The cherry trees are in bloom in the quad, so it looks like fluffy clouds are covering the lawn. Really gay, pink clouds.


outland, part two: the zangarmarsh

The road from Hellfire leads to the Zangarmarsh, a lush, alien mushroom forest in contrast to the barren red of the Peninsula. It looks a lot like a cross between Morrowind and Myst.

The local Alliance outpost, Telredor, is built on top of a giant mushroom. Sadly, although it implies that they've carved into it, you can't really go inside. I believe the name is a reference to Morrowind - Telvanni plus Redoran. House Telvanni was pretty cool. They gave me my own mushroom palace. According to WoWWiki, some people have difficulty not dying while taking the elevator up? How do these people manage not to die in real life?

The wildlife here is pretty alien. Fen striders resemble jellyfish crossed with Martian war machines. Fen striders are awesome and I wish they made them as mounts.

Also: sporebats! Sporebats are cool too.

There's also a race of mushroom-people, who live in a town called Sporeggar. They're pretty nice to you, also they accept mushrooms as money.

They grow out of pods, apparently. And the giants that live there are mean to them. Basically everyone picks on the sporelings. Poor sporelings.

Actually, there's quite a few things going wrong in Zangarmarsh. For some reason, ogres are chopping down mushrooms. I don't think it ever explains why they're doing this. It's probably just because they're jerks.

Also, the naga have migrated here and set up big pumps in every lake, draining the water for their own insidious purposes. Again: why? Why do the Naga need so much water? Just to be jerks.

The northern lake has already been sucked dry. The lights on the mushrooms flicker in and out in a sickly kind of way.

All this water flows into the gigantic Coilfang Reservoir at the center of the big lake, which is one of the new dungeons. Again: why do they need to do this?

They built a massive drain at the center of the lake that sucks in a lot of water? I guess? And all the other pumps empty out here... Seriously. Why.

Who's that handsome girl on her handsome steed? It is me!

Next: Terokkar Forest.



So Sky's roped me into doing concept art for an MMO he wants to... make someday, I guess. Anyway, I've been looking through fashion shows as research, and I've come to the conclusion that I really like John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier (who apparently did design work for The Fifth Element and City of Lost Children) and Christian Dior. Oh, and Manish Arora is cool too. Anyway, here's some of the cooler/weirder lines I've found:

John Galliano Autumn/Winter 2007 ready-to-wear
Manish Arora Autumn/Winter 2007 ready-to-wear
John Galliano Autumn/Winter 2007 men's
Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2007 couture (Origami dresses!)
Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2006 couture (which is one of the weirder fashion designs I've seen)
John Galliano Spring/Summer 2006 ready-to-wear (Weirdest models ever)
Manish Arora Spring/Summer 2006 ready-to-wear
Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2006 couture (Very anime-ish)


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I like the concept of an alternate-reality Hundred Acre Wood. I'm not sure what it would entail, but I'll work on it...

Update: Clearly Winnie-the-Pooh takes place in the same reality as The Velveteen Rabbit. Also, apparently Christopher Robin apparently abandons the animals at the end of the last book, so clearly any future stories would have to entail their quest to find the Nursery Magic Fairy (which Rabbit knows about because, being an actual rabbit and not based on a toy, he knows the Velveteen Rabbit) and become real. And since it's in England, I would imagine that the Green Man and other faeries could get involved.


between winter and summer

So today is officially the first day of spring, according to me. The cold winds of the past few weeks have left us with warmth and sunshine. To commemorate, I skipped class and went out to Lake Sammamish. I got a pinecone.

I also got into 2/3 of the classes I want next quarter. I'll see if I can sneak into that other 1/3 on the first day of class.