Monday, July 21, 2008

'The End of Alt+Tab'

Yes, multitasking just got sexy.
You will go to this website and you will register so you can read the great articles.
This program will revolutionize MMOGs, I swear to god. No more alt-tabing...ever.

Oh and by the way, I'm supposed to be working there within the month.

Friday, May 23, 2008

/dance

I don't know if any of you are familiar with Jack Thompson. Simply put he's a jackass, a lawyer, and an anti-video game activist. He's also a retard of the highest caliber.
I read this and cried a few tears of joy.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

On coming home

"Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof" - Richard Bach

So here I am, the prodigal Syll. First I left the guild to try a raiding guild, thinking that I would find more of the fun we had in our Kara runs, but finding many more runs and much, MUCH less fun. Then I left the game altogether because of some personal pressures at home. Much, MUCH less fun than even the raiding guild, I must say. Then after much negotiation at home I was able to comfortably reinstall WOW (holy cats, as Bricco would say! What an awful process that was, especially getting my addons and interface back up. bleh!). Then after just a bit of diplomacy with the raiding guild muckety mucks I quit them as soon as I could and came back home to Solidarity. HOORAY!!! Because, the thing was, when WOW wasn't on my computer it wasn't questing I missed or healing or instancing or raiding. Well, I did miss those things, but more specifically what I missed terribly was doing those things with YOU!!! It really came as something of a surprise to me how heartsick I was to not be able to check in with you all. Here is a definitely abbreviated list of things I was longing for the whole time I was gone:
1) Hearing Bricco say "Yaaaaay!!!"
2) Cuddling T
3) Laughing as everyone stole Crow's lines
4) Hearing Crow say his lines better than anyone else
5) Everyone's whoops of excitement after downing bosses
6) Chit-chatting with Listra about our sexy guild boys
7) seeing my screen light up with purple tells as soon as I logged on
8) Hearing Duh say "yup YUP"
9) listening to Mc work through boss strategies with such easy assurance
10) laughing and chatting with War and Flappy... er... Pansie and everyone else in guild chat
There are many, many other little things that I missed. But more than anything else I missed the people. I missed my friends. I worried endlessly that I'd lose touch with you all (thank you for the emails!!!!!) and that I'd lose our friendships. I cried. A lot. Yep. QQ-festival.

So where am I going with this, you ask? Very astute question! I just want to express how grateful I am to be back, how much you all mean to me, how much I treasure you, and how much better my life is with you in it. Is it just a game? Well, yes. But no. As Humbah said to me in an email when I was offline, the game gets you started, but it's the people that keep you coming back. So to you, my WOW family, I send out my love and appreciation. Just wanted to tell you... it's good to be home.

/love
Sylly

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Hey, that's MY shoulders!


Aww, Metasyll fancies himself a resto druid now. Isn't that cute? If you can beat 'em...

"Holy ;ight"

Team Solidarity kicked ass and took names tonight once again. We were the personification of shooting first and asking questions later. In a different setting this time and with many more members, an impromptu raid of Karazhan was started and three events were taken down in record time. Moroes was downed not with 10, but 9 people, and tanked well considering. Also...I think he went down in just under 6 minutes. I think we may be the most constant source of our own amusement and fascination.

In my brief stint in a "Raiding Guild" (I plead insanity) I learned what it was to do a Karazhan run in 4 hours (or at least attempted to. They said with certainty that it HAD been done before, and even done regularly). Brute force and dead bodies make up the gist of their strategy. Often managing to find some of the dumbest people on the planet to be tanks and dps as well. It was quite awe inspiring... The point being I'd rather run with the well oiled Solidarity machine once or twice a week getting half way through a raid than get a 200% durability loss repair bill. It was fun as hell.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Respica Te, Hominem Te Memento


Memento Mori

During a recent Heroic Botanica run T' was often upset that he didn't receive Blessing of Kings from Metacrow. "Why don't I get Kings?" he asked frequently.

Well we all know why but I thought I'd share something that occurred to me.

In Roman times generals returning home after winning significant victories on the field of battle were given a Triumph parade through the streets of the city. Huge affair, lots of cheering people. The general, or imperator, would ride through the city on a chariot with a slave standing behind him holding a gold wreath over his head. One popular anecdote arose out of this tradition: Apparently there was once a general who was so taken with himself that the slave was made to whisper into his ear certain phrases to remind him of his mortality.
"Look behind you, remember you are only a man."
"Remember that you are mortal."

For some reason I thought that Salvation might be T's mortality tapping on his shoulder.

Not sure why I'm sharing this, just thought it was amusing.

Oh how the low have become mighty




Today was one of my favorite dailies, Heroic Botanica. Metacrow, Duh, Traenei, Listra and I went in to take it out. We were optimistic but it turned out...not optimistic enough. To put it flatly, we straight smoked it. Tore it up. Farmed it. Made it our bitch. Every boss we killed died within the FIRST phase. We simply amazed ourselves (not normally difficult to do, I know). I apologize for not having a screen shot of us in action, I'm sure that pic would have been over the top as well.

Anyway, the point is that we've come a hell of along way, and it's inspiring to see just how far. We're leaps and bounds beyond where we were when we first started doing Heroics. I don't know about you but it makes me proud.

I'm not sure what the damage meters were like, but but to give you a taste of the action: T' had 1.5 million damage done, topping the charts. I had 1.2 million healing done, a 9.7k crit and a 1003 HOT on Listra. Speaking of Listra: Through the whole instance she was complaining that she didn't have enough time in each fight for her DPS to exceed that of T' and Duh, which she knew she could do. Warp Splinter gave her her chance and she not only gained aggro, she gained it twice, and from Metacrow no less. I've never seen it done.

Bravo Solidarity.