I've just realised that for a whole lot of people in the #MTBoS, the first vowel in August is the same as the vowel in blog.
— David Butler (@DavidKButlerUoA) August 1, 2016
Yesterday evening I had a weird sequence of events happen, that I feel like I have to share with you all. As I said yesterday my wife has her own version of Blaugust that is part of the Math Blogging/Twitter community she spends most of her time in. When I stumbled onto the awkward name that is Blaugust, I jammed Blog and August together because for me they have the same “Og” sound so they fit together well enough to be a word. I took for granted that this would be the case for everyone, and they would immediately grasp why the name is what it is. The truth is I didn’t invent the word, as apparently there had already been something called Blaugust going on within a circle of bloggers in Australia for years, and without realizing it I co-opted their thing and made it OUR thing. So in part because of this… last night I had an awful lot of trouble grasping the above tweet.
This spawned a whole sequence of tweets within the alternate reality Blaugust community about how they pronounced Blaugust, and even spawned a hashtag. So after a bit of passing back and forth various clips of folks pronouncing the words and saying the phrase “I’m going to blog in august”, I was drafted to record something along the same lines. I am not sure if my wife was too embarrassed to do so, or simply as she says I had a headset on. So the first recording was simply me saying some equivalent of the phase. Which spawned a request for me to say the words Blog, August and Blaugust within the same clip… and I obliged as well. I just found this sequence of events funny because I never thought that someone else might not get the jammed together nation of this event. I mean “blog” itself is a crude concatenation of Web and Log, so it only makes sense that the name of our event is an equally crude joining.
As far as proper gaming news… well last night was once again our new raid team night in Final Fantasy XIV. A good number of us took a significant break after the launch of Heavensward and as a result we are super behind the current content curve. As a result over the last few weeks we have been working our way through Alexander Midas. We would have gotten through sooner but there have been several occasions where we did not have quite the same make up of folks, which lead to us repeating certain sections of the raid. Tonight we started with Midas Seven again to catch up Kodra who was absent when we last attempted it, and oneshot it with a pug… and no explanations. We zoned in last week and warned the pug player that none of us had done the fight, and when he proceeded to start explaining we said “thanks but no thanks” and I pulled. I am sure the random was expecting a complete wipe, and it was not necessarily our neatest kill… but we did the thing that brings us great joy and that is learning a fight on our feet as we go.
I am not one of those people that can really gain any knowledge of an encounter while watching a video. By the two minute mark I have already zoned out completely and lost any real information that might have been useful. Now if you can find a proper guide written out in long form, I can usually get lots of information there, however for me to truly grasp the fight I need to be doing it. That means I need to wipe over and over and adjust to things that are going wrong until at some point everything clicks and we win and get tasty loots. Last night in this case was about learning the most insane Voltron fight ever, and that is Midas Eight. It took us a handful of attempts but we managed to get through the encounter and even look like we knew what we were doing. From there we moved on to our old friend Ravana Extreme, that we never actually beat. While we were a little rusty, we managed to piece together enough of the fight to die horribly to final liberation. Which means once we conquer that we will down us a bug… and I fully expect that will be the case next week.