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Educating Miss Momo

Momokawa hiding in a tree

Yesterday, a minor calamity. My coffee maker, well, it kept leaking and damaging the counter, so much so I found a puddle of coffee in a mixing bowl in the cupboard. So, into the garbage, and going to wait till payday to get a new one. And the a/c broke. It keeps freezing up, and it finally turned warm. These are silly, menial bugaboos, but suffice it to say I’m not feeling super sharp right now. My similes are sloppy and my metaphors mopey.

Thank heavens other writers are writing great just-in-time articles:

Navi provides another amazing comprehensive guide to her tree spec and choices. See people, this is what I’m talking about! Now I am going to take a look at Momo’s and shake up her tree a bit:

http://frostwolves.blogspot.com/2012/07/my-resto-spec-and-talents-for.html

Also, Tzufit has a wonderful reflection on our sense of competition and raiding progression:

https://treehealsgowoosh.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/do-progressive-nerfs-negatively-impact-casual-raid-teams/

Finally, JD writes an editorial on why we should have account-wide ignore:
http://arcanewordsmith.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/improving-the-social-aspect/

His idea has been expressed recently even in my guild chat. I was musing to myself that if that happens, at some point none of us will be talking to anyone in game, kind of like how no one likes to go out anymore–we all just nest at home. And in our nests, if we find friendships in the social interactive world, and get to pretend we’re flying and killing dragons, what a bonus!

This brings up a bigger issue, and I was trying to find the research to back up this theory, but in any social context, things start off great, and then disintegrate. My druid Momokawa has been the recipient of asshattery, and I am hesitant to even log into her character for the concern that again, she will not win the healing mace to make her more efficient, or any of the tokens she needs to help her help others. But that’s what I get for having so many alts and enjoying the game on many levels–shame on me! If I had just focused on one or two, they’d be flying around on their blue dragons with talking staffs and there’d be cookies and ice cream for everyone! (This brings up my annoyance – I just wish we could trade good weapons across our alts. Know it will never happen, but sure would be cool.)

Some links to articles on social interactions and computers:
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2010/jan/12/how-technology-affects-etiquette-and-social-intera/

http://igitur-archive.library.uu.nl/fss/2006-1214-211040/kirschner_03_identifying_pitfalls_social_interaction_computer_supported.pdf

A link to what motivates us: (love, baby, it’s always love)
http://persweb.wabash.edu/facstaff/hortonr/articles%20for%20class/baumeister%20and%20leary.pdf

And finally, a book review link from a Forbes writer, Why Doesn’t Society Just Fall Apart?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamthierer/2012/01/23/why-doesnt-society-just-fall-apart/

I have no doubt that the wizards at Blizzard take long, hard looks at these kinds of studies.

Even Yoda evolves…

However good the intentions are of MMOs and their desires for us all to get along, work out our own issues, and report for spam, my continued response is we are not sea-monkeys. We did not spawn out of salt and water. Well, we did, but okay, I’m hoping we’ve evolved a tiny bit since primordial soup and crackers days. Soup to nuts is more like it.

Fundamental:
We all want to belong.
Complicated:
In the efforts to belong, sometimes humans are cruel thinking that is what will gain them social status.
Fundamental:
We all need play.
Complicated:
In our efforts to find respite and relaxation, sometimes we choose activities that are competitive and goal-oriented.
Fundmental:
Sometimes people are jerks because they are.
Complicated:
Studying their motivations for psychotic behavior is a full-time job, and we as a society often fail tragically.

Case in point: Yesterday I was went to LFR with my dear friend. There was this shaman healer, and something…wasn’t right. A druid grabbed the healing off-hand, and you would have thought he punched the shaman’s mother. The shaman would NOT SHUT UP, even after the druid whose main space was resto, offered to another healer besides the two who were griefing him relentlessly, and I mean relentlessly. I even opened my mouth. The shaman kept yelling NINJA NO HEALS I WILL NOT HEAL IF DON’T GET THINGY NINJA NINJA….and guess what? I voted to kick after we wiped twice on Blackhorn or Blackthorn or whatever, and he was not healing anyone. It took another wipe before people clicked to kick. Unbelievable. It was quasi-hostage mode. I know certain personalities I like to call “hostage takers,” who play the social game stakes way too high. These are some scary, crazy dudes. Maybe he read The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. Or maybe he didn’t.

The fact is behind the screens are many mentally imbalanced folks. We are not doing a good job as a civilization in taking care of them. Now, I am about to veer off into territory I don’t want to, so I’ll stop now.

So when life takes your coffee pot, make tea. It’s more civilized anyway.

Postscript: Just saw this image on Facebook

For Druid’s sake

Right in the grocery store, next to the sushi…

Just a random stupid post about my favorite beverage: sake.

Yes, I love martinis. Shots of fine tequila are always fun. And nothing beats a good red wine to make one feel all warm and dreamy.

But sake–

Don’t Bogart my sake, man!

A good friend from college turned me on to sake years ago. He’s the one who also introduced me to Ethiopian food, punk music, and how to keep a boy at bay for years until he finally gives up. He was great, but he wasn’t the one.

Anyway – he told me you warm up sake, and then experience as the flavor changes as it cools. Any every time I enjoy a tiny cup, I think of him. Yes, he’s doing well, very happy, and happy endings all ’round.

This quickly dissolved into a trip down memory lane (you’d think I was drinking sake at 9AM, which I am not, but I do have the theme song blasting).

This was supposed to be about my latest character, Momokawa. I originally started her for the Ironman challenge, but then quickly thought NOOOOOooOOOO….I couldn’t stand to see her twist and fall, as graceful Night Elves do (Night Elf males, when they die, it’s like a scene from a bad western: “He got me, Billy Bob, he got me! I’m seeing the light! Ma, is that you? Pa, I’ll be there soon! ARRRGGHHHH!” So, I had Mookimook, who was around level 23, and had Momokawa. I am not going to level two NE Druids. Am. Not. And I really like Momokawa’s name. What to do? Well, what any normal OCD, overachieving, addicted personality would do: I stripped Mooki of her raiment, gathered all heirloom gear for Momo, make Mooki a naked bank alt (she will be keeping all my letters and un-soulbound mementos), and started leveling Momo. She’s going to get the love for now. I intend on making her Balance/Resto and as soon as she can go in dungeons and heal, she shall. I have always loved the druid healing spells, all leafy, green, and smokey. Kind of like college.

I realize Druids are all loving and peaceful, and this song is incongruent with their natures, but they have a bit of a rebel side in them, too:

Theme Song: Anarchy in the UK/The Sex Pistols