I caved in, again. I created a new account on the Instagramz. My previous account was hacked and it made it so that I was following thousands of people I didn’t want to follow. So I disabled the account, made a new temporary one in the meantime, and now that my previous account name became available again I re-opened ustoopia at the Instagramz. Not sure yet if I’ll be using it actively a lot but I do know that I’ll be using it to lurk around here and there, now and then.
Blizzard announced at Blizzcon 2017 that a new World of Warcraft called Battle for Azeroth expansion will be released somewhere next year. Awesome introduction cinematic, as always. I’m excited! I think most players are excited. Are you excited? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
The video below shows all the previous World of Warcraft Expansion cinematics in chronological order, including the very first one from 2004. That’s the one that marks my introduction to the game when I first started playing in 2006. Back then I had no idea, or couldn’t even imagine that the game would eventually become such an important part of my life in all the years to come, up to this very day. When I watch that first video nowadays, more than ten years later, it sometimes brings tears to my eyes because it instantly takes me all the way back to that period in my life, and I’m just a sucker for nostalgia.
Good news everyone! Blizzard announced that they will also be releasing classic “Vanilla” servers that are going to be like how the game was when it was first released in 2004 before any expansion was released. I’m really excited about this and very curious when we can expect them online. Below is the introduction video shown at Blizzcon 2017 during the announcement of classic realms that shows all the expansion cinematics in reverse as a way to show that we’re going back in time. How’s that for nostalgia?
The community around World of Warcraft is the best community there is. I’m thankful that I became a part of it and feel honored. I love each and every one of you that helped build this international community to what it is today, even the hordies. For the Alliance!!
I have the game, the awesome community and of course mostly my friends from our guild Vliegende Hollanders to thank for all the good times, laughter, social interaction and the great experience as a whole, in the world… of warcraft. A shout-out to all of you out there who who play or have played the game in the past, and who also feel emotionally attached to the World. I love you all, you’re in my heart. GG.
Here are a couple of things that you should do after you’ve installed Raspbian on your Raspberry Pi. Installing the Raspbian operating system itself is very easy so I’m not going into that. You can figure that out on your own. This article is just about a couple of things that you should, or could, do after installing the operating system. Click on the “read more” link below to get started!
For me personally the Netflix TV-series The Expanse managed to fill a void that was created by what I believe to be a failing Star Trek sequel called Discovery that is also on Netflix. If you are, like me, somewhat disappointed in the new Star Trek series but still feel a primal urge for a really good sci-fi series I would advise you choose to watch The Expanse. You will binge-watch Discovery at some other point in the future when they have completed at least their first season. Trust me, I know what I’m talking about. Go and Expand, screw Discovering. 😉
I know it might be a bit immature but but I just can’t help laughing my ass of at this video. He’s got talent!
First I should refer you to this post from back in May because else the rest of this post might not make any sense to you. Today I found out that a good friend did not see the show either! And he’s my age. At first I wanted to punch him in the face for it, but turns out that he’s now working day and night to binge through it and I just received a message that said he’s really enjoying the show. Well, I’ll keep the punch for other time then, cause he needs to be punched for other reasons as well. I’m just happy that he finally choose for himself to delve in to this adventure we call Breaking Bad.
Where I live there is an important road that leads to other places one of them being the nearest hospital. Now this road has been closed down for over a week already. This was announced weeks in advance and there are signs everywhere. Downside for me is that a lot of the traffic that know their way around here come drive through my street to avoid the road block. A valid option I would also choose to use probably. Yesterday though, I was on my bike and at the nearest traffic lights to the road block, and I saw an ambulance with it’s flashy lights on, and it’s siren blasting loud as fuck, wanting to take a turn towards the road that they noticed as they turned a right, and which made them decide halfway to not take and make a full 180 degrees on the crossover to use a different road that leads out of this godforsaken town. Now, that was a bad choice in my opinion because it means they would be underway longer as if it would have taken them if they would have taken the route that many people are now using. But worst part is that they, as a driver in an ambulance, had no idea that this road block is there, and they should know this because for them it’s the fastest way to the hospital from where they were at that moment. So I felt a bit surprised, but also a bit angry?? And that was a new sensation. Normally I couldn’t care less about a thought like that but this time I was thinking what if it was me in the back of that ambulance and in need of immediate care because my brain was having an anurism due to all the drugs I have taken. (just an example). So I came to the conclusion that I have now reached a point in my life where I actually do care about things like these and I never thought I ever would become that person but there you have it. Life in a nutshell.
Here’s a video from the TV-news in 1994 about the traffic chaos problems around Eindhoven the Netherlands caused by the hard-rock festival Dynamo Open Air that was visited by 125.000 people. Looking at the video now makes me feel really old because I was at this festival with two good friends when I was in my puberty and it all looks so dated looking at it now. I must say it was one of the coolest things I had ever experienced up till then. Actually… it was one of the best festivals that I ever experienced! The mud-slides played an important role in this I guess. I left the festival wearing the exact same clothes I was wearing when we came to the festival a couple days before. And I slept in those same clothes and didn’t shower the whole weekend and I believe I didn’t used a toothbrush that weekend. You can imagine that we came home with an actual “festival scent” of sweat, mud, beer and smoke and whatnot. Totally worth it. It was awesome. I’ve visited plenty of festivals after this one, and I still visit one now and again but I came to the conclusion years ago already that I will never experience another festival that was as great, huge and awesome as this one. I also like to add that moving the yearly returning festival from Eindhoven to some other location was the worst idea ever because that all went down hill for the festival organization pretty fast. Perhaps the uprising of the House-music generation also played a part in this since hard-rock and house music became two separate youth-cultures. Anyways.. good memories, good times, life can be really good at times.
Let me tell you about Laurens. He’s a young Dutch guy with a fresh family and I know him because he also plays the game World of Warcraft. He became a member of our guild for a while and we had the opportunity to get to know him through Discord. He is an intelligent young man, with a great sense of humor and he also carries the ADHD label so he’s very energetic. He is running hard so he can stay ahead of the rest of us at all times. Just because he can, not so much because he feels he needs to stay ahead. Sometimes he can be annoying as fuck because he loves to talk. A lot. Because of this there are people who find him annoying. Personally I don’t mind the talking because the things he talks about vary from very informative useful information to general chat, to sharp funny remarks, to playing with words and just making funny sounds. The only time when I ever found him annoying is when he’s in a “Don’t Care” mood.
Laurens saw the video about my colorblindness that I also posted in my previous post, and decided to start some sort of fund raising project to bring in money for a pair of glasses that will allow a colorblind person to see the world how everybody else sees it. I was really surprised by this because it is the nicest thing a random person that I have met through the internet has ever done for me. It might actually be the nicest thing anybody has ever done for me! Check it out here. Now at first I was touched by the fact that Laurens did this for me. But when I saw that other people that I know from our guild actually donated money I was kinda flabbergasted and it made me feel a bit emotional. I didn’t cry of course because me manly man very manly, but it did touch me and it felt good. To me this proves once again that the World of Warcraft community is the best community out there. Great things can be done and achieved within this virtual realm that we can’t grasp that has the power to bring people together and share and interact and love one and other. Life can be good. Praise the internet hallelujah.
Many people have asked me questions about my colorblindness but I’ve never been able to explain it as clear and informative as the fellow who made this video.
This weekend is Gamescom 2017 in Germany where Blizzard has already presented their new upcoming content. I was pretty surprised to learn that the new patch goes live next week already!! Still so many things to do before then :-|. What I always love is the Cosplay contest at these events. Transmogging is one of the elements in the game World of Warcraft that I really like so you can imagine that I have a lot of items/gear-sets memorized. That’s one of the reasons I love watching the Cosplay competition. Some Cosplayers really put in the extra effort what makes their appearance absolutely stunning. Have a look at this years Cosplay event at Gamescom over here on Youtube.
The following article is an interesting read if you are a gamer like me. But not only that, it’s an interesting article for all to read so just click right here if you will. It’s about that the game already knows how long you will be playing it. Here’s a quote from the article:
“We have a tendency to consider ourselves unique and unpredictable, but digital games research shows that this is far from the case. In fact, we can be categorised into groups of people who show the same behaviours, and what we do in the future is imminently predictable. For example, how you play a game will reveal what you are likely to do in the game next and how long you are going to stay interested in doing it. This means that games can now change tack while you’re in them to provide you with the best possible experience and to encourage you to keep playing.”