If I’m sober enough to type, I’m sober enough to post.
The latest news on bag management – and especially reagent management – in patch 6.0.2 is exciting and very smexxay. Allowing you to use your reagents bank from any location is a game-changer, no doubt about it. I hope that cooking mats are included, not that that’s a big deal to me these days1.
Without attributing to any specific incident, let me say that the ladies of WoW are an especially awesome group of people. I might get worn out trying to keep up with some of them2, but the thoughts that they put forth on the topics of gender equality are well worth the time it takes to read and digest. I may not agree 100%3 with all that is stated by them, but overall they fight the good fight and I am totally okay with that. Not that it matters, right ladies?
It occurs to me, though, that there are very few male bloggers whose opinions I cherish. A lot of them come from a position of privilege and seem to somehow carry that with them, but others have multiple points of view and therefore bring something interesting to the party. Which I find interesting4. I’ll always have interest in the various hunter fora5 without actually endorsing them, but it’s the blogs that have opinions on the issues that matter that keep me coming back.
A long time ago I used Amiga computers pretty much exclusively, and participated in a FidoNet “echo” that the current WoW “twitterverse” has a strong resemblance to. Those people – more than any blog, forum, or website – epitomize the goodness to be found in the WoW social universe, in the same way that nothing that mattered on amiga,org seemed to matter in #AmigaGeneral.. Not the pustulant sewers of the WoW fora, and certainly not the reeking crevasses that represent the ‘discourse’ to be found on MMO-C, 4Chan, or Reddit.
I look confused, like I just got out of Uldum. My rhyme style reflects this. Use my overdeveloped sense of irony to deflect dis- missiles, exploding all around me. Unpromoted, don’t know how you found me. Soundly situated in obscurityland, famous in inverse proportion to how cool I am, and should I ever garner triple-digit fans you can tell me then there’s a blogger I ain’t indier than.
(He’s so indie) Indie I be. Ain’t an obscurer blogger out there who be indier than me. (He’s so indie) Indie, and how! Come not near to me, for I be indier than thou. (He’s so indie) Indie indeed; if I were on WoW Insider, you could call me mainstream. (He’s so indie) Indie I am. All the better for the Grimmtooth to leverage his brand.
“I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not… These are a smoke in my nose.”
Delving deep into my inbox when I discovered fan mail for Grimmy! It kind of hovered before my vision. I made a decision to open it up. It said, “Yo, Grimmtooth, you suck!” Whew! I was worried for a second that I’d started to earn love, seeing all my indie points burned up.
Next you know, I’m meeting Ghostcrawler in dive bars, doing the soundtrack for the Twisted Nether tie-in with DA, paying subscription fees, owning things, flamin’ peeps that stand in things. It’s like a nightmare (yep), ‘cause that ain’t casual (nope). Yes, I’m indier than thou within my casual space. And if you’re slow on the uptake, I’ll lay it out: casual hardcore is a religion to which you got to be devout. Must be seen as in between unpopular and hated or else get excommunicated.
— with respectful apologies to MC Frontalot (also to Megan – we miss ya!). MP3 available at Front’s site as well. Go buy his stuff.
Borrowing a little bit from Ratshag, and a meme scampering around the blogosphere1, here’s a little little Friday fluff.
Some songs evoke certain memories about certain aspects of each of the toons that live here. Fiaella, for example, evokes Fight Fire with Fire as she prepares her way towards Northrend. Others are not so clear-cut, such as Thrown Down in Illume’s backstory. A lot of times, the stories behind them haven’t been written here yet, but those aspects continue to live within them. All in good time.
Grimmtooth – Don’t Hold Back (Alan Parsons Project), This Old Man (MC Frontalot), The Best of All Possible Worlds (The Little Willies), Surfing Bird (The Trashmen)
Jasra – Turn It On (Lindsey Buckingham), Beautiful Life (Ace of Base), You Owe Me Nothing in Return (Alanis Morissette), On My Way (Mike Koglin feat Beatrice)
Floramel – Get Over It(OK Go), Into the Night Life (Cindy Lauper) Criminal (Fiona Apple), Hello my Treacherous Friends (OK Go), The Nightmare (Stevie Nicks). And definitely notFlora’s Secret (Enya)
Illume – Past in Present(Feist), Thrown Down (Fleetwood Mac), Looking for My Life (George Harrison), Connected (Kendi), On a Good Day (Oceanlab), I Will Find You (Clannad)
Fiaella – Fight Fire with Fire (Kansas), You Once Told Me (Andain), Zombie (The Cranberries)
Slithmere – Destiny Rules (Fleetwood Mac), What is Life? (George Harrison), Connections are More Dangerous than Lies (The Ataris), Who Needs Sleep? (Barenaked Ladies)
Kutath – Jungle Bill (Yello) and Oh Yeah (same), Kryptonite (3 Doors Down)