Return of the weasel!

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Allison Robert’s writing? No?

Consider it mentioned lately.

Yeah, I loved her PVP guide, it made me laugh long time, honey.

But I started my morning reading, business as usual, only to find that the weasel has returned! And is tackling a guide to selecting a guild!

On the very first page, one word made me spew my coffee… because I see it all the time, and I form an entire encyclopedia of assumptions the second I see it…

“Wut”.

Omigod, yes. Lolwut, or wut, the defining mating calls of the utter moron when faced with questions too complex to process… questions like “Are you keyed for Karazhan”, “Can you chain trap?”, and my all time favorite, “Why do you want to raid with us?”

I prefer seeing them use lolwut, personally, since it is their way of trying to imply that not only are you asking a stupid question, but omigod what a noob you are for asking them the question.

Anyway, go read her latest funny. Will you learn anything? Maybe not… but this is what I want in my morning reading… to be entertained. Highly entertained.

Damn, I hope that she keeps the series alive.

Jon of the Bronze Kettle, this song is just for you!

I shouldn’t do it.

 I really shouldn’t do it.

First and foremost, I shouldn’t do it because I can’t sing. At all. I am horrible, and even my 5 year old son has been quoted, I swear to God, saying “Daddy, please don’t sing.”

So I know, I KNOW, that anyone who listens to this is going to laugh AT me long and hard. The mystique of the Big Bear Butt will take a massive fall. Tomorrow, instead of visitors, I’ll be greeted with the sound of crickets.

But of the many things I am, one of them is a damn geek, with a love of technology and of practical jokes.

So screw it.

Jon, I worked long and hard to make this song, and I did it just for you. I hope you like it.

And no, Shelby didn’t put me up to it. :)

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Lyrics;

Wreath of Fire, by Big Bear Butt (with my deepest apologies to one of my heroes, Johnny Cash)

Raids are important things
Our Guild runs night and day
Fighting inside of Kara
We blew up in a wreath Of Fire

CHORUS:
We blew up in A burning wreath Of Fire
I moved, moved, moved,
And The Flames burnt higher

And we wiped, wiped, wiped
on the wreath of fire
The wreath Of Fire

We blew up in A burning wreath Of Fire
I moved, moved, moved,
And The Flames burnt higher

And we wiped, wiped, wiped
on the wreath of fire
The wreath Of Fire

The Taste Of loot Is Sweet
When shade pops like a peach
shade cast Flame Wreath, everybody cried;
“Don’t move now or the raid will wipe”.

CHORUS
We blew up in A Burning wreath Of Fire
I moved, moved, moved,
And The Flames burnt higher

And we wiped, wiped, wiped
on the wreath of fire
The wreath Of Fire

We blew up in A burning wreath Of Fire
I moved, moved, moved,
And The Flames burnt higher

And we wiped, wiped, wiped
on the wreath of fire
The wreath Of Fire

And we wiped, wiped, wiped

The wreath Of Fire

The wreath Of Fire

BTW… Tiny Plaid Ninjas

Sometimes, I am so used to awesomeness, that I forget that someone out there may not be aware of the awesome.

In this case, I would like to direct you to check out Spinnerdisc

It’s got nothing to do with WoW… but.

Ninjas!

Watch all three Tiny Plaid Ninja short films. I order you. Well, suggest strongly, anyway.

His other stuff is awesome too… but I have a Tiny Plaid Ninja shirt. I give crazy people love, too. And I love this guy.

I gots me a new graphic! And talk of ad stuff…

Thanks to Siha from Banana Shoulders, this bear has a whole new spiffy button image!

I loved it so much, I put it over on my ‘about you’ section! Check it! Neat!

Why did I get a new image? Well, there has been some buzz about this Entrecard thing for bloggers. And since TJ and Resto4Life and ParryDodgeSpin and Matticus and Siha were all getting in on it, and talking about it on AOL Buddy Chat, I kinda got caught up in the enthusiasm.

And the whole thing revolves around having a 125 x 125 pixel image of you, that you use to advertise your site on other peoples’ blogs.

Check after the break for more on this whole whatsis.


Now, I ain’t gonna talk about how to, or any of that stuff. TJ already did a great job of that, at least it was good enough that I was able to stumble my way around.

What I want to tell you is why I’m having fun with it. And the pain of getting started.

See, there are a whole crap load of blogs out there. I honestly had no idea how many. And I ain’t just talking WoW blogs, either. I mean that it seems like every single person on the planet has started a blog, and I had no idea.

Now, everyone can understand the point of advertising. You give someone something, and they put up a link to you to try and get their visitors to come visit YOU.

That’s great, so long as you get what you want advertised on your site.

Well, honestly, I’ve covered the whole ‘I ain’t in this to make money’ crap before. I am not about to spend good money advertising somewhere else.

I figure, if someone is reading a nice blog, and that blogger likes me enough to put my link on their site, then maybe they’re readers will come check me out too.

And that is who I want visiting. People looking to read about WoW.

Now, the draw to Entrecard is supposed to be, that instead of a static presence on a blogroll, you can make a pretty little picture, 125×125, highlighting your blog. And you can ask someone else in the Entrecard system, “Hey, will you put this picture/link up on your site? Please?”

And the other person can, at their leisure, check it out, check you out, and decide if they feel like it. Do they like your site? Do you fit with the kind of stuff they want on their blog? If so, they can say yes. If not, they can tell you to piss off.

If they accept your little ad, then it gets stuck in a queue and when it goes up, it is up for 24 hours, then gone. So fresh stuff can always be going up, and new folks get a nice visible presence.

And other people of course can do the same to you. You get a nice java widget to stick on your sidebar that the pics go in automatically. It’s all simple and easy to use.

I think it sounds great… as long as there are other bloggers, WOW bloggers, that are using it.

Because the first hurdle to the whole thing is, the only people that can advertise on your site are people in the system. And right now, as I write this, I can only find 7 WoW bloggers in the system.

Now, that’s only 7 folks… that ain’t much.

But when I wandered into Entrecard, I didn’t know how to find WoW bloggers… I only saw the general population… and my initial reaction was, “wtf?!?”

Because if you check it out, well… remember those 5 billion freaks I mentioned, each of whom have blogs? yeah, they are all on there, advertising.

And I damn near freaked at the thought of having my tender little blog gang-raped by those… brrrr. Just scary.

But again, the key thing I had to reassure myself with was, “I have the power to allow, or deny. I am the Keymaster! Zuul!!!!”

Oh, sorry. Low on caffeine. Brb.

Okay, back. So, I created my account with a crappy little pic I threw together, and stumbled thorugh figuring out that if I go to the ‘campaign -> Gamer’ section, I can see all the (few, very few) gaming related blogs… 7 of whom are… well, I think you get the point.

And I looked at those other blogs pictures, and realized that, as far as pictures went, mine SUCKED.

Siha took one look at my pic and said, “Oh, heck no, I can do better than that!” And then she spent 15 mnutes and came up with that awesome little work of art. :)

Now, I am all signed up with Entrecard. I deny any blog that asks to advertise, unless they are a WoW blog. And every request to advertise, if I don’t know who it is, I go check out their website to make sure it’s a WoW blog.

Nice and simple, keeps it all in the community. And no freaks. Well,except our own kind of freak, anyway. And they’re good eating! I mean people. They’re good people!

So, if you look to the right, you’ll see a little box with a picture in it that says “Featured Blog” on top. Clickie the link, and it takes you to said neato blog. And if you are a blogger, and you want your neat little picture there, go make an Entrecard account for free, and I’ll be glad to have you here.

How much does it cost you? Nuttin.

How much do I make? Nuttin.

It’s not about money… it’s about having fun… and thinking that my neat little picture could be on some other misfortunate soul’s blog… flashing the butt at some poor, unsuspecting reader that maybe only wanted a quick read during lunch about Paladins. Next thing he knows… bear butt in da face! w00t!

Seriously… more of the community that is on it, more neat pictures I can see on here. And I’d like that.

In Patch 2.4, Bears get improved Lacerate damage

Per Blizzard Blue poster Bornak, in this post on the official WoW forums, let me quote;

The Feral bears will be seeing an improvement with Lacerate dealing additional damage based on your attack power.

Damn nice. Damn nice.

Blizzard Blue posters have been releasing tidbits of news about Patch 2.4 from everywhere on the forums, starting about 45 minutes ago. But instead of one consolidated list, it’s all dribs and drabs like this.

Expect MMO-Champion to gather them all together, or WoW Insider, at some point.

Oh, spell casters? You want some lovin’ too?

According to Drysc in this post, Spell Haste will reduce the casting GCD. Check it;


Although not terribly relevant to your discussion I thought I’d jump in and let you know about some Spell Haste changes in the upcoming patch.

In 2.4, Spell Haste will reduce the global cool down on spells, down to a minimum of 1 second. It won’t apply to melee and ranged abilities though however.

Lots and LOTS of new shit.

Thank you to James/Melpo for pointing this out to me on Yahoo Messenger… now get back to work!

Ranked list of obtainable Shadow Priest gear

I wanted to throw this out there….

I’m not a Priest blog, at ALL, but my alt is a level 42 Shadow Priest, and I’m planning on running Shadow forever…. and trying to plan gear acquisitions, of course.

I asked Matticus if he had any suggestions off the top of his head of any Shadow Priest gear lists, that didn’t require 25 man raiding.

Well, I don’t know if the poor guy came up with anything yet, but I found a list of ranked non-25 man raid Shadow Priest gear in the Shadowpriest forums that seems so darn good, I wanted to share a link to it just because, well…. it’s awesome. The author, “Thatrickguy”, seriously kicks ass. Massive amount of work, and I salute him.

If you have any interest in this at all, go check it out.