After the news of the moose mount became known, it didn't take long for me to come up with this particularly pun-filled episode!
Monday, August 17, 2015
Cecil the lion was a magnificent animal who was harming nobody, lived in a national park, and was a tourist draw which bolstered the local economy. His killer paid around the US median household income to travel thousands of miles for the sole purpose of shooting him - not for food, but for the pleasure of it. I have to wonder, who is the more 'noble' creature?
I was doing the Darkmoon engineering quest on an alt when the closing pun for this episode came to me. I did see and really enjoyed the movie. One person said of it, "Imagine if Pixar took the mood of the first ten minutes of 'Up!' and did a whole movie like that." I wonder how many of us have our "Islands of WoW" anchoring the landscape of our personality?
Sadly, it says a lot about today's GOP that Donald Trump is the leading contender as I write this for the party's nomination. Hmm, I wonder how Garrosh Hellscream would poll if he were to throw his hat into the ring? On second thought, I don't think I would want to know.
While I'm most definitely not in the typical Taylor Swift demographic, I must sheepishly (cowishly?) admit that I find some of her songs catchy enough to be earworm material. Her ability to prod Apple into changing course made me go, "Hmmm..." regarding Blizzard's sudden about-face with flying.
This week's episode merges two real world events into one ODN - the kurfuffle over Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner's transition, and the massive "here, please take my money!" kickstarter for Shenmue 3. I wish Caitlyn all the best, and hope the game lives up to such a massive expectations mountain.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Okay, I'll admit it - I detest PvP. I play Warcraft to relax, and PvP instead gets my heart rate racing and turns my mood angry. Now, I get there are a lot of people who enjoy it. I'm fine with that. But what I have never understood is why Blizzard forces people who have no interest in PvP into battlegrounds for some non-PvP achievements. I worked hard to get the pieces for my auctionbot, but those last three that come from Ashran are the roadblock. I was able to score one with a fortuitous discounted auction buy, but the other two are still way overpriced in my opinion. Perhaps after Legion comes out the price will finally crash. But I won't be surprised if Legion contains its own "must do PvP to get this cool thing" element. Argh!
This is one of those episodes where I had the closing pun pop into my head, and built a story to lead up to it. Sometimes this works really well. Other times...not so much. I'd put this one in the middle of the pack - good for a groan, but not knocking it out of the park. Hey, they can't all be great!
I couldn't resist dipping my toes back into political waters regarding the GOP's efforts (led by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton) to sabotage negotiations with Iran. As it turned out, their efforts failed, at least in the near term. I still have yet to hear any of them lay out in detail their alternative plan. It's easy to criticize and throw wrenches, far more difficult to actually govern and deal with complex problems.
As a native of Boston now living in Miami, I had to be careful to empathize with my snow-buried relatives while not mentioning too often that I had to turn my heat on once during the entire winter. Hopefully they'll never get to return the favor by having a hurricane come visit me!
Thursday, August 13, 2015
The departure of Jon Stewart from the Daily Show is truly a great loss, though it's sad that a comedy show was often the best source of news analysis in America today. But how could I resist a pun like this episode's closer? My apologies to my good friend Rho for dragging him into the mess. :-)
I grew up in Boston. I suffered through decades of the Red Sox playoff disappointments - 1975 against the Reds, 1978 against the Yankees, 1986 against the Mets. So I totally understand how Seattle fans felt when the Seahawks snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. But I'd be lying if I didn't say I was whooping with joy when that pass got picked off. Go Pats!
You would have thought Blizzard would have learned its lesson from back in Pandaria (remember the scroll in the monk starting area that everyone had to burn?), but apparently not. Little did we know that those telescopes would get moved from Buffalo to Boston for the rest of the winter!