[Stubborn] has received the achievement [100 Blog Posts]!
This is the blog’s 100th post. I’m not sure if I should be celebrating as it’s a low number and not even a year yet, but still, I feel like I’ve passed some sort of blogging landmark.
First off, Rio at Postcards from Azeroth is looking for submissions. I would like nothing more to help him (and have two shots to send him myself), so I’m letting you all know. Send him a picture! Help him during his busy period!
For today, I have something standard and something very non-standard. I’ve seen other bloggers do this sort of thing, where you look at the wacky search terms that have led people to your blog, but I held off until now so I’d have a good batch, and I do. Before we get that, though, a little bit of news from the weekend: some good, some bad, some ugly.
I had a very productive WoW weekend. My wife’s been back for a full week now, so all the traveling fatigue and “I missed you” stuff has gone by the wayside (the second thing came mostly from me). We spent a good amount of time Friday night and Saturday playing. Friday night, my buddy, my wife, and I got a bee in our bonnet to get the dungeon achievements. We knocked out a lot of them, but had some more to do on Saturday. On Sat, our fourth was on, so we continued, getting some again for him. We asked in guild between every dungeon (so probably 8 times in 6 hours) for a fifth, but no one ever responded. By the end of the night, my wife, my buddy, and I each had a few left to get, and the only overlap was in Blackrock Caverns. In we headed.
We started with a hunter who was okay, but clearly didn’t know the Corla fight. He wasn’t a bad guy, though, so we worked with him. We got the first achievement for him and my buddies, the one where you have the big fat dude kill his own adds. Being a pally, it was easy, because I could just stun them and run out without taking a big whammy. Corla, though, proved impossible with his lack of experience, so after a wipe, he mass rezzed us and dropped. Like I said, he wasn’t a bad guy; he just didn’t really know the fight and didn’t want to learn it in an achievement-bound setting.
The next hunter we got was fine on that fight. He didn’t know what he was doing either, but learned fast. After a few mispulls down the hallway from the hunter running right down the center and aggroing three groups, we headed down to the fire guy. Blessedly, we all had that achievement, so we just knocked him out normally. We cleared to the final boss and set up.
The hunter apparently had never kited before. I don’t mean kited the adds on this boss, mind you; I mean he had apparently NEVER KITED BEFORE. For this achievement, you have to kite three adds in a way that they never get close to you. We explained exactly what he needed to do (kite in a circle around us), told him what abilities to use (ice trap, concussive shot, disengage), and got ready. He pulled with some single shot, the adds went everywhere, and after collecting them back up he immediately got four stacks. Okay, fine. He’s never done it before, so he’s seen it now, and he’ll get it right this time.
On the second pull, he pulled with multi-shot (at our suggestion), and I taunted the boss off of him. He began to kite, but didn’t lay down an ice trap, didn’t disengage, and didn’t concussive shot. They caught him and he got four stacks immediately. We agreed to give him one more try, but it was to no avail. He had to go.
This was the last achievement my buddy needed, so we started spamming in guild for some help. Traditionally, we never get any responses when we ask in guild, and this instance was no break from tradition. We were begging; “Please, we just need one kiter for the last boss of BRC. We’re at the boss. All the trash is cleared. It’ll take 5 minutes, if that. Please.” Nothing from the 15 people on. My other buddy, who’d moved to another guild to check it out a few weeks ago, decided to give his guild a shot. Immmediately, a DK offered to help. We invited him, and 3 or 4 mins later we had the achievement. Just like that, a helpful person, but not in our guild. We spent the next 30 minutes or so just talking to the guy, then we ran a Deadmines to get my other buddy a few achievements. I made an excellent first impression by tanking the first 25% of the instance in my holy pvp set, but other than that, it was quite smooth. Frankly, it’s a testament to both my ability as a tank and my wife’s as a healer (mostly to her ability, really) that we didn’t wipe in that entire time. I just used CDs, taunted (I assumed the DK was just ridiculously good – which he was, but the holy pvp gear didn’t help), and blew a lot of Avenger’s wings to keep things as smooth as possible. Ah, well.
We were VERY tempted after Lonnie got his achievement and drake to put into guild chat, “Thanks for all the help on the achievements, all!” and drop guild. However, there was no one in the other guild to invite us (we’d been planning on this move for a while, which was why my other buddy was scouting the guild out). However, it wasn’t the night for it.
So that’s my news, good (a new guild possibility and some very positive interaction with one of their members), the bad (my guild is full of apathetic players), and ugly (I really dislike my guild; have I mentioned that?). On to the bizarreness, dear reader!
Strange Search Terms that have led to My Blog
The first is a simple note of bizarreness. I’m found almost as frequently for the term “Johari window” (or some derivation) than I am the actual title of the site. Apparently I peaked early because that’s become my most viewed page, and it was within my first week of posting.
The next broad category includes the many quotes I’ve stolen:
you’re strong, but smell isn’t everything
This is a general quote; I have no idea where I picked it up. It may have been from a 1960s collection of Peanuts books I got from my mother. Also, I don’t care what country you’re from or what age you are, you should know what Peanuts is. I only added the link JUST IN CASE.
inclusion not exclusion is the key to survival
From the Power of One. I suggest people read it; it’s about apartheid in South Africa, but also is a coming of age tale involving boxing. And getting peed on.
analysis what can the harvest hope for if not for the care of the reaper man
Terry Pratchett is my favorite author. He’s a knight now. HOW MANY AUTHORS CAN SAY THAT?
manners are the grease which keeps the wheels of society
Another general quote. No clue where it’s from, just something I’ve come to say.
I’m not sure that Jad Abumrad (got it on my second try) and Robert Krulwich would appreciate being called apes, but their show is excellent. It’s a radio show, so a long-since dying breed, but their use of excellent sound effects to build interest and attention as well as ingenious topics have long captured my fascination. Give an episode a listen, and if you don’t like it, you can come and tell me. I’m sure you will, though.
k-pax every human knows the difference between right and wrong
It’s “Every creature in the universe,” for the record, not every human. A good book series and good movie to teach, but the first book was the best. The other two were stranger and didn’t fit the mystery as well.
“ad astra per ardua “
It’s the motto of the Royal Air Force. It means that through struggle, we achieve greatness (the stars). Obviously, since it’s Latin, there’s tons of interpretations, but that one works for me. Also Ad Astra Per Aspera, which means roughly the same. See Nemerov’s The War in the Air.
evil thrives when good fails to act
This is another common quotation, but one of my favorites. If nothing else, it justifies me acting like a jerk in response to other jerk behavior instead of ignoring it, which is popular among my social circle. Oh the trouble it’s caused…
The final category is the best and most bizarre. These are search terms that I doubt or, at times, truly hope were not intended to find my site.
diamond :. wordpresh.com
Really? You can’t spell WORDPRESS? That’s pretty bad. What the hell are all those punctuations in the middle, by the way? I work hard to make sure my drafts are grammar perfect (and I’ve done pretty well, considering).
Whoa. I don’t even want to touch that one (double DOUBLE entendre).
sheep the star wow stubborn
OH COME ON! Diamond! Sheep the Diamond! The mage for whom this is named was completely traumatized by the dressing down he got as a result of his failure to sheep the DIAMOND (not from me). The least we can do is remember it correctly in his honor. Who sheeps a star anyway?
i have a general malaise and feeling of detachment from the world around me
I hope that searcher found the help he or she needed.
my wife dps my friends
While this is largely true, that my wife does, in fact, verbally dps my friends via vent, I hope this wasn’t looking for my site. There’s just too many ways this could be misinterpreted.
find my fated lover
And they found a WoW site. That may, in fact, be fate…
sheeps name on young and the restless
That’s what I get for using a soap opera name as one of my post titles. I wonder how many disappointed and confused housewives saw my banner and read on?
wow vent you’re shitty we’re good
This is very open to interpretation. I don’t really know why this came to my site, but I see all the relevant pieces to a story there. Are they upset at vent? Maybe this is a group of teamspeak proponents. Maybe someone was insulted on vent. I don’t know. Grammar is important in search terms, too.
in case volcano warning joke
In case of volcano… duck and cover? I don’t know what joke could come from that.
children plays of sheep
This is just strange.
what is the requirement for someone who will like to sheep a diamond into the country?
Do they mean ship? What country? I hope this is just bad spelling, because if not, it makes the next one a little scary…
secret society of sheep sales
Is there? Are they using my site to communicate in code? I need Dan Brown.
es see my wife more free
What could this mean? Is this some sort of Indecent Proposal?
“samuel l. jackson” phony machismo
I’m getting motherfucking tired of the motherfucking sheep on this motherfucking site!
I simply have no clue about this one.
how to break the stubbon silence
It’s never been a problem for me…
stealing the stormwind diamond
I’ve already alerted Varian. It shouldn’t be a problem.
Last but not least, I’d like to say that “part core” and variations thereof made up a lot of searches to my site. It’s getting out there, people. Use the term! Love it! When Stubborn is no longer but a few blips of data in a decrepit Blizzard server, it would be a great honor to his name for that term to live on. Part Core. It’s what we do here. It’s what we are.
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