Monthly Archives: January 2013

Joyously noob (Vanguard Saga of Heroes)

Once, long ago, settle down, when I started playing WoW, I had a warlock. She wasn’t the first alt I rolled but she became a favourite for being so fun to play. Then they messed around with the class and I stopped playing it. It was bland. It was generic. It was – boring. I didn’t know it at the time, but my warlock was but a pale shade of a Vanguard Necromancer. Last time I tried Vanguard I discovered Necromancers and as a result though little played due to running like a cow, Vanguard has stayed on my hard disk. I have a few of those – Fallen Earth is another, and GW2. I check on them now and again to see if they are working any better because I know when players are thin, games get around to optimising. So, with the new f2p matrix I thought I’d give Vanguard another whirl, it’s about the right time.


I played for a half hour and I was hooked. My settings are all pretty low, but it runs nicely now and I don’t want to log out after 10 minutes – a lot less sludgy, a lot, a lot. And only the occasional stutter, very occasionally. That is a huge improvement. I don’t know what they’ve done, but it meant I had time to feeeeeel the magic! Then there’s the new f2p deal, which I’ve not gone into in much detail because I can try all the classes with no fear of a cutoff at level 20. I was going to try them all anyway, if/when Vanguard ran ok, and pay for only the ones I fell so in love with so much that I could not bear to not advance them (possibly just the Necromancer). So you’d think there was no gain for SOE – but what’s happened is that “eventually try them all” turned to – “ooh I’ll try them all now”. No direct reasoning there then 🙂 Just some weirdie magic, and that’s all I needed for now from the new matrix, apparently, and Vanguard got some hours from me.  I’ll check the matrix out in detail later – and yes, browse the cash shop. Win.

Downs quickly – nag button at the top front of the screen. Hate the thing, and it makes me not want to subscribe. Settings still need to be very low – I can live with it. Funny legs – ditto. That’s about it. I am having fun with tanks – above is a very young paladin that I’m off to play right now for a half hour before I mustneeds go out.

Categories: Vanguard

Who doesn’t love…


Fishnet Mountains !!


Categories: Blender


So I was right, 2013 for Archeage – yabut, if it’s yet another pvp game with a sandbox for attracting fodder I’m keeping my 50p. Drawing my line right here in the sand – pve sandbox or go home!

Categories: Shorts

Make a million!

No, it’s not dust this time 🙂
Will someone start manufacturing and selling these already pls, and send me one.

I doubt I can do it myself but nonetheless you may be sure the next dead printer I find will have its innards investigated for a stepper motor.

Categories: Oddments, Shorts, Useful Things


This game is as funny to watch as it is to play which is a good thing because I’m rubbish at it!

Wheeeeee – or is it Cheeeeeese!


Categories: Oddments

Love from Leith

I am scrabbling this out not in my usual cozy nest, but from a nice internet cafe in Leith – this is the life! I have just photocopied a yooge form, with some help from the proprietor (how kind!) to keep the pages in order and work the machine, and now, by the Gods of Technology here I am blogging my blog from not home. Hehehe. Little things make me happy!

My webhome in Leith is the Citynet Internet Lounge (267A Leith Walk) and very pleasant it is too – no purchase of coffee required, just use the net is fine. It’s always good to come across good places – happy to plug 🙂

(Enlarged day after ): I was glad to find this. Walking, which I love, makes my old back hurt after a certain point and rest is required. The Internet Lounge has nice comfy seats. It was busy while I was there, with all the computers being used. Though it’s called a lounge, it’s not a loungy lounge, like a coffee shop or anything. Just an internetty place with terminals screened off from eachother. I like that. I was able to do what I wanted to without feeling I had to do loungy-eaty things. Computers and food dont really go together anyway. Leith isn’t on my list of oft visited places but maybe now I’ll visit there more oft. Incidentally since it was snowing when I set out, I was firmly in demented tramp meets pom pom outfit (comfort>everything) but was treated like a perfectly respectable human being nonetheless.

Once you start with the walkabouts, they become addictive. Due to assorted rocks and hard places I’m Mrs Shreddynerves just now, and I don’t mind spending time just walking. It was out yesterday I realised that I’ve done what I can about life’s little problems and if things go awry although it will not be nice, some really stupid situations will cease too.

Stress level plumetted like a stone on that cheery thought.

Categories: Edinburgh

Away ye fiends and demons of “modern” (pfft) Britain! It’s the weekend !!!!

Thank the Great Greatness for that too. It really has been the most colossally hellish, nasty, appalling week, but lookie here:

I know where I’m headed, for head-space and strain relief this weekend! School’s out soon – maybe can persuade someone to duo with me 🙂

Categories: Useful Things: Vanguard

C++ – traditional

Well in my day we didn’t have tools like what they have nowadays. I’m approaching the Grandelanguage of coding as a beginner because it’s been so long (more than 20 years), 1, and because I need to be able to explain how to do things to starter humans, 2. I do remember being totally confused, way back then, when trying for the first time to figure out how the tools worked together. Which text editor? What’s a compiler – build? etc.

This time round I’m using code::blocks which so far makes everything very easy. AVG does not work well with it, but making an exception for my project folder seems to have solved things. So far so good anyway. Not very exciting but here’s the traditional:


In other words, it all works. On we go.

Categories: Introductions

I’m for sure annoyed enough to sign this petition.

asking for an independent impact assessment on such repellent things as sending the dying off to work. And telling a woman with Crohn’s disease to wear a nappy to work. I don’t like this persecution of sick people, the disabled, the mentally impaired, the mentally ill and anyone else weak and easy to damage and destroy. You don’t need to live in the UK to sign it by the way.

Unlike the press I can also decide what my headlines are 🙂

Categories: Things In General

Told ya something was up with the meat

Although I don’t think my roast pork was horse. Still, tighter labelling ftw – whatever they did to meat up here over the Christmas period, it wasn’t on the pack. I haven’t bothered buying any fresh meat since. It really was awful. But I’m having fun with gammon on the premise that it’s already loaded with preservatives and they won’t need to add/spray on more. Or whatever it was.

Categories: Edinburgh, Oddments

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