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The druid community is generally a very chatty bunch of branches. However, lately we’ve noticed that one tree has been unusually quiet. Naturally, this causes concern, as we start to wonder about the silence and worry if everything is alright. Well…that is what most people do, anyhow.
But, you see, I’m not most people. Neither is my good friend Keredria. And the two of us not being most people we decided to go on a journey in search of our lost tree friend, Kae. Because, well, we really miss her! We were determined to find her, looking everywhere we could possibly think!
And in honor of our friend Kae, I have done my best to document Keredria’s and my efforts in, uh, stick figures.
(I pretty much fail at HTML – so if I’ve done this properly you should see a small version of our search, and if you click through see it full size. If I’ve not done it properly, I will fix it ASAP and you should check back!)
We miss you Kae!
In light of everything that’s been circling around the blogosphere lately, I thought that perhaps it was time to get to the bottom of it. And I think that I’ve got a fool-proof method for solving the problems that we’ve been seeing! Honest!
You see, being a child of the 80’s (yes, I had mall hair – MOCK ME IF YOU DARE!) we had a definitive guide for how to behave. Someone to help us understand that you can’t always judge a book by its cover and the teach us to differentiate good behavior from bad. (See! The 80’s had more than just kick ass fashion, Aqua Net and Madonna!).
Who was this guide, this muse, this purveyor of such a wealth of information? I’ll tell you my friends, it is none other than the fabulous John Hughes. (Snigger all you want! The man was a genius!).
WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T KNOW WHO JOHN HUGHES IS?!?!?!
Well…that explains a lot! If you are scratching your head confused, head to your nearest blockbuster and rent anything of his pre-1990 (preferably with Molly Ringwald)! Be educated by the master of how to treat people!
The Fool Proof Method! The next time you have the urge to be a bit controversial in any medium, be it your blog or twitter – before you act, ask yourself “What would John Hughes Do?”.
And then remember how awful you felt for Molly Ringwald as she stitched up that pink dress only to have to go to prom alone. Of course you should then relish the awesomeness that is Ducky – and learn the lessons that Andrew McCarthy learned the hard way. But hopefully by now you get my drift!
In all honesty, you could do a lot worse than follow some semi-dated, yet still relevant, advice from the 80’s!
Oh – and stay off my Aqua Net!
We are still trucking along through hard modes, snagging a Maloriak kill last night. The fight in and of itself took us a little bit longer than I feel it should have – largely to spending the first two nights working on it with interrupt woes. Once that was shored up, we started doing much better.
A few things to note on the encounter – while there is a lot going on, I honestly can’t help but feel that the first 2/3 of the fight is all about interrupting the right shit at the right time. (This must be pretty hellish for Aussie guilds with high latency). We found that the best way to have your interupters deal with this is to get a mod that will let you white list/black list spells – ours favored a mod called Gnosis.
Of course, we are also pretty sure that our elemental shaman who ultimately took up the task of interrupting Arcane Storm now has a permanant twitch.
We also learned that it is, in fact, possible to get the kill 12 aberations achievement in heroic mode. Don’t ask!
I’m not 100% sure what our next heroic target will be, from the numbers it looks like many people have tackled Atramedes. We intend to peek at him tonight since he’s all we have left outside of Nef. I don’t know if he’ll end up being our next target – but what I do know is that going by the numbers it’s pretty much a toss up as to what people find “easier” :) Read the rest of this entry »
I read a post this weekend that both saddened me and made me think a bit. You see Tam and I started blogging right about the same time, and we sort of “discovered” each other just as we each opened our respective doors and our thoughts to the world. He was in his Sissy Dress, and I was full of frustration and looking for an outlet to express it. I do not know if it was reciprocated (although I’d like to think it was!), but I have always felt a bit of a bond to Tam and have always been incredibly fond of him. I read his thoughts daily, even after his blog hit my work’s “you shall not view this” filter under the category “Adult Content” (I still think it was the WoW Cocks!) – but sadly didn’t comment as often as I should have as a result.
While I completely support and respect Tam’s decision to stop blogging, I am a little sad that his voice will be leaving our community. He offered this amazing insight into the most complex of things and always did it in such an intriguing way that you couldn’t help but follow through to the end of his thought. I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around the creativity he posses. Honestly, he probably has more creativity in just one tiny button of that sissy robe he is so fond of than I have in the entirety of my mind. One of the things that Tam was always so good at was addressing any topic with a side dish of humor, regardless of it is was something just for run or seriously deep thoughts. In fact, I bet if I ran a poll of people who found themselves laughing out loud from his rhetoric the poll meter would break. (You know, like in a cartoon, where the thermometer fills to full and then just BURSTS! out of the top).
Dear God, Beru! Do you have a point in all of this?!?!
I do! Honest! I’m just working my way around to it, sheesh! Can I continue now? Yes?
You see, one of the things that reading Tam’s farewell post made me realize this weekend is that he always seemed to have so much fun in whatever it was he was doing. Not only did he have a bit of fun – but he shared that fun with all of us and that got me to thinking about how much I was going to miss his anecdotes. And that made me realize that sometimes I forget about the fun. I sit down to write a post and so rarely do I think “I’m going to just have fun today!”. More often I write about whatever bee is flying around my bonnet – and I don’t really think that there is anything wrong with that, per se – it’s just always so serious.
Now, I already left a goodbye note to Tam and Chas. It was filled with all kinds of terrible Lord of the Rings analogies – to go along with the title of their post. But as I thought more about it, it doesn’t really do my friend Tam justice. Because, you know, a few words are hardly enough to say goodbye to someone to truly show the fondness that I felt for Tam and the joy that he often brought me through his writing. And so I thought that perhaps the best “good luck and have fun!” gift/words that I could offer was to try a put a bit of Tam in my post today, and see if I couldn’t have a bit of fun.
Before I get started, I would also like to encourage everyone who enjoyed Tam and Chas’ work to do a bit of the same this week. Show Tam and Chas how valued they were in the community, and how much we will miss them, by bringing a bit of fun into a post on your blog this week in their honor and to say goodbye and good luck!
And so, without further ado, I’d like to present to you a little bit of fun in honor of Tam!
This weekend, I decided to finally give the goblin starting zone a bit of a try. Now, I know that some really didn’t care for it and after doing the zone, I can certainly see why it wouldn’t tickle everyone’s fancy. But I had an immense amount of fun moving through it. To be fair – I was a little surprised that Blizzard was promoting insurance fraud and robbing a bank in one of the starter quests, but I took it for the laugh it was supposed to be. I will admit that overall I enjoyed the zone quite a bit.
Regardless of if you loved or hated the zone, there was nothing anywhere in Kezen funnier than one of the buffs that you receive – and I happen to think that this can be appreciated by all. What buff is that, you might ask? Let me show you!
If you aren’t cracking up with laughter (the way I was the entirety of the time I had this buff!) then you clearly aren’t familiar with the fine work of one Robert Matthew Van Winkle. Or perhaps you are just too young to truly appreciate how funny it really is! Of course, I supposed that you could also just be too embarrassed to admit how fond you were of this fine artist (for shame!), because let’s be honest the song is damn catchy! Admit it! Just on seeing this buff you now have it stuck in your head! MUAHAHAHAHA!
For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about, do not fear – I have included some insight for you :) Just click on the picture of the buff above and travel back in time with me, circa 1991, to stop, collaborate and listen! I am not ashamed to admit that as I was driving around town Brade and I were both singing Ice, Ice Baby (although, I will rat him out and disclose that he knew far more of the words than I did!). I will also admit that at one point in my life I did own a pair of those horrid pants – don’t even ask me what I was thinking!
Word to your mother! Peace Out!
When I first started blogging, I remember getting a note from Bellweather telling me that she’d like to introduce me to the blogosphere via The Twisted Nether’s Welcome Wagon, and asked me if I’d be interested in being featured. Now, I had no idea what the Twisted Nether was, but I knew what a Welcome Wagon was – and I was flattered that my little blog was chosen to be welcomed into the blogosphere by another blogger. (In case you are wondering The Welcome Wagon is a spotlight post done over at the Twisted Nether site that highlights an up and coming blogger – tells you a little about them, about their blog, etc).
Well, time passes as it’s prone to do, and with the passage of time change inevitably happens. Since the time Bell took an interest in me, she has stopped playing WoW and retired her blog. As a result of that the Twisted Nether Welcome Wagon also disappeared into, well, the nether I suppose!
Remembering how amazing it felt to have someone take an interest in my new blog, from time to time I did “community spotlight” posts that featured newer blogs here on my blog – as I know other bloggers have also done from time to time as well. But somehow it’s not quite the same. As a brand new blogger there is nothing more empowering, or builds more confidence, than having someone take an interest in your blog and what you have to say.
So, when Fimlys was looking for people who might want to do some articles for the Twisted Nether, I queried into if anyone had picked up Bell’s reigns on the Welcome Wagon. And much to my surprise, nobody had. Naturally, having been so positively influenced by this project, I offered to continue the column for the Twisted Nether.
And this is where all of you come in! I’ve been digging around for some new bloggers to spotlight for the Welcome Wagon to get it rolling (har) again, but let’s be honest here…I am only one person and there are so many new and fantastic blogs out there that I simply can’t hope to catch them all! So, if you come across a new blog that you think would be a perfect candidate for an introduction via the Welcome Wagon, please let me know by sending an email to email@example.com.
I think Fimlys is going to run them on Tuesdays (not 100% sure) – to give everyone something to do while passing the maintenance hours away. So keep an eye out for them – and support those who are just starting to emerge into the blogsphere! And remember, as you peruse through new blogs, there is nothing more encouraging for a new member of the community than receiving comments. In fact, I still remember who gave me my first comment (/wave Keeva) and how excited I was to see that little “1” next to my post!
The following is a post that I wrote for the guys over at the Twisted Nether, and if you are unfamiliar with Twisted Nether and Blog Azeroth, I can’t encourage you enough to go over there and explore! Because I think that the new community features are so neat, and I’m sure that not everyone is familiar with Twisted Nether (really! go check them out!), I wanted to share them here as well!
It seems that Deathwing will not be the only person bringing changes to Azeroth as we know it, something new and exciting seems to be afoot over on the new WoW community site, including the introduction of the new battle.net based forums! My name is Beruthiel and I’m here today to give you a little bit of a primer on how to navigate the new forums. While you are trying to find your way around this unchartered territory, please take note that there are several new and exciting areas that are still under construction – including the migration of your realm forums over to the new battle.net system.
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Something that folks may not know about me is that to date I have never used a feed reader type thing to follow the blogs that I read. I have always individually visited each blog site to see if there was a new update, and to read any posts or what not. I enjoyed this practice because it let me actually see the website design, and get a little bit of a view into the personality of the blogger behind the blog.
However, as I found new blogs and added them to my favorites bar, I would spend a good deal of time individually going to each blog and checking for an update when perhaps there wasn’t one. So much time, that on days/weeks when I was very busy, it was a prohibitive task for me to do, and I would end up missing a great deal, just because I didn’t have time to make it through my list. But not only that, I started feeling guilty for the amount of time I was spending looking for new posts. Something that used to take me 30-45 minutes of my morning while I was settling into the office was now taking much longer. Frankly, I was devoting more time than I should have been looking for everyone’s most recent writings.
As I shared my blog surfing habits with others, they were shocked that I didn’t use some sort of feed reader. And so as my favorites tab grew, I started looking into some of the more popular feed readers that were available…only to find out that the majority of them were blocked by my office. Which didn’t help my situation – at all. However, yesterday I found a feed reader that I could access from the office (for now, anyhow), and so I decided that I would convert over from physically visiting each site to having a feed reader pull information for me.
Once I got everything entered in, I realized that I follow almost 100 different blogs. No wonder it had become so overwhelming! My hope is that moving over to a feed reader will make keeping up with everyone more efficient and help me manage what has seemingly become a massive amount of wonderful writing and thoughts.
So I want to apologize if I no longer see the hard work that you’ve put into the structure of your blog with the frequency that I used to, but I also hope that you understand :)
And on a more WoW News Related Note, here are some snippets of today’s news!
* The Soulstone/Rebirth conundrum has finally been clarified for us! The short of it is that in a 10 man raid setting you can only have 1 in combat resurrection; and in a 25 man setting you can only have 3 in combat resurrections.
*As you may have already noticed if you visited an official forum, the new WoW forums are active! Apparently there are some formatting issues with them, so prepare to be frustrated if you want things like, oh, paragraphs, until that gets resolved.
*Also along those same lines, there is a new WoW Armory! From what I can tell, it looks very cool, so if you haven’t taken a gander over there yet, I would strongly encourage you to do so. And hey! It shows reforging!
Happy Friday Everyone! If I don’t talk to you before then, I’ll see you on the flip side of the weekend!
It’s been a little while again since I’ve done a community spotlight post (and I promise, I’ll try to be sure all my links work!), and I thought that it was the perfect time for another. So, while I am away at Blizzcon, I thought that I’d point you to a few other good blogs to check out!
Hamlet does some moonkin math on Starsurge and offers a video and some commentary on one of the Beta Test raids where he is healing as a Resto Druid.
Jasyla has put together some fantastic guides to who can provide the new raid debuffs and raid buffs with Cataclysm/4.0.1.
Kae has humorously given the community some advice on how to recognize good green goo and bad green goo while raiding!
Icedragon is going to be live blogging Blizzcon, and invites you to join in the conversation!
Saga does a great post on collecting, and subsequently enjoying, WoW Memories.
Erinys offers some really great a Chakra tips, as well as ways to get your guild to use Lightwell (with macros!).
Llani gives us a fantastic primer on creating your own custom art for use in Power Auras. You know, in case Jesus and 1 UP Mushrooms don’t do it for you ;)
Vidyala had a really great week of guests posts while she was on vacation that all gave different perspectives on PuGs. Most of them were humorous in nature, and it’s worth taking a gander over to see what folks had to say.
Syl offered a great look at the three Chakra states and what makes each unique.
Jar gives us some napkin math on how Int and Spirit are battling it out for our prime regen stat.
Angelya has a guide to hitting up all those pesky trick or treat buckets during Hallow’s End. It’s great XP or easy money, depending on your level!
Maelvica did a fantastic guide to learning to heal with Smite. It includes several great macros and some nifty Power Aura strings!
Nathain and Larisa both give their opinions on the Cataclysm Trailer.
And last but not least, and on a much sadder note, Keredria says goodbye. Be sure to go on over and wish her well, if you haven’t yet. We will all miss her unique perspectives and humor in the community.
Hopefully there is a little something to keep everyone entertained in there! And, in case it wasn’t obvious, yes, I did read a lot about priest healing this week! No, I am not giving up Beru, I just wanted to understand priests a little better! Enjoy!
(I did painstakingly hand enter all the links in hopes that would keep the wordpress app from eating them, but if something isn’t linking properly, please let me know!)
One of the things that I love about the WoW blogosphere is the diversity of the community. We have all kinds of different people from different backgrounds blogging, and I happen to think that it’s fantastic. Everyone has something unique to offer, if for no other reason than they have different life experiences that give them a differing view on something. I love the fact that I can read five different posts on the same topic, and gain something different from each one of them.
Um…do you have a point here, Beru? Or is this just going to be one of your rambly, long winded, where’s the point posts?
I do have a point, and I happen to think it’s one that needs to be said. Lately, there have been a few things in the blogging community and more specifically in the resto druid community (and perhaps elsewhere too – I just tend to follow more resto druid blogs than others!), that have been bothering me. I have tried very hard not to rock the boat, or stir up trouble, because I happen to love the community. But time after time something is said or done that has bugged me. And itch that I’ve been trying not to scratch. Well it’s now at the point that I’m spending more effort trying not to scratch that itch than I think I should, and I’m not often one to mince words or bite my tongue, even though I often should.
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As I find myself stumbling onto more great reading in the blogosphere, I thought that it might be time for another community spotlight! I know blogging right now can be tough, you are either in the beta and blogging about it, wishing you were in the beta and blogging about, or you are looking for non-beta topics and blogging about them.
Well – since I’m not in the beta, and reading about how they are massacring the resto tree makes me want to punt gnomes, I’ve been looking around for things to take my mind somewhere else, you know…for the safety of the gnomes.
Here are some of the things I’ve found!
Syll just did a really fun post chronicling the history of Priest outfits in WoW. Even if you are not a priest it’s still a pretty neat read!
Llani offers some pointers on customizing grid from scratch and using Clique.
Zal has a great series on what “hand me downs” you can pass on while leveling alts of any class.
Eight Paws discusses what levelers should look for while seeking out a “lowbie” guild.
Vixsin offered a great thought provoking piece on Guild Loyalty, and different ways to look at it.
Blacksen offered up his take on how successful he felt Blizzard was with the Wrath of the Lich King expansion.
And last but not least, nothing takes your mind of something better than good food! So don’t forget to get your submissions in for Angelya’s Harvest Festival Bake Off!
Have you read anything interesting or thought provoking lately? If so, be sure to let me know! I’m always on the lookout for new things :)