The Vengeful Polyglot

Archive for September 2011

Pardon my absence! I was busy completing my first Rosh Hashana as executive chef (my mom played sous chef for a week to help me out, and was very good sport about my inability to convert “a bit” into a concrete measurement). After chicken soup, vegetarian soup, matzo balls, two noodle kugel, two potato kugel, two briskets, an apple cake, a honey cake, and a last minute fish emergency, let’s just say I’m looking forward to Yom Kippur, if you know what I mean. 😛

(By the way, those are not my balls pictured, but let me just state for the record: I’m told they were aesthetically pleasing, large, and delicious, all puns intended.)

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Having spent a fair amount of time with my new T3i (also known as the 600D in Europe), I’m comfortable saying that it’s an excellent entry-level DSLR at a reasonable price point (mine came in a bundle deal with a printer, the kit lens, and some accessories for just under $800). Granted, I don’t have much experience with cameras, but I’m very impressed at the quality and ease of use Canon can provided in such a small package.

Since I don’t have experience with any other DLSRs, this won’t exactly be a comparison between, say, this and an equivalent Nikon. I’m hoping to explain my opinion on the strengths and weaknesses of this camera, and why I chose it over the similarly featured T2i.

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I’ve really been enjoying watching Blizzard release each T13 set along with the class’s armor retrospective, but so far only classes I wasn’t too attached to (read: not healers) had been rolled out. Today, my day in the sun came at last. Granted, I’ve never been too taken by the aesthetics of shaman tier with the exception of  T7, which I thought was really excellently made (T6 was neato, too, but I’ve never really played elemental and it had such a “lightning” lean to it that I don’t think I’d consider mogging to it), but I was still really excited to see what the art team came up with.

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I got my first ever Birchbox today! I really wasn’t expecting it, because my mom signed me up as a surprise. Exciting! Unfortunately, as far as this particular box goes, I wasn’t super impressed. I’m still really interested in the concept, though, and I’m looking forward to the coming months. To the unboxing!

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Short hair! Don’t judge based on terribad picture; it’s a bit cuter than it seems.

I haven’t posted in a bit because I’ve been busy officially moving back to LA. It’s very weird having all my stuff in one place and not knowing when I’ll next wind up in Irvine. I suppose I’ll adapt to not being nomadic at some point. At least my bedroom set is finally together and I can have artwork on the walls (and by artwork, I mean lots and lots of WoW posters)!

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For players rolling a new alt of a class they’re unfamiliar with, or players just starting WoW altogether, gear decisions can be tricky. Particularly for those who aren’t familiar with RPG archetypes, knowing which stats you want for a given spec isn’t necessarily intuitive. In the hopes of assisting any confused WoWers out there, here’s a little cheat sheet as to which classes and specs use which stats, and on which type of gear.

For convenience sake, I’m going to group specs into categories to more easily generalize when possible:

  • Healers: Holy Priest, Discipline Priest, Holy Paladin, Restoration Shaman, Restoration Druid
  • Tanks: Protection Warrior, Protection Paladin, Feral Druid (bear), Blood Death Knight
  • Cloth DPS: Shadow Priest, Mage, Warlock
  • Leather Spell DPS: Balance Druid
  • Leather Melee DPS: Feral Druid (cat), Rogue
  • Mail Spell DPS: Elemental Shaman
  • Mail Melee/Ranged DPS: Ehancement Shaman, Hunter
  • Plate DPS: Fury Warrior, Arms Warrior, Retribution Paladin, Unholy Death Knight, Frost Death Knight

Recently, despite my personal dislike of the series (granted, I mostly mean the Sookie Stackhouse books, I’ve never really seen the show), I was intrigued enough by excellent reviews to buy the Tarte True Blood Limited-Edition Palette. The cheek and lip stain are a bit vampy for me, but the eyeshadows looked really useful, especially since my collection of “good” makeup is still a bit limited in terms of color.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised, and I would recommend it to a friend. It’s a surprisingly wearable set of eyeshadows, despite having some dramatic colors, and I think it’s appropriately priced ($52) for what you get. Set includes 17 all-new, “supernatural” eyeshadows, deluxe sample-sized Lifted natural eye primer, deluxe sample-sized Lights, Camera, Lashes! natural mascara, and a full-sized EmphasEYES aqua-gel eyeliner.

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