Archive for July 15th, 2010

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I Write Like?

July 15, 2010

Blog-related post here. I gotta hand it to Hunter, sometimes I find some pretty interesting things on his blog.

Ever wonder who you write like? Copy your latest blog post and paste it in over here to find out. Here’s what I got when I plugged in my Misty Mountains post:

I write like
Margaret Atwood

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Obviously, this is purely for fun and I gotta wonder just how exactly these results are generated (Edit: According to Hunter, there are more than 30+ possibilities) — but I do find it a little amusing how out of all the available choices, my style (in a post where I bitched about the cold, no less) has been pegged for being most like that of Canada’s most renowned female writer.

I’m ashamed to say I’ve never actually read any of Atwood’s novels (The Handmaid’s Tale is on my reading list, I swear!) but I’m fully aware of her talent as a wordsmith as well as her poetic style. As much as I’d like to think otherwise, I know “wordsmith” and “poetic” are two words that definitely do not describe me and my writing, so while the comparison is certainly flattering, I also know it’s downright bull. Like I said, it’s just for fun. If you have a minute to spare, why not give it a shot? I’m curious to see who my fellow bloggers write like.

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Into The Misty Mountains

July 15, 2010

Things have been busy, but I’d feel off if I went this week without a Lord of the Rings Online update. Yes, I’m still playing, especially since I’m a ball of nerves these days and I find questing through the LOTRO game world so very soothing (in part due to the lovely sounds of Eriador).

I’ve also been inspired to take a page from Lonomonkey, who writes his own weekly LOTRO updates to track his progress and to talk about his adventures (he usually does his on Wednesdays). One reason I started this blog was so I could do the same with my in-game experiences, and I think it’d be pretty neat to be able to look back on a little LOTRO “travelogue” full of my thoughts once I hit level 65. And mark my words: I fully intend on getting there. It’s just…going to take a while, that’s all.

I’m currently pushing my way towards level 40, and last night I finally went back to the North Downs and wrapped up Book III. It’s nice how Turbine has made all these epic quests solo-friendly, especially seeing how often I play so late at night when there’s hardly anyone around to group up with or lend a hand. I was a little wary at first, but turns out the buff you get is so powerful, sometimes I feel like a god plowing through all the elite mobs when there’s virtually no real threat of dying or failing.

I also ventured into the Misty Mountains for the first time. I know I’m still a little low for it, but I just couldn’t wait. Chances are I’ll be returning to the Trollshaws or Evendim to polish off a few more quests before I fully dive into MM, but it was worth it just to be able to explore a little, even if it meant spending most of my time there dodging pissed off polar bears.

Like this fella, for example. I don't think he's here to offer me a Coke.

This is the first time I’ve personally stepped foot into this zone, but I’ve seen screenshots prior to this and it has always impressed me how some of them look like paintings or even photographs at first glance. I wish it had been day time in the game (for some reason it always seems to get dark as soon as I choose to explore, and I know I’m not getting the full effect) but even so I could tell Misty Mountains is beautiful; I didn’t have to travel too far in to discover that.

When it comes to games, I also tend to have a bias for the snowy, mountainous regions (like Winterspring in World of Warcraft or Siveria in Allods Online), which is a little strange considering how much I hate the cold. But perhaps their appeal lies in the very fact that I can appreciate the alpine beauty through my MMO characters without having to freeze my own ass off.