Where were you…

…when I hit level 70 in World of Warcraft? I know where I was. I was here, hitting level 70 in World of Warcraft:

Okay, so it’s not on par with wherever you were when Kennedy was shot or terrorists attacked New York City — but I had to grab a screen for the momentous occasion anyway.

I needed to float a small loan so I could float around the levels and finally get my flying mount. I immediately did what I figure most people do — I flew as high as I could go. It’s a lot higher than this screen suggests.

I thought I would have a “well, that’s it” feeling about the game but now I feel like there’s so many more things I can do. I can join my guild on the battlegrounds. I can check out high-level gear and start chasing epic stuff. I can twink the living hell out of my level 41 mage and level 52 warrior. I might even go back and see what my Alliance characters look like after having been abandoned for, like, a year.

Until then, look, up in the sky! Rawr! I’m 70!

Trixie: Rated M

Is it me or does Trixie use taboo language in her role as Community Manager a lot more than most other Microsoft employees? Her Twitter over the last day or so has been full of…spice. Color me surprised.

I mean, I swear a lot too, but not on the job. We’ve even bleeped a few things on the podcast when they slip out. But maybe we can relax some of our language rules in the magazine — it’s not like we’re going to offend Microsoft, apparently.

Big Bang Theory

Anytime the mainstream media tries to personify the geek culture, my hackles go up. We all know Screech. We all know Screech is simultaneously too broad to be real and too real to be funny. So when The Big Bang Theory showed up this year, I’m like, okay, great, they ran out of fat wisecracking husbands and slim wisecracking blondes and pretty wisecracking 20-somethings. All that’s left are my people.

But I’ve gotten tricked into watching a few episodes and I have to say…it’s funny. They are not faking the geek; the comic references and sci-fi punchlines make it clear that they hired the real deal and they are making a play specifically for the kind of audience that does not watch the sitcoms listed above. It’s got the guy who played Sara Gilbert’s boyfriend on Roseanne in the lead, and I always liked him. And did I mention the theme music was written and performed by Barenaked Ladies?

I’d be offended if they got the geek stuff wrong (“Take us seriously!”) and I still get kind of offended when they get it right (“I’m being pandered to!”). But I guess I’ll take the latter over the former. Especially if it makes me giggle.

Runnin’ With The Dell

How awesome is my laptop?

FUCKING awesome.

I wanted something to distinguish my portable rig from every other identical boring business laptop out there; I kept having these visions of losing it or mistaking it for someone else’s in an airport, and I didn’t want to just slap stickers all over it. SkinIt had the DIY custom answer.

I only paid $35, but it’s worth $51.50.

Do the math

Kyle Orland pointed this one out to me. It’s March 14. This blog post will release at 1:59pm (because I missed AM).

Happy Pi Day.

Brain dump March 2008

Work’s been a little rough lately — just lots to do and finite time in which to do it. I haven’t had many mental cycles to myself lately and therefore no pointless updates here. So, a brain dump:

  • Thanks to Kat and Netflix, I recently got addicted to 30 Rock. I’d heard good things but simply never tuned in. (Also, I was one of the people who watched Studio 60.) What a great show. The more I see, the harder I laugh.
  • I finished the Lost video game, Via Domus. The ending is either the worst tripe you’ve ever seen or a really cool peek into exactly what the hell is going on on the island. My reaction was the latter, but I totally understand the former. I hope I’m right.
  • I love WordPress but updating the installation drives me nuts. I put it off until I started to get a lot of spam user registrations. I thought it would take 15 minutes but I wrestled for an hour.
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village is totally awesome. It’s as close as I could find to Perplex City in video game form.
  • Chipotle opened a restaurant about 10 minutes down the road. I’m in heaven. And no, they’re not owned by McDonald’s anymore, though that really didn’t bother me.
  • Jude came up with a really clever idea for the next Palette-Swap Ninja track. It falls to me to learn the song but he’s already done half the lyrics, and the chords aren’t too tricky. Hoping to get this up and running soon.
  • Fast Times is not gigging for a little while due to schedule conflicts. But we still have a decent chance to play at a very nice club in Vegas, so if that happens, I’ll let everybody know.
  • I have indulged my funk sweet tooth and picked up the first two Zapp albums. Oh hell yeah.

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