WoW Stress Test Extended

September 9th, 2004

Yesterday it became official that Blizzard has extended the Stress Test for World of Warcraft. What was originally scheduled to close on Friday, the Stress Test now ends on Sunday. This means two things.

1) I get to play more before my beautiful Night Elf Hunter is deleted as though he means nothing to anyone.
2) All of those things that I had planned on doing last weekend that didn't get done and were rescheduled for this coming weekend will now be pushed back yet another weekend.

We are extending the stress test beta to this Sunday and adding thousands of additional testers from the group of gamers that are currently on the closed-beta waiting list. Invitation emails have started going out to the new testers already. The stress test beta contest will continue on until the end of the stress test beta, at which time all stress test accounts will expire.

That explains why I got a second e-mail saying I can sign up since they never cross-referenced their list of those closed-beta wait listed and current stress testers.

US Open

September 9th, 2004


Agassi v. Federer

I anxiously await the dramatic conclusion to this match (rain delay). Talk about two giants in the sport of tennis.

The match started out with the two of them hitting the ball as though they had something to prove. Neither player was going to be out hit in this match. Neither player was going to be pushed around in this match. On serve until 2-2 in the first set when all of a sudden Roger Federer rattles off three games in a row. Agassi tries to hang on, but cannot. 6-3 Federer. This apparently did not sit well with Andre as he started the second set as a man possessed.
6-2 Agassi. The way Federer was playing was simply not enough in this second set.

That, however is why Roger Federer is so good. I hate to admit it, since I am not a fan of his, but he is an incredible player. What makes him SO good is his ability to do what so few other players can do, and that is adapt his game to his opponent. He can hit so many shots. He can play so many styles. He is so quick on the court. He is a champion. 7-5 Federer.

R. Federer  6 2 7
A. Agassi   3 6 5

So here we are. The fourth set had just begun when the rain that had almost prevented this match from happening last night returned.

Andre Agassi is, as he has always been, poetry in motion on the court. Roger Federer is the new school player who is already being talked about as one of the best players to ever hold a racket. This match up is fantastic. Unfortunately I will not be able to watch the end of this match as it takes place this afternoon and I will not be near a television until 9pm or so.

I guess I can fill you in on the rest of the scores in case you've not seen them. Lindsay Davenport made quick work of Shinobu Asagoe (6-1 6-1). Svetlana Kuznetsova topped Nadia Petrova (7-6(4) 6-3). The other men's quarterfinal match being played last night was Britain's Tim Henman and Dominik Hrbaty which also had play stopped due to rain as Henman leads
(6-1 7-5 4-5).

Matches tonight are Tommy Haas v. Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick v. Joachim Johansson. The women's semis start Friday when Lindsay Davenport faces Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jennifer Capriati plays Russian Elena Dementieva.

Back to work...

September 7th, 2004

I didn't have too hard of a time getting out of bed this morning. Not nearly as bad I as I had imagined at least. The first morning back after vacation, no matter how short, is always a difficult one.

Hope everyone had an exciting holiday weekend. Though I was completely unable to get any of the things done that I had planned on getting done with the weekend, I still had a great time. Is it against some code of ethics not to bbq on Labor Day weekend?

And for the record: no, the irony was not lost on me this morning as I ironed my new wrinkle-free shirt.

All I can say is WoW.

September 3rd, 2004


Stress TestAs of 3pm EDT yesterday Blizzard was allowing account creation for those accepted to their Stress Test Beta. The stress test is designed to open the flood gates of angsty nerds who cannot wait to wrap their virtual hands around a taste of World of Warcraft. Blizzard's aim is to have tens of thousands of users attempt to create accounts all at once to see if their servers can handle the volume.

From 3pm yesterday until 7 days later, we stress testers are able to try to lag out their servers. Again, Blizzard wants to know if their servers can handle high traffic.

I created my account as soon as I got home from work yesterday as I couldn't wait to get started. This is my first MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) experience so I am extremely curious. I've shyed away from them in the past as they do not hold much interest for me. The idea of spending more time running from one place to the next than actually doing anything once you're there does not appeal to me. Also, characters get tired over the course of play and need to be rested for days at a time. This means that I have to work my gaming time around when it's convenient for a made up creature. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Now, as I stated above, this is my first MMORPG, so there is a learning curve to deal with. I ran around a bit and did some questing, no problems. No problems that is, until I died. I had started in one city, then died in another. My ghost spawned in a third city, one I'd not seen before. I had no idea how to get back to my corpse. Eventually I figured it out and was able to move on, so that is not a complaint with the game, it was user-error by a newbie.

So how was it, you ask? WoW is a great game. Blizzard just refuses to let me down. I latched on to their work with Diablo II and progressed into Warcraft III.

I have been anxiously anticipating World of Warcraft and Blizzard delivers!

6 more days...

Logitech owns my $

September 2nd, 2004


Ladies and Gentlemen....the MX1000!

Mere days after I post about my love affair with my MX510, I see Logitech has struck again. What, you may ask is so special about the 1000? The answer is one simple word...LASER. No more optical. Definitely no more mouseball. In the world of mice, Logitech is king and they are setting the bar another notch higher at "laser." The new Logitech MX Laser Engine provides 20x times the tracking accuracy of standard optical systems.

Aside from being the hottest looking mouse I have ever seen, it is also slated to outperform any mouse on the market. I don't have one...yet.

Buy it from Amazon.


September 1st, 2004


So 10 months after I move out of Philadelphia it appears that they are researching a $10 million dollar project that would make the entire 135 square mile city the world's largest wireless hotspot.

Yet another reason why it was so much cooler living there than here. Though imagine all of the cheese whiz that would get into my keyboard when I would be making my blog posts from Pat's...

Ok, ya got me, I just really really want a keychain that detects wifi hotspots.

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My other Lovely #1

August 29th, 2004

First things first, let me say that no, I am not stupid enough to call one sister lovely #1 and the other lovely #2 as if to prioritize them.
That aside, my little buddy left today. She (also, not pictured) is on a plane as I blog, headed to London as a stop on her way to Rome, Italy.

We were able to hang out yesterday; spending that sibling time together before she left. It was very nice. I'm glad we were able to make time for it (and not only because she was cleaning my condo!!). She seemed very excited for her trip so I feel much calmer about it overall. It's so hard to watch them go, I can only imagine what it is like for our parents.

With Alison leaving Tuesday, I was no more prepared for Lesley leaving today, which was not really a surprise. I knew it would never be easy to say goodbye to my little sisters for any extended period of time.

This is, however, such an exciting opportunity for them both: being abroad for this semester. I hope this is a decision they never regret and a trip they remember fondly for the rest of their long lives.

(I'm holding your Peanut M&Ms for you until December 18th... )

Logitech mx510

August 27th, 2004


Logitech mx510 blueSo I recently got that second PC up and running. Yeah yeah yeah, I know it took forever. In my frustration over it not working, I never noticed that I had not yet ordered a mouse.

Decisions. Decisions.

I've become Logitech fanboy #1 since purchasing the mx700 however, I could not order another. The reason behind this is that my two computers sit relatively closely in my "home office" setup and I read many reviews that stated the mx700 has only one channel and when you put two of them in a close proximity there is some interference between the two. I did not want any interference and also as I was reading reviews for mice I wanted to pick up a good one for gaming. As I am awaiting the release of WoW I want to make sure I have the hardware to make the game run smoothly. This led me to the Logitech mx510. The mouse comes in both red and blue design, I opted for the blue (shown). The reviews I read were highly complimentary stating that the mouse was the quinticential gaming mouse; responding quickly to any movement while providing ultimate comfort. As I have not been one of the lucky few to be chosen for the WoW beta, I was forced last night to reinstall Warcraft III in hopes of getting some small taste of what Blizzard has in store for me.

What can I now tell you about my mx510? Granted I've only used it sparingly to this point, but I am 100% satisfied with my purchase. It has the same design as the mx700 which fits very well in my oversized paws. It moves with a motion more fluid than I feel should be possible. The mx510 is a great mouse. Logitech strikes again.

I generally like to order my parts from, but shopping around I found that Amazon had a better deal this time.

Lovely #1

August 25th, 2004

So both of my sisters are going to be in Europe for this upcoming semester. I have been relatively ok with this idea as I am extremely happy for them to be facing such an exciting experience.

Chef LouisShell shock came two nights ago as I said goodbye to Alison (not pictured). She was leaving yesterday afternoon for France so after dinner Monday night, we said our goodbye. It finally occurred to me that they will both be across the pond for over three months. This is simply unacceptable. Who authorized this? I know I never signed off on anything.

She will be living in Dijon, France with a host mother. Every class will be in French, she will be living entirely in French. This will be a great way for her to gauge whether or not she wants to go to cullinary school over there.

She got on the plane yesterday afternoon. December 11th will not come fast enough.

Vending machine dilemma.

August 24th, 2004

For whatever reason(s) I've only had one meal each of the past two days. This, surprisingly, has led me to become quite hungry today. I was trying to hold out for lunch today so I could eat real food, however I am only human. This takes me to the scene of the incident.

I step up to the vending machine in search of the only thing that can cure what ails me...Cheetos (What did you expect me to say?) I don't see any Cheetos in the machine. As I glance to the spot in the machine where the Cheetos usually reside I see Bugles.


Flustered, I think to myself, "Self, what possible reason could there be for Bugles squatting in the valuable vending machine real estate where my Cheetos belong?" At that moment I notice that there is but one bag of these foul Bugles followed by an entire row of Cheetos. This is where the dilemma presents itself.

Do I waste (yes waste) $0.50 on the bag of Bugles as sacrifice to clear the path to the Cheetos? Or do I improvise my morning sustenance?

As it turns out I decided not to give the vending machine company the pleasure of knowing they can sell the inferior snack that Bugles are simply by using them as a salty barricade to the Cheetos.

Today I had Fritos for the first time in a long time and they were delicious.

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