jadedmusings: (Ming Ming Sewious)
Don't tell anyone, but I sort of slipped and fell into PvP the last couple of days.

I know, I know, I'm one of those "PvE ONLY!" types*, but well, I wanted the Merry Maker title, and 2013 is the year I want to get What a Long, Strange Trip it's Been, so I had to go in and kill some Alliance scrubs as a little helper. I did at least purchase PvP gear (the Contender's Silk set) so I wouldn't be completely sucky, and I looked up Affliction warlock for PvP so I could pretend I had half a clue with my off-spec.

Anyway, a friend agreed to sort of hold my hand and went with me for Alterac Valley a couple of times. I ran in, had no clue what I was doing, was having to learn new ways of moving and casting at the same time (which I'd already had some practice with PvE thanks to Kiljaeden's Cunning), plus acting defensively as I took the Grimoire of Sacrifice talent which means I have no pet out. I kept saying, "I have no idea what's going on! What do you mean 'backcap'?" to my friend, who reassured me and explained some of the lingo.

Honestly, it was just like my first time raiding, though a little less awkward this time around as I actually know a thing or two about my class. I'm not the best out there, obviously, and in fact I probably stink quite a bit, but I've been having a blast even when I'm dying five times in a row. I never thought I'd like PvP, and so far I've been pleasantly surprised that the chatter hasn't been any worse than what I encounter in an LFR. I've only reported one person so far for language, which really shocked me.

So, yeah, I've been enjoying it, especially when I nail other warlocks. My only complaint so far has been the freaking rogues and their Sap. Nothing like riding with a group on my mount and getting Sapped, and it always seems to be me, the cloth wearer, they pick on. (My DoTs manage to at least put a dent in them even when they kill me, however.) And as I'm earning Honor Points rather quick, I've managed to purchase more PvP gear to increase my Resilience Rating. I'm pondering taking my Monk, who's still sitting at level 10, through battlegrounds when I get around to leveling her seeing as I've leveled multiple characters via questing and the dungeon finder. Might be a nice change of pace.

So if you're Horde-side and feel like dealing with a noob in random battlegrounds, give me a poke.

* = Though, really, if someone had told me there are battlegrounds where I get to fire missiles at Alliance members, I'd have probably tried it out a long time ago. It's the simple things in life.
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Moriarty omgwtf)
If nothing else I can at least say I got to see Lor'themar Theron flip a freaking bench into the fountain at Silvermoon. Of course the Dominance Offensive climax was incredible, and the two last parts of it started in Dalaran and then ended back in Pandaria with Garrosh doing something even I couldn't have predicted. I literally nearly started crying at the computer and had to log off to process what happened because it was the literary equivalent of a gut punch.

And all I can say is that the Horde is so fucked, and we kind of deserve it.

Here there be spoilers. LOTS of spoilers. And kind of image-heavy. )

All things considered, I don't see how in the hell they're going to draw out waiting until the end of the expansion to take out Garrosh and name a new warchief. Too much has happened, and he's gone way too far now to turn back. The Alliance is going to retaliate, and it's going to be ugly (as it should be).
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Ziva Anger)
I'm going to say this: It's time for better, more stringent gun control in this country.

I was raised around guns, and I don't mean, "My dad owned a handgun." Multiple guns. I don't recall a time in my life when my father didn't own at least one pistol and then two or three rifles. As he got older, there were more. We had a gun safe and it had four rifles in it, plus dad always had a pistol in the glove compartment of his truck (it's legal in South Carolina to have one, though he always took it out if he knew he was picking me up from school as it's still illegal to have a gun on school grounds). That's not including the guns at the hunting club my father and his friends ran. And boxes upon boxes of amunition, like, those military cases full of them. My father even, once upon a time, reloaded his own shotgun shells and bullets meaning there was gun powder and caps on our property. He was a card-carrying lifetime member of the NRA, and he also had a conceal and carry permit valid in at least two states.

From an early age, I fired guns. I have been to a shooting range more than once in my life. I've shot rifles and pistols of varying calibres. I've been hunting (though I missed the deer I shot at). I've been shown how to clean a gun, how to site one in, where the safety usually is, and most of all, I was taught from as early as I can remember that guns are deadly weapons deserving of respect. For me and where I grew up, this is a normal experience. Guns are a way of life. In fact, I was weirded out the first time I dated someone who had never been exposed to guns as I had.

I have also grown up hearing every bit of second amendment rhetoric you can think of. I know what the NRA says about guns not killing people and all the nonsense about needing to defend yourself. For a time, I bought into it. I knew there were gun control laws in place from background checks to waiting periods, and at the gun and knife shows I went to with my father (well into my twenties), I watched him jump through the legal hoops to purchase a gun.

But I saw something else at those gun and knife shows. Men who, unlike my father, weren't buying guns for hunting. I saw men picking up pistols and other handguns, holding them improperly at an agle. Men who were imitating what they saw on television and in the movies. Men who didn't understand why the gun sellers and others flinched at the way they held the guns. "What? It's not loaded." But you never, ever pick up a gun and assume it's not loaded, even in a gun show where they've tied off the chamber so it can't close and there are bullets kept far away from the guns.

Those men passed the background checks and were allowed to purchase the guns, and maybe I can never be 100% certain, but I had an idea those guns weren't going out to shoot poisonous snakes on someone's property, or killing a deer that could feed a family for a month. They were for show, to prove someone's masculinity, someone's power. That power they showed was, "I can kill someone, several someones in the time it takes you to draw breath." That's it, nothing else, because a gun has no other purpose than to kill. None. And in our twisted world where masculinity is measured in someone's potential level of violence, guns are used as symbols of that potential violence.

The thing my father and his friends never seemed to understand was that for every one responsible gun owner who knew how to properly care for a gun, respected it as a weapon, and knew the laws, there were dozens more who weren't responsible, who didn't know how to make sure a gun never misfired, who treated it like a toy and not a deadly weapon. And there were those who no amount of mental health screening or prevention would keep them from using that gun as a weapon, guns they might not have had if we were just a little more strict as to who could own a gun, how many they could own, and were aware of someone non-military or non-law enforcement purchasing bullet proof vests and armor piercing rounds.

I used to believe guns could be used for protection, and they can (and should), but in the gun magazines he used to recieve, I read the monthly reports of people who had saved their lives (and sometimes others) by shooting home invaders or robbers. There were only a few paragraphs taking up a page each month, and maybe five or six at most. Add that up, that's only 60 or 72 people per year, and those are people we don't know would have died for a fact because they shot first and were lauded as heroes and held up as proof that guns are great. But yesterday, twenty children died, most of them no older than five years old. And last week in a mall people died. In Illinois, several people died, and those are just the mass shootings. We don't often hear about the individuals who are killed every day from gun violence. For all those sixty or seventy people I'd read about in a year, thousands more died because of guns. Thousands more would still be alive without guns.

Yesterday, in China, a man entered a school with a knife and stabbed 20 students and some adults. Violent, horrible, tragic, yes, but no one died. Yesterday, in Conneticut, a man entered a school and killed his mother before opening fire on her classroom full of kindergarten students. Twenty children died. Remove the gun from the equation and what might the story out of Conneticut be? Oregon? Illinois? Arizona? Would Gabriel Giffords still be in congress? Would Trayvon Martin be making regular trips to the 7-11 for soda?

I'm not here to advocate taking away every single gun in the hands of civilains. That's not necessary, but my father could have been all right with only a pistol and a rifle. Same for his friends. They'd be able to hunt, my father could have the pistol in case, while working on our rural heavily wooded property, he encountered a rattlesnake. (And more than once he had to kill snakes that came into our yard for our safety.) My father would have complained, but because he loved to hunt and like to shoot at a range, he would have sat through classes about gun safety. He would have helped teach basic gun safety and care, even. He'd complain about not being able to own as many guns as he'd like, but he'd still be able to protect his home if it came down to it. So would his friends and other gun owners.

It's not just guns, either. With free access to mental health care, education to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and giving families resources when they fear someone they love might be in trouble, we could help stop violence before it erupts. If we punished men who tried to control and abuse women and children, and we took threats of violence seriously when abused women reported it, we'd be able to prevent so many murders every year. If we portrayed guns as the deadly weapons they are rather than worshiping them, maybe our children would learn from an early age to respect the danger they pose.

It's time to have an adult discussion about guns in America. It's time we demanded compromises from the gun lobbyists, and if they won't come to the table, we make the laws without them. It's time we protected our children, our women, and our men. A nation in which kindergarteners can't go to school without being in danger of dying to gun violence should not be considered the greatest nation in the world, and it's time we fixed that.

Of course I fear we're still going to be having this conversation by the time the next mass shooting happens, and it will happen because so far it hasn't stopped.
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Moriarty Honey Crown)
SPOILER ALERT!!! Under the cut are spoilers for the Dominance Offensive story line.

As I said on Twitter, 'Oh shit, son.' )

Anyway it's nice to see my favorite race getting some attention and watching Lor'themar grow a spine. This also has some serious role-play implications too, I'm sure.
jadedmusings: (ATLA - Chibi :D)
So, this happened tonight:



My draenei Paladin, Aridhana is level 90 and I have a friend trying to convince me to take her through heroic dungeons. As much as I love PvE, I'm not so hot with melee DPS, but at the same time I really like the changes made to Retribution, so...I might force myself to get over my fear of looking like a noob and give it a whirl after a little research and some reforging.

I have to credit the WoW Pro Leveling Guide for taking me through three level 90s now. If you want something that'll get you quest achievements, tell you where to go so you can get the quests done faster, and even show you a few extras, get this add-on. Without it, I wouldn't be able to do this crap so fast.

Oh, and for the record, she's already Honored with the Shado-Pan and hasn't done a single Golden Lotus daily. Those commendations you can now purchase for the Pandaren factions at revered work cross-faction and are applied to normal questing too. Once I finish Dread Wastes I imagine I will be very far along with the Klaxxi too.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go take a couple of Ibprofen for my stiff neck and back, and go fall over in bed with my Kindle.
jadedmusings: (ATLA - Toph Rocks Fall)
Just saw this on Twitter:



And Jaina called for genoicide in Tides of War. Meanwhile Varian has apparently found his inner peace or at least has suddenly become reasonable.

What are the odds that Tyrande will be talked down from violence by Malfurion, Velen, et. al just like Jaina was talked down by Kalecgos and Thrall in Tides? You know, so women get to be unreasonable and emotional while the men around them act like cool, logical creatures despite the fact that EVERY OTHER TIME they're not.

Now I almost feel guilty for praising Kosak for the Dagger in the Dark Scenario.
jadedmusings: (Ming Ming Sewious)
What's the fun of playing a fantasy game if you can't indulge in a bit of ridiculous dress-up now and then? The robes were obviously designed with the male gaze, but I felt like being audacious because, well, I always feel a bit outrageous on Folami because I rock the Warlock like whoa. Plus, as much as I've loved the designs in MoP, I'm getting sick of looking at it. So, anyway, here you go, this is quite possibly the most ridiculous transmog:



Told you it was classy.

For information on what I used, I posted a list on my RP-specific Tumblr. [WARNING: That tumblr is very NSFW though this specific entry is fine. Be warned if you go looking through it.]
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Tim Doubts Your Sincerity)
I'm working on writing something about Blizzard's constant "fridging" of female characters in World of Warcraft, so I'm making a list. Some of these women are never seen on screen, but considering they are wives/mothers/daughters to important male NPCs in WoW's story, I felt they deserved acknowledgement. Plus, usually while the mothers (i.e. Liane Menethil) have no real part of the story, their husbands get to hang around and do important things or be important sources of development for their sons. Some mothers of important characters have never even been given names. Yes, men die in WoW, but often they die doing courageous things like self sacrifice (case in point: Rhonin in Tides of War) or die in battle protecting loved ones/homeland, not die passively while other things happen to them (such as childbirth).

I'll be adding to the list when I have time, and feel free to add more if you know of the names.

Liane Menethil - Arthas Menethil's mother. Fate is uknown, but Chris Metzen said she likely died before Third War during Blizzcon 2011 (according to Wowpedia). No discernable impact on Arthas's story.

Tiffin Wryn - Varian Wrynn's wife, Anduin Wrynn's mother. Killed by a stray rock thrown during Stonemason's Guild riot in Stormwind. Angst fertilizer for Varian and used to explain his overprotection of Andun Wrynn.

Elena Mograine - Darion and Renault Mograine's mother. Death due to complications from childbirth (Darion). Gives her husband Alexandros Mograine a tombstone to talk to in the first Ashbringer comic.

Leza Sunwalker - Dezco's Sunwalker's wife. Dies during childbirth in Krasarang Wilds questline. Twin sons survive. Dezco still compelled to go on with his healthy sons to find Vale of Eternal Blossoms (Leza's vision). Every time you encounter him after Krasarang, he's carrying his sons around and seems relatively fine for someone who just lost his wife, and doesn't really mention her again. (She's the proverbial straw that broke this camel's back and pushed me toward making this list.)

Kael'thas Sunstrider's mother is never named. Neither is Varian Wrynn's mother, though oddly enough we have a name for his grandmother.

Fandral Staghelm lost his unnamed mate during childbirth. She gave birth to a son, Valstann. Valstann dies during War of the Shifting Sands (surprisingly enough), but not before marrying Leyara and producing a daughter (Fandral's granddaughter, born after Valstann's death), Istaria. Valstann's death drives Fandral insane, and then Istaria is killed during a Horde attack on Ashenvale. Fandral, completely mad now, allies with Deathwing and Ragnaros and compels a dstraught Leyara to join the Druids of the Flame to seek vengeance against Malfurion Stormrage. Leyara is killed on the Molten Front by Malfurion Stormrage and Hammul Runetotem (oh, and the player).

Sylvanas Windrunner - I put this here because here is an example of an incredible woman and brilliant military strategist who pretty much single-handedly kept the orcish Horde from invading Quel'Thalas only to be brought down by Arthas Menethil when the Scourge marched on Quel'Thalas. Sylvanas, of course, was not only killed, but received the crueler torment of being made undead and a prisoner in her own body compelled to slaughter her own people by Arthas. While she later became a Horde leader of the Forsaken and played a major hand in the war against the Lich King and reclaiming Lordaeron for the Forsaken, some might argue her character development since then has been rather disappointing.
jadedmusings: (Default)
First, go grab a tissue, or two or three. Second, click this link. Third, read/view the images and realize just how important marriage is to many people. Let the not-so-subtle realization dawn on you that these people couldn't legally marry the people they loved, have devoted several decades of their lives to until this past Tuesday.

Feel empowered and cheer for these people and remember that as recently as May, states like North Carolina voted to define marriage as solely being between one man and one woman. For every one of these couples pictured, so many more continue to be denied the right to be with their loved ones in the same way as their heterosexual counterparts. It's a disgrace that in 2012, Americans might be considered equally created, yet they are not treated equally.

We have so much more work to do to make marriage available to all who want to be married, but holy cow, what a way to finally start turning the tide.
jadedmusings: (Ming Ming Sewious)
I had a bit of good luck with money this month, and for the first time in a long time, I opted to treat myself to a major purchase for an early Christmas/Yule/birthday present (and still have some set aside for the kiddo's Christmas). So, I got a new Kindle Fire HD from Amazon.

It's gorgeous. I had considered the new Nook as Amazon has done some things in the past that made me leery, but for the same price for the Kindle, I got twice as much storage (16 GB versus 8 GB for the Nook), plus a camera and other neat stuff. I splurged and got the two-year extended warranty, which will allow me to replace my Kindle up to three times should I be really unlucky (better to have it and not need it...).

Anyway, I can now read ebooks, and a friend already tipped me off to a website that compiles a list of cheap and free ebooks daily, so that's a good start. Plus, I don't have to worry about cluttering my already too-crowded bookshelves and I get instant gratification and don't have to wait for them to be delivered. My only regret thus far is that I didn't spring for the stylus (I'm correcting that oversight after having the fun of clicking on wrong links constantly).

Soooo....website, ebook recommendations? Apps. OMG, I can use actual Apps now, which means I probably won't.
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Abby Along For the Ride)
This morning I woke up to a nice, tall glass of Conservative Tears(TM). It tastes like tea and schadenfreude.

In all seriousness, Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay woman elected to Senate. Elizabeth Warren! Mazie Hirono, the first Asian American woman elected to the Senate. Elizabeth Warren! Tammy Duckworth, an Iraqi war veteran who lost both her legs in combat, the first disabled woman elected to the House. Did I mention Elizabeth Warren? Claire McCaskill shutting down Todd "women's bodies have a way of preventing pregnancy during legitimate rapes" Akin.

And what a wonderful night for marriage equality! For the first time ever, voters approved gay marriage, in more than one state! Rape apologizing assholes told to GTFO by voters! Donald Trump's meltdown on Twitter! I want to cry tears of joy.

Finally: MOTHERFUCKING HEALTH INSURANCE
jadedmusings: (Ming Ming Sewious)
If you are an American and have not voted (and are able to vote), get out there and vote!

Don't know where to go? Use the internet to find your fucking polling place, and then read up on your fucking candidates, and any additional items up for vote in your fucking state. Finally, get the fuck off your couch and go fucking vote.

It's that fucking easy.

It was snowing today and I still fucking voted. Do your fucking duty as an American and pick your fucking leaders.

Okay, I'm done abusing the F-word.
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - You see you just don't observ)
So, last night Sam did something no one else had ever done for me. Thanks to him, I got to go to my first live concert. (Yes, I am almost 32 years old and had never been to a concert outside of all those middle and high school band concerts I was part of.) We saw Rush along with Sam's dad in Charlotte, NC, last night, which when Sam first suggested it a few months ago I was kind of, "Eh, I guess I'll tag along. Sounds like a good night out if nothing else." I mean, they had a few songs I liked, though they weren't on the same level as, say, Nightwish is for me, or even Loreena McKennitt where I might consider giving my right arm to see them live (we've established my musical tastes are all over the map, right? Good.).

I have to say after seeing them put on a live show, they really won me over and if they come my way again, I'll be the one to buy the tickets if Sam doesn't get it first. I mean, they got me to spend forty bucks on a t-shirt, so that says something, and I'm giving them another chance as Sam has pretty much their entire collection (spanning back to 1968) on his computer and shared it with me.

Anyway, they did two sets and an encore, the first set of which was a collection of songs from their extensive discography. The second set they focused mostly on their newest release Clockwork Angels, and the final song they performed from it was one Geddy Lee (lead singer) said was their favorite on this album, and I have to say it's gotta be my favorite on this and a song I really can identify with, though a part of me wishes I couldn't.



The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect,
So hard to earn so easily burned

[...]

In the rise and the set of the sun,
'Till the stars go spinning,
Spinning 'round the night
It is what it is, and forever
Each moment of memory in flight


This is, of course, a softer song for them, but hearing it live toward the end of such an amazing show was quite powerful and made the song an instant favorite. Another from the same album was "Halo Effect."



And if you know anything about me and the last few years of my life, you'll understand what that one too hits rather close to home.

What did I see?
Fool that I was
A goddess, with wings on her heels
All my illusions
Projected on her
The ideal, that I wanted to see

[...]

What did I do?
Fool that I was
To profit from youthful mistakes?
It's shameful to tell
How often I fell
In love with illusions again


Anyway, my sleep-deprived rambling, fangirlish self realizes this is a strange entry. So the tl;dr version of this: RUSH WAS FUCKING AWESOME IN CHARLOTTE LAST NIGHT!!! Also, Geddy Lee might be 59 years old, but I'd still hit that like my life depended on it.
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Gibbs Headslap)
Right now I'm having an issue with IRC I've never had before. Suddenly I can't paste links or text into IRC, even after completely reinstalling the program. So when my super tech savvy friends failed to figure it out, and Google search yielded nothing helpful, I decided to hop into #help and ask for help as it is supposed to be for general help with IRC problems.

Here's what happened (note the not-so-subtle nick change that was meant to insult me):

<JadeNSC> Hi, I'm having a rather strange issue with copy+paste. I can't seem to get IRC to let me paste text or links tonight, even after reinstalling.
<Redneck> Oh
<Redneck> I need...
<JadeNSC> I can't do ctrl+v or right clicking > paste. It does absolutely nothing, like I haven't typed at all.
<Redneck> The post has just arrived and in it a very nice surprise, the discovery that Jacques Seguela, one-time adviser to President Mitterrand, now close confidant of President and Madame Sarkozy (indeed he intoduced them), and something of a legend in French political communications, has dedicated his latest book to little old moi. With apologies for the missing accents here and in the French bits of the long posting which follows – the dedi
* Redneck (webchat@S010614feb5c6169a.ok.shawcable.net) has left #help
<JadeNSC> ...right.
* Flambe is now known as Flambe|zzz
<JadeNSC> So has anyone heard of this happening/know what might be causing it?
* Zacam is now known as FREDsaysURAMoron
* FREDsaysURAMoron is now known as Zacam
<JadeNSC> All right then, back to more Google

Oh, silly me thinking I could ask for help with a technical issue in a channel specifically designed for help. Yeah, if I wanted to be called names for asking an innocent question, I'd go back to LFR in WoW.

If anyone reading this knows anything about IRC and copy+pasting, please let me know. Thanks.
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Wrong)
Subtitle for this post: And the Horde is Not Full of Homophobic Asswipes

"I've walked the realms of the dead. I have seen the infinite dark. Nothing you say. Or do. Could possibly frighten me." - Sylvanas Windrunner


Earlier today I visited YouTube, like you do, and I checked out OMFGCata's announcement for their contest "Convince the Pandaren to join your faction." The premise was that since we Americans are in the midst of a Presidential election, fans should make a political ad for either the Horde or Alliance in order to recruit the Pandaren to their side. Pretty awesome idea, I think, and Blizzard thought so too, so they offered up some pretty awesome swag, including several World of Warcraft books, the monopoly game, among other neat stuff that may or may not be on my Christmas/Birthday wishlist.

Anyway, today was the big announcement and, perhaps unsuprisingly, Slightly Impressive won for the Alliance with their very humorous ad highlighting the (mostly) better parts of Stormwind, which I think was also featured on WoW Insider a couple of weeks back. I was pleased to see the ad that won for the Alliance didn't amount to, "The Horde is evil!" and that it managed to poke fun at itself in a light-hearted way.

And then they showed the Horde winner, which not only has some casual homophobia, it ends with an image of Sylvanas Windrunner in a blatant sexual pose with someone screaming "For the Horde!" (Content warning: Homophobia and gross sexism.)

Out of 160+ videos with something as professional and cute as Slightly Impressive winning for the Alliance, the best video chosen by OMGCata (and Blizzard?) is this fucking poorly animated bullshit? Are you fucking kidding me? And Jesse Cox, I am so disappoint, son. Dude, this sums up your feelings on the Horde? (Yeah, yeah, I know you were being flippant and making a joke, but I know underneath was that old chestnut of "Hurr, hurr, Sylvanas is hot, and the Alliance races are all a lot of girly men." Seriously, GTFO my Horde with that bullshit.)

Here's the thing: Sylvanas fucking Windrunner was, in life, Ranger General of Silvermoon, leader of all (then) high elven military forces. She and her sister commanded the troops that drove back the orcish Horde and kept them from invading Quel'Thalas. After being killed and turned into a banshee by Arthas, she eventually seized upon the opportunity to break free from Arthas's control over her to retrieve her body and (with a little help from Arthas's/Ner'zhul's enemies) reclaim Lordaeron for the Forsaken and is now one of the Horde's racial leaders. In a forthcoming patch to Mists of Pandaria, Sylvanas will play a major role in removing Garrosh Hellscream as Warchief of the Horde.

She is, of course, an imperfect character and has recently gone from a tragic hero to skirting the lines of a villain (partly due to bad/inconsistent characterization on Blizzard's part), but none of this changes the fact that, at her core, Sylvanas Windrunner is one bad-ass motherfucker who would most probably fuck your shit up eight ways to Sunday if you tried to tango with her.

But let's just forget all of that and pose her in an X-rated "Come hither" way and say the Horde is awesome because we have one sexy woman who happens to be a racial leader. Let's also ignore the fact that she is, quite literally, dead and while she is remarkably well preserved, her skin is a corpse-gray color and she's likely rotted at least a little bit. (Fap away, boys! Enjoy your necrophilia!)

Look, I'm not even all that mad about the video. I'm just tired of every time there's a strong female character, one who actually has power and influence and could, in theory, really fuck things up for pretty much everybody in their world, she's reduced to being a goddamned sex object for the gratification of (heterosexual) males. I guess it's because so long as you can fuck her, you're not so intimidated? And it's not as if we women players have an over-abundance of female NPCs to admire, especially in comparison to the male NPCs. Hell, even in Krasarang Wilds I was treated to a questline where, despite all my efforts, a woman died in childbirth, but her husband's okay because she lived long enough to bring twin sons into this world. And don't get me started on Jaina Proudmoore in Tides of War.

Rage. Seethe. Boil.

What doesn't help is that Sylvanas's little artwork isn't even the only problem I had with the video. As I said, there's some casual homophobia and further sexism in there before we get Sylvanas. ("Don't join the Alliance! They have effemininate men who might like you in the gay way and we all know real men aren't gay!") I mean, I'm sure some people will say, "Oh, you're being ridiculous about this!" I really don't care. I'm going to call this shit out on the carpet when I see it, especially when it's a contest approved by Blizzard and by someone whose videos I usually watch specifically because he doesn't say horrible shit except on the rare occasion.

Bottom line: There had to be better videos for the Horde than this. Had to be. Even if it were the least bit funny, it's really fucking crappy production, especially when pitted against the Alliance winner.
jadedmusings: (R&G Are Dead - Players Die)


A few years ago, someone I'd met by chance in the FFRPG community over IRC sent me this song and said he thought it might fit me. He also later introduced me to Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead. (See, I told you the icon wasn't inappropriate!) Because of him I re-discovered a love of (some of) the Anita Blake novels, formed my love-hate relationship with Harry Dresden, and was introduced to the world of Vlad Taltos, the wittiest assassin ever created.

The song still holds true for me, and if he doesn't mind, tomorrow (or rather, tonight as it's after midnight) we can watch and quote The Player from Rosencrantz. Then again, whatever he'd like considering it's his birthday. We've had some ups and downs, and we're still finding our footing, but regardless of the bad, this part of my life is something I'm glad I got to share with him.

Happy birthday, Sam. I love you and everything you've ever introduced me to. Well, except The Pest, or whatever that movie with John Leguizamo is called, but that's okay. We'll always have Big Trouble in Little China.
jadedmusings: (Ming Ming Sewious)
After doing my dailies today for the Order of the Cloud Serpent, I was less than 150 points from exalted. To say I was peeved is an understatement, so I decided I'd finally go looking for one of those onyx eggs for the 550 reputation. I didn't see one on the first pass through and decided to go do my other dailies, and then I came back through to look for onyx eggs. To my utter shock, I spotted one as I crested a mountain peak and I landed next to it, or so I thought. When I clicked on it, it told me I was still mounted instead of automatically dismounting me. So, I decided to click my mount off.

And I promptly slid down the incline and to the bottom of the mountain to my death. Yep.

Fortunately for me, despite being on a high population server and having seen several people wandering about looking for these eggs, no one snagged it in the time it took me to run back to my corpse, resurrect, and mount up to fly and land on the other side of the egg. Then it was a matter of turning the egg in (while picturing an in-character exchange with the NPC that amounted to, "Look, I died to bring you this egg!") and then a little cut scene, and voila!


Isn't she pretty?


One more mount added to my collection, and one less faction to grind reputation for. Now, I just switch to doing the Klaxxi dailies to replace the Order of the Cloud Serpent ones I don't have to do anymore.
jadedmusings: (ATLA - Chibi :D)


To which my response was, "I have to wait until April?!" And yes, it is indeed Michael Stackpole. I can't wait!

Now back to my water-less existence (going to turn it back on this afternoon) and my sore throat and slightly runny nose.
jadedmusings: (Ming Ming Sewious)
Yesterday, I finally got to play again and managed to get my reputation to Revered with the Order of the Cloud Serpents. This meant, of course, I did the sky race for the first time. Before hand you're given a couple of quests showing you the route and then going through collecting the ten checkpoints. Despite this, I still had trouble following the route and missed a checkpoint, twice. Yes, pretty much part for the course for me when it comes to figuring things out, and of course the kiddo had come to see my new dragon and see what all the fuss was about. After turning in the last quest, I learned I'd actually get to compete in the race that day and this happened:

JADE: (Half-muttered.) "I'm so going to lose."
KIDDO: (Waits until I hit "Accept" and then runs out of the room.)
JADE: "Where are you going? I thought you wanted to see the race."
KIDDO: (Clearly distressed.) "I can't watch you lose!"
JADE: "...are you crying?"
KIDDO: (Beat. Sniff.) "No, I just don't want to watch you lose!"
JADE: (Suddenly feels immense guilt for her self-deprecation, even if it wasn't completely serious.)

I convinced him to come back into the room after assuring him I wasn't going to lose, that I just might come in second or third since it was my first time. Having said that, of course I earned the How to Strain Your Dragon achievement.

My child, I tell you, has no confidence in my mad WoW skills.
jadedmusings: (Ming Ming Sewious)
Last week, Sam finally purchased an HDMI cable so we can fully enjoy the beauty that is Hi-Definition on our flat screen TV and his PS3. Yesterday, he decided he wanted to play Skyrim as now we can finally read the text on the screen and see the compass without straining our eyes and inducing headaches. I stayed long enough to see how gorgeous the game was in 1080dpi, and then I headed back to spend a little time on WoW.

Here's what I heard a few minutes later:

TV: "FUS RO DAH!"
Sam: "...whoops."
Jade: *begins giggling uncontrollably*

Sam explained later he was sneaking around and had his bow out to try and kill a guard or two stealthily. He remembered that you can zoom in to help aim, but he couldn't remember which button. And thus I heard the dragon shout followed by the sound of Sam's character getting slaughtered by everything in the cave.

No word yet as to whether anyone took an arrow to the knee. Meanwhile, I'm running around Renaissance Italy collecting feathers and assassinating random folks in Assassin's Creed II. This game is even more beautiful than I remember.

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