Sunday, May 31, 2009

Oh, those crazy healers...

I read some general paladin-type blogs. I try to stick to fellow tanks, such as Righteous Defense and Honor's Code. But sometimes, I wander over to some excellent sites by other specs. One site I found particularly useful was Paladin Schmaladin, run by a Holy Paladin named Ferraro. It's an excellent resource for healers, and I used it often to kind of get a feel for how the healers would need to handle things on the bosses we hit in Ulduar. My guild has a bit of a surplus of Holy Paladins. That and trees, WTB resto shammy. That's the healer part of this post, now for the crazy.

Apparently, Ferraro isn't quite who she claimed to be. In a recent post, she explained that Ferraro was not a single person, but rather seven different paladins, who passed the Ferraro name down through the ages to ensure excellent Paladin Posting. The only issue was that instead of a stupid pseudonym like "Alan Smithee", "Ferraro" was a complex mask that used the face and pictures of another blogger named Sarah Townsend, and attractive young women who's big in the tech scene. This was unnecessary, and in the case of some posts, nearly plagiarism. Fortunately, since the bubble burst, all of the non wow posts, and all pictures of the lovely Ms. Townsend have been removed from the site.

Personally, I hope that the current "Ferraro" continues posting, as the wow related information was very good. However, I'm glad that the whole Sarah Townsend mess got exposed, because that sort of thing is unnacceptable in the blogging community. If you want anonymity, you don't need to work at it, the internet gives it to you.

Friday, May 29, 2009


I've been a bad, bad blogger. But that's in the past.

So, I took the officer position in the guild, and we've enjoyed a somewhat meteoric rise, now ranked 22nd on the server, according to wowprogress. We've made it halfway through Ulduar 25, and all the way to Yogg-Saron in Ulduar 10. I've acquired quite the tanking set lately.

Furthermore, I've used all the time I spend answering tells from inquisitive guildies to get some real grinding done. I've earned 20 exalted reputations, and gotten some pretty sweet mounts. An Onyx Netherwing Drake, a Cenarion War Hippogryph, and the Wooly Mammoth. Another surprise greeted me last night. I use the raid group after the actual guild raid to go into some old school instances and grind some rep. Last night I ventured into the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj, one of the more aesthetically awesome instances. Meandering through a ruined Egyptian style city, listening to the Prophet Skeram proclaim propaganda, and get the occasional whisper from C'Thun telling me that I will die, or my heart will explode. As I knocked down a group of Anubisath Sentinals, one of them dropped the Red Quiraj Resonating Crystal. Unbeknownst to me, it turns out that the red one is a feat of strength. Awesome.