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Monday, 28 June, 2010

Pop up a closet

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 8:44 pm

Some poor bunch of artists spent hours if not days designing a dark portal into the nether world just so we could call it a closet!

Sunday, 27 June, 2010

Country parks and houses

Filed under: General — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 8:56 am

I’m reading Pride and Prejudice at the moment, about it I’m at the section where Lizzy is about to visit Pemberly and Ms Austin is describing the countryside. It has reminded me of the awe I am always given when I too visit some of the old estates. Not the buildings, though they are inspiring, but the landscaping. It amazes what the likes of Mr Capability Brown were able to do with vast sums of money and time.

Mind you it’s not just the application of money. In my humble and humongously ignorant opinion what these landscape architects did was done in two parts.

First off they re-arranged the landscape, moving drives, paths, adding ponds and lakes, even moving rivers if they felt like it. The end result is a view that is generally pleasing and in effect making the landscape match a pre-concieved mental, or possibly, physical image. Very impressive and all achieved in a relatively short time.

But for me this dwarfs in comprehension to what they did with the trees. After the landscape is arranged they decide where to plant trees, and what species should be grown. It doesn’t sound very impressive, a bit like arranging your flowerbed. But for me the impressive bit is that the outcome of this kind of work is long-term. It’s unlikely that any of the patrons that commisioned these works lived to see the grandeur of their plans come to realization. I’ve been to parks where the form, shape and arrangement of hundred year old trees is so much an intergral part of the scene that it’s hard to imagine how it looked when these were all just saplings.

It takes not just incredible sums of money but also an almost arrogant confidence in your family’s continued possesion of the property to commision this work.

It gives me a strange conflict of feelings, on the one hand I can see and almost phyically feel the natural/artifical beauty resonating with my (for want of a better word) soul. On the other hand I can’t forget it was all created by degrees of social inequality on a scale almost too large to notice.

It makes me think.

Country parks… I love country parks, I hardly ever visit them. I love them because they give the opportunity for townsfolk of almost all capabilites to experience something of the country. I also love them because they act as magnets for the majority of townies that want to “get away” to the country, and (here’s the massively selfish bit) it keeps them out of the real country! There! I’ve said it! I’m not proud, just selfish.

I mean, we (my closest family) have a saying about people “picnicing in the car-park”. Haven’t you ever noticed that the farther away from the car-park you get the fewer people there are? I mean, fifteen minutes walk and you’re damn near on your own! Let them have their BBQ’s in the car-park and give me leave to go for a 2 hour walk.

Saturday, 26 June, 2010

to glass

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 11:53 am

It’s been some time hasn’t it?

First off I have to apologise for a case of premature mourning, see the guildie who suddenly left a couple of posts ago came back within a day or so. I don’t know any of the details, stuff and while I happily admit to a rather voyeuristic interest I’m sure I would know if I needed to.

So that’s one back, see which unfortunately is balanced by the temporary departure of one of our raid leaders. Now I’m missing someone else. For shame!

She wanted a break, and considering she’s been sat in a hotel for the last several months, I am totally amazed that she has lasted this long without going insane. Gquitting seems like a mild response. I’d have had my wow privilieges taken away when I was banged up for killing someone. The sheer impersonal alienness of hotels fucks with my mind.

Anyway I sincerely hope she comes back, she is missed.

The title? Listening to almost my entire music collection on shuffle can throw up some strange musical conjunctions. My player went directly from Nightwish to Philip Glass’ Floe, not as jolting as most of the pairs of tracks it likes joining together.

Friday, 11 June, 2010

what do you do when you are bored.

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 8:15 pm

I went and got [Don Carlos' Famous Hat] then I went and killed a few mobs in the Narrens looking for the Savory Deviate Delight recipe. I stopped when a level 11 hordie started going after the same mobs as me. There’s no way I’m going to rain on his parade. So I bought it off the Auction House.

Must be bored.

Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

Sad flowers

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 9:34 pm

A sad thing has happened tonight, adiposity while I was logged on.

One of our guildies quit the guild and immediately logged out. Our first thought was that her account had been hacked, prothesis not a nice thing to happen to anyone.

Since then though we have discovered that about the same time she deleted the contents of a personal post on our forums.

As it stands it looks to me like she is running away from someone who is harassing her. We won’t know unless she contacts a guild member to let them know.

While she’s not been a guild member for very long she has become a very much loved part of our little tribe and will certainly be missed if she never comes back.

Vilithria Dreamwalker

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:36 pm

Munquis went into ICC for a second night, mind on Valithria Dreamwalker.

She was rescued last week, without any help from me, so this was the second time I’ve ever seen her. Unfortunately for me this time I was rotated into doing the Portal stuff for several of the attempts.

I say unfortunately because this is just the sort of thing I’m quite bad at – learning completly new mechanics. Anyway, seven attempts later we were getting to the quitting time with only one fish feast left. The Raid Leader’s instructions were simply “Faceroll Harder!”.

And we did it! By the skin of our teeth and probably with a fair dose of luck. But we did at least rescue the poor dear, bless her cotton socks.

The last time out of the portal I had ended up behind the dragon, way away from the rest of the group . Normally this would mean I have to work my way to the front and the next set of portals, but what with hearing “I’m down” from one of the healers and a Warlock I knew we wouldn’t survive another visit into the portal , so I just stayed put and spam healed. Being at the back meant I didn’t get any adds. Typically for me I kept on healing after we had won, and even managed to register a few percent overheal! Looking at my gear after it was all over it turned out I wasn’t even wearing my haste trinket,  whoops!

This wasn’t our best night ever, but it wasn’t total fail either.

It’s a tough fight, the DPS have to be fast with their targetting and on the ball. The tanks have to keep their eyes open because the healers continually pull aggro. The portal-healer has to be careful not to drop stacks. The Raid healers have to watch their mana, keep out of the stuff on the ground and even AOE healing doesn’t work well with everyone running about like blue-arse flies. When I was on raid healing the first 4 minutes are easy, and then all hell starts to break lose, followed a couple of minutes later by all hell with extra lashings of torment!

It sounds kinda fun doesn’t it.

Now all I have to do is to find out how to get more stacks of Emerald Vigour. I had a little over 20 ish at the end working out at around 4 stacks per portal visit, which I think is a bit on the low side.

Tuesday, 8 June, 2010

When sims collide

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 11:58 am

I’ve been getting some lucky drops lately, gastritis a pair of [Sanctified Frost Witch's Handguards] from a random VoA 25. A token from a random ICC 25 that has allowed me  to upgrade to a [Sanctified Frost Witch's Headpiece] and last night a [Soulcleave Pendant] and [Sister's Handshrouds].   So I plugged my gear into RAWR just for a laugh.

And.

It thinks I’m an idiot!

It’s has me swapping several pieces of gear and re-gemming almost all of it! For an (according to the stupid computer) 8% (23566 -> 25513) score increase.

I don’t know how much of this is re-gemming, more about and how much is changing the gear around. I can say that it’s a bit annoying to have a smartarse computer program tell me what I’m doing wrong!

Swapping [Coldwraith Bracers] to [Bejeweled Wizard's Bracers]

Swapping [Sanctified Frost Witch's Handguards] to [Stormbringer Gloves]

Swapping [Necrophotic Greaves] to [Boots of the Frozen Seed]

And even

Swapping [Nevermelting Ice Crystal] to [The Egg of Mortal Essence]

You might notice that all of these are “downgrades”. Pfah! Though I will accept I probably have too much mp5.

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