Archive for December, 2009

And it’s ALWAYS HER!

Beer Fight!

I love Developers with a sense of humor, This was posted on Turbines website about the Christmas holiday event they are doing


The glorious beer is drawing quite a crowd to the Inn in Thorin’s Hall this year, and why should it not? It is boasting to be the finest brew in all of Middle-earth this season…but before you get excited and run over there with an empty flask (or five,) I should warn you that there is a sliiiiight problem. There is nowhere near enough of this delectable drink to go around. The beer is in perilously short supply at the Ale Hall, and this has made many festival patrons rather furious.

Luckily, they may vent their frustration as they scramble to pick up this rare treat before their fellows. Rare beer is not something to be taken lightly, after all. Yule may be a time for peace and good cheer, but there are some things worth fighting for.

This shameless content was first conceived by Raskolnikov, my shameless co-worker, who said “By gosh, it sure would be fun to make a festival event in which players can hit each other with the . If you make it, I’ll make the bat for you. And the effects. And the hotspots. I’ll make it safe, I swear. No one will get hurt….” He bet his job on this, by the way. A spot on the Systems team might be opening up soon at Turbine.

There’s this bat, you see. We devs feel powerful when we use it, but it’s supposed to be a secret. Why a secret? Because it’s mean to use the bat on fellow players. Unleashing the power of the bat would be a terrible thing indeed; it would be like giving The One Ring as a reward for completing the Epic storyline. But Rask promised that if I unleashed the beast, he would do his best to contain it.

I mulled on it for a few minutes and realized that this would not be all that difficult to implement, so we brought our cause before some people with far, far better judgment than ours. After many inter-departmental exchanges of hopes, fears, eye-rolling, nightmares, unicorn wishes, and doubts as to the logistics of an event like this, we are pleased to present you with the Glorious Beer-fight. I hope you enjoy your concussions and broken legs. May your sprained ankle bear you to glory!

10. Don’t try that at home. They are what you WOULD call ”experts” … but not really.

9.  When all else fails… C4

8.  Never make fun of a walrus

7. To separate phone books, you need a couple of tanks.

6. The only thing you need to get through life is, Duct tape,  Detcord and blast shields.

5.  Believe it or not, a powder  non-dairy coffee creamer is a high explosive.

4.  Double Dipping is okay.

3.  Inertia x Mass + Velocity = a nice big crash.

2.  Anything worth doing, is worth over doing.

1.  Failure is always an option

Rise of the lich King

I don’t read many books, probably much to my detriment. But the ones I read most of the time I end up enjoying a lot. I find that I have to have a particular interest in the content of the book for me to read it.

The current one I’ve picked up is a WoW novel Written by Christine Golden. I have to say I like this womans writing style. This book is called Rise of the Lich King. It goes into detail into Arthas’s childhood into adulthood life. His training with Muradin, his Friendship with Varain. It’s a fascinating look at the now looming Big bad evil that is currently in play on the WoW Servers. I thought I’d be disappointed, as some of the comics written are inconsistent to the storyline that is built into the game. I was afraid that this would go into those depths, but must to my pleasure I must say it doesn’t. What I don’t like is that this book covers the first 3 wars on azeroth. And it covers the first two wars in the first 25 pages. There are details there that I would like to have explored a little more. I understand why it wasn’t though, this book is about arthas not about the Land of Azeroth.

Either way this book has been worth reading, and if you’re a WoW Lore junkie you’ll kick a huge kick out of it.

Him too….

Affair with tiger.jpg

Looks like Tiger isn’t discriminatory to one gender. Props for him.

The Muppets do Queen!


Seriously, I don’t know what’s wrong with people. As it turns out the Blogging plug-in I was using on Joomla had an exploit. Where someone could do a php/SQL injection and get your password and take over the website. So I became the victim of an unfortunate Exploit. The real problem with the plug in is several time over. There were date issues and posting issues and tag issues, and despite the functionality and how nice the plug in is otherwise it was crap because it took a lot of alterations to get the damn thing to work correct. The hack into Joomla was so severe that I Could not figure out how to fix it and I was forced to wipe it out.

The worst part of the whole thing is the development team has refused to acknowledge any of the problems including this one and has refused to fix any of it. A fix was produced by someone else, which I found after I had wiped out my Joomla, but even if I had applied it, it would fix the problem, it wouldn’t fix the web page and how it loaded.

I lost a number of Blog entries and some other misc stuff but nothing serious.

There are protection schemes available.

And here is the fix for it

If you’re running Lyften and you’ve not applied this fix or taken these steps I highly suggest you do so.