Archive for the ‘Just plain cool’ Category

Welcome Geoffrey

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

A while back I mentioned that I had returned to WOW because a very old friend had started playing.

Well He’s become completely adicted and we are now racing to level 70 like a couple of cats with our tails on fire. I talked him into joining the Lothar Realm and switched to my NE Druid to give hime time to catch up.

He rolled a human Paladin named Geoffrey, which he runs via his MacBook Pro. I recently asked Geoffrey if he wanted to post some entries here for you folks. He said sure. (We’ll see how that goes).

If you want to see how our characters are progressing here they are at Eillebill (my Druid) and Geoffrey.

Now that we have two pair of eyes on the site, I will be opening up comments soon. 🙂

WowMatrix – handy tool!

Monday, March 10th, 2008

WowMatrix - hand tool!

Finally an easy way to manage your add ons. It’s Wowmatrix .

Imagine a world where you can automatically check for, and update all your add ons. Now imagine that you can search all available plugins and add the ones you want – with out surfing the web!

That’s Wowmatri. Best of all it’s free.

It runs on macs and pc’s (but if you are using a pc, what are you doing here?)

Just for fun

Monday, January 7th, 2008

I stumbled on this site. You start a town and when people visit the page, it grows 🙂 Come on by 🙂 

WOW 2.2 beta offers cool new mac feature: QuickTime recording

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Macworld reported that Blizzard is testing WOW client 2.2.

This version is supposed to offer a host of new features. Notably, the ability to record part of your session in QuickTime.

Thanks Blizzard.

Here’s the story.

Lords of the Dance

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Have you seen this? WOW characters dancing next to their source material. Check this out.

Article – Money – Blizzard makes WoW wish virtual reality

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Check out this story. – this is news!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Blizzard makes WoW wish virtual reality
Make-A-Wish and a willing company help a grade schooler become the first outsider to create a new character in World of Warcraft.

The Orange County Register
UPDATE: Gamers show support for Ezra, Blizzard (May 23)

IRVINE – For World of Warcraft players hanging out in Shadowmoon Valley last Friday, bizarre events occurred that can only be explained by a small group of people inside the headquarters of Blizzard Entertainment.

At the helm of the strangeness sat 10-year-old Ezra Chatterton, who directed Warcraft’s lead game designer Jeff Kaplan to blast ferocious-looking monsters, or “bosses,” with a single death ray. Chatterton cleared the Black Temple for a European clan to fight the volcano-summoning Supremus.
All that power. Heh, heh.

“I’m impressed with Blizzard,” said Chatterton from his wheelchair. “Bravo!”
The Riverside fifth-grader has a brain tumor. The diagnosis isn’t good; metastatic cancer. Splitting headaches started in March, which led to an emergency room visit in April. Doctors had to sedate him for the pain and he didn’t wake up for a week. Groggy and weak in the hospital, Chatterton only wanted to play the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft.
When the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening cases, came calling two weeks ago, Chatterton knew exactly what he wanted.
“I wished for a trip to Blizzard because I’d like to see if they could make a character and do some things for us.”

Chatterton didn’t think his wish would come true. He’s starting treatment today. And, at most, he thought it could just be a video conference call. But when he found out Blizzard was nearby, and willing, Chatterton became the envy of the 8.5 million World of Warcraft players worldwide. He not only got the chance to tour the company, but to create something new for the game.

Dubbed WoW, Blizzard’s game debuted in 2004 and has inspired hundreds of fan sites, a Warcraft Wiki, global game tournaments and even a “South Park” episode.
Chatterton had his father, Micah, sketch characters and write down questions so he wouldn’t forget.

Blizzard pulled the daylong funfest together in days. On Friday, father and son arrived at Blizzard’s Irvine headquarters in a black limo to tour one of the world’s most successful game companies.

Chatterton was whisked immediately to Kaplan’s office to create weapons and characters for the game. Later he would head to the recording studio to do a voice for the new character and meet with an artist to get the character’s look just right. Throughout the day, he got to design a new weapon, add his dog Kyle to the game, create a quest and record his voice for the new character, Ahab Wheathoof, the Old Rancher.

“We definitely want a crossbow,” Chatterton instructed Kaplan. He offered a detailed description of what he wanted: dangerous flames, curved frame and an ability to wreak havoc.

“I want it to shoot a fiery arrow at 300 damage over 10 seconds,” he said.
With a few clicks of his mouse, Kaplan constructed a prototype.
“Wow. Weird. Progress is going quicker than I expected,” Chatterton said.
“This crossbow will be the only one in the game and it’s very difficult to get,” Kaplan explained. “You’re going to get a lot of questions (from other players).”
Chatterton shied away at Kaplan’s suggestion to add “Finely crafted to Ezra’s specifications.” Father Micah explained, “He doesn’t want to appear boastful.” They settled on attributing it to ePhoenix, his character in the game.

Chatterton’s parents divorced about five years ago and he spends time with both. But only when he’s with his dad does he get to play WoW. Micah Chatterton, a writer, wanted to play from the game’s beginning, but couldn’t afford it. In the U.S., WoW costs about $20 plus another $15 a month in subscription fees. Also, to play online, it’s best to have a high-speed Internet connection, which is another $20 to $50 a month.

Then, last fall, Micah Chatterton’s house burned down, taking away all his son’s toys. He used some insurance money for a computer and Internet access. The father-and-son team entered the world of Warcraft. By Friday, they had made it to level 63. Blizzard bumped ePhoenix up to level 70, the highest level, and stocked the character with gold, weapons and new armor.

“There were a lot of things that are unconventional with our relationship, and the way we choose to bond and spend time together,” said Micah Chatterton. “For instance, WoW was something we had researched and talked about. We would talk about what kind of character do we want to create. This costume as opposed to that costume. We would make decisions together. Neither of us would feel comfortable about making a big decision without consulting the other.”

In the few days the two had to prepare for the trip to Blizzard, they did their homework.

“He asked me draw (a character) and we settled on this Phoenix motif because that’s his middle name. It’s certainly apt because we’d like to have some rebirth,” Micah Chatterton said.

“I asked him to think about why he likes to play WoW and one thing he said was he likes interacting with people he doesn’t know. No matter how crappy things are going on the outside, in the real world, he can be strong and successful and really turn heads in WoW.”

Ezra Chatterton’s enthusiasm kept him going all day, even getting out of his wheelchair to lob some bombs. By the end of the visit, he’d probably spent nearly seven hours with the Blizzard team.

“From my end, it was a lot about really maintaining the momentum of the day, just the happiness,” Micah Chatterton said. “By the end of the day, when we sat down with the artist, Ezra was exhausted and said, ‘I’m just happy with what I’ve got.’ ”
WoW players should keep an eye out for Chatterton’s creations: the rare, flame-shooting crossbow, a quest from a graying Tauren named Ahab Wheathoof and his frenzied dog, Kyle. Blizzard will add Ezra’s changes to the game in the next four weeks.

“If Blizzard is listening, I’d like to say thank you for everything you’ve done for my character to make him so good. I want to thank them for making the quest of the lost dog and the Old Rancher and all the stuff they gave us,” said a grateful but drained Ezra Chatterton, who by Sunday got in about five hours of game play.
The visit has given him more to think about than playing games. He’s starting to think about his future.

“I’d like to be paid to test and play the game and test weapons, but I don’t think I meet the age requirements,” he said. “I’m only 10.”

Contact the writer: 714-796-4952 or

Virtuedesktop: we hardly knew you

Friday, March 16th, 2007

virtue.pngLong ago I outlined the coolness of a little utility called VirtueDesktops. This cool little app provided the benefits of the forthcoming os 10.5 ‘spaces’ feature.

VirtueDesktops’ author has recently decided not to complete the program. The program has been in development since last year and was closing in on a stable version. After attending last year’s WWDC (world wide developer conference), he has finally decided to give up.

This may have been motivated by the buz that indicates that Mac OS 10.5 will be shipping this June (knock on wood).

Here’s the link to the site to learn about VirtueDesktops so you can see it yourself.

I Phone … the future of wow?

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

iPhone By now the iPhone has derailed the train of thought for many a web surfer. Heck Cisco was suing Apple over trademark infringement hours after it was announced. Now that’s success. Or at least great free press.
The iPhone promises desktop quality Internet and iPod quality media in the palm of your hand. Not bad.
If you were paying attention, you might have noticed that this sexy beast runs OS X and it supports wifi and bluetooth.

Sooo, what if you could setup a fold-out bluetooth keyboard and mouse so you could play WOW on your phone. I think the 8 Gig model could handle it. The screen would be tiny but it’s 160 dpi so it would be sharp. I don’t know what the processor speed is, but based on the keynote demo video, I’m betting it’s pretty fast.
Just an idea for the ultimate WOW freak out there. What do you think?


Update: Steve Jobs has announced that no apps will be added to the iPhone without the Apple A-OK – so I’m guessing that my little pipe-dream is a crack-pipe-dream. sigh.

Ain’t that a shame…

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Picture 1.jpgDid you hear? The guild, ‘Goon Squad’ on the realm Mal’Ganis took two Alliance flight masters hostage. I’m trying to figure out how they kept them after kiting them to Bael’Dun Keep in the southern Barrens.

This turned out the be a brilliant hostage situation on a PVP server. Sadly, the GM’s killed the flight masters before the full-tilt battle started.

Sounded cool 🙂

Orcs playing Wii – if only

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Picture 5.pngHawk from AppleGeeks did a guest spot at GUcomics. It’s an orc playing with a Nintendo Wii. It’s priceless.

enjoy 🙂