Archive for the ‘Silly’ Category

One of my favorite cousins posted this to Facebook, and I just couldn’t resist sharing it here.

Speaking of Facebook, if I have you on RealID (not battletag) — that is, you know my real name and I know yours — and you’re on Facebook, too, then I’d be happy to have you as an FB-Friend. :D

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jumping games

Last night I was questing in Ighaluk Crag when I saw the Shoulder of the Chamberlain waaaaay up on the tip of a rock. I jumped around the base of that rock pile for several minutes, growing increasingly frustrated with my inability to understand the variables that control Saurok-form jumping. Why did sometimes I jump far and sometimes short? Why could I not get onto that one rock no matter what distance I jumped from, even when it seemed that the apex of my jump was high enough that if I jumped from just the right horizontal distance, I ought to be able to make it? Large muscle coordination has never been something I was good at in real life, either. Eventually I got so fed up that I looked in my quest log to see if the Crumbled Chamberlain quest rewards valor points. Upon finding that it doesn’t, only money and a Shan-ze Ritual Stone, I said forget this! and dumped the Head of the Chamberlain and the two other parts I’d already found right there on the beach.

Having run through the rest of the day’s quest sequence, I got to the Swollen Vault and found this little challenge awaiting me:

Despite an impressive and slightly intimidating number of skeletons on and around the pillars, I didn’t find that jumping game to be particularly difficult — well, this time, at least. Maybe it was beginner’s luck…

It reminded me of a cross between this:

and this:

So if the Swollen Vault’s lightning pillars are giving you trouble, you might want to go practice jumping in Blackfathom Deeps and staying out of the fire with Darwin.

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Yesterday, I became Revered with the Black Prince (I still have to gain 1.5K Valor for his other Test).
Today, I finally completed the Dominance Offensive Campaign.
Tomorrow, I start exploring the Isle of Thunder.

Because this is a very screenshot-heavy post, I’ve put the rest of it behind a cut: (more…)

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As I was admiring Vidyala’s epic portrait of all of Kumineko’s characters assembled as a raid group fighting Ultraxion, I began to wonder — could I make a raid group out of my (Horde) characters?

My Tauren characters on Bloodhoof make a 10s raid group quite neatly. I have two main-spec tanks (Protection Paladin, Protection Warrior), three main-spec healers (Restoration Shaman #1, Mistweaver Monk, Discipline/Holy Priest), two ranged DPS (Balance Druid, Beastmaster/Survival Hunter), and three melee DPS (Frost Death Knight #1, Arms/Fury Warrior, Kitty Druid).

Scaling up to a 25s group, using the LFR composition of two tanks, six healers, and seventeen DPS, doesn’t work quite so well. I only have one other main-spec healer (Restoration Shaman #2), so Protection Paladin and Balance Druid would have to switch to their Holy and Restoration off-specs. Doing this, however, would leave me short a tank. Frost Death Knight #1 has a Blood off-spec, and Kitty Druid has a Bear off-spec, but I don’t intend to actually use those specs in group content. Still, I could switch one of them. I have three more melee DPS: Subtlety/Combat Rogue, Frost Death Knight #2, Retribution Paladin. I have nine more ranged DPS: Shadow Priest, Marksmanship Hunter, Destruction/Affliction Warlock, Arcane Mage #1, Arcane Mage #2, Frost Mage #1, Frost Mage #2, Fire Mage #1, Fire Mage #2. But that would still leave me with two spots to fill. So I’d have to PUG in BTH’s Bear Druid — which solves my tank problem — and BTH’s Windwalker Monk — which makes the melee/ranged distribution a little more even.

… I am so totally going to use raid composition as a “real world” example of a limiting reagent problem in my general chemistry lecture tomorrow:

There are two standard raid sizes in World of Warcraft. A 10s group requires 2 tanks, 3 healers, and 5 damage-dealers. A 25s group requires 2 tanks, 6 healers, and 17 damage-dealers. You log in one night and see that of the people in your guild who have logged on tonight, including yourself, there are 3 tanks, 6 healers, and 13 damage-dealers. You cannot make a 25s group because you don’t have enough total people. But can you make two 10s groups? You’d need 10 damage-dealers, and you have 13, so you have more than enough of those. You’d need 6 healers, and you have 6, so you have exactly enough of those. You’d need 4 tanks, and you only have 3, so no, you cannot make two 10s groups. You can only make one 10s group. The tanks are the “limiting reagent”.

heh heh heh

… or then again, maybe not. Now that I’ve finished writing up my lesson plan for tomorrow’s lecture, I see that I very likely won’t have time for that much of a diversion from real chemistry, and I will probably end up editing that analogy out of my discussion. :(

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I figured I ought to get this posted while the Faire was still going ;)

For Navimie and Akabeko.

4… 3… 2… 1… shift. In unison, the two druids shifted from stealthed cat form to bear form and pushed with all their might. With their heads partially underneath Dubenko, shifting into their more powerful bear avatars was just enough to get them the leverage to try and force Akabeko’s nemesis into a vulnerable and humiliating position…. Time seemed to pass slowly, almost comically, as Dubenko was tipped onto his back and he rocked in the dirt helplessly, his limbs, head and tail pinioning wildly as he bellowed his outrage.

Navimie-kitty and Navimie-bear are kind of hard to see behind Akabeko-kitty and Akabeko-bear, so I’ve made some supplementary images with the layers pulled apart. (more…)

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As I was poking around the Darkmoon Faire looking for the crazy hats previewed on Wowhead, I discovered something wonderful: the Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire and the Darkmoon MalletHammer are now Transmogrification-friendly!

And that meant, naturally, that I had to figure out some Transmogrification template kits to go with them. Because I tried to use as many items as I already had on hand or could quickly find at the AH as possible, these perhaps aren’t the “best” or “optimal” sets for each armor type — and, of course, personal aesthetics vary widely, too! So these are meant more to encourage you to experiment and come up with your own ideas — which I would love to see!

Darkmoon Magician

Elder’s hat vest belt & pants, Silk Mantle of Gamn*, Shimmering gloves & boots, Aurora bracers, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire, Green Holiday Shirt, Greater Magic Wand, Spellbinder Orb
The Cloak not previously being Transmogrification-friendly had been the only thing stopping Kelilla from transmogrifying her questing gear into a Darkmoon Faire set, so she hurried to the Three Winds as fast as she could go!
Use the Gossamer shoulderpads to retain the white look of the Silk Mantle of Gamn, or use the Elder’s or Hibernal shoulders or the Slavehandler Amice to match the greens and purples.

Darkmoon Acrobat

Headhunter’s shoulders belt & gloves, Darkmoon Vest, Dervish leggings, Cutthroat boots, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire
This set would look a little more polished with the Headhunter’s boots, but until those show up on my AH, the brown version of the same style will suffice. The Gypsy pants would also be attractive, particularly on elves.

Darkmoon Sharpshooter

Bog Epaulets, Turtle Scale chestpiece & leggings, Netherstalker belt gloves & boots, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire, Taut Driftwood Bow, Bright Yellow Shirt
The Green Dragonscale chestpiece and leggings would also work nicely in this set.

Darkmoon Brawler

Valorous Pauldrons, Fel Iron Plate breastplate & pants, Chromite belt, Revenant gloves & boots, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire, Darkmoon Hammer
Mola is wearing the Symbolic gloves & boots, Enchanted Adamantite Belt (why isn’t she wearing the teal Warleader’s belt, I wonder? It’s the same style, and would match better), and cloth Highborne tunic & pants. Kerri Hicks is wearing a custom coloration of the mail Pillager’s set. Neither set is Transmogrification-friendly for any class that can wield 2H Maces, but I think what I’ve come up with fits the spirit of the Faire pretty well.

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With Silver Bells and Cockle Shells
And Pretty Maids all in a Row

#IntPiPoMo 49/50

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For Akabeko and Navimie.

The rockets spun completely around and settled on Akabeko.
“T A R G E T – A C Q U I R E D,” the rabbit chirped helpfully.

Wire cutters in hand, Akabeko frantically began snipping connections inside the rabbit, hoping to deactivate it. The rockets began to hum. “Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear,” she muttered, snipping away.

Calmly, her friend leaned forward and flicked the switch off.

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Ambermist’s monthly blogging challenge continues in August with the following request:

However and why-ever you loot, keep, store, organize, whatever you hold onto, or even if you refuse to hold onto anything–tell me about it!

Not surprisingly, I mostly collect clothes!

This is Kamalia’s personal bank and void storage:

Kamalia’s bag space is actually looking pretty good because I recently went through it and got rid of a bunch of Cataclysm stuff I wasn’t using anymore and won’t need for Transmogrification in the future.
My other characters are similar… or worse… even the low-level ones.


This is the guild bank of Dawnstrider Tribe on Bloodhoof:

There are some blank spaces in Tab 4 – Clothing where various characters are currently using items. If I recalled them all, this tab would be completely full.
I also have mountains of cloth stashed in the personal inventory of one of my lowest-level alts on this server.


This is the guild bank of House Dawnstrider on Winterhoof:

Getting the guild organized and purchasing these two bank tabs (all I could afford on this server) tremendously relieved the inventory pressure I’d been feeling.


The BoE stuff I have on Winterhoof is divided between two designated “Wardrobe Mistress” alts:

All my alts on this server send all the herbs they collect during every leveling session to Kivrinne, who sells them whenever a complete stack accumulates.


I have two designated “Wardrobe Mistress” alts on Argent Dawn as well — one who holds the BoE stuff and one who holds the non-BoE stuff:

Although my Wardrobe Mistresses on Winterhoof are still at least semi-actively leveling, my Wardrobe Mistresses on Argent Dawn are completely retired from leveling.
Karrieanna provides the same clearinghouse function for herbs on AD as Kivrinne does on W-hoof.


I have more potential Transmogrification Template Kit ideas squirrelled away (mostly in the form of chestpieces) than I can probably ever get around to using in the game. I have made an attempt to earmark various items for particular characters, but will all those characters get to sufficient levels to wear all those items before the WoW phase of my life runs out? Only time will tell!

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Tauren head trophy

In November, my in-laws will depart for their 18-month mission to serve in the Bern Switzerland Temple. They’ll be leaving all their stuff in storage and renting out their house while they’re away, so the main event of the family reunion we attended last week was going through their house and earmarking what each of the kids wanted for themselves and what could safely be sold, given, or thrown away. While my sisters-in-law and I were going through the jewelry boxes — mostly stuff inherited from BTH’s paternal grandmother — we came across this:

At first I thought it was a bolo tie slide, but it’s a necklace pendant, carved of wood with real eagle talons for the horns. The story goes that it was given to one of BTH’s aunts by a suitor that she didn’t end up marrying.

I, of course, immediately thought of the Tauren, and I promptly claimed it.

It goes quite well with the Navajo silver & jasper necklace my Dad gave me for Christmas several years ago and with the feather necklace and hair clips that I found recently at Payless Shoes.

(I picked the hair clips that made me think most strongly of Thunder Bluff, but the white feathered necklace is much more like Tyrande’s style).

Seeing the bull’s head hanging from a chain also brings to mind the Tauren head trophies that I’ve seen dangling in various places around Azeroth.

This particular location sticks the most strongly in my mind because it’s such a BZUH? moment to see a Tauren head trophy at Stillpine Hold.
I always wonder, from a meta perspective, just what the hex a relatively isolated Furbolg tribe on a small group of islands far from the mainland of Kalimdor is doing with a Tauren head trophy. How — and why — did they get that thing?
In-character, it is not a particularly strange sight for a Draenei who has been to many worlds and seen many species, but it still provokes a “what is that?” response because it’s not like any of the native species of the islands or like any of the species that escaped from the Exodar’s menagerie.

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