Throw Your Hands Up and … SHOUT!

So, I like these type of shout-out posts. I know the one that the very sweet Larisa of the Pink Pigtail Inn did one for me and some others a month or so ago not only did that make me feel incredibly warm and appreciated, but increased my readership, which is nice for the writer’s ego. For the most part I write for myself, but it feels so very, very good to be recognized and applauded.

I know that I do not have the readership that Larisa does, and I certainly don’t have the clout in the WoW blogsphere that she and some other writers do, but I think it’s worthwhile talking about some of my favourite blogs. For no other reason than just saying that I bloody well love them and tossing some virtual warm fuzzies around. I hope that it increases their readership, too, because I feel that they have important things to say, and I want more of the WoW community to hear these things. Remember, I firmly believe we blog because we’re good players! And part of being a great player is to seek out new opinions and new points of view. (I refrained from taking this oblique Star Trek reference too far. You may thank me now.)

RPness is HUGE.

Thous art most welcome, brethernI am not a very good role player. Part of it is because my character development skills are just this side of abysmal and most of my attempts come out as pathetic Mary Sue-isms. Partially because raiding and guild leading take so much of my time and attention as it is, that I don’t have a lot of energy for role play. And, because despite being nominally a role-playing server, Thorium Brotherhood is anything but friendly to those who want to make actualy attempts at immersion. However, one thing I admire is someone who takes what they do very seriously, and makes every attempt to do it well. And when that honest, earnest attempt is candy-coated in some of the most delicious prose out there, well, the end result is the marvelous Blogatelle. The writing is superb, the writers have presented themselves as human beings worth listening to, and the name of the blog itself is superbly punny. It’s a fantastic blog, and if you care at all about RP (or even if you don’t!) you really should check them out.

Hello Kitty Orange Adventures

duhn da dunna dunna, duhn da dunna dunnaI do not have a druid fetish! I mean, not in any sort of sexual way. I just love druids. They’re the reason I started playing WoW and they are bar none my favourite class. I love bear tanks! I love kitty cats! I love cuddly oomkins! And boy do I love sleepy trees. Druids are just plain fantastic in every way that counts. And tauren are pretty cute, too. And I like to read druid blogs. For some reason there seems to be more druid blogs out there than anything else. Perhaps because they are so versatile? Perhaps because they are so much fun to play? I don’t know why there are so many, but one of the best of the bunch is Secret Agent Cat. Again, a marvellous name and a very pretty blog too. (I’m into the visual aesthetic of WoW in many ways, and I’m of the opinion if you’re going to make your writing worth reading, make it worth looking at too!) Topics here are kitty-oriented, with lots of raid leading, tanking, pwning Alliance and a nice smattering of theorycrafting. I love the author’s enthusiasm for their class and their guild and the exuberant style with which they write. Everyone knows the Big Bear Butt, but do you know that there’s a cat who lives a life of danger? To everyone he meets, he stays a stranger. With every move he makes, another chance he takes. Odds are he won’t live to see tomorrow.

Anger Management

You would love me when I'm angryI love my guild. Mostly. Sometimes, however, they drive me to the point where I want to start stabbing people in the throat with broken bottles. I am a volatile person, I have a short temper and I tend to anger easily, and asplode when I do lose it. When I want to reach through the interwebs and strangle someone who has wiped us on the same boss, in the same way for the fifth time that night, I ask myself, “what would the Angry Raid Leader do?” And then I don’t do that. Not because I think he’s wrong, but because I know that his style would never ever fly with my guild. He is the voice of my inner, unchained, unplugged and unhinged raid leader. He says the things I am thinking, and he does it with a style that is uncannily like my favourite (unofficial) raid adviser. I know that things have been hectic for Mr. Angry lately, with moving and all, but go back and read some of his posts from the end of TBC and you’ll learn to love him like I do. I offered to make angry babies with him, but I havn’t heard back yet!

We are the World …. of Warcraft.

gnomes have it so easyI blog about guild leading and trying to have a life and a relationship at the same time. I love to stumble on other people who blog about the same thing and in a similar style to myself. There are a few very good Guild Leadership oriented blogs out there, but I just stumbled upon this one the other day and was intrigued not only by it’s unique title and description, but by the smiliarity between myself and the author. I will be checking back here to see what other Items of Some Consequence may crop up that I will be interested in.

And Now for Something Completely Different

the sky is falling!Because I am to a large extent incredibly bored by the work I am doing lately, I havn’t bothered really talking much about it. It’s hard to make an interesting post about the fact that I’m having an ongoing arguement with the lab about the fact that they’re prepping the core too damn fast and destroying features I need to analyze or that one of my co-workers may or may not be trying to sabotage my project. But I am as much a scientist as a WoW player, so I thought I’d give two last shouts to two very nice science-oriented blogs. If you’re blogging with WordPress you’ve likely seen Watts Up With That on the dashboard. He gets a lot of comment love and was the Best Science Blog at the 2008 Weblog Awards. I’ve posted this link here because it’s not only a blog I love to read, but it illustrates an important point that a good many of my guildies already know. The only thing that gets me screaming and ranting and foaming at the mouth faster than saying “whups …facepull” or “hey, that Sidney Crosby is a great hockey player” is the dreaded “global warming.” I do not buy one single iota of the media-hyped, slap dash science-backed, fear mongering nonsense that is accepted as common wisdom about this so called “global warming.” If you want to talk to me more about it, I’d be very happy to. I’d suggest you start by looking at this blog first, though.

it's not my fault!If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve likely noticed my delight in puns. I don’t know what it is about geology, but I think there are more bad puns in geological science than any other. Although chemistry has it’s fair share. To wit: “What’s (H20)4? Drinking!” So I was intrigued by All My Faults Are Stress Related the first time I saw it on someone’s blog roll. Topics cover teaching (which I’m terrible at, and glad that part of my own education is over and done with), women in science, geology, the Rocky Mountains and other science topics of interest. Well written, and by someone close to home as well!

If you like what I write, I hope you’ll like what I read. These WoW blogs are worth looking at, even if you don’t become a regular reader. These science blogs are worthwhile because they ask people to think in a manner that is sadly not as prevalent as it should be. I’m working on a science blogroll, so keep an eye out for that coming soon. In the meantime, keep writing and keep reading and thanks so very much for dropping by here every now and then!

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6 Comments

  1. Larísa said,

    January 29, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Awww. Thank you! Now I REALLY feel “fuzzy” and warm inside, trust me. This made me smile more than the T7.5 gloves I just won on a roll of 5. (!)
    I really have to check out the other blogs you mentioned – some of them I haven’t heard of before. I’m sure they’re good if you recommend them. I definitly trust your good tase.
    Lots of love!

  2. You Know Who said,

    January 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I can bet I know when you dont like your guild. Or, more specifically, a loudmouth DK in it who doesnt know his fucking place.

  3. Esdras said,

    January 30, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Nice blog, i may well do one like this next week ❤

  4. Tigerfeet said,

    January 30, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Zee Tigorz, she is he and they iz plural?

    Careful there she-man-person-thing! You’re giving the voices in my head ammunition! 😛

    Thank you for all the nice things you said, and I’m going to have to check these other blogs out too! I can’t remember what path my roaming tiger paws were wandering that led me to your blog, but I’ve been a reader of yours for maybe a month now, and I’m totally consumed with blog-envy at your sexy graphics 😉

    PS – green is my favorite color

  5. oriniwen said,

    January 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    @ Larisa: I’m not sure if I’ve said this before,but I really wish the Pink Pigtail Inn was a real place. It seems to much nicer than my neighbourhood pub and I’d be thereevery week! You strike me as the big sister everyone wishes they had, you’re always so welcoming and friendly to everyone in the WoW blogging community. You certainly made me feel very welcome when I started!

    @ YKW: From what I know, the place of that particular DK is to ball-bust, ego-deflate, raid advise, theorycraft and generall act up all cranky for the entertainment and edification of the whole guild. I see no error or out-of-place here!

    @ Esdras: I hope you do! I’d be very interested to see what blogs you feel are undiscovered Azerothian Diamonds in the rough.

    @ Tigerfeets: I have been called a male as well here in my blog, it’s not always easy to tell :/ I apologise for the mistake! (And the song quote at the end of the paragraph about your blog isn’t really about you personally, it’s about the Secret Agent Man 😀 ) And you may be singualr, but druids are plural and plentiful! Kitties for everyone! Green is also my very fave colour, and I use WoW Model viewer to create and The GIMP to edit most of my photos. You can too! (Though I’d love to know where you got your little animated Horde flag. I must has one!)

  6. Tigerfeet said,

    January 30, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Oh! As far as the horde flag goes, I used the WoW model viewer for that one, and just exported it as an animated .gif It took me a few tries to pick the right number of frames so that it would run at a good speed, even so I’m not completely happy with it, why can’t it just have a frames per second option, instead of overall frames? Animator’s nightmare, bah!

    Ooh ooh oh! If you check my about page you’ll see the ‘secret agent’ song someone wrote for me with revised lyrics xD


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