May 13, 2009 at 8:48 am (Meanderings)
Tags: Don't Panic, Geologists, Geology, Limestone, New Posts, Portrait of a Raider, Raiding, Scotch, Venture Co., Work, WoW! Geology!
So, I worry I might have to start seeking out the poorer quarters where the ragged people go, looking for the places only they would know.
Layoffs have begun at my company and while we got the expected Calm The Troubled Waters email from the company bigwigs, I’m not so foolish as to believe that there isn’t an element of uncertainty in my future. I’ll keep my head down and do my job and hope that the spotlight doesn’t shine on me.
I know what it’s like to be unemployed for long stretches of time, I know what happened to me and my home life last time and I know that I don’t want to have to go back to that dark place.
Though, if I do get laid off, I could always just move to New Zealand.
But, to keep my mind off things, I have been planning a whole slew of new and exciting blog topics. I find that my muse is a capricious creature and I have decided that if I can create a few regularily occurring topics to blog about when all else fails, I might be able to muster up the words to say something relevant and readable.
The first series of posts I want to work on will be called “Portrait of a Raider.” I will be looking at different ‘types’ or ‘styles’ of raiders, how to recognise them, what they bring to a raid, what type of guild they work well with and what sorts of situations they don’t work well with. I have a few raider archetypes already planned, but this post is also a call for ideas and suggestions. Talk to me about some of the recurring types of raiders you’ve seen and how they’ve worked (or not) with your guild and your raiding style.
The second series of posts will hopefully hark back to my theme of examining the intersections of WoW and my life. I intend to call them “WoW! Geology!” posts and I will be looking at occurrances of geology in Warcraft, or using geology (and perhaps a smattering of other sciences) to explain and illuminate facets of Warcraft lore, maps and items. I’m open to suggestions on this topic as well. Did you seem some bit of WoW topography and wonder if it has any basis in reality? Have you seen some geology-related terms used in Warcraft and wondered just what the heck that term really meant? Do you want to know why the Venture Co. Geologists in Stranglethorn Vale shoot balls of lightning from their hands? (An unholy combination of scotch, limestone and a book of engineering jokes – known only to a few select initiates of a shadowy cabal.)
Bottom line is, work is good (though precarious) for now, raiding and recruting are doing very well, and the weather sucks bilgewater. Only amazing blog posts can come of these conditions. I can feel it.
September 26, 2008 at 7:27 am (Meanderings)
Tags: Geology, Indiana Jones, Jewelcrafting, Professions
So, Blog Azeroth always gets me thinking with their shared topics. This week Pixelated Executioner gave an open invitation to talk about how your profession could be improved. So, here’s is my kick at the crafting cat.
My hunter is a herbalist/miner, so other than having herbs and ore leap out of the ground and snuggle themselves down in her bags (neatly stacked, of course) while her and Sinner hang out in Shattrath looking awesome, or playing fetch with the whelpling, there is not a lot of improvements I could suggest.
My priest became a tailor to craft the Mooncloth set, but beyond that she’s never developed it. What’s she’s really into is Jewelcrafting. Making shiny things and making her shiny friends even shinier!
Jewelcrafting would be better if:
Socketing items gave it a sparkle or a glow like enchanting. How come enchants get all the glitz? I’d like to see my socketed shoulders sparkle and flash. Also, socketed items should get a ‘tinkle’ sound to them. Like how plate and mail jingles, but different, to show that the item is really dripping in jewels.
you could create a mount. I’m thinking a gilded carriage sort of thing. A giant Faberge egg on wheels.
you could gem your existing mount. Purely cosmetic, of course. Unless there was a sort of gemmed reins speed enhancement item. I’m wanting to let people make their mounts look more sparkly and unique.
there was a passive ability called ‘Diamond in the Rough’ that would give jewelcrafters an added chance to loot gems from kills. Like the heroic boss gems, just from any boss with the type/cut of gem dependant on the type of creature slain.
there was something – anything – more interesting to do with all that leftover dust from prospecting. It annoys me that one type of dust is useful and the rest are just vendor junk. It smacks to me of unfinished business on Blizzard’s part
All is fair in love and Warcraft, but what about the ‘real world’? I know my profession (Geology) could use some enhancing!
Geology would be better if:
it were more entertaining. Other than a song by Corb Lund and a one-line gag from Family Guy, there’s not a lot in pop culture about geology. When I had to come up with a theme song for a site I was working on, the best I could come up with was “Elevation” by U2, because they rhymed the title with ‘excavation’ a few times.
it were more impressive. Doctors can discover cures for nasty diseases by running impressive looking experiments in sleek, futuristic looking labs. Physicists can discover new particles by charging their particle colliders and smashing atoms together at incredible speeds. Geologists can discover exactly how much silt is in a rock by licking it.
it were sexier. Think George Clooney in ER. Think Marg Helgenberger in CSI:Vegas. Think Indiana Jones in my pants … err…. well, you get my drift. Find me a sexy geologist! (other than me, natch.)
Though my initial thought about having resources leap out of the ground of their own voilition would apply to geology too …