Back on July, Cesar approached me with an idea of a layout for Blizzplanet. It has taken him longer to get it together due to his busy schedule. However, I’ll install the theme as is.
Originally, when he showed me this theme he was in love with it because it displays well on mobile devices, and it has the latest features. We’ll be experimenting several days until his layout is ready.
Apologies if you see broken stuff, and work-in-progress changes in the meantime.
Several weeks ago, horror film actress Michele Morrow had surgery a few hours after her visit to Blizzard Entertainment HQ. She told me a few days later about a cute phenomena. Several WoW fans emailed her screenshots of their characters healing Lady Sylvanas in Undercity with bandages.
Note: Michele Morrow (dubbed the Scream Queen of horror films) is known to be interested in the role of Lady Sylvanas in the upcoming Warcraft film, directed by Sam Raimi.
1. Launch World of Warcraft. Grab some First Aid bandages and heal Lady Sylvanas in Undercity (Horde only). Note: Alliance can just target Echo of Sylvanas and cast a band aid on her. For as long as you are targeting her, and the band aid graphic is playing on the screenshot that counts for this contest.
2. Take a screenshot
3. Submit the screenshot at the following forum thread (use the attachment feature or flickr).
February 28, 2012 at 11:59pm EST
The winner will be able to pick one of these options:
- DC Unlimited World of Warcraft: Series 6: forsaken Queen: Sylvanas Windrunner Action Figure
- Wind Rider Cub with BONUS In-game Companion
- Gryphon Hatchling with BONUS In-game Companion
Eldorian spent several hours and days working on the new Blizzplanet forum. Feel free to register an account, and to help us build a great Blizzard gaming community. Discuss anything about Blizzard, Diablo III, StarCraft II or World of Warcraft.
Upcoming Q&A and giveaways will be launched from within the new forum. You can see the Forum link at the top of the webpage — for future reference.
Apologies to everyone who emailed me from October 2-6. My modem — which I got replaced barely three months ago, died during the Diablo III Beta livestream we held last Saturday.
I just got online, reading through email and checking updates on the front page. Eldorian continued with the Diablo III Beta Key giveaway, which I’m thankful for.
Tom – Medievaldragon
Eldorian and Mith have been hard at work moving Blizzplanet to another server. There was no problems. They had plans to do it for some time, but had not scheduled when. Today was a good day.
Some things might be broken for a few hours while files, and images are uploaded. DNS was changed too. It may take a while for some people in Europe and Asia to access Blizzplanet, but no longer than 36 hours.
NVIDIA is teasing their next big graphic card will be unveiled on Thursday, March 24th. It’s said they have been working on this project for a couple of years and the intriguing comment is that whatever it is it’s the best graphic card NVIDIA has ever built. Now — don’t get me wrong, they have some really nice cards right now. What can beat what they have now?
- “Hi, this is Tom Peterson from NVIDIA, and I can’t tell you what’s going on inside this box, right now, but it’s the top secret project we have been working for the past two years.
It’s our next generation flagship performance graphic card, and if you come back real soon, I’ll tell you the details of not only what’s just inside this box, but what it’s great for and what makes it the best graphics card we have ever built.
Check back at 6am PDT on Thursday, March 24th for the launch of NVIDIA’s new flagship GeForce graphics card!”
Just a few days ago AMD (ATI) GPU division relations manager Robert Huddy said during an interview with bit-tech:
- ‘It’s funny,’ says AMD’s worldwide developer relations manager of its GPU division, Richard Huddy. ‘We often have at least ten times as much horsepower as an Xbox 360 or a PS3 in a high-end graphics card, yet it’s very clear that the games don’t look ten times as good. To a significant extent, that’s because, one way or another, for good reasons and bad – mostly good, DirectX is getting in the way.’ Huddy says that one of the most common requests he gets from game developers is: ‘Make the API go away.’
Intel unveiled its latest technology breakthrough dubbed Thunderbolt — the fastest data connection with 10Gbit/s transfers in contrast with SATA 3.0 (6 Gbit/s), USB 3.0 and Firewire.
Thunderbolt™ technology carries two protocols: DisplayPort and PCI Express, to connect displays and data devices, respectively.
Apple is the first to introduce Thunderbolt with Apple MacBook Pro MC723LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop which is to launch on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
It won’t be too long before PCs adopt the technology. Western Digital and other companies are already collaborating with Intel to develop storage devices using Thunderbolt technology. At these blazing speeds, games will benefit with faster data transfers.
Blazingly Fast Data Transfer Combines with HD Display Connectivity to Enable New Usages and Peripheral Devices
- Thunderbolt™ technology is a new high-speed PC connection technology that runs at 10Gbps.
- Thunderbolt technology supports both data and display on a single cable, enabling greater simplicity, flexibility and new and exciting ways to use a PC.
- Apple* is the first customer to offer Thunderbolt technology, coming first on its new line of MacBook* Pro laptops.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 24, 2011 – Intel Corporation today announced the availability of Thunderbolt™ technology, a new high-speed PC connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds. This Intel-developed technology is coming to market through a technical collaboration with Apple, and is available first on Apple’s new line of MacBook Pro laptop computers.
Wait Less. Do More.
The vision for Thunderbolt technology (formerly codenamed “Light Peak”) is to move media faster, simplify connections between devices, and foster new and exciting ways to build and use PCs. Combining high-speed data and HD video connections together onto a single cable is instrumental to achieving that vision. Thunderbolt technology delivers this via two communications methods, or protocols — PCI Express* for data transfer and DisplayPort* for displays. PCI Express has the flexibility to connect to almost any type of device, and DisplayPort can drive greater than 1080p resolution displays and up to eight channels of audio simultaneously. Thunderbolt technology is compatible with existing DisplayPort displays and adapters. All Thunderbolt technology devices share a common connector, and let individuals simply daisy-chain their devices one after another, connected by electrical or optical cables.
Thunderbolt technology is designed to meet the demands of serious HD media creators. For example, videographers can unleash their creativity using high-bandwidth audio and video capture/mixing devices, and get both low latency and highly-accurate time synchronization for real-time processing. At 10Gbps, larger media files are transferred faster so there’s less time spent waiting to watch and edit videos. Data can be backed up and restored quicker, so there’s less waiting for archived content. For mobile PC users, it means having a single connector on their ultra-thin laptop that extends their high-speed media and HD display capabilities at home or in the office. Thunderbolt technology is complementary to other I/O technologies that Intel continues to support.
“Working with HD media is one of the most demanding things people do with their PCs,” said Mooly Eden, general manager, PC Client Group, Intel. “With Thunderbolt technology, Intel has delivered innovative technology to help professionals and consumers work faster and more easily with their growing collection of media content, from music to HD movies. We’ve taken the vision of simple, fast transfer of content between PCs and devices, and made it a reality.”
“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Intel to bring the groundbreaking Thunderbolt technology to Mac users,” said Bob Mansfield, Apple’s senior vice president of Mac Hardware Engineering. “With ultra-fast transfer speeds, support for high-resolution displays and compatibility with existing I/O technologies, Thunderbolt is a breakthrough for the entire industry and we think developers are going to have a blast with it.”
Thunderbolt technology is powered by an Intel controller chip, and uses a small connector suitable for mobile devices that will be included in products supporting the technology. Several innovative companies have announced Thunderbolt technology-based products, or currently plan to support Thunderbolt technology in upcoming products, including Aja*, Apogee*, Avid*, Blackmagic*, LaCie*, Promise*, and Western Digital*. Intel is working with the industry on a range of Thunderbolt technology-enabled products including computers, displays, storage devices, audio/video devices, cameras, docking stations and more.
Today, I am putting aside Blizzard gaming news in this post to kinda update all these loyal fans who visit Blizzplanet. By the way, Blizzplanet recently turned 9 years. Happy Birthday!
I have read a lot of emails in the past year from many of you who do care about me. Especially those who have followed my situation since December 2009. I remember posting about my apartment issues just prior to the New Year’s Eve. However, I’m shy at heart and felt a bit embarrassed the first months.
All the encouragement and great words some of you have shared with me over the past months via email or chat is very appreciated. Recently, someone told me he launched a Runic Games fansite inspired by me. That’s cool [it could have been a Blizzard fansite, dude ... j/k]
I feel I do owe all of these fans a update on my whereabouts and musings. It’s now been a year since my last update on personal life matters. I would be more comfortable talking about this in a forum, but Eldorian and Mith haven’t installed one [rises fist to the sky and threatens the wrath of doom]. Thus, I’ll use the website’s front page to express my thoughts and summarize this year in progress.
Sadly, on June 18, 2010, the landlord managed to somehow convince a judge to evict me from the apartment I lived for the past thirteen years in the Bronx, New York.
The sad part of that story is that … I never owed rent. We kept paying the full rent ($1,018 / month). Just a couple months after we were evicted, I heard from our neighbor the landlord was trying to rent him our former apartment for $1,500. I’m not sure how legal it is to rise a controlled rent to that high, or how legal it is to evict a disabled woman on SSI. I guess, it’s up to divine justice down the road.
Some might not believe this, but ever since June 18, 2010 — I have been living in a shelter for the Homeless. That’s 8 months. For someone age 39, that’s kinda touching rock bottom.
The food is sometimes really bad. Other time’s it’s edible. No cooking facilties. It has to be picked downstairs at the shelter’s cafeteria three times a day. I still had a job while in the shelter, and acquired a 4G wireless modem service to stay online. That’s how I update Blizzplanet. On September 21, 2010, my job came to an end.
It was an amazing two years since October 6, 2008 when I got hired at the press room of the Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals in Paris. I think it’s the first time I get a job without applying to it. The company came to me in person and offered the job position. While I disliked a few things in the final months, I do have to thank them for the opportunity. At least I did get to thank them a few times while we still kept in contact in good terms.
I have been unemployed nigh five months. It’s not easy to find a job with some physical limitations. Standing all day long is not an option, so that limits the amount of job types I can apply for.
Since November, I have been attending a job search program specific for people with physical limitations. Kinda took them too long (3 months) to assess my skills via tests. Today, I finally finished that phase with a vocational specialist. Apparently, I don’t qualify for state training because they found I am very capable already for a job in my job range: Computer Tech (Repairs/Build), Web Content Manager, Data Entry.
Starting next week, I will undergo a one or two weeks job interview training, followed by two intense weeks of job search assisted by a job developer. I guess I haven’t been so optimistic in the past five months. Things look good. Once I get a job, I will be assisted by the state to get an apartment where I will pay a 30-50 percent for a year or two while I get back on my feet. So yea, looks promising. ETA: a month from now I might have a job, and move out of the shelter if things go well. I’m open to options if you have a job opening in New York City, though, before my job developer gets me something (for as long as it’s on the books).
How do you survive all these months hitting rock bottom? Sometimes something as simple as those emails you have been sending me the past months does the trick. Eldorian, Mith and Miaari have been very supportive keeping Blizzplanet afloat when I’m down. Many thanks guys. I must also thank all of you who have purchased WoW, Starcraft II and Diablo III T-shirts for the past two years. Especially these past five months since I became unemployed. That’s my main income nowadays.
Inspiration is a nice way to reinforce one’s moral. Fantasy is the driving force to make reality possible. An idea combined with action can change the world. An idea by itself can be inspiring. If you don’t know where I am getting at, well, the characters of Warcraft, and StarCraft (Thrall, Varian, Jim Raynor, Garona, Zeratul, Jaina, and others) — these stories about people with life hardships, and impossible odds overcome are inspiring. In real life, we do live our own hardships.
Thanks Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson, Brian Kindregan and James Waugh for inspiring stories. Jim Raynor is the man. Marvel Digital Comics has also been a great read: Thor, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Hulk, The Avengers, and other titles. Spider-Man who is also jobless, and stretching his pennies to the max to survive, yet continuing his selfless hero gig.
Each of us have tough personal problems, and heavy weights on our shoulders. I say: We persevere, and don’t give up. We keep fighting the good fight, and live life meaningfully regardless of how grim things around us may be, hoping tomorrow it will be a bit better than today, a day at a time.
Hope I can tell a different story, in upcoming weeks, now informing I have a job and a stable housing.
We have had some random downtime in the past few weeks. Mith and Eldorian tried to figure out what the problem was, considering the system and addons are pretty good. Hosting didn’t find any issues in the logs each time we reached them.
Seems the old site was somehow still operational to some degree and was hogging resources like crazy. The old site’s files have been completely removed. So, crossing fingers, server performance should be smooth and nice from this moment forward.
ExpressionEngine ain’t very good unless you have a buffed up server setup with loads of RAM according to what I have heard. Even so, I recall bad experiences while I was staff at the foreign network who used it in all sites. I ain’t going to miss the laggy page loads. Good riddance to ExpressionEngine.
If you experience lag from now on, or notice problems while visiting Blizzplanet, feel free to tell us to investigate and resolve it.
Apologies to those who follow us through the Blizzplanet App (iPhone/iPad and Mobile Android). We know many of you love the Blizzard Blue Post tracker, a new feature introduced a few months ago (by Mith), as the app page’s feedback says.
However, a few days ago prior to the launch of Cataclysm, Blizzard officially launched the new World of Warcraft website, and their forum coding changed some. After I alerted Mith, he tweaked it to continue providing the Blue Tracker service to our mobile visitors, but within a few minutes Blizzard Web Team changed the coding again. Mith determined it was a sign the Web Team was still running maintenance.
The Blue Tracker will be back in a few days once we are sure everything is settled.
I got two videos from my adventures in Cataclysm that I will show off later today [Sunday]. Likely late afternoon or in the evening.
One is definitely the most hilarious questline ever in World of Warcraft. The other one is much more important for all Warcraft lore followers. About a quest concerning a pure black dragon egg, and its ties to a upcoming novel not yet officially announced. If you wanna learn more, check us back to watch the videos and read the article.
I am very, very intrigued and excited about the potential of this new storyline and where Chris Metzen and the Creative Team are stepping up things in a surprising direction. This was definitely hinted at BlizzCon 2010.
Update: Alright, found the proper trigger that starts the questline. Do the quests at Fuselight in Badlands. It’s at the mountaintop by Lethor Ravine. I will upload the video in a few hours.
Update 2: Finished the questline. Gee, it’s longer than I thought. Took me a few hours to finish them. Now comes the hard part. Putting together all this video clips and uploading them. Those who wish to play through all these quests go to Fuselight in Badlands. It’s true. The red dragonflight is machinating a plan to create a pure black dragon to make it be the new Aspect of Earth.
Server transition has been completed and Blizzplanet is back online in an independent server. Some links might be broken here and there, but they will be taken care of. Bad news, forums won’t be back for a while. Apologies for the downtime, and the sudden move. I no longer work as a staff of the network, thus Blizzplanet moved away from their servers.
I strongly believe in supporting Blizzard licensed products without conditions, or whether it causes conflicts of interest. My commitment is strong toward keeping a good relationship with each of these companies, and Blizzard Entertainment. It’s been that way since 2002 when Blizzplanet was born.
Blizzplanet is a strong supporter of licensed Warcraft/Starcraft/Diablo product writers, editors and publishers. What makes Blizzplanet different or unique is our constant flow of news about upcoming novels, manga, comic books, magazines, TCGs and other products to inform a large percent of Blizzard fans who love to collect and purchase Blizzard products.
I wish to thank all of these companies for their support, but especially wish to thank Blizzard Public Relations and the Creative Team, because without them I wouldn’t be able to bring our followers fresh news about these products.
Looking forward into the future, we got a lot of work to do with content about Cataclysm, Starcraft II and all the info out there on Diablo III. Eldorian and Omacron are going to BlizzCon 2010. I might not be able to go due to IRL reasons, some of you know my situation, but hopefully that changes. There are two interviews shaping up about two new licensed products. So stay tuned. Very good stuff.
Blizzplanet will undergo a new layout design process sometime during the month — this server move was done overnight so it might take a while to get a layout and a new system migration. I will alert you in advance before that happens.
If you find any problems loading Blizzplanet at home, but works fine elsewhere, I recommend deleting the Blizzplanet cookies and clearing your browser’s cache. Hitting CTRL + F5 can do the trick too.
Special thanks to Eldorian, Miaari and hubby for their quick response with the server transition.
Hi folks. Blizzplanet has launched a new vBulletin Forum, courtesy of Rushster and Ely (IncGamers).
To access it, click the link, or look out the forum link at the top-menu. Start by registering. Preferably, add the bp- tag before your name. It’s a silly request, but it will help us out deleting and banning spam by wiping anyone without the tag. For example, medievaldragon would have to register a username as bp-medievaldragon.
Eldorian would register as bp-Eldorian. This way you contribute to help us identify spammers. Links or keywords in the profile will be considered potential silent spambots. I will add these registration-requirements to the registration page soon.
In the meantime, feel free to post and start to build the Blizzplanet community. Feel free to also join our friends at ScrollsofLore for Warcraft lore discussions.
Well, things didn’t work out as expected. After a year in court, the landlord got away with evicting me and a disable parent after thirteen years living there. Funny thing is we have been paying the full rent since December 2009 ($1,018/mo), and in the past three years we don’t owe the landlord any money; so I am not exactly sure why we are evicted; or how the judge allowed a disable person to get evicted.
Powerful landlords with money to get a lawyer can do some [beep]‘ up stuff to you when they can get the law on their side; or pay them beneath the table. It doesn’t matter he is the one with HPD violations on the building — including a damn fissure in the outdoor wall that leaks water into my bedroom every time there’s a storm; and a huge hole on the kitchen ceiling, and the once-or-twice a week river on my bathroom ceiling.
You know, this greedy landlord keeps evicting old tenants to raise the rent, and replaces the old tenants with illegal immigrants from India and middle east. Some of these illegal immigrants live in packs in a single apartment.
This motherless greedy landlord doesn’t care about national security either. As I said a few months ago, one of the suicide-bombers aboard the airplane which crashed into the Twin Towers of New York City lived in the same building as me. The suicide-bomber’s sister still lives there far as I am told. How did that guy even get to live there? That’s right. I blame Mr. Greedy Landlord. Illegal immigrants don’t file complaints about building violations to the city.
Ramblings aside, I will try to get online from a mobile modem I just purchased while I get back on my feet.
If you are a lawyer and live in New York, and wish to tackle this motherless landlord, hey ring me one. I got video and photos, and a HPD complaint number.
Update – May 7: 10 copies of each book just arrived home. Thanks, Troy. =) Now get going lore folks. Let’s teh submissions commence.
Winners will be selected randomly. In order to be added to the giveaway roster, you must complete the following steps.
1. Post in both your Twitter and Facebook the two following links and the title of both manga:
2. Post in the comments below the link to your Twitter and Facebook containing the links provided above.
3. Let me know which manga title you wish, or if you wish to run for both.
Good luck, and really hope the winners and everyone who reads both manga enjoy the stories from TOKYOPOP and Blizzard Entertainment’s Creative Development Team.
Status: Giveaway now CLOSED. It’s over. Thanks to everyone who participated. Have fun fragging some Zerg.
The new giveaway is aimed to those among our visitors without a digital camera, scanner, or mobile who couldn’t participate in the previous photo giveaway. (Note: These keys won’t work in Mac Beta according to Blizzard).
Follow all these steps to participate.
Step 1. Go to our Blizzplanet Twitter page and Retweet this article and Follow Blizzplanet for automatic news updates. (Note: You must login to Twitter to see the retweet icon. Register to Twitter if you don’t have an account).
Step 2: Go to our Blizzplanet Facebook and press the “Like” button (after you login).
Step 3: Send to this email the link to your Twitter (retweet mush be visible) and the Facebook name used. Provide your character name and realm (WoW, Starcraft, Diablo, Warcraft III name and gateway/realm)
Participating won’t guarantee a beta key. Only one entry per person. While supplies last.
Status: Giveaway Closed
The following are some of the proud winners of a StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta key courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzplanet will continue to giveaway beta keys while they last.
If you posted a comment, but didn’t submit a photo by email, you didn’t get a key. Any remaining orphan beta keys will be given away through other means soon, for those not brave enough to submit a photo of themselves — Alliance, of course (oops).
Kidding aside, not everyone has a digital camera, scanner, cell or iphone. Expect a new contest for fans without any of these devices — if any beta keys remain by tomorrow. Those who submitted a photo proudly showing off their StarCraft product — YOU ROCK !!!
I will try my best to report news responsibly without too much of my opinion or humor reflected in them. If I offer an opinion, it will be posted in the comments beneath to keep news reporting as clean as possible.
After some self-review, I have to acknowledge I haven’t been respectful, among other flaws. Fans may provide feedback by email (through the submit news link at the right menu) to complain or to point out if there’s anything I reported that should have been done in a better tone.
I think I need to humble down to admit I am wrong. I haven’t been approached by IncGamers editorial, The Escapist, nor by Blizzard directly. I simply felt I should express this in public to reach the fans and other people who I know visit Blizzplanet.
I don’t think I posted it in this fansite, but I posted a piece of news at Worldofwar.net and Starcraft: IncGamers — it was titled Battle.net to Rival Steam.
I reported The Escapist interviewed Rob Pardo about the possibility or at least the thought that Battle.net could be licensed to third-parties. However, I added a personal opinion in that post. Actually, more a joke and a parody than my personal opinion as that’s not how I think. I was parodying what some trolls say in the official forums and in other community forums about Activision or Bob Kotick.
The thing is that not everyone knows when I am humorous in written form — I am shy in real life, but I joke often. Don’t ask, I’m that weird. Bottomline, my sincere apologies to Bob Kotick, to Blizzard and to the fans.