A beautiful day for distractions

The weather has been cold, not unusual for Melbourne in July and certainly not new for me. It is however a little more present in my reality due to the early starts and late finishes that work has required recently. I am jealous to read all the blogs about summer frolicking in the northern hemisphere. You lucky crazy sods – you at least should be busy and outside, but are instead inside with Warcraft.

In wow I’ve been quiet due to a range of factors not really related to the cold at all. The main cause is legitimate distractions of work, house renovations, and broken cars.

Work has been busy as we started a new contract about two months ago, and although I think it will get better in the long term, in the short term that means no raiding – as fatigue makes good raiding really difficult. A 7-11ish raid plus the peripheral discussions till midnight are not viable when you get up just after 5am each day. Hell the contract is only for four years, so I guess I’ll be ready for Firelands raids by then. Grumble.

We’re also renovating our unit, at the moment that means adding a new fireplace and we’re mid way through the prep and painting of the mantlepiece. Again wow suffers, as I want the darn fire finished and it frustrates me to not have it completed. I could perhaps rush it and sacrifice the quality of the finish, but I’ll have to look at that fireplace for years to come and any blemishes that were avoidable will bug me.

To offset the missing games I’ve started reading a bit more. I can read in much smaller time segments that I can play warcraft, and it is as much a satisfying escape from reality as online games are. Two books that I’ve borrowed are the last Harry Potter and the Game of Thrones first novel. As of a few days ago I’ve just put down the last Harry Potter book. I saw the film and felt that the book would not add anything new. That is a little snarky, but thus far the book has been a very fair match to the films, and therefore I’m not going to gain any deeper insight by finishing the book. I might come back in a few years and read it, once the images of the films have been forgotten and it seems a little more fresh.

Game of Thrones also follows the TV series very closely, but the book is adding a lot of depth to my understanding. I’m staggered just of close to the original the TV series was, and also that there can be suck side stories in the novel that tweak my interest. I understand now some of the small embellishments or slight changes in timing between the presentation of the two – as it makes a more TV friendly presentation.

I wonder too how the Warcraft film will follow the lore. To make a viable and profitable film the target audience needs to be far wider than just the current subscriber base – and that means making the material digestible in a single film. This adds a complexity of picking a section of the lore which is a discrete story, and also has enough gravitas with the community to be worth seeing.

They have a hard script to write, and I hope they throw a darn good team at it.

Anyway that is enough of a rumble on my distractions. May your novels always be enticing, your wine glass full, and your hearth warm.


4 thoughts on “A beautiful day for distractions

  1. Hooray for Game of Thrones! Glad you’re enjoying it. I’m currently re-reading the series now that the next instalment has /finalllllllly/ been published. The TV series was fantastic, really looking forward to season 2!

  2. World of Warcraft the movie?
    I had no idea but I can see it now.
    *A talk bulky man strides into the white marble hall of Swormwinds King. Standing before the king a Grisseled old Dwarf rests on his Enormous axe. The old warrior turns his head to inspect the young warrior and snorts in disgust*
    The King rises from his throne
    “Noble warriors, I have summoned you here because there is a threat on our land, and I need brave warriors like you to stop it, Arthas the Lich king has awoken, and its up to you Both, Noobkiller and Irleetkilz to Stop it”
    The old Dwarf scoffs again. “there’s no way Noobkillers geared enough his gear score is only 275!”
    The tall man stares down at the Dwarf. ” No ways dude I totally got my achiev with my Guild the other day, I’ll pwn your ass.”
    Not a moment to soon a sound like leaves on the wind enters the hall, all eyes turn to see the stunningly beautiful form a Elf woman glide through the doors. She gives a shy wave and says
    “oh Hai”
    You get the idea.

  3. Mothy that is awesome. The movie should be meme based! Comment made my night.
    The heroes charge through the doorway … (maximum number of instances reached)…
    …a mob evade bugs, or the server goes down for reset and they have to clear again.
    … Or a mute joins them but can’t do much as he’s on a trail account.

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