Tech Support

Brief programming note: this doesn’t count as my Blaugust post (obviously) but I am having a tech problem. Pingbacks stopped working. My last pingback was May 21, 2o13 (when sorting through comments on the menu). I don’t recall what (if anything) I changed then. I did notice that a few people HAVE tried to ping…

What About Jack?

The fun of Blaugust (even in this early stage) is that I am planning ahead on posts knowing I am trying to do one a day. So at the end of my day I am thinking about what I read, watched, and/or experienced and thinking what fits in a post? And although this has always…

MMO Loyalty

Loyalty (in MMO gaming terms) comes in several forms from consumer to the game. Here are three gamer type examples – there is a lot of in between, and parts of each, but for the most part most gaming is done in and around the three below examples. I am giving them names so we can…

Spammy McSpamertons

Holy bejezzus. (that PG enough?) Spent a week working and not playing or blogging, came back to my blog with thousands of spam messages caught by askimet. Anyone (much smarter than I?) care to explain how the nonesens-ish posts somehow create clickthroughs or traffic? And how many Michael Kohrs bags need to be spammed anyway?…

The Newbie Blogger Initiative

I am not “officially” participating in the NBI this year and it definitely has nothing to do with not being interested – this year is just bad timing for me with a whirlwind of work and family commitments I’ll barely get around to posting (but am trying!) All that being said, I think it is…

I Must Have Been Trolled =)

I took down my last post – turns out the guys I was running the WildStar dungeons with must have been trolling me. I have read the truth and turns out the medals are grouped base. After the run I asked what everyone else got and they told me differently. So, I was either trolled…

Interwebs Issues

Just a short service announcement – I have been having server issues. My site has been down intermittently. This has caused the Nasdaq to plummet and world oil prices to rise. My apologies. Don’t give up on me! Seems to happen randomly and I’m looking for answers. On a side note – I got access to…

EQN:L Closed Beta

Just posting here for anyone interested! I will be playing on the COURAGE (US) Server (assuming it is still there) and will be hoping to claim land near some friends. With this in mind, if you find a place to claim, please post it here! I am at work today *ahem* so I won’t be…

My Influential 15

One of my favorite blogs to visit is The Ancient Gaming Noob (TAGN) and he recently posted an Influential 15  list – started by another blogger and other sites are also playing along. The parts I read indicated not too many rules, but just do not overthink it – only take 15 minutes, and list…

Askimet Showing Cracks?

Askimet has been a great, free, spam stopper on this blog since I started it in 2008. In fact, it has stopped 62,479 comments from being spam. (which is ~62x the REAL comments I have received!) Lately I am squashing spam comments that are sneaking through – and I have rarely ever had to do…

Measuring The Same Thing Two Ways

Interesting observation as I was travelling through the USA and watching Olympic coverage. Canada counts good medals as the ultimate qualifier (odd considering their demeanor) for medal standings. Most gold medals is first, if tied use silver as a tie breaker and then bronze as the “rubber match”. A country with just 15 gold medals…

A Dark Room

What a great little text/flash/ascii game. There is a lot to do and discover once you get past the idle games part, and I was disappointed one of my discoveries led to the end of the game – I felt I had more to learn and discover but I actually “won” (by accident. I thought…

Hearthstoned

Full disclaimer – I am not big on card games. Actually, to be more clear – fantasy hard games. I didn’t play Magic: The Gathering, or Pokémon, or any of those fine pastimes. Pull my nerd card if you have to. I did play quite a bit of Texas Hold’em and other traditional card games…

WRIP

I’ve been doing a bit of housecleaning around here and have tagged some of my blogroll with a new designation -WRIP. Writers Resting In Paradise! It’s over half the list now itself. I spent a lot of time clicking, reading, and commenting on those blogs even though they haven’t updated in 6 months or longer…

200 Posts

Not incredibly special considering some of  the other options but the truth is there were a few times were it looked like I would never hit it. 200 posts over 5 years isn’t a ton, but hey, that is my on again off again post style. Trying to fix that – don’t hate! Maybe if I…

Les Miserables

No, the headline isn’t even a half ass metaphor for the emotional state of the typical MMO veteran player right now. It’s about the movie/musical/video game (wait – what?) Les Miserables is one of those instances where I really am reminded how little I know, and how uncultured I am. The movie is the first…

Adventures in Tech Support

Chat Script with a recent ‘chat with a representative now’. It was with a bank. ——————————————— Anne M. Chris, I’m just going to check with our Technical Department. Anne M. Can you hold on a moment please? Chris ok great – thanks! Anne M. thanks for your patience Christ. Anne M. Oh my gosh.. I’m…