Tuesday Tidbits: 28 February 2017

‘tis Tuesday – the last day of February! I’ve been busy editing my NaNoWriMo novel of fiction; I will have another excerpt posted here before the week is out.

Zenimax Online Studios (ZOS), the geniuses behind the marvel that is the Elder Scrolls Online, have decided to do some in-game testing this week, so there will be no Twitch broadcasts from me in the interim – watching endless loading-screens and constant crashes would be as boring for you as they are frustrating for me, LOL! Here’s a little in-game background: The Elder Scrolls Online was officially launched in April of 2014, but I began playing during the last week of March of that year. I was a beta-tester, and decided to pre-order the game for an extra week of gameplay before anyone else jumped into it!

Anyway, the base character levels are from 1 – 50. Once you hit level 50, you become a ‘champion’ and earn ‘champion points,’ or ‘CP,’ which can be applied to your character and enhance the build and skills you have exponentially. The old system used to just allow you to be a ‘veteran’ to a certain level and there were no champion points, initially. The only challenges available to veteran characters were a daily ‘grind’ in the PvP battlefields of Cyrodiil. With the addition of CP, many players feel that Cyrodiil is imbalanced, even though there are PvP campaigns which have CP disabled – so, those buffs don’t apply to your character, whether they are a lowbie or a veteran. This week’s testing has disabled CP for all players in all campaigns, and will give a double bonus of Alliance Points (AP). These points are only used in the PvP / AvA area, and can be used to purchase items such as siege weapons or specialized armour / weapon sets which are of great benefit on the battlefield.

The amount of AP you can earn or ‘farm’ gets you on the Emperor ‘leaderboards,’ where you can see how your score stacks up against other players. These numbers can give one a false sense of superiority, especially amongst people who run in the middle of a zerg-swarm. Safety in numbers doesn’t equate fighting skills, but telling that to some players is like telling a cosmetic-surgery addict that their looks don’t make them anything special. The responses from that are equally petty, as the suggestion to “GIT GUUUUD!” makes as much sense as the accusation of “you’re just JEALOUS!”

Anyway, this test requires as many players as possible to be online at the same time, spamming massive AoE spells of offensive and defensive nature; full raiding groups, and as many zerg-swarms farming AP at various choke-points as possible…more changes will be happening in-game in the near future, which is a good thing! Stagnation of any sort is undesirable, don’t you think?

Time for a bit of music while I take a gaming break, check my email, and get some dinner cooking. Beef stew is on tonight’s menu! Talk at you all laters…

Last Week Tonight, from 19 Feb 2017

I’m going to make this a regular, weekly feature for as long as I can. I should have done so last year, but better late than never!

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Sepultura’s Sunday Screen-Shots: Domus Dulcis Domus

There is a New Moon today, coinciding with a Pisces Solar Eclipse…fascinating, no? In light of that, and to celebrate the purchase of my first in-game house, here are a few in-game screen-shots of some of the exterior courtyard and interior décor. Time to earn more gold for a proper guild-hall worthy of the Sanctuary!

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Courtyard: walled for privacy & security

Relaxing on the porch as the sun sets

Casual dress; reading up on a recipe

Cooking for company

Sitting for a spell – time to put the cat out

A welcome visitor

Flirtatious fan-dancing

Sharing a drink by the fireplace

Drinking and chatting – a cozy evening

Standing close – time to retire

Saturday Songs for “the Quiet Beatle”

George Harrison: 25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001

I wanted to play some Saturday songs in honour of George Harrison, known as “the Quiet Beatle” of “Fab Four” fame. Today marks what would have been his 74th birthday, were it not for his untimely death in 2001 at the age of 58 due to complications from throat and lung cancer. He also survived an attempt on his life in 1999, when a madman broke into his house and proceeded to stab him multiple times. From Wikipedia:

On 30 December 1999, Harrison and his wife were attacked at their home, Friar Park. Michael Abram, a 36-year-old fan, broke in and attacked Harrison with a kitchen knife, puncturing a lung and causing head injuries before Olivia Harrison incapacitated the assailant by striking him repeatedly with a fireplace poker and a lamp.[166][168] Following the attack, Harrison was hospitalised with more than 40 stab wounds. He released a statement soon afterwards regarding his assailant: “[he] wasn’t a burglar, and he certainly wasn’t auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys.”

While I quite like the music that John, Paul, and Ringo put out after the Beatles went their separate ways, I always felt that George was the heart and soul of that group. His spirituality and gentle nature were qualities that I appreciated in him, and felt an affinity with. Here’s my little musical tribute to this legendary genius…enjoy.

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Black Female Artists Tackle The Dangerous Stereotypes That Have Never Defined Them

I like this…excellent!

GOOD BLACK NEWS

Mildred Howard, “I’ve Been a Witness to this Game IX,” color monoprint/digital on found paper with collage, 2016.

article by Priscilla Frank via huffingtonpost.com

The pop culture landscape is littered with lazy images of black women ― the nurturer, the hussy, the angry bitch. Hovering around the all-encompassing myth of the “strong black woman,” those paper-thin characterizations fail to represent real women in all their complexity and vulnerability.

Despite the monolithic representations that appear so often in TV series, advertisements, films and the imaginations of those who digest them, artists have long worked to provide images that speak to the depth and sweet fallibility of all human beings ― black women included.

An exhibition at the Alexandria Museum of Art, titled “Beyond Mammy, Jezebel, & Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women,” deconstructs the limiting categorizations mainstream culture allows black women. The artists on view reveal the shoddy nature…

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Some Sunday Scenery & Songs!!!

I’m getting ready to watch “The Battle of Five Armies” – finally! I figured this post was worth a re-blog, since I’m feeling lazy. Enjoy!

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Eyrie Of An Aries

’tis blustery today – the power and interwebz are flickering intermittently! I figured I’d do a quick post of some recent in-game scenery, at the very least…but, I keep getting interrupted when I try to read various blogs, so I am reading them via my ‘phablet.’ Doing so prevents me from using a ‘Like’ button, so don’t think that you’re forgotten! I swear, some people are demanding and think that if you miss reading them once, that you’ve abandoned them – and that isn’t the case. Drama queens (and kings) of that nature are definitely not worth the time and effort…and you can bet that I’m nothing like that. I understand that real life issues get in the way, and people return when (and if) they can. If not…c’est la vie, non?
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BLACK HISTORY: Sarah Bailey Center in GA Named for Leader Who Organized Black Girl Scout Troops in 1940s

Monday spotlight – this lady inspired me to join the Girl Scouts! I was a proud ‘Brownie’ first, then a Girl Scout, from ages 6 – 14.
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GOOD BLACK NEWS

Educator and Missionary Sarah Bailey (photo via blackamericaweb.com)

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (follow @lakinhutcherson)

Sarah Randolph Bailey, born 1885 in to freed slaves, was a longtime educator and missionary who saw the value in troubled young girls and volunteered her time to provide guidance.

After earning her teaching degree and working at a rehabilitation and detention center for girls in Macon, Georgia, Bailey had the vision to organize young women for the Young Women’s Christian Association’s (YWCA) Girl Reserves group.

In 1935, Bailey gathered informal groups of Black girls and started giving them the opportunity to learn life skills and lessons, much like their white counterparts in the Girl Scouts. After organizing some 15 Girl Reserve troops in Georgia, Girl Scouts, U.S.A. took notice and invited Bailey to organize the first Black Girl Scouts troop in Macon. (The Girl Scouts started integrating troops in 1913 and…

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Sunday Scenery…And a Bit o’ Silliness!

This was worth a re-post, with a bit of edu-ma-cation tossed into the mix. Also, be sure to check out my Twitch channel for live-streamed broadcasts of my gaming sessions…enjoy!

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Eyrie Of An Aries

I was doing some tests with my new computer, seeing how well it handles my hard-core gaming needs, and I finally got it to crash! No, I didn’t kill it, but I have gotten it to completely freeze up where it required a “forced hard reboot,” which sounds worse than it actually is. I’m so hard on equipment…I demand far more of things that I own than people – but, I also have high expectations of myself, and expect things that I purchase to function to their maximum capability…and beyond!

I was successful with recording a gaming session, but only once – I didn’t download the clip because there wasn’t anything worth saving in it, LOL – but broadcasting a live gaming session caused a “freezing-crash,” multiple times, after about one minute. Either my video settings are too high, or I haven’t located where to adjust them – or, its…

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Saturday Screen-Shots; Streaming Schedule!

My performance tests are complete – all systems are go! There are some minor glitches still holding up YouTube uploads, but everything else is running like clockwork and functioning as it should. I can now post a schedule for my gaming broadcasts, if any of you are interested in watching some real-time, live gameplay! I’ve even provided a survey if anyone has any suggestions or comments. The survey will be up for a week; the comments for this post will automatically close after two weeks.

For now, here are a few of my favourite past screen-shots from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and The Elder Scrolls Online. More gaming action will be streamed within an hour of this post’s publishing…please tune in and check it out!

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Blood-covered statue

Goddess of dusk & dawn

Two moons

Beautiful aurorae

Dragon-rider

Surrounding a scroll

Outside the fortress walls

Relaxing in the bath-house

Underground refuge

Majestic statue

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