Monday, November 30, 2009

Blog personalities

I'm sure pretty much everyone has heard of the MBTI. I've taken the full test three times, and each time I've come out as an INTJ. Reading INTJ profiles makes me realize that I am so an INTJ. Why am I sharing this today? Well I came across this site called the Typealyzer where you can type in the address of a blog. What happens next is quoted from the site:

"This text analysis gives a snapshot of the persona by looking at the communication style of the text in the moment it was written. Looking on the results over a period of time will, however, tell you something about how a blogger “normally” prefer to communicate, but it might still be a blog that more reflects a role than how the blogger feels inside."

Hmmm... interesting, eh? I'm not sure exactly how it works, but here is what got me. I typed in my blog address, and I got back ESFP.

ESFP - The Performers

"The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

They enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions."

Anyone else notice that ESFP is the opposite of INTJ in every sense? Isn't that funny? Am I communicating in a style very opposite to my personality... or er something like that? Well this got me curious as to what personalities other blogs I read come back as.

Fellow ESFPs - Megs and Jong at Forbearance, River at A High Latency Life, Averna at Nerf This Druid, Pugnacious Priest. Wouldn't you know, our blogs are all performers!

Jess at Pretty in Plate, Bell at 4Haelz, Beru at Falling Leaves and Wings are:

ESTP - The Doers

"The active and playful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time."

Keeva at Tree Bark Jacket, Tam and Chastity at Righteous Orbs, and Gevlon at Greedy Goblin are:

ISTP - The Mechanics

"The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment and are highly skilled at seeing and fixing what needs to be fixed. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.

The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters."

Leafy at Leafshine and Lissanna at Restokin are:

ESTJ - The Guardians

"The organizing and efficient type. They are especially attuned to setting goals and managing available resources to get the job done. Once they have made up their mind on something, it can be quite difficult to convince otherwise. They listen to hard facts and can have a hard time accepting new or innovative ways of doing things.

The Guardians are often happy working in highly structured work environments where everyone knows the rules of the job. They respect authority and are loyal team players.

Miss Medicina, Mikata at Resto-Melee, and Amber at I Like Bubbles are:

ISFP - The Artists

"The gentle and compassionate type. They are especially attuned their inner values and what other people need. They are not friends of many words and tend to take the worries of the world on their shoulders. They tend to follow the path of least resistance and have to look out not to be taken advantage of.

They often prefer working quietly, behind the scene as a part of a team. They tend to value their friends and family above what they do for a living."

Niniel at Swiftmend is:

ENTP - The Visionaries

"The charming and trend savvy type. They are especially attuned to the big picture and anticipate trends. They often have sophisticated language skills and come across as witty and social. At the end of the day, however, they are pragmatic decision makers and have a good analytical ability.

They enjoy work that lets them use their cleverness, great communication skills and knack for new exciting ventures. They have to look out not to become quitters, since they easily get bored when the creative exciting start-up phase is over."

Firewood at Tree Haelz, Larisa and Elnia at Pink Pigtail Inn are:

INTP - The Thinkers

"The logical and analytical type. They are especially attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.

They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about."

Graylo at Gray Matter and Jacemora at Druid of the Moon are:

ISTJ - The Duty Fulfillers

"The responsible and hardworking type. They are especially attuned to the details of life and are careful about getting the facts right. Conservative by nature they are often reluctant to take any risks whatsoever.

The Duty Fulfillers are happy to be let alone and to be able to work in their own pace. They know what they have to do and how to do it."

Anyone else surprised by their blog communication type? More info on how this works here.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A note for my PVP gear

If you guys haven't noticed by now, I'm a bit of an internet and blog junkie. My Google reader is a bit insane. Anyways, today I share with you a pic I came across from which is a hilarious site where you can laugh at how crazy people are.

I love the XOXO touch at the end.

In terms of an arena update, we haven't been able to arena regularly for the last two weeks. Plus, last night I was hoping to get some matches in, but Drenden was down all night! So we won't end up getting any arena points this week. Damn you Seattle server data center place (techy technical words ftw)! Damn you!

I think what we've found is that we do best in 3v3s when we run with two healers, myself and a disc priest. Its fun for whatever dps we take as the third person because they don't have to coordinate with another deeps and can do whatever the heck they want to do.

We're also trying to run more 5v5s, which we run with 3 healers, myself and TWO disc priests. The set up allows us to stay standing a decent amount, even against 1800 rated 5v5 teams. The last time we ran this 5v5 set up, we did pretty darned well going 9-5 or something like that!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Points of view in a raid

Check out this pic below depicting how people with different points of view may look at a water glass.

How would these different points of view translate to a raid? Perhaps a raid that is struggling or wiping on a specific encounter?

Optimist: We are clearly making progress! We're getting better!
Pessimist: OMG how can we be so terribad? We suck.
Realist: This raid group cannot complete this encounter at this point in time.
Idealist: One day soon we will work together in perfect harmony and take down this boss.
Capitalist: I'm just here for the loot.
Communist: We are all equally to blame for this fail.
Conspiracist: Blizz made this boss harder because they are trying to extend the period of time we have to wait for Icecrown.
Sexist: We can't do hard mode X with these terrible girls in raid.
Nihilist: We shouldn't get so upset over computer pixels.
Opportunist: This sucks, but at least this is good blog post material.

I think part of what complicates raiding is that you are bringing together 10 or 25 different people with distinctly different ways of looking at things. I think even in any normal guild, these different points of view can cause a bit of drama or angst. Perhaps if guild/raid leaders can recognize this, and think about what point of view their specific raiders may hold, it may help them better understand any sort of drama that may come up.

Anyways, bloggers... opportunists? Us? Nowai! ;)


Friday, November 20, 2009

Let this be a lesson to all the ninjas

Some amusing quotes from the news story: "Would-be Seattle ninja impaled on fence"

"Seattle police say a man who thought he was ninja was impaled on a metal fence when he tried to leap over it. An officer who was looking for an assault victim nearby Monday night heard the man screaming for help".

"... officers thought the man might have been involved in the reported assault, but he insisted he was just a ninja trying to clear a 4 to 5 foot-tall fence.

"... the man was overconfident in his abilities, and that alcohol likely played a role".

"His name was not released".

The lesson here? Don't ninja. Its dangerous.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

When did this blog turn into trade chat?

I tend to find Chuck Norris trade chat generally annoying, yet sometimes funny. In the spirit of the latter, I share with you:

Blizz should have some pants options in game be jeans. Action jeans.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Respect the turkey

The thanksgiving related holiday event, Pilgrim's Bounty starts this Sunday, November 22nd and runs until the 28th. On a totally unrelated note, WTF with our society deciding to give Thanksgiving the short stick and start decorating and getting ready for Christmas earlier and earlier each year? I mean come on... I think this year I started seeing Christmas stuff up on November 1. What happened to waiting until the day after Thanksgiving? I say, respect the turkey. Give it its due. Moving on.

Anyways, I'll definitely be looking to complete the Pilgrim achievement because of the little turkey pet you get. There are nine achievements you have to complete for the Pilgrim holiday achievement. One of the achievements, Pilgrim's Progress requires you to complete 5 dailies. Given that this holiday event lasts 7 days, make sure you get this one done early.

Two others caught my eye. First, Terokkar Turkey Time which requires us to "Defeat Talon King Ikiss while wearing a Pilgrim's Hat and either a Pilgrim's Dress, Robe, or Attire". Ooh, maybe I can use this opportunity to try to get the druid Anzu mount again! K needs that mount! I must complete my druidness!

Second, is the achievement called Turkey Lurkey, and requires you to "Blast those dirty, sneaking Rogues with your Turkey Shooter". You have to "blast" a rogue of each class race.

Hahaha! Poor rogues (sorries to Ata and T-baby).


Monday, November 16, 2009

Druidy Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to my druidy quiz. I meant to do this post over the weekend, so as to lessen Averna's suspense a bit. Sorries!

So the two that I thought were obvious ones were Anub with the leeching swarm, and Onyxia because I took the SS inside her lair. Oops. :)

Fight #1 with 4063 hps: Anub

I think Averna got it right on with pointing out a lot of lifebloom usage during Phase 3.

Fight #2 with 2468 hps: Faction Champions

I think other than Onyxia, the Champions might have been guessable because of the lowest hps because I was cycloning and rooting a bit as well.

Fight #3 with 2356 hps: Onyxia

Hmmm, other than Anub, this was the fight with the second highest use of Lifebloom. Huh. Interesting.

Fight #4 with 2939 hps: Beasts

Fight #5 with 2724 hps: Jarraxus

I had the highest use of Regrowth on Jarraxus. Hmmm. Well I do know that I usually throw a Regrowth on someone when they get Legion Flame but yeah, I totally thought I used Nourish more here.

Fight #6 with 4993 hps: Twins

I think this was easy given the highest hps and the most use of Rejuv and Wild Growth.

And the winner is... (drum roll please) Gargen! And yes Gargen, I totally thought I used Swiftmend more than I actually do. The prize? As Averna suggested, a gold star and I shall award you the title 'Tree of the day'.

Now considering this was 10 man regular TOC, I think some of my healing may be affected by the fact that this is pretty easy for us. But what kinda heals did I throw out for Heroic Beasts? I did 4120 hps with these spells:

1. Rejuv = 29.2%
2. Nourish = 20.4%
3. Lifebloom =18.3%
4. Regrowth = 17.3%
5. Wild Growth = 10.4%
6. Swiftmend = 4.4%

A bit different than Fight #4 above. Hmmm so when its a bit more difficult, it looks like I use Nourish more. Huh. Interesting.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Druidy quiz!

So you think you can druid, eh? Well, do you think you can match up my recount stats with their respective bosses?

Last night we did a quick run through regular 10 man TOC and Onyxia. There was a slight hiccup where I had somehow put on my entire PVP set (vs just the trinket) for the Faction Champions and then forgot to put back on my PVE gear for the Twins fight. Oops. I realized this about a minute into the Twins fight, to which I ask over vent: "Do you want the bad news now or later Jess?" I had to confess soon after when I ran out of mana and Jess died.

Anyways, the night was 2 healed by myself and our healing pally extraordinaire, Nico. I will also provide hps numbers to help a bit, but two of these recount stats should be an easy give away.

The bosses:
Faction Champions

Fight #1 with 4063 hps:

Fight #2 with 2468 hps:

Fight #3 with 2356 hps:

Fight #4 with 2939 hps:

Fight #5 with 2724 hps:

Fight #6 with 4993 hps:

Any guesses on which recount stats represent which bosses?

The summary here? First, I love Rejuv. Obviously. I am not rocking the T9 4 piece Rejuv bonus yet. I can't even imagine what my numbers will look like then. Second, I also love and use Regrowth and Lifebloom probably a ton more than any of you guys which I've mentioned before on this blog. Third, I do not use Wild Growth and Nourish as much as you guys probably do. I'm definitely trying to use them more, but I don't know... maybe I'm just an old school tree. I would probably also use Wild Growth more if we were running 25 mans.

But I think the big take away here is that there are a ton of different ways to heal as a resto druid. I've healed with other druids who use Nourish and Wild Growth as their top two spells with very similar healing outputs as myself. I think this versatility is a part of what I love about our class!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Oh how I love thee, Statcounter

Ok, I hate to stir the pot anymore, but I couldn't help myself.



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Going for the gold cap

Guildies or friends in game will sometimes mention how I don't really have any alts. This is true. But you know what? I have a confession of sorts, one that some guildies know about but that which I've never talked about on this blog. I have an inscriptionist alt that is going for the gold cap. Yes, my friends, I have and continue to be part of the crazy glyph world.

I leveled a DK alt specifically for this purpose a while back, before dual specs went live. I chose a DK so she could level quickly to 65 to max out in inscription. Initially, K just farmed all the herbs for this alt to mill, but serious inscriptionists today know its more worth your while to buy the herbs cheap off the AH when available rather than farming them (time is money friends). An amusing side note from inscription is that it has definitely broadened my knowledge of other classes abilities. When someone talks about some skill or talent, while before I wouldn't have even recognized it, now I'm like "Oh, yeah! I sell that glyph all the time!"

While I don't have any other level 80 alts, I would definitely consider this whole money making business a form of alt-ing, though for inscription you don't have to spend a lot of time to make gold. Anyways, I'm not hard core into it all the time. I could definitely be spending more time on selling my glyphs plus making money via alchemy, which yes, isn't as good as inscription, but is decent. My intensity in the gold making business does have peaks and valleys. But I do get into the competitive factor of the whole inscription market, as competitors come in and out of the market.

So why am I doing this? I don't know... I guess its a pretty crazy goal for someone to reach in game. But I do want to achieve my goal of the 214,748g gold cap amount. I've thought before about what I should do with all the gold once I reach the cap. Come up with some crazy schemes or bribes for my guildies? Give some out randomly and see what folks will do for WOW gold? Hmmm the possibilities...

Anyone else a crazy inscriptionist? Are you going for the gold cap?


Monday, November 9, 2009

Back to the grind

I'm back in Chicago after a super fun time with friends in Chapel Hill. Given that I flew back this morning and woke up at 4:30 am EST, I am super sleepy. I'm feeling a bit like this baby:

Oh... so sleepy.... Anyways, one of my girlfriends was telling me that I should get around to writing this novel/screenplay idea that has been floating around in my head for a while. While I recognize that I've never really written anything long on this blog, I have realized that I do enjoy writing, even if its a tiny bit for a couple days a week.

I was able to log on for a bit yesterday. All I did was stand in IF and chat with some folks a bit. It confirmed for me yet again that I continue to play this game because of the people I play with and the connections/friendships I've made, not necessarily because of the game itself.

Hopefully I will be back to some more WOW related blogging soon! For now, I am doing all I can to prevent my face from smashing down onto my keyboard. Oh, facerolling! Look, I'm a tank!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Homecoming and Druidy books?

I am heading home to Chapel Hill, NC today, which also happens to be where I went to college (Go Heels!). I am meeting up with my three best friends for an extended weekend. The four of us lived together our senior year and this will be our first time that all four of us are back in Chapel Hill for Homecoming.

Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back of former residents and alumni of a university, college, or high school. Do they have something like homecoming in other countries? I'm not sure.

Anyways, where would K's home be in WOW? Moonglade? Darnassus? I would probably say her home is Darnassus, but honestly I am never there anymore. Why? Well I think Darnassus' bank and AH are just too far from each other. I prefer IF where I can run back and forth between the two quickly and easily.

I think Jess still spends a decent amount of time in Darnassus and often notes how empty Darnassus is. So what would be a good way to get folks back there? My suggestion? Create an achievement and subsequent pet reward like this achievement.

We all know how crazy WOW players are about vanity pets. So what if they came up with a bunch of druid related books that folks have to search Darnassus for, with a reward of some druidy pet? Well, we already have the Teldrassil Sproutling pet... how about a bebeh moonkin pet?

I'm sure they could come up with some amusing "trash" books with druid themes/subjects just like the magey books they have in Dalaran. Have you ever read these books? They're actually pretty funny.

To Do Today includes:

So You Think You Can Cast:
Frequently Asked Questions from First-time Mages:

Q: I'm having trouble casting any spells at all. What can I do?

A: You may be suffering from dehydration. If you're having trouble casting a spell that you know you know, try drinking a glass of water! Proper hydration is critical to effective spellcasting.

Polymorphic Rules and Regulations includes such tips as:

Rule# 3: Polymorphic debaucheries are to be disposed of in a timely and DISCREET manner - The Public need not bear witness to the horrendous abominations wrought from a botched polymorph. Accidents happen, and the Kirin'Tor understands this. However public viewing of creatures like the Were-Whale, Mur-Elf, Amphibious Worgen, Flying Ooze, Grypho-Hippo-Wyvern, Qiraji Bunny, and the infamous "Blue-Checkered Cube" give us all a bad reputation.

A Memorandum on Proper Portal Usage includes such guidlines as:

Rule #3: Never force or trick anyone to go through a portal. Not only is this a great way to lose repeat customers, it's also incredibly dangerous (See Rule #2).

Rule #6: Standard Portal dimensions are 3 yards, 1 foot, and 3/4 inches tall, 2 yards, 8 feet, 9 and 15/16 inches wide. Double-wide portal creation requires Special Issue License G-16, and is commonly issued to mages with a clean portal record of 8 years or more. Speak with your local Portal Trainer about qualifying for this license.

Hahaha. There are a bunch more, see all the possible trash books here. Could they do something simliar in Exodar? I don't think anyone is there anymore either.


Post edited for Daniel (taken on campus after we won it all this past April):


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

After the worms

I really had no idea what I was starting when I posted on Monday. At times I think about and draft a post for a really long time, whereas other times I just see something and instinctively post about it immediately. This post on Monday was of the latter variety. It's crazy that the comments on the post got to such a drama level that it was compared to the WOW Forums. It amuses and at the same time sorta saddens me and that that post is now my post with the most comments.

The last two nights have been funny within the guild when I've logged on. I think Vel's first words to me were something like "Uh, post any controversial posts lately K"? And Jess and Vel have amused themselves by creating guild messages of the day related to all of this. I told Rappie to kick out Nkm (sorries Nkm!), since I may need a ride in the Indipoose.

In a funny way though, I think some fellow guildies, ingame friends, and bloggers were more pissed about some of the comments than I was. Some of you got real heated! :) I will say though that I was surprised by how personal appearances and sexual references were brought up.

Beruthiel posted a great post on her blog with tips on how to dissent, tips which I probably should have read before posting some of my responding comments. Maybe it wasn't very mature of me to have used the phrase "sausage party" in one of my comments? Hmmm... though Beru's always been way more mature than me anyways.

At the end of the day, I do agree that such guilds have a right to exist and recruit however they want. But I stand by my original opinion that such policies are based on bullshit notions of women not being able to play at the top levels and that the drama created by the behavior of inappropriate and less than mature men when amongst women lies in a problem with such men, not the women.

Bell made a great point (damn us trees are smart) that "neither side is really going to be convinced of anything. The debate has been going on too long, and it's not really even a debate; you have to have the possibility of change for a real debate to occur. It's just people firmly entrenched on "their side" trying to convince someone they're wrong". I don't regret my post and starting this discussion, but do we just agree to disagree? Or is that just too simple a way out? I'm not sure.

A lot of you left very thoughtful comments and I wanted to thank you for them. I don't think I responded to them as thoroughly as I could have because I was too occupied responding to the other comments. But I definitely read, thought about, and appreciated all of them.

Now back to your regularly scheduled silliness and randomness and druidness and whatever else this blog is about!


Monday, November 2, 2009

A good WTF and a bad WTF

I think that since I've started playing WOW, my use of the phrase WTF has increased (perhaps even exponentially Jess). Today, a good WTF and a bad WTF.

Good WTF: You guys are impressive

I think that I've mentioned before that once you start blogging, comments become like crack, dangerously addictive. Well, I will admit here that another piece of blogging that I quite enjoy checking up on from time to time is my site statistics. Specifically, I am intrigued by those of you who choose to check out this blog. And do you know what I find? I find that you guys work at the world's top universities, banks, technology companies, consulting firms, and government agencies.

Its very very impressive, though I mean come on, of course you folks are smart if you choose to read this blog (hahahaha). I've had Blizzard addresses pop up as visitors, which is always interesting. I've also had more scary addresses pop up, including the FBI and IRS. I swear! I'm current on my taxes and I am totally innocent!

But seriously, when the media or general public talks about gamers being these depressed and overweight losers playing in their parents basements, I kind of want to show them how widespread we are in society, at some very very impressive institutions. We are taking over the world! Muahahaha.

Bad WTF: Chromosome beat down

That first subject was sort of a good WTF, this is a more WTF WTF. Let me just show you a screenshot from the recruiting info of one of the top guilds in the world:

Ok first you notice the guild name, then you see the first requirement, "Have a Y chromosome (seriously, no chicks allowed)". Seriously? Guilds still purposely exclude female players? Why? Is it really around pure skill or are they so scared about girls creating drama? Girls oohing and aahing over the pretty kitten or the dress? The boys getting distracted by the female on vent? Or are they really scared that we will actually outplay them?

I really really just don't get it. I am not a serious 25 man raider, but its still a slap in the face to see something like this. I wish my second X chromosome could kick these guys' Y chromosomes asses.