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Hello Kitty Stickers + Book

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

My boyfriend sent me a Hello Kitty sticker book with a box of stickers. As soon as I have most (if not all) of them put into the book, I will scan them along with some other HK stickers that I own. =^.^=


Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Happy Easter, everyone! =^.^=

New Halloween Theme for 2009

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

It’s this year’s Halloween theme is so adorable! Don’t you think so too? I might keep it for a little while after Halloween is over. =^_^=

Missing Pictures

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

I just updated my Photo Bucket account a few days ago. I did a lot of organizing, so there will be a lot of pictures that are now listed as deleted or missing.

A Very Smart Parrot.

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

…and some very smart owners for teaching it this kind of thing!

clipped from www.mellowmonk.com
Yosuke the parrot
Police in the town of Nagareyama were at a loss about how to return an escaped African gray parrot to its owner, so the bird, tired of waiting, did the natural thing—he recited his name and address.
And when I say “name,” I mean Yosuke provided his first and last name to the police.
Not bad, bird.
“I am Yosuke Nakamura, and I live at …”
blog it

My “The Sims 3″ Blog.

Monday, June 1st, 2009

I set up my The Sims 3 community account. This is where I will be posting blog entries in the form of my Sim’s diary entries, my movies, and my stories starting tomorrow, when I get my copy of the game. If I really like a movie or story I make, I will be sure to provide you with a link here (because the embedding isn’t working on this blog).

If you have/get the game and set up your own community profile, be sure to add me as a friend! =^_^=

The Promised Video

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

I was finally able to make the video for you explaining my solution to the issue where blog paragraphs are not spacing correctly. Read the old post here and watch the video via Viddler below!

Arts: BOIL

Friday, February 13th, 2009

It’s bunny/fox/ringtail I call a “flying BOIL” that I’m running around as in SL right now. =3

Bunny ears, ringtail head, fox paws and tail.

“exchange of prisoners”

Friday, February 6th, 2009

This is too cute for words… ^_^

WoW Class Changes

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

3.1 Class Changes (Tentative) from:


We are planning a lot of exciting content for patch 3.1.0, and we are doing a three-part preview series on upcoming class changes. This is the first in the series: Priests, Rogues, and Shaman. Please keep in mind, that this list is not at all comprehensive, and subject to change.

# Divine Spirit – this spell is now a core ability available to all priests.
# Discipline has access to a new talent, Power Word: Barrier. (Think of it as Power Word: Shield for your whole group).
#Several area of effect (AOE) heal spells have been improved: Prayer of Healing can be cast on any groups in your raid party. Holy Nova’s mana cost has been reduced. Circle of Healing now heals for more.
# Shadow priest PvP survivability has been improved: Shadow Form now reduces magic as well as physical damage. Dispersion now removes snares.
# Penance – this spell can now be targeted on the priest.
# Serendipity – this talent now reduces the cast time of Greater Heal and Prayer of Healing when Binding Heal or Flash Heal are cast.
# We are also working to give Holy additional PvP utility.

# Hunger for Blood – instead of a self-buff, this ability can only be
used when there is a bleed effect on the target. However, it has no
stacks and grants a 15% damage bonus.
# Adrenaline Rush – the cooldown on this ability has been lowered.
# Lightning Reflexes – reduced to 3 ranks. In addition to 2/4/6% dodge, this talent now also grants 4/7/10% passive melee haste.
# Killing Spree – while this ability is active, the rogue does 20% additional damage.
# Savage Combat – now causes 2/4% physical damage done.
# Mace Specialization – this talent now grants haste in addition to armor penetration.

# Chain Lightning – now jumps to 4 targets but does less damage. We wanted to make the distinction between Lightning Bolt and Chain
Lightning more clear.
# Storm, Earth and Fire – this talent now increases all damage done by Flame Shock, not just periodic damage.
# Spirit Weapons – now reduces all threat, not just melee threat.
# Unleashed Rage – reduced to 2 ranks, now also increases your critical strike chance with melee attacks by 1/2%.
# Totem streamlining: The Mana Spring and Healing Stream Totems have been combined. The Disease Cleansing and Poison Cleansing Totems have been combined.
# We are also working on giving Enhancement and Elemental more PvP utility.

Warlock (Skills List / Talent + Glyph Calc.)

* Improved Shadow Bolt – this talent now provides a 5% spell critical strike buff (similar to Improved Scorch).
* Improved Soul Leech – this talent now provides Replenishment (similar to shadow priests)
* Drain Soul now has a chance to produce Soul Shards even if the target doesn’t die.
* Siphon Life no longer as an active ability but the talent grants the old Siphon Life effect to Corruption.
* Curse of Recklessness and Curse of Weakness have been combined into one spell
* Consume Shadows – this Voidwalker ability is no longer channeled but has a cooldown.

* Several other warlock talents have had their ranks reduced, their
effects changed or removed. This list includes but is not limited to
Demonic Empathy, Shadow Embrace, Eradication, Suppression, and Pandemic.
* Additional new talents have been added.

Druid (Skills List / Talent + Glyph Calc.)

* Savage Defense – this is a new passive ability. When a druid in Dire
Bear form deals a melee critical strike, the druid gains a damage
shield equal to 25% of their attack power. The next hit completely
removes the shield regardless of how much damage was done.
* Survival of the Fittest has had its bonus armor reduced to compensate for the above increase in damage mitigation.

* Faerie Fire (and similar debuffs) now reduces armor by 5%. See Sunder
Armor in the warrior update below for additional details.
* Thorns and Nature’s Grasp can be cast in Tree of Life form.
* Survival Instincts now works in Moonkin form.
* Replenish – to avoid confusion, this talent has been renamed “Revitalize.” It now also works with Wild Growth.
* We are also looking at increasing the sustained (not burst) damage of feral druids in cat form.

Warrior (Skills List / Talent + Glyph Calc.)

* Changing stances now has a much reduced cost: you lose a maximum of
20 rage (10 with Tactical Mastery). For example, if you have 100 rage
and change stances, you will have 80 rage remaining. If you have 10
rage and change stances, all of your rage is lost. In addition, we may
change the penalties associated with some stances.
* You now gain rage when damage done to you is absorbed, such as through a Power Word: Shield.
* Blood Frenzy now causes 2/4% physical damage done.

* Sunder Armor (and similar debuffs) now reduces armor by 4% per
application, and is now a single rank. Creature armor has been globally
reduced so that debuffed targets should take about the same damage from
physical attacks that they did before this change. The net effect
should be that this debuff is slightly less mandatory in PvE and is not
disproportionately more powerful against cloth targets in PvP.
* We are also adding increased damage to Arms, possibly through Overpower or Slam.
* We are also looking at granting rage when the warrior blocks, dodges or parries.


# Improved Water Elemental – this talent has been removed and replaced
with a new talent that grants Replenishment (similar to Shadow priests).
# We are also working on a way to give frost mages Ice Lance “Shatter combos” in PvE.
# We are also working on more survivability for Fire spec in PvP.
# We are also working on making Spirit a more useful and interesting stat for all mages.


# Blessing of Kings – this spell is now a base ability trainable by all paladins.
# Exorcism – this spell now causes damage to all types of enemy targets. However, it always critical strikes undead or demon targets. This change should make sure paladin damage doesn’t drop when going from Naxxramas to later tiers of content.
# Shield of the Templar now
causes your Avenger’s Shield and Shield of the Righteousness to silence
targets for 3 sec. The old damage bonus of this talent has been folded
into Holy Shield, Avenger’s Shield, and Shield of the Righteousness.
# Ardent Defender, Improved Hammer of Justice, One-Handed Weapon Specialization and more have had their ranks reduced.
# Guarded by the Light – no longer reduces the mana cost of shield
spells, but now has a 50/100% chance to refresh Divine Plea duration.
# Judgements of the Just – now also reduces the cooldown of Hammer of Justice by 10/20 seconds and increases the duration of the Seal of Justice stun effect by 0.5/1 second.


# Consumable ammunition has been removed from the game. Arrows and bullets no longer stack, but are not consumed. Ranged attack speed bonus gained from quivers and ammo bags will be preserved in a different capacity.
# A new tier of hunter pet talents have been added. In particular, this
allows Beastmaster hunters to improve their damage per second (DPS)
with their 51 point talent.
# Hunting Party – this talent has been reduced to 3 ranks and also grants a passive bonus to the hunter.
# Piercing Shots – this talent has been changed. Your Aimed, Steady and Chimera Shots cause the target to bleed for 10/20/30% of damage dealt for 8 sec.
# Sniper Training – this talent has been changed. After
standing still for 6 sec, you gain a 2/4/6% damage bonus to Steady,
Aimed and Explosive Shot.
# We are also looking to add additional trap functionality to Survival.


# Gargoyle and Unholy Blight have swapped talent positions. Gargoyle’s damage has increased and runic power cost per time has decreased.
# Pestilence – this spell no longer causes damage but just spreads
diseases. Blood Boil is intended to be the general area attack, and has
been changed to be castable on targets with no diseases on them, but
does extra damage if diseases are present.
# Unbreakable Armor now absorbs a flat amount of damage that increases as your armor increases. It no longer boosts armor.
# The Frost tree has been shuffled. Among other things, PvP talents such as Endless Winter are closer to the top of the tree where Blood and Unholy death knights can access them.
# Sudden Doom – this talent
now procs a Death Coil rather than requiring an additional button
click. It works similarly to shamans’ Lightning Overload.
# Magic Suppression and Blood of the North have been reduced to 3 ranks for the same benefit.
# Blood Gorged now grants armor penetration instead of expertise.

As we have suggested, we have become concerned that mana regeneration is currently too powerful, especially for healers. We want players to have to keep an eye on mana. We don’t want you to go out of mana every fight, but running out of mana should be a very real risk for sloppy playing or attempting content that you aren’t yet ready for. When mana regeneration is trivial then certain parts of the game break down – classes that offer Replenishment are devalued, stats that offer mana regeneration are devalued, and spells that are efficient are neglected in preference to spells with high throughput.

Here are a list of changes you are likely to see in 3.1. They will be available to try out on the PTR. Mana regeneration is somewhat technical, so please bear with us.

* Regeneration while not casting (outside of the “five
second rule”) will be decreased. We think that (1) the ability to cast
heal over time spells and then sit back and (2) benefitting from a
clearcasting proc that also gets you out of the five second rule both
provide too much mana regeneration, even over short time periods.

* To make this change, we are reducing mana regeneration granted by
Spirit across the board. However we are also boosting the effects of
talents such as Meditation that increase regeneration while casting.
The net result should be that your regeneration while casting will stay
about the same, but your not-casting regeneration will be reduced. This change will have little impact on dps casters, since they are basically always casting.

* The specific talents and abilities being
boosted are: Arcane Meditation, Improved Spirit Tap, Intensity, Mage
Armor, Meditation, Pyromaniac and Spirit Tap. Yes this makes these
“mandatory” talents even more mandatory, if such a thing is possible.

* Since paladins rely less on Spirit as a mana-regeneration stat, we
have to address them in other ways. We don’t want to change
Illumination or Replenishment. However, we are going to increase the
healing penalty on Divine Plea from 20% to 50%. Divine Plea was
originally intended to help Protection and Retribution paladins stay
full on mana. It should be a decision for Holy paladins, not something
that is automatically used every cooldown.

* In addition, we are also changing the way Spiritual Attunement works. In situations with a large amount of outgoing raid damage, as well as in PvP, this passive ability was responsible for more mana regeneration than we would like. We want to keep the necessary benefit it grants to tanking Protection paladins, while making it less powerful for Holy paladins in PvP or raid encounters with a lot of group damage.

* We are also taking a close look at clearcasting procs themselves. One likely outcome is to change them to an Innervate-like surge of mana so that the net benefit is the same, but healers won’t shift to out-of-casting regeneration so often.

* We balance around the assumption that
even 10-player groups have someone offering Replenishment. To make this even easier on players we are likely to offer this ability to
additional classes, as well as make sure that existing sources of
Replenishment are more equitable.

* These changes are ultimately being done to bring the different healing classes more in
line with each other as well as to give the encounter team more leeway when designing encounters, who can balance with these new mana regeneration numbers in mind. In a world with infinite healer mana, the only way to challenge healers is with increasingly insane amount of raid damage, so that global cooldowns become the limiting factor since mana fails to be. An example is the Eredar Twins in late Sunwell. We weren’t necessarily happy with that model, and this change hopefully allows us to move towards giving healing a more deliberate and thoughtful pace rather than frenetic spam.