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Life Does Have a Sense of Humour

December 15, 2009

Classmate (who plays WoW): You can recite the entire paladin talent tree but you can’t remember your student number, you know, the one you’ve had for every exam for the past 3 years?
Me: It’s all about priorities, dear.

I tried to find a picture with a guy, but apparently Games > Boys is still a new and controversial idea.

Ah yes, priorities. Two summers ago, I had a nasty fall about two hours before a raid. I was absolutely furious! Not because my left arm had gone numb with the impact, not because I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to walk, not because the ambulance was taking its sweet time getting there. Nope! I was angry because I had finally convinced my guild to take down Magtheridon to get my Naruu title and there was no way in heck I would be back from the hospital on time.

On the bright side, raiding again the day after I got back from the hospital was the best rehab my left arm could have gotten. I didn’t even need physio. Who says video games are useless?

Look! A picture of my last three weeks! Except I don't look like that.

Anyway, after about two weeks of WoW starvation due to finals, I can finally play freely again. It’s sad that I felt extremely guilty for not religiously doing my daily random dungeons. As guilty as I felt for taking study breaks longer than a half an hour. So, in my new found freedom, I settle down with my junk food, my beer, my headset, ready to spend the entire evening goofing around… Then my mouse dies.

Oh, it had been on and off for awhile, but this time it was really dead. No amount of fiddling with the wire, hitting it, unplugging it and replugging it brought it back to life. I yelled at it for awhile (we all know that yelling doesn’t fix things, but it does make you feel better), then looked more closely at the wire. Teeth marks, chewing. A mouse had gotten ahold of my, um, mouse. My poor, lovely Logitech G5 had been cannibalized!

So instead of a relaxing evening with WoW, it was a hectic evening at the mall. WTB an electronics/computer store near my house. I did come across a paperback copy of Kushiel’s Mercy so I guess there’s a little blessing in everything. (I seriously hope mouse cannibalism is covered by the warranty though because it was a birthday present and I haven’t had it long.)

I get two days of freedom before my practical exam. And by two days of freedom, I mean two days of answering angry CAPSI council emails I’ve had on /ignore since the pre-finals sprint, two days of applying for summer hospital internships (hmm, what regions should I apply to? I’m thinking Edmonton, Toronto and Victoria… as in love I am with rural medicine, I want something crazy for once!), two days of writing thank you cards, two days of cleaning my room to get rid of mice…

Oh, and sometime in there I want to add something colourful to my blog sidebar. I like how I have the links now (except for that I need to work on my blogroll) but I’m so clueless with pictures. I know when I see something that I like and I’m getting better with Gimp, but I never know where to start. Any kind of suggestions are appreciated. Yes, any kinds. I’m open minded. Most of the time. And I moderate my comments.

EDIT: Corrected a lot of mistakes. Could tell that I wrote this while my brain was still fried from excessive cramming.

It’s so shiny!

August 30, 2009

I finally broke down and bought a new computor. The wireless card and the power supply in my laptop let go within hours of each other and since I had been already struggling with limited RAM and my flickering screen, I figured I might as well. Pressed on time, I only had about 2 hours to shop before leaving for work for two weeks.

“I want a laptop with a good graphics card so I can play WoW.”

Playing WoW is like picking your nose – in public, you shouldn’t ever admit to doing it . But being short on time, I figured I might as well be upfront with my needs. It’s like going to the doctor, the more honest you are, no matter how embarassing, the more they can help you.

I’m quite positive each one of the salemen played. After all, who doesn’t play Wow? Still, the reactions I received were mixed.

“Word of Warcraft? Is that a really demanding game?”

Yeah, right. I soooo believe you don’t know what WoW is.

“*whispers* WoW, um, yeah, *looks around nervously*, this one has a graphics card that would have no trouble handling WoW.”

It’s ok, talking WoW graphics with a customer shouldn’t hurt your future sales too much…

Not one asked me if I played a paladin. NOT ONE! Seriously, what kind of computor salesperson doesn’t want to talk about paladins?

Moving on, I quickly made my restore disks (OMG the store wanted to charge me 90$ and take 5 hours to make restore disks! What the hell? It takes 5$ worth of blank DVDs and an hour to do it yourself.) and installed WoW. I discovered that if you spend your life travelling between two corners of the world and you left your Wrath CDs at the other corner, you can still install WoW! I’m probably the last person in the world to discover this, but just in case, I want to spread the good news that you can do it via your account management page:


You can also scroll down to your account information and click on that link:


I ended up downloading and installing Wrath and the patches while at work, so I don’t know the exact time it takes, but it was done by the time I finished my shift and it went very smoothely.

Once I could get into the game, I did what everyone with a new computor does: I turned my settings all the way up and ran around Dalaran. Quite frankly, I was disapointed. Not with my computor, but with Dalaran. Not sure exactly what I was expecting, but it was along the lines of angels signing with glowing lights and stuff. In reality, its not that much different. Having a shadow is kind of cool though. And I had really missed the climate feature. The gentle snow falling on Storm Peaks as my mage grinds her Sons of Hodir rep lightens my mood significantly. I had to turn some of the settings back down to run addons, after all, this is a laptop and I’m poor, starving student on a tight budget, but I can still keep my favorite settings high.

Since I’ve been away at work for two weeks, I have yet to see 25 mans raids on a computor that can run them, but I look forward to it. Since Wrath, 25 mans = slideshows. The test will be tonight.