WoD Alpha: Not a Fan of Rylaks

Now that I am finally level 92, I was able to hunt down a rylak to tame – although note that for the moment they are classified in the chimera family in the alpha.

Driftwatcher Rylak

Thunderlord Driftstalker

Sadly, I find that I am not a fan of rylaks.

WoD Alpha: Icespine Ravager

Meet my handsome new friend, an Icespine Ravager from the Warlords of Draenor alpha test. I met him just past the point where alpha characters enter the game and couldn’t resist a quick tame. These ravagers seem to have phased out for me shortly after that, but I did find some Icespine Stingers, also level 90, with the exact same look.

WoD: Icespine Ravager

WoW Tabards Needs a New Home

So I have this minuscule little site called WoW Tabards that I built years ago to help me track which tabards I had. When I ran into health problems, it was the first to fall by the wayside, and it is now so out of date that I rather hope no one is still using it.

I’ve given up hope that I’ll get back to a place where I can revive the site, so I am looking for someone to take it over. The site code is pretty simple – I wrote much of it myself in a WAMP/LAMP environment – MySQL, PHP – using Zend Framework bits and pieces. We can discuss hosting as-is, but ideally I want to get it moved off my servers are some point.

All I am really looking for is someone who can save the site from being a big waste of space. So if you might be interested, e-mail me at mania@maniasarcania.com.

On Aaron Swartz and Fighting Back

One of the few things that can drag me out of my shell of crippling depression these days is the issue of internet freedom. I truly believe in the power and potential of the internet – to bring people together, to share knowledge, to foster compassion, to organize for progress and justice.

Today, January 11, is the anniversary of the death of Aaron Swartz. You may not be familiar with his story – that Wikipedia link is a place to start – but in brief: Aaron Swartz was a programmer and internet activist who, among a great any other things, used technology to promote public access to public documents. (I had initially written a long explanation of exactly what that means, but if you know the story you don’t need the explanation, and if you don’t know the story you probably aren’t as interested in it as I am anyway.)

The actions taken against Aaraon Swartz were a deliberate attack on the potential of the internet. In the past six months, we have seen another threat arise as well - one that undermines the  very foundation of the internet, not to mention the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance.

On February 11 I will be joining the EFF, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Mozilla, Reddit, and others in an internet protest they describe as “A Day of Action in Opposition to Mass Spying, Honoring Aaron Swartz and SOPA Blackout Anniversary” – aka The Day We Fight Back.

Sounds melodramatic, I know, but assuming I am competent to live that day I am looking forward to participating. I encourage you to take a look at the Day We Fight Back website as well. This is our home – the internet is our home – and I will not give up its beautiful potential without a fight.