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 When I ran into health problems, it was the first to fall by the wayside, and it is now so out of date that I rather hope no one is still using it.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.

An Old Forgotten Pleasure

I’d forgotten the joy of maintenance!

Forgotten Pleasure

I happen to be up at this time today only because I am waiting to experience the joy of a root canal in about an hour. I had hoped to distract myself with some WoW, but …

Ah, well. It’s back to gay porn for now.

Niffis & Nefane: You are Skyfire men!

I’m really not okay with gunning down hoards of … well, Horde. We’re at war, yadda yadda. I just want to be a Draenei with a crab. Unfortunately I also want to explore the new continent – well, new to me – and level up. So there you are. For the moment, I think I will just ignore the facts of what I am involved in. It just makes me feel slightly dirty.

Niffis & Nefane: Skyfire Men

Hey, if I could ignore torturing people for information, I can ignore killing some Horde.

Oh, hey! A magical native has shown me the error of my ways! That makes it all better.

Niffis & Nefame: Magical Native