Lich King is here, well kinda :D

October 18, 2008 at 5:45 pm (Random, Video Games) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Ok so on Tuesday the new patch (called the “Echoes of Doom”) preparing for the Wrath of the Lich King came out. It was huge! The login screen looks amazing now (especially if you loved that skeleton dragon from the trailer that I was so excited about). There’s an amazing looking ice castle in the background and a really cool bridge covered in big curvey spikes. The cool skeleton dragon comes flying from the back near the castle and flies overhead shortly before coming to land to the right of the login boxes. Cool things that came along with the fun new dragon login screen include the new Inscription Profession, new haircuts available for a small amount of gold, and loads of new spells and talent trees. You can check out Wowhead’s section about the Inscription profession here and see all the amazing goodness that comes with it (this should somewhat explain why the prices are jacked up insanely for herbs right now πŸ˜€ ).

Along with the new Inscription profession came a few new abilities for the gathering professions. Herbalists now get the move Lifeblood, which lets the user heal itself by clicking it when you’re around earthy things (fun flowers shoot up from the ground to heal you). Also, if you wondered what the benefit of pounding away all day at ore nodes was, then here’s a new spell for you. It’s called Toughness and the final rank increases your maximum health by 500. That’s not bad at all πŸ˜€ . There’s also a fun new spell for skinners called Master of Anatomy which ultimately increases your critical strike rating by 25. I especially love it’s explanation for why it does this. “Skinning all those dead animals has broadened your anatomical knowledge, increasing your critical strike rating by 25,” lol πŸ˜€ .

As far as new spells go, I can only vouch for Locks, Mages, and Pallys for the moment seeing as how I haven’t tweaked with the other classes. Locks have a new spell down the demonology tree that’s called Metamorphosis that lets you turn into a demon. Finally! I’ve been saying they should give Locks a demon form that lets them fly similar to how druids can change into a bird, (that and let priests grow angel wings that let them fly) since flying mounts were created. You can’t fly with this demon form but it’s still cool anyways. This spell is pretty awesome seeing as how just one of the things it does in its final version is increase your armor by 600%.

As for Mages, they have a hilarious new fire spell at the bottom of their talent tree. It’s called Living Bomb and it’s very similar to Seed of Corruption. Basically the targeted person ends up taking a lot of fire damage and eventually exploding *KABOOM* causing fire damage to all enemies with 10 yards of themselves lol. The only bad thing is that you can’t use it on more than one person at the same time πŸ˜‰ .

Paladins everywhere will be confused by the addition of 2 more Judgements to their list of spells but hopefully will learn to love it like I do. These additional spells let the Pally keep up their blessings for about 2 mins and then they can choose whether to heal themselves, slow the attacker and prevent them from running or regain mana by using each different Judgement. I’m betting Pallys will be nerfed in a few days though because they seem overpowered even when you’re playing with one. There is an amazing new spell down the Protection tree called Hammer of Righteousness that let’s you “Hammer the current target and up to 2 additional nearby targets, causing 3 times your main hand damage per second as Holy damage.” It’s freaking amazing πŸ˜€ . Also, if you haven’t checked out the new Death Knight talent trees you really should.

Don’t forget that Hallow’s End starts today as noted by the new amazing ingame calendar system (which will most likely make me never visit their main site again haha).

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Tim Burton <3 Johnny Depp for sure

October 9, 2008 at 1:10 pm (Movie, Pirates, Random, TV) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So there are some big rumors flying around about the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean movie which might have it’s own trilogy. I hope they don’t push for the trilogy personally because that will probably lead to forcing out another 3 Pirates movies without trying to make them good. But this might not be the case if one of the rumors is true. Supposedly Gore Verbinski (the guy who directed the first 3 Pirates movies if you didn’t know) is returning to direct this movie but there’s whisperings about Tim Burton maybe taking over as director. If this is true, then Burton and Depp are going to be spending a lot of time together since Johnny Depp is playing the Mad Hatter (like I mentioned here) in Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movie. Seriously I always knew they had a thing for each other lol πŸ˜‰ .

Anyway, Burton would probably do a good job with the Pirates movies especially since they’re supposed to be focusing on the past (at least that’s what I’ve heard) when Captain Jack and Barbossa were looking for the Fountain of Youth. I think it’s very plausible that this is what the 4th movie is going to be about because another one of the rumors is that Geoffrey Rush has signed on for the 4th movie as well. I do think it would be a better idea for Orlando and Keira to return in this movie seeing as how Will Turner is now immortal and Elizabeth isn’t. They could even make it a few years after the end of the last movie so Will’s son could be older and go looking for Jack’s help or something. But currently I’ve heard no rumors talking about Keira or Orlando returning so that probably isn’t going to happen.

Captain Jack’s brother (when did he ever mention having a brother and where was he in the last movie when all the pirates faced off?) is also rumored to show up in this movie. From what I’ve heard, it’s either going to be Sacha Baron Cohen or Russell Brand (you know that crazy guy with the biggest white guy fro I’ve ever seen that scared people at the MTV award show lol). Sacha’s played in a movie with Johnny Depp before (he was Pirelli in Sweeney Todd which I still need to see!) but I haven’t really seen anything of either comedian’s work. I do think it would be good to have someone with a sense of humor playing Jack’s brother though πŸ˜€ . That’s all for the current rumors though.

Don’t miss The Office episode called “Business Ethics” tonight at 9 on NBC and don’t click here unless you want to read a summary of the plot. Also check out this very cool Nightmare Before Christmas theme for Firefox that I just downloaded today. It’s a very cool theme for Halloween.

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Totally gonna make these cookies!

September 26, 2008 at 6:05 pm (Food, Random) (, , , , , , , )

So I found what seems like a good recipe for Pumpkin cookies. I’m going to try it out tonight with the addition of some delicious cream-cheese frosting on top πŸ˜€ . Also I’m not going to add the pecans or walnuts just because I don’t think they need them. Maybe I’ll add some orange food coloring to the frosting to make them brighter too πŸ™‚ . I hope they aren’t too soft seeing as how there’s pumpkin puree in them. It’s not that much so I wouldn’t think they would be, but who knows. I’m excited that this batch makes 3.5 dozen but knowing my fiance’s cookie portions, it’ll probably make closer to 2 haha. The picture of them looks really good and it’s making me super hungry. I’m about to go get dinner and then go swimming so it will be awhile before I can make them. When I get back and finally make them I’ll probably post about them πŸ˜€ and let you know if they’re good or not. Here’s the recipe if you want to try and make them too πŸ˜€ .

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 Β½ cup ap flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
pinch nutmeg
Β½ cup butter, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 c chocolate chips or raisins
Β½ – 1 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
Whisk together flour, leavening, salt and spices.
In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugars. Beat in egg, then vanilla, then pumpkin. Add flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans, if using.
Drop by tablespoons and bake for 12-14 minutes at 350F. Bake them until they’re lightly browned at the edges, but not dark.
Remove to a wire rack to cool.
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.

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Nap Time

September 12, 2008 at 10:02 am (Random) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I found some really cool and strange pillows that I thought I’d share. First off is this strange horse head pillow if you want to go Godfather style on anyone. It’s actually kind of cute if you ignore the fact that it’s a chopped off head of a horse πŸ™‚ . You can buy it in the US for $45 and it’s already stuffed or you can pay $35 and stuff it yourself. If I wanted this pillow for any weird reason, I would buy the stuffable one so I could make it as firm or squishy as I wanted πŸ˜€ .

Next on the list are these awesome Transformer pillows. You can choose either Autobot or Decepticon pillows for your roboty nap needs. These pillows are $20 at Thinkgeek but I think they’re either out of stock now or not selling them anymore 😦 . Hopefully they come back soon.

Thinkgeek also offers these nifty beating heart pillows. Every time you turn on the pillow it’s supposed to have a unique rhythm of heartbearts specifically to calm you down so you can nap easier. It’s supposed to help out with stress too πŸ™‚ . I kinda wonder how hard the beating mechanism is inside. I would hope there’s enough fluff around it for you to be able to snuggle with the pillow comfortably because from the pictures it looks pretty solid.

Sofa Garden has some really interesting pillows available but they are pretty expensive. For instance, one of their Cigar pillows is $99.99. They also have a whole line of pillows that are breakfast related items. My favorite are the sushi related pillows. You can buy small rolls for $49.99 each and large rolls for $79.99 each (which means I can’t ever have one because I wouldn’t spend that much on a pillow). My favorite is the salmon sushi roll because the little red stripes just make it so fun πŸ˜€ .

Last on the list are these blood puddle pillows. They vary in size and shape so that’s pretty cool. It makes sense because you would expect a puddle of blood to be pretty random. I actually saw these and thought that they should make fuzzy green mold pillows since the fuzziness looks a little weird for blood. Also I really love the cute little Husky snuggling with it lol. I could see my cats kneading these pillow with evil looks in their eyes too haha πŸ˜€ . Hrmm I’m not sure if you can actually buy these pillows or if they’re just a creation from this artist. Either way, they’re really cool and highly appropriate for Halloween.

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