Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain picked Palin to be VP.

I'm actually excited about this pick. I love the fact that she's hardcore pro-life. I love the fact that she has an amazing track record of anti-corruption. Below is a positive bio.

http://weblog.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/afb/archives/027011.html

Currently there only seems to be two kinds of articles about this pick. One is EXTREMELY negative, saying she has no experience and she is just a trick-pick to try and capture women voters, and things of that nature. The others are EXTREMELY positive and glowing.

For myself, the second I started reading about her track record I got excited and wanted to run out and vote immediately(knee-jerk response). Sure she doesn't have much experience but what she has done with the little she has seems to be -far- more than has been done by anyone else.

We'll see how this turns out, but this is the first time I've been really excited about a republican candidate....ever I think.

Warrior skills and the ones I use and what I think about them.

The skills I use when smashing skulls are:

Execute
Overpower
Thunder Clap
Heroic Strike
Sunder Armor
Retaliation
Charge
Battle Shout

There are plenty of other skills available to warriors at this point but to be honest... I dont' use them or care about them.

Execute
Everything I had seen before getting this skill sung its praises. I'm highly disapointed. Right now I often can't even get it off because my next blow kills whatever I'm fighting. I lose all my rage and can't use it on the next fight or to recast Battleshout. I used it in my rotation last night but I think I won't be using it at all tonight.

Overpower
Now...this I can totally get behind. This is an awesomely awesome skill. I use it whenever I can and other Sidhe Devils can attest I'm constaintly complaining that mobs don't dodge enough.

Thunder Clap.
Dood it makes cracks in the ground and looks totally awesome. I'm sure it helps my survivability but I use it because it looks cool. And WOW does it look cool. Also it kills those worms that popup when you kill certain ghouls in Darkshire.

Heroic Strike.
I love Heroic strike. I love how it works and I'm sad that it causes threat. I'm sure there are prot warriors who are glad that it does...I'm not prot though so I'm sad. Otherwise awesome. I always have too much rage. Except when I don't have enough.

Sunder Armor
I use this on and off. I wish I could just save up the rage and instantly 5 stack with one button press. That would be amazing. I wish it made me miss less or made mobs dodge more.

Retaliation.
Heaven in pure every 30 min form. Freakin awesome. Nothing much to say otherwise. The swords in the animation distract me....wish they weren't there.

Charge.
I cannot use this often enough. If I had the hunter backflip out of combat I would do nothing but backflip charge backflip charge backflip charge. Nothing would ever die but I wouldn't be happier.

Battle Shout
It goes down so fast. I cry. I always forget to check if its up and wonder why this mob is taking so long to kill.

Anyways...thats my thoughts on all of this.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Orcs

Thoughts thoughts thoughts.

I'm trying hard to drop Dampanza the elf. Dreanai and Orcs are both from Outlands, so Dreanai are practically Orcs.

That small twisted reasoning aside:

I read a small wrath spoiler that has me chomping at the bits to be an Orc again. But I'm pondering a few different things.

The new playstyle that the wrath talents seem to suggest, when added with sharing itemization with hunters, drives me away from wanting to play a shaman. Instead I find myself thinking... what if Dammerung the Orc Shaman, found his way to outlands, got corrupted and then breaks free and is a Death Knight?

Not sure how I feel about that.

I love my warrior and am taking the time to read up on warrior dps and try and figure out who he is. So far here is what I have:

Dumas is a very studious kind of toon. He's the guy in the library writing the journal stuff. But no frippery introspective journalling. Here is an example:

Darkshire is surprisingly warm for a shaded forest. The mongrel wolves here have no fear of the speaking races and attack at any opportunity. I am forced to find uses for their bones due to the number that have attacked me. Too bad I smashed their skulls, I might have been able to make a bowl or two for stew instead of jerky. The local chief is going to show me a few new ways to cook them that he knows. He also suggests I collect spider legs. Apparently they are good eating. Humans are so keen on eating so many odd things. I wonder if they never heard of peanut butter. Maybe if I smashed a few of their skulls they would not feel the urge to try and eat everything.

Dammerung(the orc) however.... he doesn't keep a journal so I cannot share with you.

Hey Herk, what is the "31/30" build? Also can you gimme a post comparing leveling Arms with Fury? In your words. Not linking to someone else.(this goes for any other warriors that are reading).

I'm not wanting to know more effecient or faster. I'm wanting to see how people 'felt' about the difference and what singular talents they love so much that they'd rather do one over the other.

Right now all I've got to go on is squeekie priesties tell back ages ago when I first met her which describes fury warrior as a rogue in plate. Which... now that I'm leveling with two 1handers is surprisingly accurate.

Looking forwards to Zerker stance and my new awesome 2hander. Still debating axe over sword. Sure axe will have bigger crits but swords will have a chance to swing twice.

Thats all for now.

I'm asking for impressions so I have fun stuff to read that I haven't read before. I don't want anyone to think that I'm blowing off the helpful links you gave me a couple of weeks ago.

Never Enough

At 5 I drag myself out of bed. Coffee is somehow made. I make it to my office, sit down with my chocolate, and start to peruse my morning blogs. These are made up of mothers, homeschoolers, pastoral types, and some that are just funny. And none of them have been updating their blogs.

So I switch over to my WoW bloggers. And guess what? Not a whole lot of action going on over there. I depend on you guys to wake me up in the morning so I don't fall back asleep!

Everyone needs to blog more.

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS IN YOUR BRAIN.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

White screen of doom?

My dearest Macbook died yesterday. Everytime it starts up it can't find some key file. So all you see is a solid white screen and a flashing folder icon with a question mark. I called the local Mac service store and they said it was most likely a failed hard drive but to try re-installing the OS incase that was somehow the problem. The actual tech didn't think that would be of any help at all. Regardless I plan to try that when I get home. If it doesn't work, and I don't think it will, then I will be taking the machine to the shop on Monday the 8th to get it looked at. At least my parents bought the three year warranty before I purchased the thing from them.

Until then don't expect much in the way of Wulfa daily posts or Wulfa playing WoW while I'm at work. Orclette doesn't handle anyone being on the other computer well. And desktop PC's are hard to play from your bed while Orclette is napping. Maybe just maybe wulfa will be able to borrow Moon's laptop.

Also, in the news. We've decided on moving up the departure date from November to October. We're double checking with my parents to make sure coming early won't be a bad thing but we wanted to be hireable for -all- of the retail holidays not just the 2nd half. We think this will greatly increase our odds of getting jobs fast once we get down there. I'm hoping financial aid will come through and I will only be working over the holidays but we'll see.

According to our eye doctor BCBS of Texas hasn't been paying out their claims. So we have to pay everything up front and request reimbursment from our health insurance provider. This is full of sucky.

I won't be playing WoW at all until Friday night late due to the Macbook thing. Maybe I'll catch up on a few Eureka and Total Drama Island.

Speaking of Eureka, is it Irony when you suddenly have an inspiration and realize that the word you are trying to read on a poorly written sign is "Eureka!" not "Eurokay"? I think it is but am not certain.

Bunnies.

http://marissasbunny.com/

I couldn't think of anything to say here. The site is touching and I would definitly suggest checking it out.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I don't like Tuesdays

It's maintenance day, which means it's "I no longer have any excuse I HAVE to clean my house" day. It also means that when I woke up this morning and thought "we could mebbe hit 38 today on Beo" I was horribly crushed when I remembered I couldn't do my usual hour of playing in the wee a.m.

Beowulfa is lvl 36. Her enchanting is at 277 so she can DE most of the stuff the big kids get in Outlands (finally!). Her tailoring is still at 225 .... Wulfa spend a pretty penny on Beo's enchanting, and she doesn't feel like doing dailies right now, so money conservation ftw ......

Did I mention that my lovely Smorgasbord macro increased my DPS?! Completely made my night last Thursday when we cleared the first half of Kara. Wulfa got jealous when she watched the Onyxia fight over Moon's shoulder ... it just looked freakin awesome. I don't see having time to do all the attunement stuff tho ... and Damm's on call this weekend anyway. Blargh.

We might be moving up (or is it moving back? I can never figure that one out) our move date. It occurred to me that transferring stores in the middle of December was probably NOT the best time, and it is imperative that at least one of us have a job when we move. Our lease is up in October-we had gotten an ok on extending our lease but leaving Oct. 31 shouldn't be a problem. And so if we do move earlier (I need to call my boss and get the transferring talks started) I have 1 month less to procrastinate. I have to start sending my books to NM. I will have to say goodbye to some furniture. I will have to find a place to dump my furniture-preferably sell it but I'm sooo not having a garage sale. And my boys (i.e. Damm and Moon) are not the most self-motivated people so I'll be making sure everything they need to do gets done ... actually Moon gets stuff done he just doesn't do it when I think it needs to be done, and that's distressing :D

I WANT TO RUN A MARATHON! There was a half-marathon I was planning on doing in November but if we move early no-can-do. I'm going to have to find another race because having that specific race in mind sparks the training, makes the extra effort worth it.

My scale has betrayed me. For no reason I can think of the numbers have increased to above the pre-diet numbers ..... I threw my old scale out and bought a new one but it doesn't love me either. Am considering ditching the diet and returning to my calorie-counting ways. It also occurs to me that my body may be resisting weight loss because I'm still Orclette's primary food source and the poundage I want to see gone is probably considered by my body to be its final reserves ... I don't know.

Time to lift weights and end the rambling catch-up :D

Monday, August 25, 2008

Dammy's The List.

JustOneAnna posted the National Education Association’s Top 100 books, part of NEA’s "The Big Read" program. Responding to a suggestion from another blogger, she did the following:

Look at the list and bold those we have read.
Italicize those we intend to read.
Underline the books we LOVE

So here’s mine:(seriously kestrel...I just copy pasted your intro)


1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare.... I"ve read most but not all.
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (abriged)


I count 34. Not bad. Considering a large portion of these are books I wish I could take back reading. His Dark Materials, Moby Dick, Brave New World, Lord of the flies, and Tess of the Dubervilles being high on the why did I read that factor. Several of the books I haven't read I read the synopsis and said... oh hey I'm not even going to bother. Grapes of wrath, Crime and Punishment, to kill a mockingbird are some of these.

Any book I've underlined I wholeheartedly recomend.