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Cataclysm Talent Revamp

Wow. Just read about Blizzard's planned overhaul of the talent trees, reducing them all to 31 talent points each, among other major changes.

"When we first announced our design goals for class talent trees back at BlizzCon 2009, one of our major stated focuses was to remove some of the boring and "mandatory" passive talents. We mentioned that we wanted talent choices to feel more flavorful and fun, yet more meaningful at the same time. Recently, we had our fansites release information on work-in-progress talent tree previews for druids, priests, shaman, and rogues. From those previews and via alpha test feedback, a primary response we heard was that these trees didn’t incorporate the original design goals discussed at BlizzCon. This response echoes something we have been feeling internally for some time, namely that the talent tree system has not aged well since we first increased the level cap beyond level 60. In an upcoming beta build, we will unveil bold overhauls of all 30 talent trees.

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Besting the Purple Dragonflight!

After a whole day's down time to introduce Ruby Sanctum to the wonderful world of Kellogs, my guild, decided to hop right in and give it a go.

...Or not. As we quickly found out, Halion on 25 man takes a LOT of coordination, which we happened to lack that night. So we headed back after the Fourth of July holiday on July 6 and butted our heads with the Purple Dragonflight.

...Well, Halion IS purple!

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Thank You: The Medal of Honor

Am I the only one who sometimes thinks it's a bit sad that one of the greatest awards the military can offer, the Medal of Honor, is most often awarded posthumously?

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Random Blog of Giggles, Squees, and Unicorn Poop

Because I can. Just look at this puppy! Isn't he sho cyute? Yesh yew arrreee!!!!11

Found on Daily Squee. :D Oh and...EDIT:

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My Neighbors: Take 2

Remember my post about my neighbors? The ones who stole the trash can?

Well, I am 99% sure it has been swindled again. But this time, I'm suspecting the neighbors to the north.

Start with me getting my can back on Wednesday after the trash has been picked up. The lid is open. I reach to close it and notice a lovely perfume wafting out of the interior of the can. Guess what, some douche put rotten eggs in there. They're dried and coating the bottom of the can. They smell pretty bad, too.

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The U.S. Infrastructure Report Card

Remember getting your report card back during school? Remember looking over and analyzing each score, wondering why some were lower than you expected and letting out a quiet "Yeah!" when you saw a big, fat "A" for your hardest subject?

Sadly, the U.S. gets no cheers when it comes to its infrastructure report card. In 2009, the American Society of Civil Engineers rated key elements of infrastructure throughout the U.S. The highest score? Solid waste, with a big C+. Several items, including drinking water, levees, and wastewater earned the lowest score of D-.

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Dogs Too Dirty for Iran

No, this is not some Girls Gone Wild ripoff. According to a Reuters report, Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi issued a fatwa that imposes fines for Iranians who take their dogs out or play with them in public. Apparently Islamic tradition states that dogs are "unclean".

The best part is, he is quoted as saying: “Friendship with dogs is a blind imitation of the West. There are lots of people in the West who love their dogs more than their wives and children.”

Sigh. So much hate and now the poor dogs have to suffer, too.

The full story is here.

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Ripped Off?

On the first of April of this year I sent an e-mail plus several screenshots to the web staff of the Standard-Examiner, which is the parent company of the paper I work for, The Hilltop Times. Basically my email was a request for them to re-design our site, which was functioning more like an RSS feed and had no organization, key word tags, or advanced search options.

I took several screenshots of some well-known websites, including Time.com and Google.com, to illustrate my point and also designed a Word Press blog using a template to further illustrate how easy it would be for them to set up the site using a blog format.

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Cellphone Advice...Please...

I'm in a dilemma. Basically, my contract with T-Mobile is up on June 28 of this year, and I am in desperate need of a new phone. I am also searching for a new carrier, as T-Mobile has been pretty "meh" for the past 5 years or so I've had them.

Currently my number one option is Verizon Wireless as a carrier. I checked reviews online and they are pretty consistently ranked #1 in terms of customer service, plans offered, and such. I have talked to friends who have them and they are happy with the product they've received.

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Wreckerations


I think I've mentioned the Cake Wrecks blog before, ala the Naked Mohawk-Baby Carrot Jockeys, but I figured it was time to do a full post honoring the wonderful laughs I have gained from this blog.

Basically, Cake Wrecks is what it says it is. A collection of the most horrible, eye-gougingly awful cakes seen around the world. This includes typos, over-usage of sprinkles, turd-like icing swirls, and, of course, the notorious Cupcake Cake (CCC).

If the wreckerations don't take your breath away, the posts the blogger makes each Sunday will. Every Sunday, pictures of REALLY AWESOME cakes are posted, much like the one to the right of this post. Totally awesome.

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