DC U O Sub Cancelled

It was a good game, had some fun elements to it but I decided against continuing the subscription for a number of reasons:

  1. Kids didn’t ask to play it.
  2. I don’t have time to play it.
  3. It’s on my system that is still in the shop.

None of these reasons really have any bearing on the game quality aside from #2. It comes down to either playing WoW or DCUO (given my limited play times at the moment) and WoW wins.

April Fools?

This is pretty cool. So cool I had to double check the date.

UK-based Cella Energy has developed a synthetic fuel that could lead to US$1.50 per gallon gasoline. Apart from promising a future transportation fuel with a stable price regardless of oil prices, the fuel is hydrogen based and produces no carbon emissions when burned. The technology is based on complex hydrides, and has been developed over a four year top secret program at the prestigious Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. Early indications are that the fuel can be used in existing internal combustion engined vehicles without engine modification.

Emphasis is mine… is that sweet or what?

It Gets Better Project

It’s a good message for all kids regardless of sexual preference. This easily applies to kids with low self-esteem, awkward teenagers who are over weight or under weight, have acne issues, are short/tall or whatever differences you might have that target you for bullying or make you feel outcast.

I’m not a touchy-feely type, but sometimes these sorts of messages are important to have spread out there.

School and high school are just a small portion of your life. People who taunt, harass or bully you are not going to impact your life outside of school unless you let them by ending your life before you get there.

It really does get better.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help to get there.

Sum of All Issues

Most officers, guild leaders or people who have been in a lot of guilds will be aware of this, some might not be. It also applies to things outside of guilds – any leader of some organization that doesn’t actively reward their members for not bringing their issues with them (i.e. employers). But even there, you sometimes have things crop up despite paying people to suppress it.

Here you go:

Your guild is the sum off all member issues: obvious, subtle, personal or in game.
Therefore, the more members you have, the more potential issues your guild could have.
Finding a good group of reliable, low maintenance people is a rarity – cling to it as tightly as you can.

I’m so spoiled in this regard, it’s good to remember that sometimes.

That is all.


Updates, because you care. Actually, because I like to occasionally dump what’s on my mind (at least what I’m allowed to dump) out into a list to make things seem less stressful than they feel. Usually a list seems small or I can look at the positives on there.


Done reading Towers of Midnight, good stuff. I still don’t really see how it can end in one book unless it’s really abrupt.

I haven’t started the other book I bought yet but managed to steal some time to read up on the changes Pathfinder made to classes.

Computer “Crisis

Computer is at the shop (Future Shop) awaiting on the manufacturer (Gateway) to send them (FutureShop) a new part (video card). Dude said it could take about a week or so as I was eyeballing the video cards on the shelf. I contained myself, letting the warrant I purchased do its thing even if it would have only taken about ten minutes to replace the card myself.

The old computer is working well enough though I hate the set up on the kid’s table and the lack of a second monitor. Keyboard on top of the table slides while I’m playing which may have made me miss an interrupt of Arcane Storm… or two. *cringe* Cataclysm is playing fine on it, when I get a chance to log on.


Tank gear is getting there though it pains me that I’m not getting a chance to earn some cash, level some alts, farming some mats, doing the TB dailies, running dungeons with guildies trying to gear up for heroics/raids and running the daily heroic dungeon. Missing the daily heroic makes me feel a little like I’m letting the guildies down because I’m one of a few tanks in the 10-man guild so that means most of them are stuck in sucky long queues and facing bad tanks.

The guild seems happy with raiding and want MOAR. I want to help deliver that but at the moment, it’s going to be too costly for me. I’m definitely having fun.

We just got Maloriak down on Tuesday after two-shotting Magmaw and Omintron (those will be one-shots soon). Maloriak still needs some work. We would have had it sooner but we kept losing a DPS which meant hitting the enrage timer not once, not twice but thrice! Last time we were down to a Mage (Sjae rocks!) and a Holy Priest in Angel of Shame mode (I’m so happy he ditched Discipline and went back to Holy!). Sjae managed to finish off the last 100k or so (for a good time click here).

DC Universe Online

I haven’t touched it for almost two weeks. Kids haven’t asked about it. I think I’m going to cancel when I get my main computer back. I suppose I could cancel sooner if I figure out which email I created the account with.


Stop it Tim!


The shift to Pathfinder is complete. Everyone was assimilated and we had our first session last night. It was fun, nice changes.

I flipped over from a Half-Orc Fighter to a full Elf Rogue. It was an interesting switch and I have to admit the rogue changes look good so far. The hit rolls are a little low, but they’ve compensated by adding in more bonus abilities which allow you to, optionally, pick up more combat related feats. Short of it, Rogues are a lot more flexible, not just in skill points as was the case in 3.5e.

First session was interesting. We tripped over a few of the mechanics but otherwise it went well enough. I don’t know if it was just a matter of me being tired but it seemed louder than usual – lots of people talking over each other. It was more of an enthusiastic loudness though, with people going on about some new ability they got.

Things should be interesting.


This year my hockey viewing time has plummeted significantly. I simply haven’t made the time to watch any of it at all. That’s probably a good thing because Ottawa isn’t doing so hot this year.

I’ll leave work and family out of this post. Happy Birthday to TheWife… that’s all I’m going to say.

High Jumping

Just a thought.

Most MMOs now have a lot of requirements that people expect to see before they’re released. The genre has matured so these features that crept slowly into our beloved MMO of choice are now expected to be there to start. That makes it hard to build something from the ground up.

The early bird MMOs had a nice set of stairs to climb to release where the feature set they have now where as the new shops trying to put out MMOs have to make a high jump.

Is it any wonder why some of the forefathers of MMO are jumping into social networking games?

Other than just chasing the money, that is…

Sad Face

The fan on my video appears to have died all together now.

“But Smaken, how are you posting to the interwebs?”

I’m not, I’m posting directly to the brains of those attempting to view this page.

Okay, would you believe I have a cyber-implant that lets me plug right into the internet?

How about I’m typing this with the monitors off?


I have a second computer.


I bought the extended warranty so I can just return it. The main issue I have now is that the system I had was a bit of a beast and they don’t appear to have anything close anymore.