New Hobby – Aquascaping

So, I’ve been faffing about with a new hobby for the last 12(ish) months aquascaping fish tanks. To aquascape a fish tank is to create an underwater scene with substrate (soil), hardscape (rocks and wood), and plants.
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WoW Backstories #2: The Draenei

Doreican – Eredar Mage (dec)
Od’rel – Eredar Priestess (dec)

Iv’serel – Lightforged Draenei Paladin
Hertanis – Draenei Death Knight
Alberoth – Draenei Paladin
Amal’isa – Draenei Shaman

The Story:
Doreican was a mage with the Wakener’s group which was lead by the sorcerer Thal’kiel. After Thal’kiel learnt how to summon lesser demons, Doreican swiftly learnt the skill himself. After Thal’kiel summoned a storm of infernals in front of Velen and Kil’Jaeden and was banned from summoning any more demons, Doreican stayed at their sanctum for a while before returning home to visit his wife Od’rel and their 4 children.

After Archimonde overthrew Thal’kiel and slaughtered all the demons, Doreican aligned himself with the young sorcerer and kept his demon summoning skills hidden from everyone. Many years later when Sargeras contacted the Eredar and offered the answer to the question of “what is the ultimate underlying flaw of the universe?”, Doreican eagerly joined with Archimonde and Kil’Jaeden in giving the fallen titan their undying loyalty. After Doreican had given his loyalty to the burning legion and accepted his conversion to a demon, he returned to his home to convert this family to being supporters of the legion.

Od’rel had always known that there was something different with her husband after the fall of Thal’kiel and the ascention of Archimonde to being a member of the Triumvate. Being wary of the legion and their demons, she had been watching her husband and the Triumvate when Sargeras contacted them. She knew about Velen’s rebellion against the other members of the Triumvate and the legion and had called for her eldest daughter Iv’serel to take her siblings to join Velen and flee Argus. She had decided to stay and confront Doreican and see if she could sway him back to the light so that they could flee with their children.

Unfortunately, when Doreican arrived at the house and found his wife alone and their children gone, he became enraged and attacked her. Little is known of the fate of them, but the surviving Lost Ones and the Broken in Mac’Cree tell stories of the battle between the demon Doreican and the lady of light Od’rel.

Iv’serel, not knowing what was happening between her parents, led her twin brothers, Hertanis and Alberoth, and her little sister Amal’isa to Velen’s ship, the Genedar… fighting Eredar demons all the way. Hertanis and Alberoth helped their sister in the battle while protecting their baby sister. After arriving at the Genedar, Iv’serel was ordered into the defensive line to help protect the refugees boarding the ship. Iv’serel fought bravely on the defensive line but was eventually wounded badly and carried onboard the Genedar just as the ship left. Iv’serel eventually recovered from her injuries and were rejoined with her siblings for a while. Eventually, the elite of the Draenei decided to fight back against the legion and split off a portion of the Genedar and named it the Xenedar and the Draenei who left on it became the Army of the Light.

Hertanis and Alberoth stayed with the Genedar finishing their Paladin training. Finally, after settling on Draenor, the twins became members of the Hand of Argus following in the footsteps of their elder sister. They were well thought of by their peers and served the city of Shattrath well. Their little sister however felt the call of nature and while there was little contact between the Orcs of Nagrand and the citizens of Shattrath, there was some visitation and trade between the two groups. Amalisa was playing on Aldor Rise with some friends one day when an elderly orc shaman came into the city with some of his acolytes. Amalisa ran in front of the old orc and just stopped. The old orc could immediately sense the power of nature within the young Draenei and asked softly of her, where were her parents? Alberoth, whose duties that day involved patrolling the Aldor rise, was nearby and saw the incident happening and went over to them.

The old orc seeing the approach of Alberoth, could feel the familial connection between the two and turning to him, asked if he could take Amalisa with him to be trained as a shaman so she could serve the planet. Alberoth, knowing that his sisters following was not to be found in magic or religion agreed. It would be many years before they would see each other again.

Eventually, the Legion found Draenor and provoked the orcs into attacking the Draenei. By this stage, Hertanis and Alberoth had advanced to the rank of Vindicator within the Hand of Argus and were commanding their own units during the war. Both brothers were a part of the retreat into the Zangar marshes protecting the remenants of the untransformed Draenei. After the Blood Elves led by Kael’thas had seized Tempest Keep, Hertanis led the remains of his unit to secure the Exodar while Alberoth and the remenants of his unit protected the rear of the survivors as they fled to the Exodar. Amalisa and the rest of the Draenei shaman had joined Alberoth’s unit to assist them by using nature to counter the corruption of the orc warlocks, those shaman corrupted by Gul’dan.

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Wow Backstories #1: The Night Elves

I’ve started writing backstories for my toons on wow. This is where I will start introducing the characters and their relationships to each other. The first part is going to be my Night Elves, Blood Elves, Nightborne, and Void Elves.

Elvish characters:
Drenarian Rainstar – Night Elf Demon Hunter

Valder Tonthinteur – Nightborne Mage (dec) Father of Valderian
Alinai Rainstar – Night Elf Mage (dec) Mother of Valderian
Valderian Rainstar – Night Elf Hunter

Kigrel Vostraenn – Nightborne Mage (dec) Father of Gencarian and Alarcarian
Resharian Tonthinteur – Nightborne Mage Mother of Gencarian and Alarcarian
Gencarian Vostraenn – Blood Elf Rogue
Alarcarian Tonthinteur – Void Elf Warlock

Kaelor Winterwind – Night Elf Warrior (dec) Father of Draladius and Garaldius
Lyladius Tonthinteur – Nightborne Priestess (dec) Mother of Draladius and Garaldius
Draladius Winterwind – Night Elf Druid
Garaldius Winterwind – Night Elf Mage

Drenarian Rainstar and his sister Alinai were both members of the Moon Guard and were both powerful mages. Valder Tonthinteur was a member of Queen Azshara’ personal Guard, along with his brother-in-law Kigrel Vostraenn. Kaelor Winterwind was a member of the Ravencrest Guard and his wife Lyladius, Kigrel’s baby sister, was a priestess at the Temple of Alune in Val’Sharah.

Kigrel’s wife, Resharian, was raising their children Gencarian and Alarcarian at home in Suramar. Gencarian and Alarcarian had both sent to visit their cousins in Val’Sharah. Valdarian was also visiting his cousins at the start of the war of the ancients.

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Ouchies 2018…

Eleven years ago, I had an accident where I took a fall going down the stairs into my apartment in Kendal, UK. The damage done to my ankle 11 years ago seems to have attributed to the fall I had last Monday when my ankle rolled for no reason and collapsed causing me to hit the ground like a sack of spuds. Roll on to the weekend and as the swelling around the knee area started to go down, the knee started to get unstable and move about unpredictably causing me a few problems.

So, today, I wander down to the local docs and find that there is a very good chance that I have done my ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament). So, off I go for a MRI scan. I need to go back to the docs to get another referal to a different mob than SKG because they don’t appear to bulk bill and I don’t have $350 bucks to spend on an MRI!

Anyways… ouchies… again!

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Well it’s been a while…

I returned to Australia to help out my parents a couple of years back… mum with her hips and dad with his stage 2 bowel cancer. Mum has had one of her hips replaced and dad’s cancer has metastasised and spread. We don’t know how long he has, but the general feeling is that he isn’t going to make out the end of 2017.

That seriously sucks arse 🙁

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Politics in Australia

There is a problem in Australia that is starting to become quite distressing. It appears that the people of Australia are either getting dumber or they are happy with the way that the politicians of Australia are really working for the corporations. They, the politicians, seem to have gotten the idea that they can do whatever they want and the people of Australia are going to allow it. They are selling our country piece by piece to the corporations or their rich friends and we are doing nothing about it.

When are the Australia people going to start to wake up to the fact that professional politicians are corrupt. They might start out having good intentions and the best interests of their constituents at heart, but over time… as they become more mired down in the system, they end up having a superiority complex over the average person and think that the money getting poured into their campaign funds by big business is their to do with what they want. Unfortunately for them… they are subject to the whims and wishes of the Australian people. This rampant corruption and bias towards the rich and the corporations needs to stop.

We need to get back to a political system where the best interests of the nation and its people are served by people who actually care about them. We need to forge a system where the corporations are not allowed to fund politicians because that means that the politician then “owes” the corporations a favour. It isnt in the best interests of the country to hand to the corporations the power to sue the government if legislation is passed that impinges on their profits. A corporation can be expected to make a reasonable profit… but to gouge and sue a government because what they are doing is actually illegal or detrimental to the well being of the people and their livelihoods is beyond a joke.

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Schapelle Corby… give it a fucking rest please media people

I’m happy that she is out of jail. But for fucks sake… she is a convicted fucking drug smuggler. Why turn her into a fucking celebrity because she has spent some time in the prison system of Indonesia. She hasnt done anything worthy of being a celebrity. She is a criminal. Give it a fucking rest please media people.

PS: She is not worth spending fucking 2 million dollars on. Why should she make a fortune on her story about life in prison in Indonesia for breaking their laws. You don’t hear that much about people trying to smuggle drugs into Australia… a big splash about how much they found and how much time the perp is getting for their crimes and bam… forgotten for the next BB contestant.

FUCK OFF Corby you fucking drug smuggler!

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A future trip home…

At some point in the near future, I will be returning back to Australia again. However, instead of traveling from west to east, I am thinking of going east to west… starting off in Shannon (after shipping my stuff in the UK back to Oz about 3 months earlier),  I am thinking of flying from there to Boston, change planes at Boston and fly out to San Deigo.

I will hang around there for a couple of days meeting up with a couple of friends I have out there before jumping on a jet at LAX and then flying to Hawaii. I might spend a couple of days there checking the place out before I hop back onto a play and fly to Tokyo and finally get to see Japan.

And because Tokyo is on roughly the same timezone as WA, it’s a nice short hop home…

Jobs a goodun.

That being said, I am thinking of setting up a small office in a transportable so that I can work from home. I will be trying to either get some contract work or line up some freelance stuff before I head home… lets me have a nice break on the way back and then straight into work when I do get home.

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Saying we won’t spy on you again to Indonesia

Would I be strange in saying that we are stupid in saying to Indonesia that we won’t spy on you again. I mean it opens all sorts of issues. They could setup a massive invasion army to come and invade Australia and we wouldnt have any warning of it because we have promised to not spy on them again.

Personally, I say screw you jack… we will continue to spy on you while you are being deliberately antagonistic towards Australia. Your citizens constantly attack Australian tourists visiting your country and your police deliberately go out of their way to try and frame Australian citizens so that you can portray us as evil criminals who are trying to corrupt your innocent citizens.

Give it a rest mate… you guys have the wood on us in terms of corruption. Your politicians are all war criminals and crooks who tend to jump up and down if you catch them at it.

But how about this compromise… we promise not to spy on your shitty country so long as you pull every Indonesian spy out of Australia. And while you are at it… stop allowing your fishing boats to invade Australian waters. Because at some point, we will get sick and tired of catching the same fuckers again and again and just start sinking their boats… while they are still on board.

Now… go away and sit down and shut the fuck up because adults want to talk…

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Why is it that family are the ones who end up with the ability to hurt you the most.

Your friends you sort of expect to hurt you at some point… but you constantly leave yourself open to getting ripped apart by your family.

Don’t feel like talking to anyone at the moment…


I wish I had some of my music here at work with me so I could try and drown out the hurt!

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