Thursday, November 06, 2008

Whining, Storm and WotLK (prep)

I haven't written anything in a while. Mostly because I haven't felt well lately. So let me whine for a while. If you don't want to deal with my whining, come back later and I'll post something technical.


I'm still recovering from my Microdiscectomy back in August. Lately I've been felling more pain at the incision, but not the incision, if that makes any sense. I've also been feeling some of the "lighter" aspects of the sciatica again in my left leg. Tingling, sort of like when your leg fell asleep and you're getting the blood flow back in there, but not as intense. I'm thinking some of the feelings in my leg may have something to do with the physical therapy, since the workout for my left leg is harder (although the same) than my right leg.


OK, tech stuff. Looks like the Blackberry Storm will be coming out on Verizon Wireless sometime this month, but no word as to when. Boy Genius Report is saying the Storm will start pre-selling at Best Buy. And the Verizon Wireless site has changed for the Storm, but no official date for release. And BGR is saying $200 to $300 for the Storm. Not bad, but a little high. (and that's with a 2 year contract). I'm really enjoying my crackberry Curve, but sure would like one of those shiny new Storm thingies on my belt (geek glee squeal).


World of Warcraft news: Wrath of the Lich King comes out on the 13th (1 week!). Not sure if I'll get it on release, or later on (maybe for Christmas?). But the changes to WoW in general have been interesting. After patch 3.0.2 we all got a free re-spec, but I just stayed with what I had for spec. I'm not sure, but it seems like my two level 70s are getting better DPS rates. And when I have my hunter in Aspect of the Cobra, my mana never drops below 98%. But I only do 60% base damage (that drops my DPS down to about 295 or so), but in Aspect of the Hawk, I can go through 3 or 4 level 70 / 71 mobs before my mana is down to 25%, at which point I switch back to Aspect of the Cobra for 1 mob, and I'm back up to 100% again. I do have some mana generating armor and trinkets, but I don't think that has much of an effect on it. So my 70 hunter (beastmaster spec, of course) is getting around 305 DPS with my battle pig (Spiderpig) is getting around 113 DPS and I rarely break agro on Spiderpig. Now, my Fury Warrior (Garden, the Gnome) is getting around 340DPS! Not bad considering I haven't done an instance with Garden since hitting around 50 something (I got my Carrot on a Stick on my last instance, if that tells you anything). I've also been working on my Warlock FransisII (the second, but I can't put a space in the name, so he looks like a sisii). He's up to level 56, almost 57, and using my Imp as a mana battery (thanks, Steven) I can go from mob to mob quite easily as long as I don't get 2 or 3 at a time. And I officially HATE undead because I can't fear them. L My goal is to get FransisII to Outland this week. I'll drag him through Outland and on to Northrend later. I know I've said this before, but I'm an altaholic. And I've been foolishly ignoring all my horde toons, mostly because Garden is my main, darn it, and he should get the most of my time. Oh, and I need 4500 gold to learn to ride my epic mount. Speaking of epic mounts, engineering is not getting a lot of love lately. I have no real useful patterns any more. But I may just start making stuff to sell (since I need the gold, I only have 3k).


So, if I (we) get WotLK on release or early for Christmas, I'll write up a quick review for you. And if you get it before me, let me know.


Tomorrow I'll write up my analysis tool I came up with to review laptops based on user requirements. And hopefully the world will stop spinning around my head long enough for me to get a glass of water.