News

New Website Theme

So I made a change to the theme for the website, and this one’s a hell of a lot better for those of you reading on a mobile browser. However, the site itself should work fine and dandy, and look a bit better even on a desktop browser. There’s still a few wee niggles to sort out: I want randomised headers, but the theme doesn’t support them natively, requiring a cludged code fix (TBA). There are some minor CSS issues with posts on the front page vs single post pages (next few days). I want to create some more headers, but

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Likely going to be utterly shit, oh well.,,
Gaming

A week of Blizzard related events…

So this week has been great 😀 First up on Monday (23rd) I attended the live cinema launch event for OverWatch! It wasn’t bad, a lot of the cinematics, followed by a developer Q&A, but at least the Soldier 76 cinematic was new to me, as I deliberately didn’t watch it ahead of time 🙂 Winding back a bit, the previous Monday (16th) I was contacted by a PR firm working on behalf of Universal Pictures, who wanted to invite me to a couple of events this week, both of which were in Dublin. Both events were related to the

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Gaming

Last night I joined an Elite Club…

Always believe in your soul You’ve got the power to know You’re indestructible Always believe in, because you are Gold This has been something on my WoW wish-list for nigh on 10 years since I began playing in vanilla, quit, then finally picked up again in Wrath. I’ve played continuously since March 2009, without a break, even all through the long tiers of ICC, DS, Siege and HFC thus far, and until Warlords, it never looked as though it would ever be an attainable goal. I hit the gold cap    I came into Warlords with a then-massive (to me

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Movies

The “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” Crux Review

This  is going to be a spoiler filled review, so if you haven’t seen it yet? Look away now… Today was my dad’s birthday. He would have been 65.  He died 5 years ago and I miss the hell out of him. It’s apropos, trust me. So I finally got around to seeing Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (hereafter referred to as simply: BvS), after it being on release for over a week already. Having read and watched reviews being less than kind to it, I wanted to see for myself if the less than glowing critiques were justified, and if

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Fitness

The long and winding road to fitness

If not fitness, at least being healthier… So today I bought myself a Fitbit Blaze, a fitness watch and smart watch. Not quite as snazzy as the Apple Watch, but it’s snazzy enough, and it does nearly everything I’d want a device like this to do. I am 5ft 9 inches tall. Side note, for years I thought I was 5’8″, then I measured myself today and imagine my surprise when I saw I was just over 175cm, or 5’9″. At that height, and at a weight of 14½ stone (or 203lb for the yanks), my BMI is in the red.

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Gaming

Linux: A torrid love affair

https://twitter.com/Sarcrux/status/699979059955179520 I have an on and off (mainly off) love affair with Linux. I’ve been using it on a sparse basis for years, whilst using the most recent version of Windows for my day-to-day stuff. Now, some of you may or may not know, that in my day job I’m an IT Analyst/Engineer. I do a variety of tasks within this role: User support via phone/email-based service desk Training (I’m a qualified IT Tutor) Server Support Software deployment & maintenance Hardware deployment & maintenance/repair Windows OS mobile phone & Surface support And basically anything else that comes up… So needless to

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Gaming

Why I love… PvP!? Or, Sar the Purple People Beater…

Yeah, I know. It shocked me too, trust me. As you may or may not be aware, I’ve never been the world’s greatest lover of PvP in WoW. In fact I’m somewhat exclusively a PvE carebear for want of a better term. I’ve shunned PvP in all of the nearly 8 years I’ve been playing off and on since vanilla, and I’ve never really been interested or motivated to partake in PvP, of either Organised or World flavours. Certainly playing any PvP I had to, for achievements, mounts etc over the years on my Paladin was an exercise in restraint.

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General

Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

So it’s Xmas time again, Winterveil is currently in effect on Azeroth, and we’re all looking forward to seeing a fat man emptying his sack all over our living rooms late at night… Christmas came early for me and a lot of other geeks this year, with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Dec 17th. Long gone now are memories of George Lucas’s attempts to destroy the franchise with his horrific prequels, which were packed full of risible acting, complete lack of acting or direction, and the terrible decision to eschew practical effects completely in favour of CGI,

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General

Crux: Universities – 21st Century Day Care for the Overgrown Baby.

Crux Articles: Articles that aren’t gaming related, and will touch on other more real world subjects, such as politics, religion, or in this case, rights of free speech. Be aware that these articles are more ranty in nature, and may contain more NSFW language than normal! Traditionally, University has been somewhere where we send our young people who are intellectually capable and have intellectual promise in order to enhance their knowledge. To expand their minds and broaden their horizons. To increase their literacy, strengthen their skills of reasoning and application of logic, and to prepare them for a life spent in a more

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Gaming

50th Article: LF Alliance Guild

Since the re-launch of the website in February this year, this is the 50th article I’ve written on this site! Just something I thought should be noted, it means I’m definitely updating at least once a week on average, which is better than normal! https://twitter.com/Sarcrux/status/671640364424544256 Currently on the lookout for an Alliance guild for my current druid (level 92 and not counting!), and future Gnome Hunter. I’m keeping my free level 100 boost from my pre-purchase of Legion for her. Not particularly fussed about server, just that it must be some form of PvE server, RP or not, no PvP

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Gaming

Legion signals WoW entering its endgame: Here’s Why…

Ahh Syndrome. Poor misunderstood, appropriately-ginger, Syndrome. Whilst the Incredibles is one of my favourite films of all time, it was Syndrome that really made that film for me. He managed to leave a lasting impression as a villain on me, with a simple, single line of dialogue: And when everyone’s super, no-one will be… So, right about now you’re probably asking yourself why I’m waffling on about an 11 year old Pixar classic, when I could be making a point. Well I am. Once upon a time, Blizzard were very frugal. Downright stingy in fact. So damn stingy as it happens

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Gaming

Legion: Alpha is Live!

So, Legion beta alpha has gone live, and so far the only people with access are those that are either chummy with the devs, have loads of viewers/subscribers on Twitch/YouTube, or have tonnes of readers/followers on Twitter. Obviously I fall into none of the above categories, so no Alpha here as yet 😛 So far though what I’ve been seeing from others who are in the alpha are limited. Alpha itself is limited to creating Demon Hunters at the moment, but datamining has pulled out both massive lore spoilers (none here), and some nice shots for the various class halls. The

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