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The First Entry in the WoW Travel Poster Contest… For Real This Time!

My nag on Monday got at least one person going, as we now have an official entry in the WoW Travel Poster Contest.

Yesterday afternoon, Jazzy sent me this (click to biggify):

Blue water, white beaches... goblins carefully out of sight

This pretty much what I gave as an example, a beach in Tanaris.

I might have chosen a spot that pulled the palm tress in closer.  And, given the tropic topic, I might have gone with “Visit Sunny” or the ever popular “Visit Exotic.”  Also, I would have turned off names… you can see them above the crabs when you zoom in close.

On the flip side, the fonts are clear, and I very much like the way Tanaris was written out.  The subject is a nice beach.  I feel like it might be some place like this:

I put this picture on my credit card

And there is a very nice soft focus effect.  It isn’t cranked up to the “Kirk leers at Yeoman Rand” level (you need special lighting for that), but it is noticeable and it works.

All in all, a very solid entry.

And, more importantly, Jazzy has a sparkle pony headed her (his?) way unless you can do better.

I would like to thank Jazzy for the entry and apologize for holding that entry up for public scrutiny.  My hope is that this will get a few more people going on entries.  And, if nothing else, Jazzy will get a couple extra points toward getting at least one of the companion pet codes for being first.

In Kaanapali, Nobody Can Hear You Kvetch

It’s rough being you, Wilhelm.

Xyd, in a comment this past week

I’ve known Xyd for something like 18 years now.  We used to work together here in Silicon Valley.  He is the one that got me playing Sojourn MUD ages ago.

He opted to return to the place of his birth, back in the mid-west, a number of years ago, muttering something about home prices.

He now has a much nicer house than I do, but I don’t worry about snow during the winter or humidity during the summer.

So his comment was mildly ironic in that not only is it warmer in Silicon Valley, but that I haven’t even been in Silicon Valley for the last week.

I’ve been in Hawaii.

Which is why posts here have been rather sporadic.  I wrapped up a few posts that I had in my queue, set them to automatically publish every day or so, and flew off to the tropics.

We went to visit my mom, who lives on Maui and to bask in the warm weather on the beach in Kaanapali.

On the beach in Kaanapali in January

We stayed at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel.  While it is about the same age as me (and we’re both starting to show our age) it is still nice, reasonably priced (relative to other places in Kaanapali), and is walking distance from most everything we want to do.

We hung out at the beach, went whale watching (February is better for this, but it was still good), saw the magic show at the hotel, consumed many a tropical themed drink, and ate too much.

But all this laying about on the beach in the warm Hawaiian weather means that I did not spend much time with video games.  I did moderate comments on the blog via my wife’s iPhone, but otherwise was limited to playing DS games on the plane and in our hotel room.  We don’t bring laptops on vacation. (Though I wasn’t above bumming some time on my mom’s laptop.)

So I am completely behind on whatever has been going on in the world of MMOs.  I’m patching Star Trek Online even now.  I will have to see how much has changed there.  There isn’t much time between now and launch.

I will have to find some time to catch up this weekend.  As for the last week when I was in a tropical paradise, it is hard to beat that.