Gone Out Of Hand

May 31, 2011

I’m a little concerned at the situation at work right now.  With the recent discovery of the Incentives system our company apparently has set up for over-achieving employees, it’s been a little crazy at the office to say the least.  Based on a point system, where one of your co-workers nominates you for an amount of points for essentially a good job, it allows the employee in question to exchange those points for actual items… Like large flat-screen TVs, home-theater packages, and even mountain bicycles.  

This obviously sparked a wave of nomination requests from co-workers, as everyone seemed to be clamoring for points to get the items they wanted on the prize redemption list.  This wasn’t so bad at first, since each nomination still required approval from the supervisor, and even then the points weren’t so much (500 points actually), but things really started to turn crazy when the Client Commendation function was discovered.  As intended, it was supposed to be a vehicle for a manager to reward a hardworking employee, and gives an instantaneous largess of reward points (1000-2000 points), and was supposed to be a limited, once-in-a-quarter thing.  However, for some reason employees like us could access it too…

Guess what happened?  People obviously got greedy, and started using the Client Commendation function to accrue an insane amount of points, which were then used to get the more-expensive items on offer.  It’s not too surprising that the people in the main US office got wise, and now there are pending investigations on employees who got excessive Reward nominations.  At the very least they could get suspended or fired; at worst they could be charged with fraud.

I wasn’t immune to the temptation of course, and I caved in to the pressure of my teammates to give out points for nominations in exchange.  So obviously I’m also worried that that brief instance of weakness might cost me my job, especially since I need the work right now.  Really, that Complete Home Theatre Suite and Mountain Bike won’t be worth squat if I get fired in the process, and I’d much prefer to receive a constant salary that one-time stuff like this.  

*sigh* That kind of pressure is something that I really don’t need.  It’s already stressful enough as it is at work… 

Okay, that’s it.  It’s Precure for me tonight.  Mindless Magic Girl anime should be just what the doctor ordered to relax.


All That Work

May 30, 2011

The picture speaks for itself really.  Mapping the continent has never been so hard, taken so long, and felt as painful.  Not looking forward to it for the other continents, especially Tyria.  Yeah, I better find another title to work on instead.  Seriously, capping  Elite Skills are easier by comparison, as you only need money and the skill points to fork over.

That might not happen for a while though, especially since, technically, the Summer break is over.  And with school for me starting again this Saturday, ah, that pretty much ends any semi-hardcore online gaming for the duration of the term.  So, it’s probably going to be a while before I get to the second level of the Maxed Title rank (Everybody Knows Me), and unlock the Rainbow Phoenix.

One More To Go

May 29, 2011

At this point I have just one more map left to Vanquish in Cantha: the formidable Raisu Palace.  Size aside, it’s infested with Shiro’ken, who are only going to turn worse because of Hard Mode.  It’s pretty much guaranteed that I’m going to spend quite a bit of my evening trying to clear it, hence why I’m posting this journal entry as early as I could.  After clearing the map, I’ll see if I can do a bit of scraping to add just that little bit to my Canthan Cartographer track, since it is already at around 96% already, and every little bit will help in advancing the title…  To be frank I’m really tempted to use Textmod at this point to outline the areas I haven’t fully explored yet, but I’m still leery at using it.  It is after all a 3rd-party program, and one wrong entry might have nasty consequences to my system. Better safe than sorry, I say.

Hmm, Cartographer aside, I think I’ll start saving up one gold to pay for all the Capture Signets I’ll have to buy to get all those skills needed in the Canthan Skill Hunter track too.  That one’s going to be a long-term project, I think, as aside from the lack of platinum my character is also short of the requisite skill points.  Oh well, it’s still at least half a year until Guild Wars 2 hits, so no rush.

Yeah, no rush at all.  I mean, it’s not like People Know Me, right?

Nope, Not Fruitful in the Least

May 28, 2011

Much like yesterday, I spent most of the day in front of my PC playing Guild Wars, and using my Warrior to vanquish some of the areas in Cantha.  Instead of the massive areas of the Jade Sea, I decided to focus instead on the Shing Jea Island areas (the beginner areas for a character created in Factions) first, since I figured that they’d be relatively easier to do than the mainland areas.

Obviously I was wrong about that.  Because of the lower party count (six slots, to as low as four slots in the earlier areas) it was even more of a challenge to clear each explorable map, and this was before I remembered just low large each of those areas were.  With such a small party size there was definitely little margin for carelessness, but it was inevitable that bad mob pulls would happen and, well… that would cue me trying to pull my hair out in frustration (I’ve since learned to hate the Crimson Skull pirates, specifically their extremely crowded bases, oh yes).  I had to use some of my consumables and summoning items in those cases, but eventually I was able to clear those areas.

I was glad to be done with the business though, and honestly I don’t think I’ll ever try that again with another character.  Hopefully this will be the last I’ll be seeing of Shing Jea for a while, at least until the time I decide to do the missions there on Hard Mode.  For now, it’s the Jade Sea, which compared to Shing Jea has gone surprisingly smoothly.  The wonders of having an eight-person party limit to work with…

At the rate I’m going, I think I’ll be able to focus on Raisu palace a few hours after I get home from work tomorrow.  Which should be just about right, since with classes almost starting who knows when I’ll be able to play again.

Rare Lazy Fridays

May 27, 2011

With school once again on the horizon, you’ll excuse me if I decided to indulge in online gaming for almost the whole day.  An altogether unproductive use of my daytime hours, but eh, it’s not like I’m going to be able to it a lot once my classes start.  Since I wasn’t able to load up on time for my Ragnarok Online account, I opted for Guild Wars instead.  The wonders of being (mostly) free-to-play.

So what did I spend my in-game hours doing?  Why, vanquishing the maps at Cantha one at a time of course.  At this point I’ve mostly cleared the Kurzick side of the explorable maps (barring Arborstone and its stupid amount of area  spawns), and with some persistence I might be able to clear the Jade Sea areas as well.  With this weekend’s event (twice the reward for vanquishing maps, meaning twice the experience and Faction per kill) it makes it even more  worth it wandering around in the Canthan countryside killing everything that’s dumb enough to attack my party…  Bad luck for them then.

Incidentally, today’s Zaishen Vanquish quest also segued well with the weekend event too, and pretty much helped along my progress in the Jade Sea areas.  Mmm, those’re probably going to be a lot more tougher than the Echovald Forest areas, as the Jade Sea has those stupid dragon elementalist-types.  Well as long as I watch my pulls, it’ll probably work as well as Echovald.

Now Raisu Palace… That’s a different matter entirely.  So you’ll excuse me if I leave that for the very last.

With Hint Of Rain

May 26, 2011

Given the heat earlier this afternoon, it’s hard to believe that some parts of the country are currently feeling the brush of the passing super-typhoon.  It’s a small blessing how the thing’s been able to avoid giving us a direct hit, but the eastern coastline of the main island is still expected to experience some flooding, which is more than what I could say had the storm made landfall instead.

Anyway, with that national concern off my mind, I suppose there’s the issue of what I’m going to do with the rest of my evening.  Frankly, I’m seriously thinking of just turning in early so I can make up for the fact that I was pretty much running on just two hours of sleep.  As to why I lost so much sleep, well, shall we say that it involved Rebuild of Evangelion 2.22’s English-language dub, an awful case of audio desynch, three demuxing programs (the file was stored as a MKV), an audio editor, and a video filename converter.  And even then it only took me until after I got back from work to finally figure out just how much a delay I had to compensate for (about 16 seconds, give or take).

I’m tempted to watch the completed product, but as I mentioned I feel tired, and this is with a two-hour afternoon nap.  Sleep debt can be vicious.

Anyway, I’ll just set up the usual set of torrents for this week’s shows, then off to bed.

Monetary Relief

May 25, 2011

Well, it’s payday, and I have to say it was very welcome.  Given the current state of my savings account, which as of yesterday’s writing was just about 500 PHP, every little bit of cash helps, even the relatively low amount of money my part-time work pays me.  At this point it’s back to about 5000 PHP-ish, which is not a lot when you think about it but hey, it’s something.  Although it’s still nowhere near the minimum amount to start earning a percentage each month again, it’s getting there.  Since I don’t have too many extraneous expenditures for this month, deducting the payment for the phone/internet bill and the incoming credit card payment (which should take care of the remaining credit I owe), I think I’m no longer in the red.  

Now if it remains to be seen if that can be maintained.  There’s the spectre of nanay finally coming home, and both of my parents heading off to the province to enjoy their retirement…  Which means I’ll really have to find high-paying work soon, as I’ll never hear the end of it from my sister.  I really have to wonder about that though.  I mean, it’s not like anyone is expecting me to make any money out of writing…