Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sirens of the Silver Sea

Not much has been going on in Wizard101 land for me recently. Mostly gardening. Gardening doesn't make good blogging. And also some pet hatching. But unsuccessful pet hatching doesn't make good blogging either.
What does make good blogging is NEW SPELLS!
Meet my new friends.
left to right: Rita, Veronica and Linda.
They are the sirens of the silvery sea. Watch out. They're out to getcha.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Street Style Project: Week 7

Alia. Spotted at the Pet Pavilion.
White & Yellow.

notes: I think her wand really compliments her outfit.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Hey Foo Dog

I'm going to save my negative comments about the Kirin pack for another day, today I'm much to excited by Foo Dogs to talk about anything else.
My good friend Bailey Skystaff let me hatch with her fire foo, and lo and behold I got one. This resulted in literally 'squee'-ing out loud. 
 As you might have guessed I am really into anything that has to do with Japanese culture.
So what is a Foo Dog exactly? 
Well Foo Dogs aren't really dogs at all. They are lions. In Chinese they are called 'shishi' -- which means 'stone lion', and in Japanese they are called 'komainu'. 
In Japan, komainu -- which means 'korean dog' guard the entrance to shinto shrines.
 They are always found in pairs. 
Big komainu and little.
 I don't usually recommend it but Wikipedia has a nice article about shishi, if you're interested I suggest you take a look. 
If I had to assign the Foo Dog a real dog counterpart I think it would be a pug. The smooshy face. It is undeniable. 
via: it's called ephemera
Now if only they would snort too... I think I would be in heaven.

(One thing that keeps bugging me is that the dogs have a collar/medallion on. It has kanji (Chinese character) on it, and I don't know what it is. My kanji reading skills are hardly existent, but still it's bothering me! What does it say? Does anyone know? Or is it just 'faux-kanji'?)
Oh you want more? If you're a music/smooshy faced dog lover, you'll appreciate this song (which is my post title reference):

Thursday, February 2, 2012

We are not amused

Pack-a-palooza. Really? Okay, now let me move onto-- can't you people think of anything better to end in than 'somethingsomething-a-palooza'!? It's just getting old. And boring.

Also I would like to mention while I've paused for a rant, that I personally mentioned how I would like to see a Kirin mount in October whilst having a twitter conversation with my friend Connor Mistblade. We were theorizing about a new Mooshu themed gamestop card. I wanted Osaka Castle and a Kirin mount to boot. What do I get? A pack. Noooo, no, no. Fail KI. Just fail. If you were looking to gather ideas for your packs from the players you picked the wrong girl. I am so pleased that they decided to include the idea Connor and I were discussing, in the game, but they have sure lost a whole lot of potential money from me. I was hoping to spend at least $40 on this, and now I'm going to spend less than $5. I would love a Kirin mount so much. But I cannot afford to spend $40 worth of chances. I would like to know that it's there, and that I can have it.

As most of you know this blog and my Wizard101-ing is in semi-hibernation, although I am playing PvP with my team of good friends. It's been hard to keep up with Wizard101 and the community due to colds, schoolwork, and my other interests. And (it makes me sad to say) I don't feel I'm missing that much. Back in the old days, we were all still figuring things out. For me that was a much more interesting time, when it was really exciting to sit down and see what everyone was up to and learn more myself. I look forward to the rest of 2012, and I hope that KI will continue to produce a game like that. Maybe then I'll have more patience for annoying distractions like the packs of doom.


edit to add: I don't claim that the kirin idea was mine alone. I'm sure other brilliant individuals suggested it as well. They also have been gypped. (Okay maybe not gypped. But certainly hard done by.)