I have been playing a bit of the World of Warcraft and having a good time. I have started and abandoned a number of characters. Right now I have Ardaamis, a level 44 Dwarf Hunter, and Sthel, a level 25 Night Elf Druid. I probably would be near level 80 now if I would stop creating new alts and leveling them for a while then deleting them.
Anyhow, there is a new expansion coming out this fall called Cataclysm, and it looks to be pretty exciting. There will be two new races to play Worgen, a type of warewolf, and Goblins, which we have seen around and interacted with a lot, but are just now coming up as playable. Two of the races get their own starting zones (they have been sharing) Trolls and Gnomes. It is all pretty exciting. Right now the game is being Beta tested (I am not on the Beta yet… grrr….)
Somebody made some videos of how the starting zones look and played through them. They are after the break. They are about 30 minutes each, but are all cool.
Has it really come to this? Sen. Elizabeth Dole is falsely accusing her opponent Kay Hagan in ads and on the campaign trail of being “godless” because the race is too tight. At one point in her ad she shows a picture of Hagan while somebody else does a voice over saying “There is no God.” Leaving views under the impression she said it. Of course, even if she was godless, who cares? We aren’t electing a pastor, but a Senator in that case. As we know, this country wasn’t founded under Christian principles anyhow. The fact is however, Hagan is a Christian and former Sunday School teacher. The ad is simply a pathetic attempt by Dole to scare voters away with an outright lie simply because she might loose the election. How good of a so-called Christian slandering another Christian of being godless just to win an election. CNN’s Campbell Brown gives the details:
I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn’t mine anymore… It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning — different, but every bit as pure.
Okay, so I have covered geocaching a couple times. Perhaps you followed the Wikipedia links…perhaps not. In either case, here is a good video about Geocaching.
Some videos such as the one below shows that it seems to be a largely group activity:
It seems lots of people go out in groups or teams.
A few notes. Some may think having a GPSr ruins the point, but it only gets you to 10 feet at best, and when you add that person who hid it had a receiver that was at best 10 feet off, you end up with a fairly large area to search, and will need to rely on the clues in the cache description to find it. Also, most parks have many trails, so finding which trail will take you closest to the cache is also a challenge.
The cache will have sometimes have some items in it. It is good practice that if you take a trinket you leave one in its place. You will almost always fill out the log included with it.
You should also practice cache in, trash out, where by you pickup trash on your way out of the location to clean up the park or whatever location you are at.
As I noted before, I am getting interested in going geocaching. While most people know the term Muggle to refer to a non-magical person in the world of Harry Potter, but in geocaching parlance it refers to anyone not aware of geocaching who might endanger the cache, become suspicious of your activities while you are wondering around looking at your GPS or otherwise looking for the cache, or might find the cache by accident. (Some cache’s have been destroyed by bomb squads after somebody accidentally found it and feared it was a bomb, sometimes it may not go that far but the find may cause problems.)
Anyhow, here is a humor video I found on geocaching in the presence of Muggels.
From Saturday Night Live comes another SNL Digital Short: Iran So Far, making fun of Ahmadinejad’s (President of Iran) statement that there are no gays in Iran (given that many homosexual men from Iran have attempted to get asylum in various countries based on being homosexual and fear of being put to death there because of it, proves his statement was false, incandescently this reason is often rejected even in gay friendly countries, and so if they don’t commit suicide as is sometimes the case, they are deported back to Iran where in all likelihood they were put to death… okay enough sad serious stuff onto the humor):