Throne of Thunder is over!

Another chapter in my guild’s raiding history has concluded. Last night we got together in The Throne of Thunder to attempt to kill the final bad guy after five months of raiding it. We came together and solved a lot of problems to progress through it and last night was the culmination of all those months of downing boss after boss. TheElement is an Alliance casual raiding guild on US-Suramar in World of Warcraft. This video shows Raid Team 1 killing Lei Shen, the Thunder King. Now we move onto the new raid dungeon: Siege of Orgrimmar!

I play a Worgen Hunter named Frostwillow, you’ll see her in this video. You will also hear us communicating with one another during the fight.

When people start hating other people over a tool…

So Apple has launched two new iPhones, the iPhone 5S and 5C. And right on time, the hate is flying in all directions. A friend of mine got very wordy with me when I posted on my Facebook that Apple had sold 9 million of the new phones this past weekend, saying that Apple is a has been, a washed up company putting out phones that don’t amaze. On CNN a number of people went verbally non-linear when an article was published that the fingerprint sensor had been hacked, posting hate filled comments about “Apple fan bois crying themselves to sleep” over the news.

I find it amusing how our society has filled themselves with such hatred for people who choose to use one tool over another. You don’t see construction contractors harassing or belittling other contractors over their choice of tools do you? You don’t see people slamming other people because they bought an American car over a European car. What about flashlights, I actually prefer to use Maglites. They are a little more expensive but they are dependable and durable. Haven’t had anyone slam me for making that choice. What about if I prefer to listen to Classical music instead of Hip-Hop? Where is the hate there?

The point I am trying to make here is, we as human beings (especially those who live in a free and democratic country), are free to use something we have been blessed with: freedom of choice. If I like Craftsman tools instead of something else, that’s my choice. If my friend chooses to be homosexual, that’s their choice just as it’s mine to be heterosexual.

So the next time you want to thrash someone with hateful comments over their choice of a smartphone, perhaps you should consider what I have said first. Because if everyone, every human being, liked the same things, used the same tools, looked the same, loved the same way and did everything the same…well…it would be one hell of a boring world.

Don’t hate.

Introducing Walls!

For the past four years I have wanted to launch a web site to feature the desktop wallpaper designs I did way back before I became a professional graphic artist. So, yesterday (Monday), I finally got around to launching it. After spending nearly 3 weeks working on design concepts and then like a day coding it, it finally lives and offers a selection of my best wallpaper designs (all free of charge of course). There are some which also include versions for iPhone and iPad. Of course you can use these wallpapers on any device or platform. They’re just images.

If you want to check it out the site is: http://walls.pixelworxfactory.com

Enjoy!

Whoa! Slacking on the blog posts

Man, I have been just swamped with work the past month or two. I haven’t had much time for blogging. I have had several design projects land on me and while I enjoy them, there’s been little time for anything else. So what’s been going on?

1. My Mom remains in a senior living arrangement. She is probably never coming home again. She just requires 24/7 care that I can’t provide anywhere else. She is healthy and I visit her every week.

2. Still single. No women in my life, sad but true it is. Meh, it’s just one of those things.

3. Been on a huge Vivaldi kick the past few weeks. Dunno why, just have been.

4. I have almost finished sketching out a Piano Sonata that I hope to compose someday when I have time. I still need to finish my Mass in D minor too. 😦

5. Waiting anxiously for one big day and two big events. September 10th Apple is supposed to unveil their new iPhone(s). I sure hope they rock people’s socks off, otherwise it’s gonna be bad. Second event is the release of World of Warcraft 5.4 which is supposed to be a big patch release. Lots of new content and stuff. Can’t wait for both of these.

6. Started walking!! I have been walking on and off over the past two weeks. I am starting to force myself into a daily walking routine. So far so good, I am starting to enjoy it. Also my doctor says I am in great shape as far as cholesterol and blood sugar is concerned. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (insulin resistance). I swore I would kick it’s ass and I did. I changed my diet, exercised more than I had been and in a year’s time I reversed it. The lab results from a week ago indicate I am completely free of it. My numbers are all below pre-diabetic levels. So yeah, nailed it.

And I think that’s about it. I promise to post more soon…cheers!