Interstitial 50: First Time’s a Charm

I often take several pictures of the same thing, trying different settings on the camera, different angles, different light sources, etc. Experimentation is an important part of learning.

Recently, I’m finding the first shot is the one I like most. I took 27 pictures of this plant at different times of the day. This one is the first.

 

Star Trek’s Importance and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why ‘Star Trek’ was so important to Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. convinced Nichelle Nichols to not leave Star Trek because her portrayal of Lt. Uhura represented in pop culture what the civil rights movement was fighting for.

Word/language geek trivia: Uhura is derived from the Swahili word uhuru, which means “freedom.” Uhuru was also the title of a book Nichols had with her the day she read for the part.

So much about humanity many of us learned from Star Trek, without realizing the importance of it as children. I have no doubt my love for sci-fi, specifically stories that take place in the future, is because that is often the only place where everyone is truly equal. Star Trek showed us how things should be, and gave us hope.

It also highlights the importance of positive role models in pop culture and positions of leadership. Children learn, without knowing what they are learning, from watching and observing. Their perception of the world, its possibilities, and their role/place in it is influenced by what they see.

I do not envy the job parents have of teaching their children that while the leader of our country says and does the things he says and does, it is not ok for them or anyone else to behave in that manner.

Interstitial 46: Bare Barberry

I enjoyed watching the bare barberry (sounds like a name for a distillery) branches light up in reddish brown tones when the sunlight shone through the trees. The contrast with the snow was delightful, providing a nice background. I was very careful to not smoosh my face too close – those thorns are sharp!

 

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2017 Bucket List

Z and Cinder’s blog challenge this week – my first one! – is your 2017 bucket list of things you want to accomplish in the game(s) you play. I didn’t make much progress in the games I play during 2016. I think my bucket list for 2017 is simple enough to be achievable.

2017 in ESO

In Elder Scrolls Online (ESO), Zahra the “celestial” druid is level 27 right now; she was level 12 in September 2015.

  • I simply want to level one character to 50 in this game!

2017 in WoW

In World of Warcraft (WoW), I currently have two active accounts and a single level 110 between them. That level 110 is a Demon Hunter; she’s not on my main account and not one of my pre-Legion characters! Between not being able to decide which account to play and a very busy work schedule leaving me with little free time for gaming, or feeling so exhausted I couldn’t muster the brain power to make virtual decisions about what to do in a virtual world, getting any character to 110 in 2016 was an accomplishment.

I’d like to revisit some long-held, unaccomplished goals. Choosing one account will help, and that will be my main account. These goals help facilitate something of an account cleanup.

  • Level one of each class to get their first artifact.
    • My main account has three 100s, three in the 90s, two in the 80s, and one 60. It does not have a demon hunter, monk, or warrior.
    • I have my work cut out for me.
  • Use what I have.
    • What gets me in trouble is after declaring to level one of each class,  I then add “one of each race” too. Oh, and then each server needs to have characters with all professions, and they all need to have freckles and red hair! In 2017, the madness ends!
  • Learn as many recipes on characters who craft gear, and focus on one character for each profession regardless faction or server.
    • Professions on my main account are all over the place. I have several dual crafters and it has never worked out for me. I want each crafter to have the complementary gathering profession, so this means dropping a few advanced professions and leveling a gathering profession.
    • One thing I will never change: my main character, THE Mama Druid, will never drop enchanting. I didn’t know what I was doing in Vanilla and for some reason I dropped her leatherworking for enchanting. It was the biggest pain to level back then. She definitely has a few enchantments earned from rep grinds and some that may be hard to get or are no longer available. Her other profession is herbalism, which I love as a druid.
    • I’ll need to figure out who should be my leatherworker as two of them might have patterns that are no longer available. One might have to hang on to it for just that reason.

I think the first thing to do is sort out professions as my characters can benefit from leveling them in their garrisons while I work on other things.

Lower priority goals that may not be achievable:

  • Get flying in Legion.
  • Get the “Insane in the Membrane” title (need Ravenholdt and Goblin rep).
  • Get “the Beloved” title (48/60).
  • Get all Tournament mounts and pets.

The last three I’ve started and stopped over the years. It would be nice to put the nail in all their coffins. I hate grinding rep.

Wish me luck!

Interstitial 45: Snowy Sunset | Mama Druid

I forgot to include the embed code in yesterday’s Interstitial post! Hopefully re-blogging oneself isn’t terribly taboo… 🙂

We’ve had snow for days, which is unusual as it typically melts off within a day or two. Luckily, this week’s theme at tookapic.com is snow. I’ve been able to post a weekly-theme …

Source: Interstitial 45: Snowy Sunset | Mama Druid