ebay: best product question ever

Started selling some stuff on ebay again. I let stuff pile up and its time for some of it to find new homes or hit the circular file. One of the things that has always been a source of frustration on ebay auctions is some times answering the inane questions asked by people. Well today I got the best question of all time… (partially because its not a question, but rather a statement).

Dear themaninblack,

Johnny Cash is alive and selling RAM!! Cool....
;-)

- v.silly

Thank you that was awesome!

ps you can view my auctions HERE

gmail fail

Now this is too funny:

Secure Connection Failed

mail.google.com uses an invalid security certificate.

The certificate will not be valid until 3/25/2009 12:49 PM.

(Error code: sec_error_expired_certificate)

The best part about this is that when your system clock gets reset to factory default it screws SSL certs to hell.<

wetware incoming

There is an article over on Slashdot that caught my attention today, about robots being controlled by the human brain. Cybernetics have always intrigued me from Gibson to Cyberpunk 2013 (1988) to War Games (1983) to “ghost in the machine” to the well known Matrix Trilogy. All of these have pieces or parts of what I visualize our future to encompass and the scary realities that implies.

Do you want to know more?

SOURCE: Slashdot: Hardware: Robot Controlled By Human Brain Cells

Realms: EH Benefits?

title:Rules for a legal event
section: Part III: Being a realms EH
subsection: Rules for a legal event

rationale:

original text:

An EH’s character may not benefit in any way from his event. His PC may not take possession for more than one day any stealable item released at his event, and he may not receive spell credit as a result of attending his own event.

proposed change:

An EH, or their characters may not benefit in anyway from their own event. Additionally they may not take possession in character of any stealable item released at their own event(s), and may not receive spell credit as a result of attending his own event.

NOTES: I do not feel that this even belongs in this section, perhaps we should add another section entitled “Additional Rules for Realms EHs” and put it there.

Realms: What is an Event Holder?

title:What is an Event Holder?
section: Under Part III: Being a realms EH
subsection: What is an Event Holder?

rationale: This changes the section name to the same as it is in the index. It also it removes the redundancy on where an event had been advertised since it is also in the “Rules for a legal event” section which is immediately following. It also removes that an EH can be appointed by a valid EH to act in their stead, which within the rules is not defined and transfers no benefit.

original text:

Part III: Being a realms EH

What is an Event Holder?
In this document the term Event Holder, or “EH” is meant to refer to anyone who holds an event advertised in the View from Valehaven, on Realmsnet.net, or advertised in a separate mailing to all the other EHs. The term “EH” can also mean a representative of the EH appointed by that person to act in their stead.

proposed change

Part III: Being a realms Event Holder

What is an Event Holder?
In this document the term Event Holder, or “EH” is meant to refer to anyone who holds a legal realms event.

Realms: clean up for: Rules for a legal event

title: clean up the rules for a legal event
section: Part III: Being a realms EH
subsection: Rules for a legal event

rationale: no one sends out “mailings to all EHs who held an event in the past year. the sheer work it would take is ludicrous. That option should be removed from the rules. This change also removes Creathorne Chronicles as an advertisement option. Additionally, this combines two bullets into one, and removed some redundancy that we introduced with a change last year.

original text:

* It needs to have been advertised with full event information at least two weeks before the date of the event. Advertisement must include at least one of the following means: Publication in The View from Valehaven or Creathorne Chronicles, posted on the RealmsNet Event Calendar, or through a mass mailing or electronic mailing, which must include the known addresses of all Realms EH’s who have held Realms events in the previous year.
* Names of all Realms EHs, as well as location of the event and price, must be announced at least two weeks for the event is scheduled to take place. Any significant rule changes, especially those affecting normally legal powers and abilities of characters must be announced in the advertisement or mailing.

proposed change:

* It needs to have been advertised with full event information at least two weeks before the date of the event is scheduled to take place. Advertisements must be posted either in The View from Valehaven or on the RealmsNet Event Calendar and include: the names of all Realms EHs for the event, the location of the event and price, any significant rules changes (especially those affecting normally legal powers and abilities of characters)

WOW vs Battle.net

Today the World of Warcraft (WOW) login announcements made mention of the fact that all existing WOW accounts must be merged with a Battle.net account by November 11th 2009.

What does this mean?

Well the intention behind it seems to be to tie WOW into the battle.net framework which already exists for all of their other online games. According to their web page WOW players will be able to utilize new features “such as cross-realm, cross-faction, and cross-game chat”. It almost seems to me like Battle.net (and Blizzard) is going the route of My(Pathetic)Space and (FuckMy)FaceBook. Enter the behemoth mother of all social networking sites that you now have to use to be able to play your MMOs in peace. Not only that but there will be shared statistics for your characters. For the competitive PVP folks this is a good thing. Most WOW players are not competitive PVP players, and I’m sure that most players won’t mind. However to me I have always tried to keep some distance between myself and my guildies. They do not need to know my real name, or where I live. They do not need to know how to contact me 24/7, they do not need to know my alts that i play to hide from the world or responsibility once in a while.

To me this means that any shred of anonymity I had is now gone when it comes to WOW.

Good game Blizz, you win this round.

Battle.net accounts can be made for free at: Battle.net

More information including a FAQ can be found at: FAQ