Screenshot: The aftermath of the first day of Double XP Weekend

After a day of double experience, I managed to go up eight Smithing levels, one Herblore level, and one Mining level.

For Smithing, I started by attempting to smelt Gold Ore, then realized that the experience bonus from the Goldsmithing Gauntlets doesn’t stack with the double experience bonus. So, I changed my plan and decided to use up a bunch of Adamant Bars I had stored in my bank.

Upon hitting level 85, I used 250 Protean Bars I had saved up that I won from Treasure Hunter a while back, then headed over to the Grand Exchange to purchase 20 million coins’ worth of Adamantite Ore and Coal to use in the Artisan’s Workshop.

After finally reaching level 88 in Smithing, I bought a bunch of Dwarven Stouts and took my Corrupted Ore to Priffdinas during Trahaearn’s Voice of Seren buff period. I destroyed about a thousand Corrupted Ore, and ended the day at level 89 Smithing, ready to destroy Corrupted Ore in the future without needing the +1 Smithing level buff of a Dwarven Stout.

For Herblore, I dug through my bank searching for ingredients. After seeing that I had an excess of Dwarf Weed and not much Wine of Zamorak, I spent about 2 million coins purchasing enough ingredients from the Grand Exchange to balance out my ingredient proportions, and made Super Ranging Potions until I leveled up in Herblore once.

At the end of the day, I decided to relax after a day of relatively click-intensive training by mining Seren Stone in Prifddinas.

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch the fireworks for my level-up because I was in another window browsing Reddit, but that screenshot still shows the standing of my stats relative to where I was yes­ter­day.

My main goal for the entire Double XP Weekend was to get my Smithing level high enough to be able to destroy Corrupted Ore. Seeing as I overestimated how long that would take, and I already reached my goal after the first day (before the official weekend even started), I’ll probably spend the rest of the week­end’s experience boost working on Herblore and Summoning.


Screenshot: When one Portable Forge just isn’t enough…

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Backstory: the original Portable Forge was the left-most one, which is one step away from the bank chest (placed there in a non-optimal position in error by the Portables host). Someone complained about it, so rather than just waiting it out, someone placed another Portable Forge in its proper spot (the middle one).

Then, a troll came along, and in an act of “that’s what you get for complaining,” plopped a third Portable Forge down on the same square as the one used to access the bank chest.

(For those who are unfamiliar, portable skilling stations give bonus experience and other benefits when used, and are considered relatively valuable. Thus, a lot of people were getting upset that these boosts were being put to waste due to there being three down at the same time.)

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In other news, I got myself 2,400 RuneCoins today. I bought five Bank Boosters to increase my bank space by 250 slots, then spent the remaining RuneCoins on a permanent Wealth Evaluator unlock.


Stream VOD: Katarina mid and Ashe support with Grainyrice


Playing some Katarina mid and Ashe support in a duo queue normal League of Legends game with Ed (Grainyrice).

The stream starts part-way into the Katarina game because I forgot to turn on the audio in my stream before that point in the game.

An interesting fun fact about the Katarina game: I was originally going to hit Random and lock in, taking my random champion mid. My randomly selected champion was Miss Fortune, but Ed wanted to play her as an ADC (he was last pick). So, he picked a champion for me, and we traded champions.

He decided to pick Katarina for me because the enemy team was heavy in crowd control and he wanted to screw me over. That clearly didn’t work out for him.


Gender in Victorian Britain – Review session notes for Oct. 28, 2014

History 364-0-01: Gender and Sexuality in Victorian Britain; Northwestern University, Fall 2014

  • Midterm Guidelines
    • The exam will consist of five elements. Allow equal time (approximately 15 minutes) for each. Each element carries equal marks.
    • Part 1
      • Spend approximately 30 minutes on Part 1
      • Part I will require students to identify and contextualize two excerpts from primary sources (from a source of three)
      • Give the full name of the author (where appropriate), the full title of the book, series of articles, or articles, and year of original publication
      • Discuss the significance of the excerpt; the important argument, issues, or salient points raised in the book or article(s) in question; and take a final few sentences to place the book or article(s) in their wider historical context
      • The main purpose of this question is to test your knowledge of the primary sources
      • Keep your answer concise (probably not more than two sides in the blue books per excerpt)
    • Part 2
      • Spend approximately 45 minutes on Part 2
      • Part 2 will require students to write on three topics (from a choice of five)
      • The topics might be broad and require students to engage in a discussion that goes beyond the readings for a particular week
      • It is vital that students draw on both primary and secondary sources as necessary
      • The aim of this question is to test a student’s grasp of themes, issues, or questions arising from the course and course materials
      • Keep your answers concise but include plenty of precise detail (probably not more than two sides in the blue books per topic)
  • Excerpt ID Example
    • “I see you feel as I do,” said Mr. Enfield. “Yes, it’s a bad story. For my man was a fellow that nobody would have to do with, a really damnable man; and the person that drew the cheque is the very pink of the proprieties, celebrated too, and (what makes it worse) one of your fellows who do what they call good. Blackmail, I suppose; an honest man paying through the nose for some of the capers of his youth. Blackmail House is what I call that place with the door, in consequence. Though even that, you know, is far from explaining all,” he added, and with the words fell into a vein of musing.
    • Robert Lewis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)