Diablo III: Season 2 – Killing the Dataminer

Dusk Level 36 Season 2

This blog is part of the series I am doing that focuses on my progress through Season 2 in Diablo III.  Last Season, I poured all my time and energy into it right from the start. This Season, I’m taking things really slow.  This is not entirely by choice.  I’ve been fighting “in real life” with some seriously monstrous pollen, and it seems to be winning.

As such, I don’t want my hard core Demon Hunter, who I named Dusk, to die due to my bad allergies.  If I can get him to Level 70, I’ll feel a little less hesitant about playing Diablo III while sick (or on a lot of allergy medication).

This time around, I continued to do a bunch of Bounties in Act I in Normal Difficulty.  I’m trying to finish the Seasonal Monster Slaying Achievements for Act I.  Once I do that, I can move on to Act II.  The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on February 27, 2015.

I had more time to play Diablo III than u...

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Twitter Haiku: Fighting With Flowers


Years ago, I started expressing my frustration in the form of haiku. It was a coping mechanism for when I worked in “retail hell”. Later, I discovered that Twitter is an excellent place to post haiku (especially after Twitter added line breaks). If you’re going to complain online, you may as well find a creative way to do it.

February turned out to be an unexpectedly difficult month from a physical health standpoint. Spring has started here in sunny California, and all the little flowers are spewing pollen into the air as hard as they can. The pollen count has been “medium-high” for days in a row, and that is high enough to make me sick. I ended up taking a lot of medication and trying to cope with painfully itchy eyes. I was also sick from an infection and learned I had a severe vitamin D deficiency. Not a good month!

This batch of Twitter haiku is dedicated to all the other people who are suffering through a bad allergy season. It is also for people who are stuck coping with a chronic illness that can make them experience a lot of pain at a moment’s notice. Hang in there!

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Heroes of the Storm: Beta – Unlocking Raynor

Raynor practice mode against AI

This blog is part of my series about my experience in, and impressions of, the Heroes of the Storm Beta.  I have to admit, it’s growing on me. When I was playing in the Technical Alpha, the game was a little bit overwhelming (from a “muscle memory” standpoint).

As a person who plays a whole lot of Diablo III, I kept wanting to put my fingers on the number keys instead of the Q, W, E, and R keys.  With practice, that’s starting to feel more natural.  I’m also getting used to the fact the mouse button that makes your character move in Diablo III is the opposite of the one that moves you along in Heroes of the Storm.

I’m still largely unable to take screenshots of Heroes of the Storm, so there are only a few here. These screenshots were taken on February 28, 2015.

When I was playing the Alpha, I tri...

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Flight Rising: Murktooth Bramblekeep

Murktooth Bramblekeep

The Murktooth Bramblekeep was the holiday Familiar for the 2015 Trickmurk Circus event.  This Elemental Holiday took place at the end of February 2015.  The easiest way to obtain a holiday Familiar is to gather up the right amount of holiday currency while the event is going on.  Miss that “window” and it will be a lot more difficult to get that particular Familiar.

The Murktooth Bramblekeep cost 35 Shimmering Pinecones (the holiday currency that connects to the Trickmurk Circus).  All you have to do to get the holiday currency is Gather Items.  Make sure you use the dropdown box to select “Shadow”.  The Shimmering Pinecones will randomly drop during the Trickmurk Circus. All of the artwork in this post is copyright of Flight Rising.

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World of Warcraft: Elders of Northrend Achievement – Fail!

Riglee and Elder Whurain

Most of the blogs I have written that feature Riglee, my Gnome Death Knight (DK), are about her attempt to solo a dungeon.  (It’s the “Riglee Does Dungeons” series).  This time, I did something a little bit different.  I wanted to see my DK, who is now Level 70 after doing some world events, could visit all of the Elders in Northrend.  Last time I tried this, she lacked Cold Weather Flying and only managed to reach a couple of Elders.

This time?  Things went a little bit better, but ultimately ended in failure.  There are two Elders that she simply cannot get to.  Maybe next year Riglee will be big enough to get to at least one of them.  The screenshots you see here were taken on February 25, 2015.

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Diablo III: Season 2 – Helping Vendel the Armorsmith

Dusk Level 34 Menu Season 2

This blog is part of the series I am doing that focuses on my progress in Season 2 in Diablo III. So far, I haven’t played as much as I did during Season 1. I’m still having fun, that’s not the problem.

Instead, the difficulty I’m having is due to stuff outside the game. The pollen count has been “medium-high”, and this causes me have to take a lot of allergy medications (that make me sleepy). It sounds like a recipe for a very dead hard core Demon Hunter. Death by allergy.

So, I’m taking things slow. In this blog, I focus on Dusk the Demon Hunter’s progress through Act I Bounties (in Normal difficulty). I need one more Seasonal Monster Slaying Achievement from Act I, and then I can move him on to Act II Bounties. The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on February 24, 2015.

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The FCC Voted “Yes” for Net Neutrality!

FCC Logo

On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  voted to approve the strongest ever rules on net neutrality. The shortest explanation of the effect of this vote is that broadband internet access has been reclassified under Title II. That gives the FCC the authority to regulate it (in the same way that telephone service is regulated).

In “plain English”, this vote puts an end to the idea that consumers would have to pay extra for “internet fast lanes”. It protects everyone’s ability to not only access the internet but also to share their opinions and to report on what’s happening in their neighborhood. Or, at least it does for now. It has been said that the big internet companies are angry about the vote, and they are likely to decide to spend a lot of money on lawyers so they can fight this in court. Fortunately for consumers, it will be very difficult for them to win their case now.

In this blog, I briefly review what net neutrality is and why it matters. I also share relevant Tweets that people posted about net neutrality.

What is net neutrality?
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World of Warcraft: The Dwarves Celebrate Lunar Fest

Hansbrix and Bradanna Lunar Fest finery

Lunar Fest is a world event in World of Warcraft.  It corresponds to the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, in the “real world”.  As you may have guessed, the dates that Lunar Fest takes place can change a little bit from year to year. The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on February 16, and February 19, 2015.

This blog is part of the series I am doing about The Dwarves.  My husband, Shawn, and I started playing two low level Dwarf characters together. Mine is Bradanna, who is a Priest. His is Hansbrix, a Hunter who is the reincarnation of what used to be his main character (now deleted).  It was time to find out what these two low level Dwarves could do in Lunar Fest.

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Jen Can Eat That!: Trios Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Gluten Free Trios

I started the “Jen Can Eat That!” series as a celebration of foods that taste good and are safe for me to eat.  I’ve got tons of food allergies, so my food choices are severely limited.  When I find something good, I like to do a review of it.  The goal is to share what I’ve found with people who have (some of ) the same food allergies as I do.

In 2015, the Girl Scouts of America began offering gluten-free Girl Scout cookies.  It’s about time!  I was overjoyed when I noticed that the Girl Scouts who had set up a table near the door of my local grocery store had some.  The gluten-free options cost $5.00 (while the others cost $4.00).  Considering that all gluten-free food costs more than the “regular” versions – this seemed like a reasonable price to me.

I can eat: Trios Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies!

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Diablo III: Season 2 – The Raven’s Wing and Homing Pads

Dusk Level 31 Season 2

This blog is part of the series I am doing that focuses on my progress in Season 2 of Diablo III. In this Season, I’m playing a hard core Demon Hunter named Dusk. My primary goal is to get him to Level 70 (in part because it unlocks some nice transmogs). If I accomplish that goal, I will pick a new one to go after.

I’ve been taking things slow this time around in part due to time constraints and also because I’ve been having some really bad allergy days. When that happens, I either end up on allergy drugs that make it hard to focus, or I fall asleep. Neither situation is good for playing hard core! In this blog, I focus on the fourth “session” I played in Season 2. These screenshots were taken on February 21, 2015.

Last time I played, I ran som...

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