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Magic, chocolate producing, Leporidae weekend. - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Magic, chocolate producing, Leporidae weekend.
As my last post may have hinted - I spent a number of hours (I think about 18 in retrospect) playing Wow during the four day weekend so if Wow related entries are not your thing you might want to read the Thursday/Friday and Sundays parts

Thursday evening my guv'nor and I left work early and went to the C&B to have a drink with our old "Boss Man", Mr Kinnear. Mr Kinnear was legendary, whilst I worked for him, for being able to drink distilleries dry. After a night out with him you would look like the reanimated dead and people would look knowingly and say "Ah... you've been Kinneared!" I was determined not to spend the entire weekend in bed feeling delicate so I started slowly and stuck to the only bottled beer in the C&B that resembled ale (Innis & Gunn). I was also saved by the fact that Mr K had been drinking since lunchtime and was well ahead of me, so keeping up was only mildly difficult instead of impossible.

Someone else who had been drinking since lunch time was my current "Boss Man" Mr T. He was a bit worse for wear but managed to keep from making a fool of himself. He's quite an amusing drunk. I particularly liked his advice to stay away from investing £25k in a gold mine "unless I was willing to loose the money!" You would have thought he'd know I am not in the position to have £25k, let alone that much to virtually throw away, with the salary he pays me.

Friday I was a little rough around the edges, but not in need of medical help so I had survived a Kinnearing quite well. After some brunch I felt human again.

The big event of the day was the new Red Dwarf mini series. The three parter was set for 9 o'clock on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I've always been a big Red Dwarf fan so I've been looking forward to this for a while. The first episode appeared to be far too short. This is partly because it was shown on Dave and in the 30 minute slot there must have been 10 minutes of adverts. The other part might have been that I was enjoying it so and the time flew past. I was really looking forward to the next episode.

I also watched 50 First Dates - and I love Drew Barrymore. This is strange because there was a time (around 1992-95) when I couldn't stand her. She has grow into a beautiful person... or she is picking better roles that makes me believe she has grown into a beautiful person. Who knows?

The film premise (without spoilers) is she has hit her head and damaged the part of her brain that "stores" long term memories. Every morning she wakes up with no memory of any day since she hit her head. Adam Sandler has fallen in love with her and must win her heart every day. It's romance meets groundhog day. As topics of a comedy go - this could have been done very badly, but they managed to be compassionate about the subject matter whilst keeping the humour.

As with any Adam Sandler film, the cast is the same bunch of people as he had in most of his previous films and the gags are the same too. I think it's the way the subject was handled that makes this a film I would recommend. It still manages to be light hearted but poignant at the same time.

Due to the amount of TV watched, no Wowing was partaken on Friday.

Saturday I woke early... no that's no good.
Saturday I woke early.

That's better. I woke before the alarm (07:30) and got up. The day was pretty drab outside but I had sunshine in my brain. After a spot of breakfast and some surfing (mainly facebook and LJ) I fired up Wow and set my sights on the big eight-oh. I had been thwarted by a couple of annoying quests. A little research showed I was not the only one so I decided to abandon them and look for some other quests. There are still a few areas I haven't explored... but the quests usually lead you from one area to the next when you are about ready. I was reluctant to wander out without guidance so I hunted around the area I was in for new quests.

A lot of Wows quests are chains; finishing one will give you the next. I was worried that the two troublesome ones were the only links left in the chain... but as I neared the north-east boundary of the area I was in I saw the big yellow exclamation mark that meant a new quest... and as luck would have it I'd found the quest that would prompt me to go visit a new area.

The new area was Icecrown, where most of the monsters are level 80 or higher! I was a bit sceptical that I was ready... but I forged on anyway. A couple of the quests seemed to take forever and I was almost constantly down to my last 10% of health, but I was (for the most part) staying alive! I had a break for lunch and watched a couple episodes of Earth: Final Conflict. Then I got back to the business of the day. A couple of apparently easier quests later and I was at level 79... just 20 minutes before 9 and time for the next episode of Red Dwarf.

The second episode was surreal. There was a running parody of Blade Runner and a few other ideas that I can't think of the originals for. I was amused, but there was less of the usual humour and I missed that. I was intrigued how they were going to wrap up the whole story in another 30 20 minute episode on Sunday.

Sunday I woke up early again!

I was listening to a bit of music, browsing the web (mainly facebook and LJ) when Elbow came on and I hunted the lyrics for Grounds for Divorce (which are on the CD notes in iTunes because I purchased it electronically). At the bottom of the notes is a link to Turn Me Up - an interesting organisation trying to get the music industry "suits" to realise that mucking up the levels in the mix is not necessarily a "Good Thing™."

I'm glad there appears to be a growing number of organised protests at the music industry showing them that it's not (just) a numbers game - it's about an art form (one that I feel strongly about.)

After that I went on to a link-fest and ended up at this video:

I instantly had gadget envy and wanted one (of any or all) of the synths featured. A couple of google/ebay searches and I realised that even selling the house will not sate that desire, so instead I bought the "new" Oxygene CD/DVD. This way I don't have to sell the house/my organs/my body.

I had dinner at the 'rental abode and Mum, Dad and I watched the first couple of series of Yes Minister. I left in good time to watch the third and final episode of Red Dwarf. The Blade Runner references were not subtle any more... and the ending was... unexpected.

Monday I was awake by 9, but I'd had enough of that getting up early lark, so I laid in bed listening to the radio until 10.

I had worked out during Saturday that it would take about 8 hours to level to 80. I checked my mail and grabbed some breakfast and by 11 I was ready (with a nice mug of tea) to tackle the final hurdle. My aim was to hit 800k XP before "lunch" and do the rest after. Lunch came a little later than expected (about 4 o'clock) which made my estimate a little wide of the mark. After lunch (and an episode of Top Gear) and armed with a fresh mug of tea I returned to complete the final 870k. Icecrown had some challenging quest chains... but with the extra level (and the abilities that come with an extra level) it was getting easier. The Death Knight class is sure to be seriously nerfed in the next round of changes because once you get going you are almost invincible. I got myself into a spot of bother (attracting the attention of a mob of about 8 level 80's) on a couple of occasions but with the occasional health potion and some dexterous hammering of the correct buttons in the right order I was able to survive where in previous cases with my Tankadin I would have been toast.

There were a couple of quests that at first glance appeared to be very time consuming... but once I made the all important discovery (usually by accident or watching someone else's tactics) were over in no time at all. As is usual when you get that tunnel vision I was unaware of the passing of time in the real world. I was also quite unaware of the accumulation of XP in the Wow world so it was a very pleasant surprise to hand in a very easy quest and get the Ding. With the goal gained and the tunnel vision removed the passage of real time made itself known. I desperately needed to pee... and another cup of tea (in that order!) It was 11:55 and it had taken about 11 hours of play.

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teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: April 14th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love 50 First Dates, but then, I like most Adam Sandler and /or Drew Barrymore films. Not been to the flicks in ages :(
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: April 15th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
If there's something you want to see you know you only have to ask and I'll go!
sickandpoo From: sickandpoo Date: April 15th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)


Is That Film The One Where One Of Them Has A Memory Problem And Keeps On Having The Same Date Over And Over Again ... At Least Thats What One Of Them Thinks Anyways x
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: April 15th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: ?

The girl (Drew Barrymore) has the memory problem. There's not actually "a date" that is repeated, but at the beginning he tries the same chat-up routine day after day for an undisclosed number of times.
sickandpoo From: sickandpoo Date: April 17th, 2009 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)


Oh Well , I Was Close.
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