Talking of Real Life, here's some great advice on how to play it well:
You want to be admired for what you did? Log off. Go outside. Start changing the lives of people around you. Feed the hungry. Cure the sick. Tend to the lonely, the outcasts, the misfits. Exchange a helping hand where it is needed. Unify the theory of relativity and the quantic space. Invent a cheap and clean source of energy. Become a recognized adventurer. Help end conflicts, whether it is in your neighborhood or abroad. Create artwork which questions and soothes the mind.
This morning, I woke up to the delightful sight of half a dozen new comments on this blog. Hurrah!
Except…only one of them was genuine. The rest were from gold sellers. As the Big Bear Butt Blogger and Kestrel have already posted, gold sellers are the bane of the WoW blogging community.
I've marked them as spam, and already Typepad's in-built spam protection has blocked a further attempt, so it should be under control shortly. But in any blogging the fight against spammers is something of a technological arms race, unless you're prepared to go to a login-only style of commenting - and I'm not prepared to countenance that until Typepad offers a wider range of login options for comments.
Gold spammers are, just like spammers, everywhere, parasites. They distort and abuse web-based services for one-way gain. If you're even considering buying gold, remember you're buying from people who have so little respect for the blogs and forums that you like to read that they'll just blanket spam them with unpaid adverts, with no thought as to the conversations underway on them.
So don't buy gold.
Otherwise, I'll have to come over and give you a nasty splinter. So there.
I've been using this quiet Christmas period to play with this blog's layout a little.
Weeeeeeeeeell, there's been such an explosion of good WoW blogs of late (Phaelia does a great job of keeping track of them), that I like to use a combination of my blog and Google Reader to keep track of those I like the best. So, now the columns to the right are split into two distinct uses. The left hand column is all about this blog, and stuff happening on it. And the right hand column is all about other blogs and stuff happening on them. Right at the top, there's a regularly updated list of my favourite posts from other people's blogs, which I'm generating out of Google Reader. (You can see the complete shared posts on a page, if you want).
My guildmate, the psychot lovely Psia has joined the WoW blogging community with a brand, spanking new (in a "couple of weeks old" kinda way) Chain Trap. Psia is a hunter, and the "slide trapping" start of the Opera video from a couple of days back.