Stop The Fires!

The Hallow’s End holiday is here at World of Warcraft and after a few failed attempts at doing the ‘Stop The Fires’ quest, here are some tips.

1. For The Horde, the quest can be done at Razor Hill, Brill and Falconwing Square. The most frequented one had always been Brill but I am here to tell you that the easiest place to do it is Falconwing Square, Silvermoon.

World of Warcraft screenshot

Check out the proximity!

This is because the proximity of the water to the buildings is very close such that only a few steps is required to put the fires out. I have managed to do this quest with only 1 other person. There are also no obstructions to distract you between tub & building.

2. Sometimes we wait around for ages for the quest to start. It’s a trigger action so to start it, just drop your quest and pick it up again (from the Matron). If that doesn’t work, it’s bugged – try FWS  :p

3. In order to speed it up, make sure you hotkey your bucket. Also, eat the Tricky Treats (drop from the Headless Horseman dungeon) to give yourselves a 30 sec speed boost. Just make sure your boost buff runs out before you eat another one otherwise you could get the ‘Out With It’ achieve but won’t be able to eat any candy for the next 15 mins which means no more buffs.

I’m rather disappointed that Blizz has discontinued their annual pumpkin carving competition. There were such amazing works of art.  😦  C’mon Blizz – pick up your game!

– ant –

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A Taste For Green Tangerines – Barbara Bisco

A Saucy Romp through the Rainforest

This book is subtitled ‘A Saucy Romp through the Rainforest’. On first glance I thought it was about food adventures in a rainforest; a revelation about using local plants, herbs and possibly insects as part of a meal interwoven with the usual drama that came along with a fictional novel. After reading the book, however, it became clear to me that ‘saucy’ was just a politically correct way of saying ‘raunchy’.

It depicts the adventures of an English anthropologist accepting her first real job studying the Dayak people over in the rainforests of Borneo with a rainforest conservation company. While the sauciness of her story is rife yet tastefully unremarkable, notable points of this book lie in the rich descriptions of the Dayak culture and its capacity to make you think about the pros and cons of mining and logging; and the socio economic versus conservation impacts of the two. This book is also unashamedly anti-government, probably with the aim of raising awareness of the amount of corruption going on in Indonesia particularly within the conservation (or lack thereof) context. However, having said that, Bisco also gives us insight into how locals might view this laxity in laws and why they might not be as supportive of conversation as some of us.

I can’t believe I’ve made the book sound like an essay on culture and conservation. It really isn’t. Most of it is about the anthropologist and her friends, a mystery at the campsite, lots of drama, lots of sauce and enough character development to keep you interested.

I’m not one to give the storyline away while writing a review. I hate reading the synopsis of a movie before I watch it – it’s too much like reading notes of the Great Gatsby at English class and writing an entire essay of it without having actually read the book. So I’m going to just rate the readability and other such aspects of the book and leave it at that.

Readability: 3/5

I’d read this over sleeping on a train (* * * )
Good for sitting on the loo (* * * *)
Something to read to help you fall asleep (* * *)
It’s like trying to read foreign language signs when you’re busting to go to the bathroom (*)

Thinkability: 4/5
Keepability: 1/5

– ant –

Bucket List Update

Awhile back Owl and I made a list of stuff to do.  Thought it was time for an update  🙂

  1. Visit Upper Crust in Collaroy
  2. Try Ben &  Jerry’s in Manly [in Broadway Shopping Centre (lol)]
  3. Go have a St Patrick’s Day breakfast/lunch
  4. Go skiing somewhere
  5. Try rockclimbing
  6. Go to trivia night somewhere
  7. Make Manakeesh
  8. Go to El Bulli in Spain
  9. Visit Adriano Zumbo’s cafe
  10. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef
  11. Take the Ghan across Australia
  12. Drive the Great Ocean Road
  13. Eat at least three different types of ribs in the US
  14. Restore a 1984 Japanese Squier
  15. View Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010
  16. Watch Avatar
  17. Buy a Dyson vacuum
  18. Get a cat

– ant –

Cashews

Today we went to Coles to do our weekly grocery shop and bought a 750g bag of Dry Roasted Cashews for the shocking amount of $15.99. On our way out we passed Harris Farm and they were selling 500g bags cashews for $5.00. Can anyone say ripped off?

From this I have been reminded of 2 things:

1. Always price check and don’t assume that just because you’ve always been paying $12.99 for a bag of cashews that the price will always be the same.

2. If it takes only 5 mins to do a quick shop around, you have nothing to lose. In fact, you sometimes have $11.32 per kilo to gain.

– ant –