I have never been very good at writing diaries and such, but you can find my journal at The Blud Bank
. When I have something to say, personally, that does not fit in any of the other forums or on a wiki page, that is where I will say it.
The first Bludwyng was one of my EQ2 alts, an Arasai Defiler that I originally started on Test to document Game Update #35, which introduced Neriak and the Arasai.
I was working at EQ2i at the time, under the name Florence Sopher (my original EQ2 main). From September of 2006 to September of 2007 I was the template programmer and primary site designer at EQ2i, helping to build it from a minor, if well thought-of, fansite to one of the top EverQuest II fansites out there.
When Allakhazam asked me to join the team here and take command of the new EQ2 Wikibase, I decided to create a new personae to keep my hobby editing separate from my new job, but since starting here the work to be done has totally consumed my time, and with the BETA for Rise of Kunark, I decided I could not do both jobs. I placed Florence on inactive admin status at EQ2i. I see no reason that ZAM and EQ2i cannot be friends, or at least friendly. At EQ2i we have long borrowed from Allakhazam's (among other sites) and I was the one that created the credit templates to give proper credit to the sites we borrowed from. I was also the one that built the "other resources" box, which gives a link from almost every page at EQ2i to the matching page at Allakhazam's and other resources, such as LootDB.
|Breakfast of Champions
Here, I have borrowed much from my work at EQ2i, and have made a credit template
for here that gives them credit for what I take (since I wrote so much of it anyway...). Both sites wiki's are published under the GFDL which very clearly allows for this.
I choose to remain Bludwyng here, but there shall be no secret identities. Allakhazam's deserves my full and complete attention, and they have it.
"Fear my evil cuteness!"
Bludwyng, ZAM Network Sr. Wikibase Admin
Well, my brand new cam/camcorder, a Sanyo CG10, got stolen Friday along with all the pics and video I had taken, but at least I got this one pic (thanks, Spyderbite!)
Brasse and Bludwyng
Jan. 15th 2009 I had a stroke. It was a TIA (Transient Ischemia Attack, or mini-stroke). I am ok, and have recovered what I would call 99% "normal" functionality. It went untreated for 7 days as none of us realized what had happened, I just seemed to get drunk (slight imbalance, slurred speech). Don't let this happen to you!!! Know the signs!!!
- slurred speech
- difficulty standing
- muscle weakness on one side of the body
- loss of consciousness (this did not happen to me)
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
|My cat, Purbella
It is now late-March and I am feeling much better. Except for getting tired real easy if I overdo it, I seem to be 100% recovered. My typing is about 98% back to normal, I just have a tendency to under-press keys with my left hand. Afternoon naps are still a good thing, but I do not feel I have to take one like I did shortly after the event. I am still on a bunch of medications but my last visit to the doctor shows my numbers improving dramatically. My LDL and HDL are good, my sugar is well maintained now, and my blood pressure is still borderline high but on a good day it is within acceptable limits.
It is so hard to realize that it has been just 2 years since my TIA (mini-stroke) and then, in an effort to top it this year I decided I would try a Heart Attack. I still don't know all the Doctor-words, but basically: I was experiencing severe discomfort for some 2 weeks, I went to the hospital on Saturday, Dec. 18th and, after blood tests showed my heart was in distress the doctor ordered a Cathaterization to look at the damage. Four arteries were badly clogged, with two at 90%. Doc ordered an immediate bypass. Monday morning I underwent a quadruple bypass.
Today is Saturday, Christmas Day, and I have just moved from ICU to the general ward where I can get Internet access.
I want to say a few words about the crew here at Cy-Fair Medical Center Hospital... these folks are the best there is, people. Technically they are rated #5 in the country for Cardiac treatment. My surgeon, Dr. Kitten was actually one of those Dr's that regularly helped local television reporter Marvin Zindler, referred to as one of Marvin's Angels.
Update: (2/23/2011) Rift begins Head Start tomorrow and I am feeling much better. I have been doing Cardiac Rehab for about a month now and they tell me my heart rhythm and blood pressure are doing excellently. My chest still aches when I move wrong or cough but what do you expect? They cracked my chest open and pried my ribs apart. It is gonna take some time for that ache to go away.
I use the Chrome browser from Google, exclusively, unless I simply need to check compatibility with "one of those other browsers". Now, you can certainly use whatever browser makes you happy, but considering that IE continues to ignore the industry standards, creating new issues with every update while lagging years behind almost all the other browsers in compatibility with the standards, don't you think that ANY browser other than IE would have to be an improvement?
Across all the games I play, my guilds use a number of different chat clients. There is something to recommend every one of them, and something I probably hate about every one of them. :)
- TeamSpeak - The original, just released version 3 (final) but I have not used it
- Ventrilo - Very powerful but can tend to bog down when more than 20 in a channel, large memory requirement
- Mumble - Much smaller memory footprint than Vent, but also fewer options
- C3 - Very similar to Raid Call
- Raid Call - very nice and totally free, client AND server!
|the dual-screen monster!
So, you have of course heard about my new gaming PC that Berek
designed for me. The basic parts were all ordered from NewEgg
and the extras were purchased locally at Fry's. Well, here are the juicy details!
- COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 Case
- Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L Motherboard
- Intel Core 2 Duo Q9450 Quad-Core CPU (2.66GHz)
- Gigabyte AMD Redeon HD 7950 w/3GB of GDDR5 RAM (was ATI Radeon 5870 512MB GPU)
- 8GB DDR2 RAM (Corsair PC2 6400)
- Seagate 1TB SATA HD (3.0Gb/s)
- PC Power and Cooling S75QB 750W Power Supply
- Acer 24" P244w Widescreen Flat-Panel Monitor
- Acer 22" AL2216Wbd Widescreen Flat-Panel Monitor
- Logitech G11 lighted gaming keyboard
- Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse
- Cyberpower 850AVR UPS
- Creative Live 24 Soundcard
- 5.1 Surround speakers
- Logitech USB Chat Headset
- Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium SP1
Total Cost: About $2500
||Princess of Wands
by John Ringo
||For A Few Demons More (The Hollows, Book 5)
by Kim Harrison
Just a few faves, and what I am reading now.
||The Mists of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
||The Illuminatus! Trilogy
by Robert Anton Wilson
by Tom Robbins
||You can see all (or at least most) of my books at Shelfari!|
You will notice, down the right-hamd side, the little boxes that identify my main toons in each game. It does a little more than just that, automatically adding my toons to Game, Server and Guild categories, and I invite you to do the same! See PlayerTag
for the documentation. Let everyone know who you are and where you play.
|Character Name||Level, Race and Class||Server||Legion||Notes|
|Bludwyng||Asmodian Templar||Israphel||ZAM||Asmo Main|
|Bludwyng||Elyos Chanter||Zikel||ZAM|| |
|Grimgutt||Elyos Spiritmaster||Fregion||The Forsaken||Elyos Main|
|Bludwyng||Elyos Templar||Fregion||The Forsaken Shortbus||Alt |
|Algrim||Elyos Ranger||Fregion||The Forsaken Shortbus||Alchemist|
|Cinderelyos||Elyos Sorcerer||Fregion||The Forsaken Shortbus||Alt|
|Bludiron||Asmodian Gladiator||Israphel|| ||Armorsmith|
This game is in Open Beta.
|Bludwyng||Female Human Outlaw||1,007||PC||EliteGamingCrew|
|Maladict||Male Human Veteran||679||PC||EliteGamingCrew|
Bludwyng's DN Notes
- Bludwyng, Lv. 21 Elementalist on Elena - West server, Unique guild
- Bludborne, Lv. 24 Mercenary on Elena - West server, Unique guild
- Bludthorne, Lv. 24 Sharpshooter on Elena - West server, Unique guild
- Bludless, Lv. 24 Priest on Elena - West server, Unique guild
- Bludbane, Lv. 16 Paladin on Gerrant - West server
|Character Name||Level, Race and Class||Server||Guild|
|Donal Dubh||65 Human Bard||Povar||none|
|Grumesh Veldrinen`Xukuth||48 Troll Shadowknight||Povar||none|
|Hippocra Teaz||52 High Elf Cleric||Povar||none|
|Mesmerelda||35 High Elf Enchantress||Lanys T'Vyl||none|
This has always been my primary game even when I have taken a break to play another. I played EQ1 from shortly after launch, and have played EQ2 since a month after launch. This is the real game, the one and only, and if you are tired of "that game that everyone and their idiot cousin plays" then try it out.
|Character Name||Race||Primary Jobs|
|Bludwyng|| Pixie||20 Adventurer, Miner, Pet Trainer and Wizard (so far)|
|Donal Dubh|| Human||Archer and Pet Trainer|
Total Expenditure as of 5/30/2009: $70 7550
|Bludwyng||Sylvari||75 Elementalist||286 Artificer, 173 Jeweler||Blackgate|
|Gahdjhet||Asuran||12 Engineer||Huntsman, Armorsmith||Blackgate|
Guilds in Guild War 2 are Account-wide and World-wide so all characters on the same account are in all the same guilds, even if they are not all on the same server!
Brotato is the unofficial, official ZAM guild. If you want to invite me to your Friends list, my ID is Bludwyng.8624
This game has been shut down.
|Character Name||Race||Level and Class||Vocation (Professions)||Server||Kinship|
|Bludwen||Elf||54 Rune-keeper||Armsman (Supreme Prospector, Artisan Weaponsmith, Journeyman Woodworker)||Meneldor||TINFS|
|Bluddo||Hobbit||19 Burglar||Tinker (Jeweller, Prospector, Cook)||Meneldor||TINFS|
|Bludiron||Dwarf||19 Guardian||Woodsman (Supreme Master Farmer, Master Forester, Apprentice Woodworker)||Meneldor||TINFS|
|Bludwyng||Human||33 Warden||Historian (Supreme Scholar, Weaponsmith, Farmer||Meneldor||TINFS|
|Bluduil||Elf||21 Lore-master||Armourer (Expert Metalsmith, Expert Prospector, Expert Tailor)||Meneldor||TINFS|
|Bludhilda||Human||22 Captain||Tinker (Artisan Jeweller, Master Prospector, Apprentice Cook)||Meneldor||TINFS|
|Bludless||Elf||65 Hunter||Explorer (Apprentice Tailor, Supreme Master Forester, Apprentice Prospector)||Meneldor||TINFS|
|Bludoin||Dwarf||18 Minstrel||Historian (Apprentice Scholar, Weaponsmith, Farmer)||Meneldor||TINFS|
|Bludwebb||Spider||Weaver|| ||Meneldor|| |
|Gruemesh||Uruk||Blackarrow|| ||Meneldor|| |
|Yronblud||Hobbit||Hunter||Woodsman (Woodworker, Forester, Farmer) ||Nimrodel||Death From Below|
|Grimgutt||Orc||Defiler|| ||Nimrodel|| |
- Primary Professions are underlined.
For an outstanding impromptu soundtrack for LotRO I highly recommend that you go to Pandora.com, or get their Windows Sidebar widget, and set your "channel" to David Arkenstone.
Bludwyng (This game was shut down)
|Character Name||Levels and Classes||Server||Guild|
Hands down, this is the best Free-2-Play out there (or was until LotRO went F2P). Even as a dedicated EQ2 player I like relaxing in Taborea. You owe it to yourself to check it out, and the price is so right.
|Character Name||Faction||Ship||Race and Gender||Career||Fleet|
|Bludwyng||Federation||U.S.S. ZAM Wiki||Human Male||Starfleet Tactical Officer||none|
|Expendable||Federation||U.S.S. Allakhazam||Betazoid Female||Starfleet Tactical Officer||none|
|Bludv'ng||Klingon||I.K.S. Ferret||Klingon Female||KDF Tactical Officer||none|
|Character Name||Race||Server||Class||Crew Skills||Guild|
|Bludwyng||Miraluka||Giradda the Hutt||50 Jedi Consular Shadow||238 Artifice / 378 Archaeology / 130 Treasure Hunting||Forerunners|
|Bludbeard||Human||Giradda the Hutt||50 Smuggler Gunslinger||Biochem/Bioanalysis/Diplomacy||Forerunners|
|Bludwyng||Cyborg||Drooga's Pleasure Barge||50 Bounty Hunter|| ||Dark Asylum|
|Bludless||Human||Drooga's Pleasure Barge||17 Sith Warrior Marauder||Slicing/Diplomacy/Investigation||Dark Asylum|
Sadly, this game is gone, now, to make room for Star Wars: The Old Republic
. I will always remember Hunglowwa...
Maergoddin and Mnemonia on Seradon
|Bludwyng as she appears on Test, with her faithful sidekick, OhPositive
Pages that Bludwyng is working on but are NOT ready for public scrutiny can be found in:
There are many different ways to get a message to Bludwyng.
- You can contact me in IRC in the #Wikibase channel. I am always in the channel if I am online and I am alwys online if I am conscious. If you say my name (bludwyng or just blud) it will cause my screen to flash which is one of the best ways to get my attention.
- You can send a Private Message to me, here on ZAM.
- You can send an email to me.
- You can post in the forums, in the Wikibase Forum, but I am not in the habit of reading there every day (I know, I should, but...) so use this as a last resort. If you leave a post there I will see it, eventually.
This page last modified 2013-10-28 13:42:42.