Archive for April, 2005

Can’t talk right now, I’m busy playing World of Warcraft.

Apr 27, 2005 in Pop Culture

It appears that I have neglected to update this blog for the last two weeks. You see, I was busy. Well, not really. Just distracted.

I decided to take the plunge and try out World of Warcraft, Blizzard’s new MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game). I was a big fan of Blizzard’s Diablo series, but D2 was starting to show it’s age.

I never thought it was worth paying $15 a month to play a game like Everquest. But the reviews for WoW were good, and considering Blizzard’s track record, I decided to give it a go.

When it comes to video and computer games, among other things, I’ll take an intense interest in it for a few days, or perhaps a couple of weeks at best. Then I get bored and it goes back on the shelf. But with an online RPG like WoW, you never run out of things to do. There’s always something new to explore, another quest to be run. Goodbye free time!

The addictiveness of MMORPG’s like Everquest is legendary. Hardcore players have dubbed the game “Evercrack,” and it has been blamed for broken marriages and even a suicide.

Everquest in general required massive amounts of time to progress in the game. Many hours were required just to level your character, and a brisk and profitable off-line market existed for high-level characters and rare weapons. Oddly enough, for those who were most addicted to it, the game stopped being fun and started becoming an obsession, with social climbing, loot gathering and a Pavlovian system of rewards. Not to mention the constant grumling about Sony’s stewardship of the game.

World of Warcraft isn’t necessarily immune to all these problems (especially with players grumbling at Blizzard for supposedly ‘ruining’ the game), though it has made many improvements. For one, it doesn’t take hours of playing to level. You can have fun playing for just an hour or two (though it’s just as fun to play longer). The game actually rewards you for logging out, by giving you double experience commensurate to the amount of time you were logged out. And I’ve noticed that some players are genuinely concerned about other players who act rude, or those who take it a tad too seriously.

But still, WoW is just immersive enough that it could be dubbed “World of Warcrack.” (If no one else has already thought of this clever joke, then I take credit for it.)

My interest in WoW prompted me to do something I haven’t done in years: programming. I spent the last few days programming a script for use with in-game macros.

I’ve got two finals coming up next week, so I’ll need to focus on other things for a while. After all, it’s not like I’m addicted or anything :-P

The Mysterious Man Known as Leather Oaks

Apr 14, 2005 in Humor

I came across this oldie but goodie on Cruel Site of the Day, and felt compelled to share it with everybody.

This is by far one of the most hilariously bizarre sites on the Internet. If you have an aversion to the sight of lanky, white-bearded men in tight, revealing fetish apparel with an artificially-enhanced male bulge, then go no further. If, on the other hand, you were wondering what it would be like if Santa joined the Village People, then go right ahead.

Leather Oaks is the story of a man and his obsession: leather, latex, and lycra, worn way too tight and always with that artificially-enhanced man bulge. Pages upon pages of hi-res photographs of the man modeling what he loves. I recommend the Christmas Card File and the Rubber Page.

I, by the way, do not share Leather Oak’s particular fetish, but hey, more power to him. I just couldn’t stop giggling.

The Incredible Popeman!

Apr 06, 2005 in Humor

Pope John Paul II has come back to life — as a comic book superhero!

The Incredible Popeman (El Increible Homopater) was created by Colombian comic book artist Rodolfo Leon, and the first issue is about to go on sale in Columbia and Poland. Along with the spiffy outfit featured to the left (with “anti-devil cape and chastity pants”), the Incredible Popeman’s toolbelt comes equipped with holy water, communion wine and a Bible.

In this page from the comic, apparently the first person the Pope meets in heaven is not St. Peter, but Superman.

According to the Reuters article, the artist also plans “to produce Incredible Popeman action dolls.” I’d like to make a few suggestions:

  • The Incredible Popeman Action Figure, with Crowd Waving Action! (For use with the Popemobile, below)
  • Another Incredible Popeman Action Figure that shoots real Holy Water! (Holy water not included)
  • The Incredible Popemobile, with turbo boost action!
  • The Vatican Action Playset

This Week’s Obituaries and Interesting Coincidences

Apr 03, 2005 in Current Events

It seems that this past week has been filled with one surprising (or not-so-surprising) death after another. As you all know, the Pope died yesterday. As his health declined this past week, he was put on a feeding tube — in an ironic contrast to Terri Schiavo, whose Catholic parents were fighting to get hers put back in. Both, of course, died within days of each other. Coincidence, or omen?

I picked up the Saturday Tennessean with the headline “Faithful Resigned to Pope’s Death,” and thought “You’d think he’d died already or something.” I got home and shortly realized that he had died within the hour.

Although I’m not a Catholic, I have to say that Pope John Paul II was probably about as progressive as a pope could possibly be. I thought it was very classy the way he apologized for the historical mistakes and atrocities of the Church over the years, such as the Holy Crusades and the Inquisition. It’s obvious that he’s made great efforts to try and bridge religious and political gaps during his papacy.

In any case, he was certainly a great and important man, and will be sorely missed by many. I can’t help but think, cynically, that the Pope’s passing at least pushed the Schiavo death off of the news. ‘Tis better to remember a great man than to milk that tragedy any longer.

The big point of discussion right now is, of course, who will be the next pope? The choice right now seems to be between an Italian or a non-Italian pope. I think if the church really wants to be progressive, they’ll appoint a South American pope of Hispanic origin. South Americans have been Catholic from the time of the conquistadors, and since they comprise a large percentage of the Church, it would be fitting to appoint one as pontiff.

In other semi-related news, Guitar Wolf bassist Hideaki Sekiguchi died this past Thursday from a heart attack at the age of 38, a week to the day that a Nashville crowd (including moi) watched him violently and thoroughly smash his bass guitar against the Exit/In’s concrete stage. (I thought that was an interesting coincidence too)

And let’s not forget comedian Mitch Hedburg, who also died of heart failure at the age of 37, most likely of a congenital heart defect. I’m not too familiar with his work, but it’s worth a mention. All this talk of dying young makes me think that I should take better care of myself.

New Address

Apr 01, 2005 in Personal

Those of you who tried visiting the old address probably found yourself here without even realizing it. Note the new address: Bookmark it, share it with your friends. Notice that it’s easier to remember and to type. Isn’t that swell?