergencies or give me mana. Things like tanking cooldowns (shield wall, last stand, icebound fortitude, frenzied regeneration, etc. Mana generators like evocation, innervate, potions, etc.

Interestingly I have had Feign Death mapped to F7 for some reason I can't remember now but it's been there so long and I'm so used to reaching all the way over to push it that I can't not bind it that way. 

I recently spent a few months playing on a laptop and after getting back on a PC I noticed how far up there the F-keys are. Luckily my wife had a Logitech laptop-style desktop keyboard she didn't want to use any more and I've loved using it and having my precious F-keys right there next to my number keys.

What almost three weeks with an iPad has taught this blogger {}

Apr 23rd 2010 1:43AM Oleophobic in the case of the iPhone 3Gs and the iPad means that cleaning any fingerprints off is much much easier. You can quickly and easily clean them off with any available cloth (not necessarily a special type of cloth).

Compare this to the original iPhone's screen. Remember how tough it was to clean finger prints off of it?

So while I think fingerprints themselves are always going to be a present (at least as long as we are touching the things with our fingers) the oleophobic coating makes them much easier to get rid of.

(As a side note I think I may have a similar coating on my eyeglass lenses since the seem to be also easily cleaned of fingerprints with any available cloth.)

Blood Elf vs. Draenei diorama giveaway {WoW}

Feb 11th 2009 5:08AM This diorama looks pretty freaking cool. Me want.