Month: December 2013

No resolutions from me

“2011: For New Year’s Eve” by crybringer

This is it then, gals and guys: the end of another year. In just a few hours, we’ll be waving goodbye to that unlucky number and will realize that the invention of the hoverboard is only just a year away (at least according to Back to the Future 2). We will drink, eat and dance our way through the night, as fireworks light up the sky and optimistic resolutions leave our mouths.

It’s funny, isn’t it? We humans decided that a year is an amount of time worthy to be celebrated, and our ancestors were convinced that loud noises would drive away any bad spirits. Once we’ve counted to 365. we decide to get ourselves a nice hangover and start all over again. It’s like we have this need for a fresh once in a while, as millions of people set their goals for 2014.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for celebrating New Year’s, and it will be the exact thing I’ll do tonight. But before I’m off to get buzzed and filled with all kinds of unhealthy stuff, I just wanted to let you guys know I’m not a man of New Year’s resolutions. You won’t see me writing here about what I want to do in 2014, just because we changed a three into a four in our calendars. What I’m here for then, is to tell you that I’ll keep doing what I’m doing even next year, and I’m happy to have you there with me.

Expect new posts, expect gaming criticsm, expect opinions about nerdy things, expect articles about health for us geeks, expect randomness, expect my permanent ambition to improve, expect maybe a visual change or two…but most of all: expect the Chindividual in 2014. Trust me, I’ll expect each and everyone of you, too.

With that being said, be off and make the sky sparkle tonight!

Happy 2014!

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My favorite songs of 2013

“Music” by an-izzle

You pretty guys and gals know about the things I love: pretending I’m a troll in a fictional world, pretending I’m a vampire in another fictional world and pretending I’m good at martial arts in the real world. What you might not know is that I also love music. Not making it, mind you, since I’m as rhythmic as a stiff corpse. Listening it, however, is one of the things I enjoy every day. When I’m on my bike on my way to work, my earbuds fill my mind with sounds. When I’m busy writing for this blog, music creates an inspiring backdrop. Also, I think there’s a song for every major event in my life. Needless to say, 2013 has brought me a truckload of new songs, and since Listmas has begun in my time zone, let me present you my five favorite songs of 2013 in no particular order.

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Checking in with the trolls

monk troll wow pandariaIt’s been a while since my last post about my trolls in World of Warcraft, so I figured it’s time for a quick update. Last time, I formulated some achievable goals, so let’s so how I’m doing there, yes?

On my way to the siege
By now, Umaru is level 90 and preparing to kick down the gates of Orgrimmar. He’s halfway through LFR Throne of Thunder, and with an item level of 486 not that far away anymore from the final raid of this expansion. I marathoned a big part of the LFR raids over the past weekend, and even though the encounters were horribly easy (probably also because my raids were packed with overgeared characters farming points), I have to admit that I liked the mechanics of many of them. It’s good to see that Blizzard keeps toying around with the possibilities, even though some bosses have some annoying tricks up their monstrous sleeves. Does Ji-Kun really have to try that hard to blow us off the platform?

Anyway, I’m taking it easy now, slowly plowing my way through the item levels. With a bit of luck, I’ll have Garrosh underneath my boots by the end of my Christmas break.

Raising a hunter
Another goal is to have at least one other max-level character before the expansion hits. For that goal, I’m busy leveling a troll hunter named Jubaru. Jubaru is decked out in heirlooms (all he needs is the bow, but I can’t be arsed to get him that) and pew-pewing his way through his twenties now. I always wanted to have a hunter, mostly because I remember how fond my brother was of the class back in TBC and Wrath. So far, I like having a pet (Jubaru won’t leave the house without Shuffles, his trusty turtle) and steamrolling everything that comes in my way. Pandaria, prepare yourself for another troll!

Serpents & skinning
My final two goals are about professions and a faction grind. Umaru is busy training Skinning and Leatherworking. The former has hit 150 today, while the latter is barely at 75. Professions have always been the most boring part of the game to me, and so I find it hard to level them. It’s really just clicking a button and waiting while your character rubs his hands together. Can’t Blizzard make crafting somewhat more exciting?

Talking about exciting, the reputation grind for one of those sweet serpents is also not that special. I’m halfway through Honored and already looking forward to the racing dailies unlocking at Revered. However, I must give some credit to Blizzard for at least giving us some variety when it comes to dailies. You’re not repeating the same set of quests every day, and the fact that one of your dailies is about interacting with your chosen serpent hatchling at least tries to give you a connection with your future mount.

All in all, WoW is really scratching a certain itch right now. That itch needs a game that feels familiar and where I can do some things that don’t require too much of my attention. When slaying low-level mobs to level my Skinning feels relaxing, I know that WoW is what I need right now.

Damn, that rhymed nicely.

The Chindividual celebrates…with presents!

"Baby Chin" by KrazeeLadee

“Baby Chin” by KrazeeLadee

Well, today’s the day: The Chindividual is officially one year young! I’ve looked back on the first 365 days of the blog’s existence in previous posts, so there’s not much left to say. However, I want to use the chance to thank each and everyone of you for visiting over and over again. I want to thank you for every tweet heading my way, for every comment left and for the simple fact that you deem this place worthy of your time. I hope that I can keep you interested in the coming years and that your numbers will grow and grow.

With that being said…I promised you a giveaway, didn’t I? Well, though people usually get presents on their birthdays, I decided to give you guys and gals the chance to win something! What is that something? Two freaking Steam keys for the awesome game Starbound! Two people can win each one of these keys, and here’s how:

  • Make sure to follow me on Twitter
  • Leave a comment below and tell me what you would like to see in the coming year on this blog. Be honest, and don’t forget to include your Twitter handle!
  • Pray and hope you win one of those keys.

The contest runs until Wednesday, 18 December 2013 23:00 GMT+1. I will announce the (randomly chosen) winners shortly after. If you want more information about Starbound, check out the official page and / or my short review of the game.

Again, thanks for making this an awesome first year. Grab some imaginary pie, enter the contest and make sure to come back. I really, really appreciate it!

Signed,

Chin

The Chindividual celebrates: my favorite posts of 2013

Tomorrow, this blog turns one. I’ve already started the celebrations for that in two previous posts, but before we kick off the festivities with a little giveaway come tomorrow, I’d like to take one last chance to look back on my favorite posts from the past year. Since the launch of this blog, I’ve publicized almost 200 posts of varying quality. Of course, I’m not the person to judge how good my own creations are, but I do have the right to have favorites. These favorites are the articles I’ve enjoyed writing because of their topic or content. I narrowed the list down to three, so here are my top three favorite posts of The Chindividual’s first year!

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The Chindividual celebrates: a few numbers

Gosh, it’s been a rough week at work so far, but one of the things that keeps me running is the fact that this blog will be one year old come Sunday! Since I can’t share cake, beer and pizza with you through the Internet, I’ll be sharing some cool prizes with you instead. What are those prizes? Well, I won’t tell you just yet, but you’ll be bound to enjoy them!

This post, however, will be about numbers. Ever since starting this blog, I’ve always asked myself how you can measure the success of your posts through numbers. Eventually, I learned that paying too much attention to those numbers only gets you worried about nothing. I’m not trying to feed me and my loved ones with this site, so why worry about how many people drop by? Still, I find the numbers interesting to look at, and I would like to share a few of them with you. Maybe you can compare them to your own, maybe you get scared by them because algebra traumatized you, or maybe you just see them as a veiled bragging attempt. You decide.

  • In the past year, The Chindividual has been viewed 9.101 times. That’s no unique hits. I know there are sites out there that get those views within hours, but I’m still proud to attract so many hits.
  • The vast majority of those hits come from the USA (4.232), followed by the United Kingdom (805), Canada (497) and my home country the Netherlands (462). Even combined, the hits from European countries can’t beat the Americans. Thanks for all the love, visitors from the other side of the Great Pond!
  • Most visitors dropped by in October (1.149), probably due to the awesome powers of the Newbie Blogger Initiative.
  • The most read posts of the first year are “How Jaime Lannister got on my good side” (763), “Why Dungeon World fascinates me” (267) and “Geek Jitsu – how I roll” (252). However, most hits still go to the homepage in general.
  • Finally, I was able to garner 168 followers on WordPress and 100 on Twitter.

These might be small numbers for some, but they are really big ones for me. Thanks for supporting me, and let’s hope these numbers are even bigger next year!

 

My therapists

I’m a mess of a person. Really, I am. I’m chaotic, unorganized, emotional, nervous, obsessive-compulsive, talk to myself, get headaches by thinking about the most idiotic things et cetera et cetera. Some of my even crazier friends ask me how I can handle putting up with them, but I guess that’s just because behind the wall of normality I’ve put up over the years, I’m just as insane and psychologically unstable as them. Trust me, it’s good that I got this wall of mine.

Luckily, I know when to get help. I don’t think that showing weakness is a sign of weakness, but rather one of responsibility. Considering that, I’ve made sure to put my mental health into the hands of not just one, but four very capable therapists. Alone, these experts are already formidable doctors, but combined, they create the foundation of my mental health. Seeing how it’s almost the first birthday of this blog, I think it’s time to introduce you to my four specialists.

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