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Bacon

February 19, 2010 2 comments

Bacon. Essentially it is a cured meat that comes from Sus scrofa domesticus, aka domestic pigs. The pig meat is 1st cured with brine or dry packed (stored in large amounts of salt). Either way this bacon still needs to be cooked before consumption. Some types of smoked bacon may not need to be cooked before eating.

Bacon is made from many different type of cuts. In the United States it is typically from the belly of the pig.

Bacon is awesome…..especially on a cheeseburger….or with eggs…

now Bacon Salt…

http://baconsalt.com/

No thanks…gimme the real thing.

Categories: random

Kitten herding? People herding? Boat people?

February 19, 2010 8 comments

Ok its thursday night…raid night, videos watched, forums searched, and a energy drink ready at my side. Green light is go!

Log in – check mailboxes, log onto main, 15 people on give or take a few. Our GM, Ari logs, and the work computer connection is being naughty and cannot play tonight, people would need to organize something without her.

It was as Ari said – at 1st – it was like crickets chirping when the question was posed to the officer corp.

(Disclaimer – I do not recall all what was said etc, just recalling what happened. etc)

And this is my own fault, I admit I was caught off guard when the call went out. Wasn’t expecting this.

Dozzer made a good point when there are other officer’s to lead etc besides him and Ari.

Ari, Tel, Doz all had their hand at RL earlier this week.

Ideas as far as where to go, totc 10, togc, uld, etc. (people were saved in a mixture to ICC and VoA)

Invite sent out went to normal totc 10

Liyhe, Sorak, Glendor, Rott, Diessel, Wica, Flavi, Tireal, Darthknight and Arvash.

going to 2 heal this (me and sorak). tanks were Darth and Arv

….invites went out and I didn’t even know how to convert into a raid….people advise its in the raid window…now why didnt i think of that…go in, I assume people know the normal fights and what to do.

The ugly dude Gormok comes out….start healing tanks, staying out of a fire, getting snobolds killed…I was thinking damn…why are people taking sooo much dmgs….time to play whack mole in hyper mode. WTB turbo controller/mouse.

The worms or is wyrms, Dreadscale and Acidmaw pop….lots of dmg is happening….OMG wtf is going on….think we wiped here. Screens are checked….everyone favorite cow shaman was in the wrong spec….lol. Definitely was funny. 4k DPS as resto outrageous! Specs are corrected and proceeded to stomp the rest of the encounters with over half time remaining on a fish feast.

ToTc 10 normal i think was done about 9:30 est??? Give or take a few minutes.

Head out to ToGC 10. People swap characters as needed. Head in and I do not know what the hell is going in regards to how EP/GP works exactly. RL then passed to Tel. I may be wrong here but I do not know how many of us had been in the heroic version and passed thru it. At this point Ti offered advise and guidance. (much appreciated) The 1st 3 fights went smoothly….almost exactly like the normal versions. The FC once down was easy. The Valkyrs….sorta the same, except the orbs hit for a lot more, and apply a DoT, the Valkyrs will also apply a DoT. Nice loot dtops for people.

Eventually got those down, and then Anub. Very different then 10 or 25 normal version. I was shocked as to how little HP he has in heroic version. Got him down to the 50′s and prob would have him down if had more time, but it was getting late!! :(

All in all not a bad night, in mu opinion, others may differ, but i had a good time. Again as I said…I am down for doing anything in game.

I am a relatively new to the game of WoW. I guess the only way to get used to RL is to do it more often. Will need to just suck it up and listen to other’s advise.

http://clearcasting.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/kitten-herding-101/

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Rolling the D20…wall of text crits ya for a crap load.

February 18, 2010 4 comments


(image above mithra (cat girls) scholar – wearing scholar relic gear – think school girl outfit…dirty yes i know.)

It really is true; once you leave you can never go back. About a month ago, I had an urge to play Final Fantasy XI again. What can I say I was feeling nostalgic? Comparing FFXI to WoW is like comparing apples to oranges, but many feel the need to try and dangit I will as well.
Why am I saying once you leave you can never go back?
When I went back to the world of Vana’diel for a brief stay, I was shocked as how I was not used the graphics anymore…

Sure when I was playing it the graphics were great and I would look at WoW and say…damn WoW looks horrible. However, with the ability to ramp up the appearance of WoW, I had to say FFXI looked kind of funny to me. WoW has the “cartoony” kind of feel I had grown accustomed to. FFXI had the more 3rd realistic look going on. (As if any game could look realistic lol)

General chat/Trade Chat/Names

FFXI the general chat for the most part is only full of people looking for teleports and LFM for various missions. There is no real stupid conversation going on in the general channels…if there is…..it is shut down fast. Things are a lot quieter in the towns of Vana’diel. There is no WTS or WTB shouts as well. No shouts about ninja this, ninja that (well sometimes but not often). Not very interesting to watch.

WoW on the other hand is a plethora of expletives, rude comments, and anything under the sun going on in trade chat. Things that one should not say in everyday talk are thrown out there, like it is common day vernacular. However, it can be VERY VERY entertaining.

One thing in common is some player’s desire for an unusual name, example Stabbie in WoW would be XxxStabbiexxX in FFXI. /facepalm (I do admit Orangeslice is an unusual name)

Alts and characters

In FFXI, I had no desire for an alt or to make a new character. On one character I had all the skills and jobs I could level at my fingertips.

http://www.ffxiah.com/player.php?id=1022563

My monk (this was the job i logged out in) if i had to grade it, i would give myself a B. I could have upgraded to the black belt (but I aint camping no world bosses for the 3 items needed 72 hr respawn rate), and a brutal earring. But other then that i really had most of the items a monk needed.

This was my character in FFXI, 75 white mage (healer – good single target, good AoE heals and HoTs), 75 ninja (evasion tank, although no one uses ninjas anymore), Warrior (2 handed weapon DPS), 75 ranger (think hunter without the pet), 75 Monk (punching and kicking stuff to death is fun – could also tank certain things). If I got sick of a certain job or the Linkshell (guilds in FFXI) needed a certain job I could swap on the fly.

The issue with this system, is if you got sick of your character, it was a PAIN the in the ass to get back to the same level if you were to make a new character.

When you start out you have no subjob (if you see the link above I was last logged in as a 75 mnk/37 nin), you do not gain the ability to have a subjob till you hit level 18. So as you can see your SJ is half of your main jobs level. Depending on your “Main job” you would need to lvl certain SJ to not be a gimp.

With the example of monk, a player needs to have the following jobs leveled to a minimum of 37. Ninja (VERY EXPENSIVE TO LEVEL), Warrior, and White Mage (only for 1 fight did you really need this SJ). Oh yes and dancer for soloing stuff.

While for Warrior (as main) one needed the subjobs of ninja, thief, and samurai.

So as you can see it can take some time to get to 75 as you need the appropriate sub jobs for the given situation. Now you could just take the most common sub job for your main job and get to 75, but then for endgame content you will need to get the other sub jobs leveled.

Another issue with making a new character was one had to earn your way back into certain areas of and endgame content. For access to “sky” bosses one had to get through mission 17 in the expansion Rise of the Zilart, for “sea” bosses and Limbus – one had to get past mission 7 in the Chains of Promethia expansion. Both sets of missions cannot be knocked out in a day and requires a decent party of players. Mission length can vary from a few minutes to hours.
So for many….you stuck with your character as you had a long road ahead of you.

While in WoW…I can have a load of alts and not have to worry about limit breaks (FFXI you are initially capped at 50, then you have to do a quest every 5 lvls to unlock 75), not having for the most part worry about having access to certain endgame content as it is all free to enter!! No requirements to gain entry. I was kind of shocked as to how “easy” it was to level. I could solo all the way to 80…wow….no more looking for experience points parties etc, I could quest till 80. Then again it also felt like cheating, somehow I was not really “earning” max level character. And your character is a one trick pony. Sure you have different specs, but you cannot become Zugzuug the disc priest all of a sudden.

Combat/Endgame content/Equipment

One thing of annoyance for me at least is the constant outdating of gear in WoW…new patch comes out…get new gear…new expansion comes out…get new gear. It cycles over and over it seems. Although, I admit, new purples are always nice. And the new looking gear is sweet looking.

FFXI much of the gear that came out in the 1st expansion Rise of the Zilart is still comparable to gear that is out now in its most recent expansions. FFXI seems to get the right balance and relevance of older content with older content. WoW old content is dead and redundant once something new hits the streets.

For equipment looks low lvl to about max lvl gear FFXI > WoW as far as looks. When it comes to endgame gear in WoW kicks the shit out FFXI’s gear look. (However, both games pale in comparison to the equipment look and character models in Aion)

Macros for WoW is like a foreign language and if it was not for ArI would have never figured it out. And to a large extent I still don’t get it.

Macros in FFXI were to me at least were a lot simpler.
/nin “Utsusemi: Ni”
/echo recast
What this macro would let me do is recast the spell and tell me when it is available for use again.

Combat in FFXI…we did not have any addon’s like grid, clique or DBM. If a mob was using
ability….you had best be better paying attention and run or do something to interrupt it.
Combat in WoW…I am sure you could play without addons…but they really do make the game easier to handle, not easier to play.

Crafting

I absolutely have nothing good to say about the crafting in FFXI. NOTHING.

Crafting in WoW is relatively painless and 1000000000X better then in FFXI. Nuff said.

After playing WoW….FFXI seems old and static…and in essence it had…many of the boss fights are simple tank and spank. Bosses don’t do anything too crazy…./yawn. When I logged into FFXI last…I sat around and really didn’t do anything…I did a few dynamis runs…but was boring….not the same excitement it was…..old and dependable is what FFXI is….guess I need something that is fast and unpredictable…lol like WoW I guess. FFXI is a grind, plain and simple, WoW is brisk walk thru the park.

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Warning….wall of text in coming.

February 18, 2010 3 comments

coming soon.
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*lightbulb*

February 17, 2010 2 comments

Ok now i just get it…when Del and Lyssi and others were saying Cataclysm will fix it.

Critical QQ

Too many things to read. too little time.

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whining and winning.

February 17, 2010 3 comments


Ok. Last night…Blood Princes kicked are asses. I played horribly. Freakin got hit by an empowered fireball. Dozzer even called it out…I dont know what happened..just froze up…choice between healing Kagan and running….guess what happened….

Anyways, we did get better at avoid a lot of the empowered vortex, target swaps can be an issue. Beach ball hit the ground a few times. Shadow lances ripped thru Sorak. And at times I got out of range of Kagan. Overall a very chaotic fight.

And that is the brilliance of this fight lies. My experience so far with WoW, many of the encounters is the raid vs the boss. Every know and then an add with annoying abilities may spawn, but nothing at the level of the Blood Princes. In essence you have 3 bosses chucking all sorts of nasty at you. Stuff that can wipe your raid fast.

Personally speaking I am not a fan of chaos. It throws me off rhythm. Other fights prior to this have a flow and ebb after a few tries I can feel and go with the flow. This fight is WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM. Deadly Boss Mods is like a kid on too much sugar or a speed head – FIREBALL, SHOCK VORTEX ZOMGGGGG OVERLOAD.

Thank goodness Dozzer made a very good sugeestion of turning shit off you dont need to be warned avout turned off. And he is right. The stuff that does not raid wipe you the damage is quite minimal and easily healed thru.

Because I am new to the group. I do not like making suggestions or etc. But I think we definitely could have benefitted from maybe just taking a 5 min breather after a few wipes to clear heads and get away from staring at the pixels. Would have given more of a chance to step back and think, what the hell can I/raid improve on??

Other then that back to watching the blood princes video again and trolling the forums for any hints and gems of knowledge hidden in there.

Categories: raids

Damn you Sorak.

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Thanks to a certain cow. I have been craving a certain food…

What could it be….?

What else could it be…?

Red Meat…marinated in soy, sugar ( or some kinda of apple or pear juice for sweetness), onions, sesame seeds, and garlic.

KOREAN BBQ…..this weekend it will be mine, plus a 6 pack of some frosty beverage.

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