You’re In The Army Now!

Normally, when someone I like (a friend, a family member, etc.) or even just someone I know achieves something, I’m happy for that person. I don’t necessarily dance and hop around, but I will at least feel some sort of happiness.

For example, I hadn’t spoken to my ex for a few months, but I still wanted to congratulate him for finishing his movie. I knew it was an important project for him.

But in this one particular case, I just can’t feel happy. My cousin (a man) has dreamed of being in the army for a long time. I didn’t have all my teeth and he already wanted to be in the army. And now he got in. The big day is on February something.

I try to think “oh, I will congratulate him! He must be so happy” and other things like that, but I just can’t. If he was at least saying “I want to help make the world a better place” or whatever the mission of the Canadian army is (when we don’t have Harper as a leader, that is)…but that’s not what he says. He wants to fight. He wants to be a combat soldier, or whatever they’re called.

It just doesn’t agree with me. If he had chosen to be an accountant, I would have found it incredibly boring, but at least it wouldn’t have hurt the little part of me that wishes we could all dance together among the flowers.

DragonFable Comments and Resources

That my AdventureQuest resources post would have a follow up was merely a question of when I would finally get around to sitting down doing it.

So, here we go. Let’s talk about DragonFable, another game by Artix Entertainment. Before going into the resources (which you can access by simply scrolling down), I will add a few comments as to why I prefer DragonFable over AdventureQuest.

  • Fewer players means that you never have to wait to log in, even if you don’t have a paid account (called Dragon Amulets). Just go to the site and log in.
  • Being more recent and smaller means the graphics are of better quality. If you fight against some old enemies in AQ (and there are lots of them!), you will see that they usually greatly lack in texture, making them look much more cheap. While DragonFable might not always be a chef d’oeuvre of digital art, the graphics are overall much better.
  • The damage formula has changed, making the game far easier and far less frustrating. Easier is not always better but, in this particular case, it is.

So, on with the actual resources. As with AdventureQuest, the forums are definitely the place to go for information. What’s great is that most questions are already answered.

The Encyclopedia is filled with lots of information which can always be useful. Here are a few very useful threads. “A-Z” threads contain a list of equipment, monsters, etc., with links to individual threads about said equipment, monster, etc.

This concludes our tour. You are welcome to ask me any questions (regarding the game!) that aren’t answered up there.

Misleading Readers

Do I like this layout? I’m not so sure…It’s nice but I find a bit hard to read.

Anyway, this is not the topic of this entry.

The other day, I went with my brother in some shop that sells magazines and newspapers. There are very few magazines in the world that interest me, so I was quickly taking a look at what they had, when I saw one of those stupid eye-catching magazines that love to make a scandal out of everything. Can’t remember the name.

On the main page, as with every magazine, were a few images and some text concerning articles, meant to attract your attention. One of the titles was “Binge Drinking”, followed by the line “85% of people below 15 have already drunken alcohol” (my wording might be different, but the numbers were the same).

Now, there was no arrow pointing the title with the text saying “We are talking about binge drinking in this statistic”, but the laws of common sense dictate that a title must be related to what’s just below. And when your title is followed by statistics, the statistics must pertain to the title. In this particular case, it isn’t so at all!

Now, an average reader passing by will scan the magazine covers and go home exclaiming “OMG! I just read today that 85% of kids take part in binge drinking contests!” or whatever deformation they can come up with. But that’s really not what the statistic says.

“Drinking alcohol” doesn’t mean that they went to a rave to spend 4 days drunk and high on speeds. Before the age of 15, I had drunken alcohol. Like a good amount of people of that age, my parents had let me take a bit of wine at family dinners, like during the holidays.

So, when you want to give a statistic, don’t give it the title that is most likely to be remembered by people. Give it a title that makes sense.

I Have Corrupted the Furry One

I have corrupted my cat. She just jumped onto the desk…and drank some of my Pepsi! I can’t believe it, just a few weeks ago she would run away from the glass as soon as she would smell it.

I Need Glasses

I need new glasses. I ran out of contact lenses over a year ago, and the only pair of glasses I own is very old, which means it’s in a bad state, absolutely ugly, and not quite well adjusted to my eyesight. When I mentioned it to my mother, she offered to pay for them. I was pleasantly surprised, although admittedly ashamed that I can’t afford anything on my own. Today, perhaps to make me feel better about it, I had yet another reminder of how badly I need them.

When my mom came to pick me up before the holidays, she bought some eggs for her breakfast. (She had to come because I had furniture and whatnot to bring with me, else I’d have taken the bus) We put them in the small fridge, in the spots especially designed for that purpose.

I open the fridge today, and see the remaining eggs from my height (which is not very high). There are two, I think. And one of them is in a bad state which I can’t quite figure out. It’s like it would broken, but hard-boiled, since nothing is dripping…Then I bend over to put food into the fridge…and realize it’s actually a garlic bulb. So much for weird broken eggs. 😦

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