Finished A Dance With Dragons

After getting hooked on the TV series Game of Thrones, I decided to supplement my watching material as well as my own writing through picking up George RR Martin’s novels. Part of the decision was to get a better view of his world and delve into the details that the TV show might be missing. Another part was to get ahead in some ways and find out the aspects of the TV show that critics who are huge book fans decry constantly. And the last part was to enter into the verbal world because I, too, am working on my own fantasy novel and, as my writing instructors at UCI once said, “Read while you write.”

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Diablo 3: Patch 2.1.1 High End Build Comparisons

This post might seem really late in the game considering that patch 2.1.1 has been out for some time now. However, one of the things I’ve managed to accomplish is gear and try out all the popular high end builds as best as I could and try a few different play styles. Yes, this does mean I have legitimately leveled 8 characters to level 70 and 7 of them are reasonably geared for this write up.

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World of Warcraft: Patch 6.0.2 Day One Thoughts

Patch 6.0.2 launched today with a few small hitches (mostly DC’s in my cast and I’ve heard a few glaring bugs in the raids). Since I’ve mostly been focusing on Diablo 3 lately, I’ve done little to keep myself up to date with World of Warcraft. Nonetheless, since the patch was a major one heading into Warlords of Draenor, I decided to give it a quick spin to see if it would stimulate my interest. Here is my experience thus far.

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Megan is Missing Review

Some sadistic jerk in from one of the Twitch streams I subscribe to made a suggestion to check out Megan Is Missing because the streamer enjoys “fuck up things.” Since I haven’t seen a movie in a while (at least a non-repeat), I decided to hang out and give this thing a try. If you don’t want to take a bazooka and blow your head off after seeing this piece of shit, then you must be far more fucked up than everyone involved in this production and the real events.

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Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls: Hellfire Ring/Amulet Farming Guide for Demon Hunters in Patch 2.1.1

This guide is for Demon Hunters who want to solo farm the Hellfire Ring/Amulet. There are no cheats but you will have some prerequisite gear in order to do this efficiently.

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Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls: Redesigning the Hellfire Ring and Amulet

I touched briefly in my previous article on my dissatisfaction with both the Hellfire Ring and Amulet and added a few simple ideas to enhance these items. For this article, I want to delve a little deeper into a few ideas I’ve been tossing around my head in improving these two items and changing their status from gratuitous achievements to must-have end game items.

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Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls: Build and Gear Discussion

Obviously, Diablo 3 has come a very long way since the vanilla days where you practically had only 1-2 viable class options and limited useful items in terms of builds and gear. The game has been moving towards a far more flexible game play where gear options are a lot more interesting with legendaries having special abilities that syngerize well with certain abilities and other gear pieces. That said, this post will talk a bit about my own experiences with the various classes and gear combinations based on the 6 (7) 70s I have.

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Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls: Kadala’s and Legendary Stealth Post-Season Nerf

Many people on the forums have mentioned that Kadala and the drop rate for Legendaries have been nerfed in recent days. While the usual “RNG is RNG” people use their simpleton argument, there’s no denying that there has been a wide spread nerf to drops.

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Facebook’s Long Term Fate

When Facebook started making the rounds and opened themselves up to the public, I was unable to jump on the boat due to some technical issues with cookies. At the time, I was researching all the main social networks in attempting to build my own. With the failure, I pretty much ignored Facebook for a while until a friend of mine mentioned how good it was. That was then and the current product has come a long way…in the wrong direction.

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Tips on Developing A Successful Software Product

While having tea with a friend yesterday, we ended up discussing a mobile application project that he’s been working on. He had been on the project for over a year and in inquiring about the readiness of it, I learned that he needed to do quite a bit more. Part of the issue was that the angel investor he’s partnering with has this desire to continue adding features, many which doesn’t seem necessary for a near term release. As we continued talking about the features and as he demonstrated what his application was capable of, I realized that I saw a pattern in how many non-developers end up treating software products and wanted to create a post to hopefully help non-tech people who want to develop a successful product based on my own experiences of failed and successful launches.

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