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Tagged, I’m it. The 6th screenshot.

The meme happens to be the 6th screenshot in the 6th folder in the screenshots folder.

The tag is courtesy of The Game Dame.

Well, for starters, I lost a harddrive with EVERYTHING, almost, on it about a year ago.  So I did lose a lot of screenshots.

But with all my moving I do backup everything onto other computers as well as my notebooks so I actually have some of my oldest screenshots still around.

Let’s see what the 6th screenshot happens to be…

It’s actually a .TGA file, dated 16 Mar 2005.  I wonder what it could be of.

.TGA was the first format Blizzard used for screenshots.  Before they switched to the more popular .jpg format.  The .TGA file is 5MB and isn’t readable by anything on my vanilla Vista machine.

So it’s off to find and install Irfanview.  One sec.

Ah.  Voila.  Hey, hey.  It’s someone I was just talking about a couple days ago.  My Rogue, Darkhand.

Today he’s level 55.  Going on like 4 years ago he was level 27.  Can you believe it??

And I was already using addons, even way back then.

Anyway, here it is, my 6th screenshot, that I still have, taken back in March of 2005, of my Rogue, Darkhand, who I’m still playing today.  (Albeit rather slowly.)


I’ll have to put off my tags.  (Bear with me.  The wife, as Itarilde, awaits me in Dalaran.)

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Posted by on February 25, 2009 in Memes


Thanks for the memeories.

Lassira tagged me for the latest meme.

Here’s the idea: Go back to your first few posts. Who was the first person to EVER comment on your blog? Call them out, link that post and thank them! Then tag a few folks to see who they call out.

That’s easier said than done though.  My first commenter, on my 8 Dec 05 post, was a spammer.

The next commenter on the 14th of December was Josh, and he invited me to check out his blog.  His angle was that he and his girlfriend both played.  The link he gave me, Stealth Penguin, is actually about penguins now.  ;)  But, hey, we’ve got Penguin’s in Northrend, so it’s kind of timely actually.

Next up came Psyae, who on the 21st of December, a day shy of three years ago (3!), asked a ui question about Recap.  I was raiding Molten Core back then and did a fair job healing.  Psyae had a blog, but no longer blogs as far as I can tell, and along with Tomas Rofkahr’s blog, were the inspirations to take up blogging myself.

I’ll tag Tomas.  Time to get that internet in shape, feed the laptop some quarters, and post something again!  :)


Posted by on December 20, 2008 in Memes


Control pads.

DM Osbon over at Sweet Flag prompted us to show our work/play spaces.



Highlights include a nice Sony high-contrast 19″ flat screen.   And, yeah, she’s got a thing for Chivalry (that’s  Edmund Blair Leighton’s God Speed) and Middle Earth.



Highlights include a nice signed Roger Dean print, Floating Water.  (He did most all of the Yes album covers.)

And that’s just a small part of my book collection.  What you see ranging from Calvin and Hobbes to historical treatises and The Complete Peerage and the histories of ancient peoples.  To be honest there simply aren’t enough hours in the day.  :)


Posted by on March 5, 2008 in Memes


How did you come up with your character names?

Blog Azeroth, the home away from home for WoW Bloggers posed this question this week. (There’ll be weekly topics we all post about. That’s cool, two-fold. One, it gives a topic to work on, and it gives us a common theme so it’s like we’re all at the same party talking about the same thing.)

My first character was named Kinless. Single, unattached, I thought it sounded broody, yet strong. Perfect for a Night Elf Hunter. Irony entered about level 40 when I was invited to join a guild called The Kindred. At one point Blizzard changed his name on me. I logged on and he had a totally different name. I don’t know what they thought was wrong with Kinless. So I wrote them an e-mail, explained how it was an epithet much like King Edward I was called “Longshanks”. I promptly got my name back. But on transferring servers to be closer to the wife’s characters, and off a high population, lots of wait times to log in, server, I had to pick a new name, though Kinless wasn’t taken, and so picked Arcarius, kind of high latin for archer.

Next up, Darkhand. In keeping with the Night Elf lore and their two-part names, and after having played some time and gotten into it. It’s a kind of common name though. I thought it was a good name for a rogue. I got a few whispers of “You stole my name,” so I knew I was on to something.

Greenclaw. My green haired Night Elf Druid. Two-part name, claw since I was going to be clawing a lot of things in my feral life. When I see a Greanclaw decked out in Tier 5 gear I know I had a hit. (I wonder if I could sell the name to her (him, no doubt) for, oh, 2000 gold or so. Would I do it? Hmmm. Yeah, there’s lot of good names out there yet to be born.)

Honorus. That’s what I named my Human Paladin. I swear, it’s after the Roman Emperor by that name. I thought it sounded imperial and haughty. It certainly didn’t mean to be “Honor Us,” but, then again, that’s good too. My first Human Paladin I named Bohemond. That’s the nickname of a Norman adventurer who’s family had taken over Sicily and parts of southern Italy. It had something to do with being a giant.

Msaker. My Orc Warrior. He was born “Oddity.” I figured since Orcs weren’t native to Azeroth, they were from another planet. And then I was thinking of the David Bowie song, Space Oddity. And it wasn’t taken. The wife named her Orc Droonda. (So far the only Droonda in the game.) On transferring servers I couldn’t remain Oddity, don’t know why, it wasn’t taken, and thus Msaker was born. No, it’s not Ms. Aker. Msaker is Armenian, and supposedly pronounced just like it’s spelled (Huh?), for “Carnivore”. This was the epithet of one of their kings, Ashot, way, way back. I did name a Druid Msaker once. (The feral, canines, thing.)

I’ve got Draenei named Exilarch (i.e. leader of the exile, which they are), a warrior, and Sha’tar (born of the light, per lore), a Paladin. Another Draenei I named Aechemenas. Or something like that. For the Persion founder of the dynasty that included Cyrus the great.

My Blood Elves I named Sunblade (Paladin), Sunstriker (Mage), and Archivist (another Mage). The first two are lore related (the good elven two-part names), and the second whimsy. And, sadly, L33tskillzpwnzu was already taken. (That would have been another name full of irony.) Maybe in it’s Latin form?

Anyway, I base my names on a couple things. Two actually.: The Lore. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. That’d be, of course, World of Warcraft lore. And Drizzztx and xDrizzztxx and zDrixxxtz were already taken. (I kid, again.) History. I’ve got a reasonable knowledge of history, ancient to modern, and this ties me to that, albeit vicariously through just a name. Picking a name appropriate to the class. Okay, three. Whimsy. Ala Archivist, Kinless (though grounded in a historical style), and Oddity. Darbanville, my priest, would fall under whimsy (Cat Stevens song lady), but also lore, since a lot of the Lordaeron walking dead have names like this.

To be honest I could just keep going and going. The name means something, and it’s important. And it’s as much part of a character as the color of their hair and the gear they’re wearing.

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Posted by on February 13, 2008 in Memes


Why do *I* blog? Kant, Nagel, and Nat Pagel.

DM Osbon asked “Why do you blog?”

He blogs because he loves writing.

I blog because I love ranting.  Oh, I do it for the love of writing as well.  The unposted drafts attest to that, or to rants gone awry not fit to live.

When you write, do you read, and reread, mentally speaking the words out in your mind, or out loud even?  I do.  Writing is like an art.  Well, pause, it is an art.  It’s much improved actually being spoken out loud, where you can insert pauses where you want, for flow, dramatic effect, etc.  If I were a poet and published I’d imagine those readings in, say, Borders Bookstore in their coffee shop, would be a great venue, if I didn’t dislike public speaking, to share my poems verbally.  One thing you can’t impart on typed text is inflection.  Not to a great extent anyway.  Well, not when you’re trying to get something onto the page quickly.

Boy, did I just travel out on a tangent there?  Time to hearthstone back to the point.  (A WoW reference!  My post is done.)

Wait, wait (spoken slowly).  I was getting to the point that writing, and verbalizing the writing, can produce art in that the language and words will flow like a musical tune.  Whether I’m discussing Kant, Nagel, or Nat Pagel.

So, hearthstone spell cast, the leaves of green magic fading away, the point was I blog too because I enjoy writing.

But would I blog if I knew *nobody* was reading?  Perhaps.  It’s a diary of sorts.  But having readers, getting reactions, it’s like making acquaintences in a coffee shop that I regularly frequent and I get some joy running into them now and then.  “Hey!  How’s it going?  What are you reading there?  Nice.  Cool.  Catch you later.”

I blog to write.  I blog to interact.  I blog because I read blogs.

“Hey!  How’s it going?  Why do you blog?”

P.S. I was trying to use “Kant, Hagal, and Pagel” but couldn’t find “Hagal” in a lookup.  It was actually “Hegel” that I was after.  Another German philosopher that rhymes with Nat Pagel.

Nagal is actually an American philosopher of science, so that works.  (By chance.)

And both rhyme with Pagel.  The original cant was Kant, Hegel, and Nat Pagel.

And then there’s Patrick Nagel, and he’s an artistConnections!

P.P.S. And every now and then I hope I’ve offered up some amusement or info my readers would not have gotten otherwise.

P.P.P.S. What is the origin of Nat Pagel’s name?  What was Blizzard referring to?  Patrick Nagel here?


Posted by on December 7, 2007 in Memes


Five Reasons Why I Blog

I got tagged and didn’t realize it. Back in May, the Ancient Gaming Noob tagged me.

“Kinless at Kinless’ Chronicles: Because he links me despite the fact I haven’t talked about WoW much lately and he appears to be the kind that actually responds to these things. I mean, Gitr got him to do one of these just a couple weeks back. Now he can pass this back to Gitr.”


I remember the one the from Gitr. But this one slipped past me. Apologies! So I’ll do it now.

Five reasons why I blog.

I blog because 1) I have opinions. All bottled up inside they’re meaningless. May as well have saved the energy the brain cells and/or the everlasting soul used to formulate them, if they remain unheard/unseen. Get them out. Speak up. Sometimes you vent. Sometimes you rant. Sometimes something’s irked you. Sometimes you’re boasting, got Ruul!, sometimes you want to share your experiences, sometimes you’ve got some good stuff to share, Blood Elf Bandit Masks. Sometimes you’re just letting the words flow like water moves downhill. They just come out. Servers down, Horde sucks in Alterac Valley, loot drops, raiders, casuals, other people, guildies. Yeah, I’m talking about all of it. As it strikes me.

2) I write a blog because I read blogs. I didn’t think of doing this on my own. I was inspired by two blogs I’d found, a long time ago: Tomas Rofkahr’s and Psyae’s WoW et cetera. He’s been busy with RL lately, and Psyae, I’m not sure. Both of these had engaging writing and looked like they were having fun. I thought it was an interesting pool to swim in, a community inside a community *inside* a community. And so it started. And now I read a few, and more linked by links, blogs. Not necessarily WoW related. Gaming related is fine, and interesting for me. Mostly WoW, but the rest are just enjoyable to read anyway. They’ve got eyes on worlds I can’t see. I like to hear about it at least.

3) I write a blog because it’s the closest thing to a journal or diary that I’ve ever done. Kinless’ Chronicles. Says it right there in the title. It’s a journal, recounting, for myself, and anyone else so interested, what I’m doing in the game. This blog is like having a photo album that stretches back a year and a half now, to December 2005. I can read it and remember my raiding days in Molten Core. Or world PvP battles. Or people who’s lives, virtual, have crossed paths with mine. I still get the occasional “Hey, how’s it going” on MSN Messenger from fellow raiders, guidies, friends, that have long left the game. This is how I remember those times.

4) I write a blog since I’ve been writing for a while now. I wrote probably a sizeable chunk of the student literary magazine in my senior year of high school. And I contributed twice more to my junior college’s annual literary magazine. I even won an award for writing from the other writers in my class, given to me at the school’s annual awards banquet by the writing professor who’s son’s name was given to the memorial award, even though I thought all their stuff was more interesting than mine. At each grade there were the teachers, then professors, who thought I was going into journalism or writing or something. I was learning computer programming languages for a bit, then I switched to engineering as the “default” career choice. I still do the engineering, management side of things now, and writing too it seems. I enjoy writing because I think of it as art, or an art.* I can’t paint, I can’t hold a tune, I can’t bend metal into shapes, but this gets me close to that where I can be expressive and playful in a medium. For myself at the very least.

5) I blog because it’s communication with other players/gamers. I’m not hanging out in a trading card game shop to discuss things, or hearing about stuff. I’m doing it here, with you all, via comments here and your own blogs.

And it would be at this point of a meme-based post, to pass it on. But, no, I can’t do that. I missed the boat. Gitr is off the hook. :)

However! You can go ahead and do it anyway. All you. All two of you. (Three? no, that’s your shadow, nevermind.) Tell us Five Reasons why you Blog on your blogs.

*For writing as art look no further than fantasy writer Gene Wolfe. His Book of the New Sun series, and Book of the Short Sun series are absolutely stunning examples of literature. The language, stories, stories inside stories, scenes, characters, manner of delivery even, provide something worthy of reading over and over into shreds and buying another copy of. Iain M. Banks is up there too.

P.S. I also use my log as a repository of resource links. Handy for all sorts of things.

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Posted by on July 11, 2007 in Memes


My space.

Cuppycake’s got a meme going. Show us your game space. “Here’s my demand: Fellow bloggers, you have to post a picture of your habitat.”


Roger Dean signed “Floating Water”
“Eroica” pencil drawing by Czech artist
Sony 19″ + Philips 17″
Logitech G15 keyboard.
Logitech G5 gaming mouse.
Panasonic headphones
Odds & ends
Picture of me & wife (who’s desk, pretty much like mine, but neater, is directly to the left of here, on the other side of the door opening).


Posted by on June 19, 2007 in Memes


Living Large, Gotta’ Get Goals.

Gitr tagged me.
After he was tagged in a post in a blog by Phil Gerbyshak.
From a meme being followed by a Greg Balanko-Dickson.
And that meme begun by Alex Shalman. (This is where you’ll find the rules.)

(I hope I kept that straight!)

Anyway, in short, I need to list and write about the top 5 to 10 goals that I “gotta’ get” so that I can truly say I have achieved my wildest dreams in life. These have to be my best, most exclusive, and over-the-top goals that I can pick off my goals list.

So, here goes:

1. Become a family man.

Well, I got married almost two years ago to a wonderful woman. So I’m off to a good start.

2. Go on safari. Ride in an open-top jeep through the wildlife of Kenya. Climb to the snowy peaks of Mt. Kilamanjaro in Tanzania. See Victoria Falls in Zambia.

I have been to the Sinai but have never set foot on the African continent. This would be in the something akin to being in the footsteps of the Victorian Age explorers ala the National Geographic Society of the bygone era.

3. Go on a long, slow, cruise. Round the world. West to east, and see Australia along the way.

I’ve been on cruises, the Inside Passage to Alaska, and the Caribbean, but this round the world trip would simply be like *living* an ocean goers life.

4. Live in a home, with my family, connected to the world, close to everything, yet private, with a view of mountains, forests, and ocean, and experience all the wonders of the changes of seasons. A stone wall with a fireplace. Heavy wood to last the ages. This would be in the Northwest, or the Northeast. Or Scotland. Who knows. Home is where the heart is, does it matter where it’s geographically at?

5. Financial security. I don’t want to worry, or be worried. I don’t need ten homes, or exclusive country club memberships. I just want to be comfortable, have the best for my family, and have us all be “Just fine.”

Towards that goal I’ve managed to do well at my career, I am relatively debt free, and I’ve invested heavily into our company’s 401K program.

This is a “pass it on” kind of thing. I’ll pass the baton now to three more bloggers who’ve shared.

DM Osbon
Tomas Rofkahr


Posted by on April 9, 2007 in Memes


Five Things You Didn’t Know About Me. Or, “Tag, you’re it.”

Tobold tagged Relmstein and he tagged me.

Five things you might not know about me:

1. I’ve lived and worked overseas a lot, and at least a year in Germany, Ukraine, Belgium, and Turkey. (All the while working for the same employer.) I’m currently living in Germany again. Oh, I almost forgot about the couple of years we lived in Okinawa, Japan, as a kid.

2. Before I was addicted to WoW I was into genealogical research. This was spurred by my grandmother telling us that we were related to Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. I traced my family back to the Immigrants in the 1600′s, solidly, and then even further back following traditional lineages. And I learned a lot about history, from the Middle Ages clear back to the Ancient World as the lineages traced back to Alexander and beyond. And living in places like Turkey I was surrounded by the stuff.

3. My first car as an Audi NSU Prinz1000. A wankel rotary engined car that looked a lot like a BMW 2002. It was a horrible car, but my college dormies, this being University of Maryland’s Munich Campus, Munich, Germany, loved getting rides to the area’s monastery which featured some damn good beer. And when I first got that car, 12th grade at the time, I did the grown-up thing and tried to touch up some rust spots. I wound up using about six different shades of the same burnt orange, and it still had a couple rust spots on it.

4. I had failing math grades in elementary school and had to take summer school to make it up. I failed 10th grade geometery. Proofs made no sense, though I know they’re supposed to. I failed english tests, but passed with C’s because I could bluff them with my writing. Before I graduated from high school I was nominated into and entered the Talented and Gifted Program. The school’s brightest kids. As I sat there, their last meeting of the year, graduation only a few weeks away, I thought to myself: “Cool. Hey, wait. Look at these guys. … Wait a minute. Hey, she’s cute.” Then I grew up and became an engineer with the Government. A Professional Engineer to boot.

5. My collection of antique daggers from the Caucuses, Kindjals, it pretty much museum grade stuff. One piece, a small sword, was crafted for the son of an officer in the time of Csar Alexander III. I bought it when I heard a Ukrainian military officer was looking at it too. I figured better me than him.

And in the spirit of things, I’ll tag the following to tell us Five Things We Don’t Know About You on your blogs: Excaliber, S4dfish, and Samownall. Tag. You’re it!


Posted by on January 3, 2007 in Memes


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