April 15th, 2009

#1531: I wonder when WoW came up last night.

I finally gave up around 6:30, which was some 5.5 hours after the servers were originally scheduled to come up.

Kind of interesting, isn't it? WoW is a pretty simple program compared to, I don't know, an operating system. Yet every time Blizzard introduces a major patch to WoW the servers end up bolluxed--at least, if the chat I read the last time this happened is any guide.

So the big Ulduar patch went in yesteday morning, starting a 3 AM my time; and fifteen hours later Blizzard had still not managed to bring up more than a handful of their realm servers--and at that, they didn't manage that for long.

What finally made me give up? I was checking their realm status page and my browser couldn't load it. The few realms that had been up went down again, and I refreshed the page, and Firefox couldn't even find Blizzard's web site.

Probably it was just being bombarded by all the people who had been playing and who got dumped unceremoniously when the servers went down again.

Still, I decided I had better things to do and shut down the computer.

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Neal Boortz talks about "green studies" majors and their likely employment after graduating.

There was a report recently which discussed Obama's intention to create "green" jobs; the study indicated that creating one "green" job destroys 2.2 jobs. So if you create 1,000,000 "green" jobs, your economy faces a net loss of 1,200,000 jobs. This is math which only a Democrat could love. And--even worse--many of these "green" jobs are not permanent jobs.

Well, what the hell. Someone has to drive trucks and park cars and wait on tables. Guess the english and philosophy majors are going to have some competition for those positions.

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So apparently the governor of Texas is discussing reasserting "state's rights".

...you know, it's a common oversimplification that the Civil War was over slavery. In fact the Confederate states were seceding because they disliked the federal government's interference in their internal affairs. The Confederate states insisted that the 10th amendment precluded a federal ban on slavery.

Scipio on the same subject. And I, unfortunately, share his pessimism on what this situation could entail.

Buy guns and ammo, folks. You may need 'em.

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(Whoops. Looks like the Deparment of Homeland Security is going to monitor me because I'm a "right-wing extremist". For advocating self-defense. *sigh*)

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Today is tax day. Everyone get your pitchforks and torches--oh, wait, that's wrong.

Everyone dump tea in the nearest body of water.

#1532: Inscription FTW

My 25th level rogue Bitsychan is an inscriptionist.

I realized, today, that I had not yet had a look at current going rates for glyphs at the Auction House vis a vis the glyphs I could generate...so I had a look.

Seeing what prices were like, I posted a total of 5 glyphs and two Mystic Tomes. And what happened?

In just a few hours, Bitsychan's purse swelled from around 12 gold to 147 gold.

I'm guessing there won't be any problem buying a mount when she hits lvl 30. I'm going to have to do more inscribing and auctioning of glyphs and tomes. Cool.

The nice thing is, it's almost pure profit for me. I just collect the components as I adventure--I see herbs, I collect them--and then make stuff when in town in order to level the skill. It doesn't really cost me anything since I am collecting the herbs while I'm already adventuring, doing quests, etcetera; there's very little need for me to go "farm" herbs as long as I am diligent about collecting them as I do other things.

The hardest part of all this is collecting enough herbs of the right level to make the inks required for the more valuable glyphs and tomes.

It's easy to understand, though, why glyphs command so much money: they aren't dropped as loot anywhere in the game (so far as I know, anyway). The only place you can get them is from other players, so there's nothing in the game that keeps the price of glyphs down except plain old-fashioned capitalism. (I am a bit of a stinker in that I look at the current prices at auction and then undercut the lowest price by 50 silver or so. I pass my savings on to the customer!)

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Some of the realms died this evening, similarly to how they died the last time Blizzard did a patch. I wrote about it before (and naturally cannot find the link now): the NPCs and monsters disappeared, and other weirdness took place.

Bitsychan was in the middle of achieving the objective of a quest--sneak into a lumber mill and steal some secret plans--when this happened. I tried to pick up the plans and couldn't; and then I started being attacked by all kinds of monsters...and I couldn't hit back. Fortunately the monsters weren't doing any damage! So I hoofed it out of there, going so far as to cross into another zone. The monsters didn't follow me but their ranged attacks far exceeded the bounds of common sense. (Unless, I don't know, their throwing knives were rocket-propelled.) I was being hit by knives thrown through a mountain.

I got sick of it and hit ALT-F4; after installing the latest Vista patches I tried getting back on, to no avail.

This lasted a short while; once the realms came up I resumed play.

The frustrating thing for me is that I had already expended some items used to create a distraction while the player sneaks into the lumber mill; I was thinking that I'd have a hard time completing the quest without them. But as it turned out, when I logged back in, I was standing next to the guy who had given me the quest, and I had the expendable items in my inventory.

Yay.

Still, it's annoying that Blizzard can't issue a patch without this kind of nonsense taking place. It's frustrating and annoying even when you don't end up being penalized for having the bad luck to be at a critical juncture when the servers go down.

Oh well.