Guild Portal

I have a question …. maybe one of my readers might be able to answer.

For our wow guild we have quite a few web applications running and now I need some kind of “portal” page to get all the news stuff in one place so people will not have to check 5 pages for new items. These are not geeks using rss feeds, they are simple users who want to have a single place to see if there is anything to see.

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Same old story

The other day we were watching yet another episode of Babylon 5.

Sheridan says to Delen: “Well we won, now we have time. Today we are happy.” Minutes later trouble arrives and he notices there’s just never any quiet time.

If you think it’s only that way in stories, you are wrong.

Whenever there’s a bug fixed on my projects, another one crops up. If a project is doing fine, something else is messing up my schedule …. if nothing else can go wrong the boss is in a bad mood …. there’s always something.

The WoW guild, you think you solved all the trouble by solving a problem and everything seems nice and quiet for a change and Sheridan and Delen might finally find some time to play …. well something happens, someone needs help, someone causes trouble, someone, something always needs worrying about.

I really feel like some person in a movie or TV series sometimes. Every day a new episode. I wish there was more time for Character-building episodes here.

Oblivion Helper


Oblivion HelperOriginally uploaded by yashima.

See my shiny new gizmo. Well of course the rest is still not here and so I can only look at the box and wonder how good Oblivion will look once I have the complete computer.

Not evil?


You Are 20% Evil


You are good. So good, that you make evil people squirm.
Just remember, you may need to turn to the dark side to get what you want!

So the test said I am not evil *g* I tried to answer as best as I could and answer truthfully … though there were some questions that were quite hard to answer. Please take the test and tell me your result. I am curious. Curiosity is not inherently evil, you know.

Cocktails


CocktailsOriginally uploaded by yashima.

The bill we racked up after dinner seems quite impressive unless you know we were 11 people.

The weekend was a lot of fun and we got to meet some old new people we had only known via teamspeak so far.

Phantasialand was also a good idea. I haven’t been to a theme park in ages and rollercoasters are still fun. Except well I had to scream a full two or three minutes during one ride because well I had too which didn’t help keep my voice at all. We didn’t even wipe on any of the rides.

I took a ton of pictures but I guess most of these will be private to our guild forum unless the people allow me to publish them on flickr and I already have some candiates that I need to ask because I think I got some lucky shots. Mostly I am glad my camera survived all the rides: on the very first ride I got absolutely soaked. As nobody else really took any pictures there is no proof of anything that happened to me *g*

From game to ‘real life’

Well we’re off to Köln for the week-end for our “real life” guild meeting.

I’ll be seeing some of my guild members for the first time.

Tomorrow we will visit Phantasialand so wish us luck with the weather.

I’ll post some more about this when we are back.

Storm in the waterglass

I am so mad I could cry.

There’s a new patch out and I can’t even log in anymore. I de-installed everything and: nada.

I am not mad that I cannot play – I have enough other things to do! But I am mad that someone is wasting my time in such a meaningless way and has been wasting for the last month or so with stupid errors.

Good intentions

This photo shows how to make the best of good intentions. The good intention was to eat a healthy dinner consisting of fruit. I had asked Rolland to shop strawberries, a melon and a pineapple.On my way home I found the perspective of a fruit-dinner not quite as appealing as it had bin in the morning and I bought some ham to have with the melon and some ice cream for the straw berries. Complete with a bottle of nice red wine and a few episodes of Babylon 5 you couldn’t do better for a spring feast.

By the way I hate it when an episode ends with something like the death of an important character and you are sooo sure he must live and then you continue to watch another episode and he doesn’t turn up until the last few minutes and you still don’t know wether he lives to see another season.

Anyway so far I have enjoyed the first three seasons quite a bit. I love the story arc and I have found myself a good page to accompany this: http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/lurker.html

What time

Cool Tool: World Time Clock

Wonder if you got this: It’s the World Time Clock from designer Charlotte Van Der Waals. Think it’s an incredibly clever piece. I appreciate a lot the ability of seeing “upside down” things and problems 🙂

Click link, see picture. This is a very interesting perspective and a little bit reminds me of Babylon 5 (yes we are currently watching the last few episodes of season 2 on dvd): “There is no such thing as day and night in space”

participatory

Management Skills Blog » Teamwork Posters on the Wall

The biggest tool you have is participation. People will support a workplace they help to make.

Someone there put into words what I’ve been struggling to grasp. Of course it is true for the workplace but even more so for something like a WoW guild. I’ve been trying to tell my officers that it is key to involve people in the creation of our guild culture to get them to work for the guild to make it their guild instead of ours. I’ve just not gotten it into the officers yet.

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