Thursday, October 28, 2010

MM vs BM

I have been a solid fan of Beast Mastery for years now. Never tried Marksmanship or Survival, never really wanted to. But a couple weeks ago I was invited to go along on a 10-man with our guild and I noticed some glaring differences in the damage meters betwixt me and the other hunters. This bothered me, because that means I'm not optimizing my character and I like to optimize everything I do. So I cogitated a bit on the problem.

Problem #1 is that my gear is mainly from 5-mans, and their's was substantially better. I did get to take home two nice pieces, so I'm slowly closing the gap (and of course in a month or so that won't matter anyway), but there was a great disparity.

Problem #2 was my pet. For some reason I couldn't call my level 80 wolf, only my level 77 pet. I visited the stable master and fixed that problem afterwards, but I wonder what difference having a level 80 out would have made, seeing as I went in BM.

Problem #3 was my glyphs. I think I had two. That problem is now solved as well.

Problem #4 was unfamiliarity with the new playing style. I didn't know that Steady Shot refilled the focus tank, and I wasn't sure what the optimum rotation was. I've done a bit of reading and I think I have a better idea of what to do now, but that was quite an experience not knowing what all my little buttons were for.

Problem #5. I know at least one of the hunters was MM, not sure about the other one. And they have that chimera shot thingy.

And so I finally bought Dual Spec and went MM. Bought the appropriate glyphs, looked up a basic shot rotation, and went hunting.

Serpent Sting (at least I think it's Serpent Sting, it's the one that the Chimera Shot replenishes. I really don't have room in my brain to remember right now:), Chimera Shot, and if they were still alive Arcane Shot. Two or three shots per mob-I could grow to like that. So I kept MM, and have been playing with that spec since. I haven't gone up against more than two mobs, and I suspect that in that situation I would want to be BM, but that's not a crucial concern.

I think I will stick with BM for soloing, however. I like having the ability to have exotic pets, and I like having an equal partner in the field. But for raiding I'll pull out the MM spec, at least until they change everything again.

Here's hoping we have time to play this weekend.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Our washer broke. :(






I think this bit is the actual engine. The grime made identification hard. But yeah the belt caught fire.

Discovering picasa and google's web albums..

It makes uploading pictures so much easier. We may have to start actually using that camera of ours.

The mountains that overlook our place.

Before the haircut making a weird face.
Isn't she a smoking hot mom?


I love this photo.


She's "smiling".


After the hair cut.

During the hair cut.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Follow the link.

http://www.theatlantic.com/james-fallows/self-pity-and-its-discontents/?cid=878

It is a series of interesting articles on well... self pity among the wealthy and the wealth gap in america.

Craziness.

I have one 3-5 page midterm, two 8-10 page research papers, and then one 15-20 page paper that serves as the final yet to write. That's in addition to the three weekly papers I've been writing every week. Sounds fun, no?

And just last week I saw some of my spinning classmates hard at work running and lifting weights before class. I remember thinking that they were crazy and that I would never do that. Somehow, over the weekend, I decided I was going to get to the gym early so I could fit in a short run. Why? I'm not sure. It's the competitor in me, I guess.

Around this time of year-every year-I get the urge to bake. I have finally perfected my pumpkin bread recipe. It's not really mine-I used as a basis a recipe from a cookbook and then tweaked and prodded and turned it upside down in the quest for the perfect pumpkin bread. Damm thinks it needs to be more like cake, but we eat this bread every day and that would pile on the pounds. Instead it's low-sugar, low-fat, I add protein powder, and spice the canoodle out of it. I also found (in the same cookbook) a recipe that uses bran cereal, raisins, applesauce, and very little sugar to make a dense, fantastic bread. No tweaking necessary, aside from adding protein powder and spices other than cinnamon. I also have added cornbread to the list, but cornbread is cornbread. I don't tweak it. And for those of you who are now hungry and want the recipes, just wait. I'm going to post them later, when I have time to type them out and properly cite everything.

Right now I have to go walk my dog, because he is bouncy. And if he doesn't get a walk, he gets even more bouncy, and then he knocks over the Orclette and Miniorc, and that just won't do. So, after running one mile, lifting weights, and Spinning class, I'm going to go for a walk. Which is why I have to get up insanely early to workout-my brain hasn't kicked on yet and isn't able to protest the craziness.

Til laters ya'll.