Crane & Wheatgrass

Crane & TurtleI make a stunning crane, yes?

There are some pools in the new Pandarian area with a very Ranma effect: when you enter the water you become something else. A frog, a skunk, or for this image, a crane.

(Wheatgrass is the turtle. He’s very lucky.)

Mists of Pandaria Info: Soon

Crane from BlizzCon 2011 Art PanelApparently there is a major data dump on the upcoming Mists of Pandaria (MoP) expansion planned for tomorrow, where tomorrow seems to mean 0700 UTC on Monday, March 19th.

(Aside: Hey, today is my sister’s birthday! I should call her.)

I suppose this means I have to start paying attention to World of Warcraft news again. I admit it, I have been sadly lax in keeping up with … well, anything. This is a combination of real life (Project Gorgon, money issues, my first ever MRI, the incredibly sad state of politics in the US) and a period of WoW ennui. Sometimes you need a break. Especially after almost eight years.
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ACTA Shame

To my immense shame, I haven’t had the time lately to follow up on the status of ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

ACTA is in a multi-national agreement – a treaty, basically – about how to handle counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet. In that way, it is very similar to the US SOPA/PIPA bills … and it suffers from many of the same problems.

ACTA is currently being discussed by the European Union nations. The US already signed the agreement – last October.

I’m sorry I don’t have time to post more. But if you have the chance, please spend a little time today learning more about ACTA. One of the resources I found to get started is at: http://www.stopacta.info/