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“They have a cave troll”

Not really but we do appear to have a bees nest. Looks like it’s white arsed bumbles, which I know are generally placid and need some help. Though could do without hearing the little buggers hovering around waiting for landing permission.

They’re dropping down under the steps flags where the downpipe used to go from the conservatory into a small soakaway.

On the plus side there’s near zero chance of me accidentally walking over that bit as it’s awkward to get to at the best of times, on the downside… bees… near me… bees which need all the support they can get… murder insects.

Welcome to the summer. Later in the year I get to work out where the nest is under there and close off that hole.

Another breakdown of where we are

The bottom line is that they’ve decided to “let rip” hoping that they can get the COVID surge controlled before the flu one. Potentially at the cost of wrecking many lives, not death but long term disability.

We all know that this and previous governments have protected those in need so, no worries… right?

Baking : ProtoMokatines

Sort of, working from a Mokatine recipe I have online but focusing on trying the sponge (genoise) and buttercream (egg based). The buttercream works, surprising SWMBO, who is more used to castersugar / butter recipes. The lemon essence amount used also worked (3/4 tsp) so that’s a win. No other flavours were used.

The sponge was “ok”, flatter than it should have been so probably me hammering the batter more than I should knocking the air out. Will try again.

Presentation, it is what it is. Will be working on that over time.

Next week, need to work on getting the cake right ahead of someone’s 3rd birthday requiring a Duggee which doesn’t look like he’s been in a horrible accident.

F_ck you Facebook

Apparently posting a thread unroll from a scientist who has performed a reasonable breakdown of the data around Covid in the UK. With explaination of the conclusions, data sources, and so on is apparently worth time in Facebook link posting jail.

This link to be precise –

This included links to pictures of fluffy bunnies. What is apparently acceptable is a link (no supporting text, that’s bad) to a product on amazon.

What we have learnt today is

  1. Post links so a big corp can make money, good
  2. Post links about fluffy bunnies, bad
  3. Post links which are backed up by evidence rather than woo and bullshit, also bad
  4. FB is a pile of shit
  5. My wordpress is still up and running despite being ignored for two years, expect to see more posted here.


The concensus within WoW is that there is a tank shortage, the designers built wrath around a tank shortage (enter the DK), there is also a shortage of healers, not as huge but it’s there.

I disagree, there is no shortage of players who play healing and tanking toons, who spend a lot of time on them.

Let us look at two guilds, firstly Team Pirate.  This is a small guild of 10 active players, we manage to get into some 10-man content.  Currently the guild has access to three tanks who are geared enough for ICC10 (a total of 6 players with tanking alts capable of at least all the Wrath 5-man heroic content) and five ICC10 geared healers (I think seven players with healing alts capable of Wrath 5-man heroic content).  We are at the point where there’s rotation going on to bring in the alts on ICC10 runs just for fun and frolics.

Secondly there’s the 25-man raiding guild.  I’m not sure about alts but we’re running with a 6-man tanking team and a 8-man healing team.  Team tank has an almost 100% attendance record.  We’re there, we’re tanking boss and we’re sitting standby / filling in as dps where needed.

What is the problem?

PUGs, it’s as simple as that.

Pugging is brutal on tanks, there are some runs which are a breeze, but then there are the others, the horrible runs.  The runs where the DPS are yelling “gogogogooo” the instant the tank zones in, the runs where the dps are already pulling or ripping aggro with suicide storm (or other aoe of choice) on trash packs, “helping” the tank by pulling the next trash ready for the tank to speed things up.

All the while complaining, about the speed, about why the tank isn’t keeping aggro.

These aren’t the bottom of the pile but personally I’ve not encountered “puggus insultinus” in any of my runs yet but the likes of dear_gnome are full of stories of complete fail where the only responses are insulting at best and worryingly abusive at worst.

So, everyone in dpsland, we understand your queue times are horrible (I’ve sat there as well on my caster alts) but if you want more tanks to queue make it less of a pain for them to do so.

A bit of balance

To all elitist “you need me more than I need you” tanks, please go die in a fire, a big one.  You are entitlement morons of the first order.  Just because we’re a role which is in demand doesn’t make us “better” than the other players.  Stop giving us a bad name.