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The day I went politely dark side.

Last week was stressful. I needed a break when I could be both un-creative and harmlessly vengeful. (Pundits have missed the point of violence in video games…it’s so we don’t act out in reality.)

Typically, I prefer light-sided Sith. Their questlines are convoluted, balancing acts of kindness with impressing their masters and hiding their secret generosity. Dark Jedi balance similar deception among their elders. The gun classes (Trooper, Bounty Hunter, Smuggler, Imperial Agent) are less polarized.

Dark Sith are a different animal. They’re afforded regular opportunities to be truly vicious. Normally, it’s exhausting. But sometimes you just need to play the villain. Tordethal was my first villain who pulled no punches. Weaklings and cowards who beg for mercy get receiving end of Force Lightning. *zap, crackle* Let that be a lesson to my coworkers! Yeah!

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CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO: Top Ten Reasons to Love Facebook

#10. Your closest friends aren’t on Facebook anyway.

My best friend from college is not on Facebook. My brother is not. My parents are not. And yet I have no problem keeping in touch with those people, sharing photographs or other content and making arrangements for visits. Even those who do have Facebook accounts, like my wife or coworkers, don’t use Facebook as a means to interact with me. In your real relationships, Facebook is entirely superfluous.

Your fake relationships are another matter.

#9.Finding friends who aren’t your friends (or them finding you).

You’ll get requests from people you barely met, or have never met. You won’t bond with them or develop a real friendship, but you’ll be able to peruse their favorite tv shows whenever you’re tired of watching yours. At the extreme end of the spectrum are those people you’d rather have nothing to do with who find you and friend you on Facebook.

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April Sage’s Day

Bah humbug.

April Fool’s Day is a holiday which glorifies dishonesty. If you absolutely must mess with people today, I encourage you to play pranks in good taste rather than outright lie.

For example last year someone stole and hid the desk and chair from one of my coworkers. However, they left her computer and other working materials in place. I like the sort of prank which causes a lot of laughs, but no real harm.

That said, I have enjoyed many an April Fool’s Day joke, especially announcements by major companies, such as Blizzard’s preview of the bard class (a la guitar hero), Burger King’s left-handed Whoppers, NASA’s claim of water on Mars (a glass of water and a Mars candy bar), google’s pranks, wikipedia’s pranks, and so forth.

My friend Ben (getting married this July) played an awesome April Fool’s prank on me when he insisted (after months of excitement towards D&D and roleplaying in general) that he’d done some more research and found that playing D&D would offend his good Christian sensibilities. He’s way too good of a liar.

Pranks and tall tales which are fairly evident or quickly revealed are all part of the fun. Just make sure you aren’t saying or doing something dishonest which is truly hurtful. And remember that everyone draws that line differently.

It’s done.

crying-peonI haven’t played World of Warcraft consistently in awhile, although I have logged in now and then just to say hello to my characters, as it were.

I didn’t dramatically quit cold turkey as others have done (with varying degrees of success, I might add) but by gradually distancing myself from time played and game-related goals.

Now I have taken the final step, which is cancelling the account I no longer play.

I feel compelled to add here that I love World of Warcraft. Even as compared to other MMOs, of which I’ve tried probably a dozen. The graphics, the plots, the characters, the quest lines, the world, the holiday festivities, even the mechanics make WoW in all seriousness the single best game I have ever played. When I’m rich and famous enough that writing is my FULL time job and not my SECOND job, I will undoubtedly return to it with vigor.

The picture above is just one of several steps you need to go through to finally quit your account. It’s very disturbing to make the peon cry. Also, you’re forced to pick from a menu of reasons you’d quit, including recent nerfs or game changes, etc.

Amusingly, “I play too much” and “I don’t have enough time play” are both separate options. I chose the second, honestly, because by now I truly am treating writing like a second job and there isn’t time for such an immersive world.

It also gives me amusement that I haven’t told and won’t tell my RL friends-and-fellow-players  — coworkers mostly — that I’ve cancelled my account. This is amusing because these are people who have promised on one level or another to read my blog — and don’t.

Your focus determines your reality. My focus is a life driven by astounding insights presented in the form of memorable stories. Everything I do must be aimed to get me there.

This is my priority, now, and how I choose to spend my so-called “free” time.