These are the winners of the Blizzplanet / Swagdog Xmas Gift Giveaway. Winners must redeem the $ 100 Gift Certificate by December 31, 2009. Free shipping included, except for the rare fees and tax on certain countries.
Eit @ Gurubashi
Sapphiria @ Scarlet Crusade
Miriella @ Alleria
Update 12/22: Looks like I have to eat my own words. Justice ain’t so blind after all. The judge allowed us to stay a month more, and we didn’t become homeless in a Christmas’s eve. Plenty of things to be thankful for. I am probably 2-3 days away from having the whole house items packed. With all the closets emptied into the livingroom and bedrooms the apartment still looks a bit like a war zone. 13 years living in this apartment and gee do we have tons of stuff in those five closets. Found newspapers from 2004, and documents as far back as 1998. Family photos I had forgotten existed, when I was a kid. Good thing now I just have to worry about searching for a new apartment once I’m done packing, and if I time it right, won’t be offline for long, or at all. Merry Christmas!
12/21: Well folks, I am really out of words. I have no idea what tomorrow brings, or what options I might have. Tomorrow, we go to court to give up the apartment’s key. I don’t know if the judge will allow us to stay a few more days while we move stuff to a storage rental building and find where to live at; or if I might end up in a shelter while we start anew, and find a new apartment. It might take a few weeks before that happens. And if so, I might not have access to the internet in that lapse of time unless I visit a public library. I thank Eldorian for updating in my temp-absence.
If the judge doesn’t give us tomorrow a few more days to get our stuff into a storage room and proceeds with the eviction — it would be a pretty cold and sad Christmas for us. It’s a long story that has been going on since November 28, 2008, and resurfaced around June 2009. Justice decided we were on the fault side of things, even when there were irregularities in how things got handled. So I will just hope, and learn from any mistakes; and start anew from the bottom once again. Hail Thrall, Varian and Jim Raynor!
I’m worried, but things happen for a reason. I’ll eventually figure out what that reason is. From this I could find a good job or meet my future wife — who knows. I need to adapt to the current situation, learn from it, shake off the dust, stand and keep moving forward.
PS: Glimpse into some of the Irregularities … merry christmas to the landlord and section 8 (watch video). By the way Ms. Swint (section 8), if a disable person with chronic respiratory issues gives you a medical letter signed by the director of the hospital and he recommended you twice to move her to a new apartment with no dampness on May 2007 — it’s because it is an emergency due to health hazard concerns — it looks very bad that on 2009 she’s still waiting to get emergency-moved and on top you close the case on her and leave her homeless. Tsk-tsk-tsk.
What you see on the video has been happening since 2007 on a semi-regular basis. I wouldn’t be surprised the building wall collapses soon due to water infiltration weakening the internal structure for over two years in the kitchen and all the way back in the bathroom. The first video is December 5, 2009. The kitchen issue through Dec 10-15. Can you believe the landlord’s plumber saw it on Friday, Dec 11 and said he would come back on Monday? It’s a flipping broken water pipe inside the wall !!! Justice is blind indeed.
Did I mention two of the airplane kidnappers that crashed into the Twin Towers lived in this landlord’s buildings? Way to go.
Some randomness. Those who experienced issues to post comments in the past few months, should try again. Seems to be working fine now. Just login at the top-left and you are good to post comments on each newspost.
Don’t forget to participate in the SwagDog / Blizzplanet giveaway. I have three codes to give the winners the chance to get up to $100 in Swagdog customizable merchandise.
On another note, I might be moving to a new house around December 22. Apologies in advance if you notice some downtime after that date, while I get back online. If I don’t manage to, I might try going to WiFi-hotspots to make quick updates.
I’m glad to inform our visitors that a free Blizzplanet News app is available to iPhone and iPod Touch users at the iTunes Store. For now it only provides general news headline + description; and body (Text-only). Images and Video on the both mobile platforms will be available at a later time.
If you wish to be on top of the latest flash news of all Blizzard Entertainment games, and licensed products while you aren’t at home, this is how you can stay updated on the go.
Thanks for reporting the recent popup and warnings. Rush was on this the moment I forwarded your reports. Doesn’t look like it came from any of the ad banners. This seems to be internal. We are taking measures to prevent it. However, I need your help in detecting when it happens to take immediate action. If I need to disable Blizzplanet while it’s investigated, it may help loads.
Just take a screenshot or write down the URL or ad banner (if it ever happened). With that info we can square it down faster, instead of guessing. So far it seems the issue has been resolved. It doesn’t show up on my end anymore.
Install or keep Avast, or other anti-virus updated at all times.
I will be a bit inactive. I’m currently uploading 5GB worth of raw (unedited) video to the IncGamers folks, so my connection is crying outloud. While that’s getting uploaded, I am working on a few videos of my own. I interviewed Richard A. Knaak about World of Warcraft: Stormrage. I barely asked a few questions to Christie Golden about Warcraft Legends—since Omacron (ScrollsofLore / WCRadio) spent … 12 minutes and asked everything I wanted to ask (/wrist @ Omacron). I recorded Omacron interviewing her though (lol he hijack me, I will hijack his).
I took video of Christie Golden’s book signing (Saturday 4pm)—so if you were among the fans who were there during the raffle of 40 copies of the WoW: ARTHAS Collector’s Edition, there might be a chance you appear in this video (as a memento for you).
I was really glad on Saturday. I was at Hall C doing my … you know, [orc peon voice here] “Work, work. Dabu!” for IncGamers. DirecTV wasn’t covering the panels on Hall C, so it was my job to record video of the WoW Class panel and the WoW Game Systems panel—which I will be working on during the week (so stay tuned). One of the IncGamers guys borrowed my tripod, so I had to record sitting on a chair holding the camera still. When out of nowhere, I hear someone close to me calling my name. I looked to my left … and lo and behold … the thundergod Chris Metzen waved his hand at me. OMG! Man, did I smile and feel cool.
Really nice. We have only met twice. On February 23, 2009 at the New York Comic Con and on July 20th at the Blizzard campus when I interviewed him briefly about the Starcraft II single player.
I was also surprised when I was at the Pocket Books booth recording the book signing. I was talking to Richard A. Knaak when suddenly I see Rob Tokar walking in. He called me by my name too and we shook hands. Jaime Costas came in and told them wonders about all the support of their products on our news page. Man, I was melting-embarrassed, not of the bad type, more like (OMG !!!) flattered beyond what you can normally withstand without fainting. Anyway, thanks a bunch Jaime, Rob, Richard, Christie and brotherly love hug to all of them and Chris Metzen.
Another thing I need to work with is the WoW / Diablo 3 Press-Only Q&A that took place at room 208a on Saturday from 5-6pm. I’m not sure, but I think I was the only one who actually took video of it. Everyone else was either writing down stuff or using a voice recorder. So stay tuned for all these videos during the week. Today I’m probably busy with the Knaak/Golden interview, and uploading the 5GB videos. Oh well.
8am: Heading to the airport in a couple of hours. I will arrive after 7pm PDT. Once I am set at the hotel, there are plans to hang out for dinner with Starcraft-ESP, Starcraft.ORG, SCLegacy and probably Flux (Diii.net) and Maticus (Worldofwar.net). Not sure yet. We will see. I will take photos and post them in the late evening.
Stay tuned throughout Blizzcon. I will add a live blog embed on the front page for on-the-fly questions based on whatever you guys are following on DirecTV, or what we get to report. Keep an eye on Starcraftwire.net, diii.net and worldofwar.net for any other info that I don’t get to cover. I am staff on those three fansites.
Blizzplanet, Worldofwar.net, StarcraftWire.net and Diii.net are going to BlizzCon 2009. I am staff member on those fansites too, so I will be on top of the news for each fansite providing updates from the show floor through our live chat (Cover it Live).
This year I am bringing my own laptop—it’s arriving next week—and my HD Video camera. The reason of this post is to start collecting questions from our fans and visitors in advance. If you have questions for Tom Chilton, J. Allen Brack, and Ghostcrawler about patch 3.3 and future PvP: Battlegrounds and Arena—we want your questions.
If you wish us to ask questions to Jay Wilson about Diablo III or to Dustin Browder about Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty—go ahead. We will very likely meet them in private at the press rooms where only fansites and gaming sites have access. Re-read your questions and polish them the best you can before submitting them.
I already requested an interview spot with Richard A. Knaak and Christie Golden (pending approval) at Blizzcon 2009. I am gathering questions for Richard about World of Warcraft: Stormrage, and Warcraft: Dragons of Outland; and for Christie about Warcraft Legends Vol. 5 (her Draka story)—and I will probably ask Christie if she can talk yet about the untitled trilogy.
You can post your questions below in the comments page, or submit it by email, or via Facebook (under just fans section).
Grabbing all these questions in advance will allow us to focus our efforts on collecting live questions via Cover It Live chat for the developer panels and new game announcements at the show floor.
I will video-interview briefly someone I am so glad to hear will appear at BlizzCon and has openly told me, wants to meet us—however, I am unable to reveal who it is at this point. You will be excited, glad and thrilled. If Blizzard makes the announcement at the show, I will gather questions live for said person.