Whether he is ripping his guitar with heavy metal rock, or leading the clan with endless activities and events, Ytse is undoubtedly the all around uber Noob. This Low Councilor could easily put the Energizer bunny to shame. He just keeps going and going and going. Why is he so motivated? Is it his love for Clan Quest or is he simply a natural leader? Let’s find out.
Oh, fine and dandy as always. Beth is so compelled to add more, but she might steal the limelight from you...heh! I have to keep her from resurfacing. :D So, let's get started...
What were your first impressions of the members and its leaders at that time?
Ah yes, just by being an anti-Bieber will get you in back then...lol! *Ahem* Have your impressions changed from the time you first joined till now? If so, would you mind elaborating?
What is it about this clan that appeals to you most? Is there something about it that is unappealing to you?
Lol! That ought to take a lot of inhibitions on your part just to keep yourself from cussing. You're doing a pretty good job, though. You might be able to invent words that are actually bad but more acceptable in cc. Wait! I didn't say that...Beth did. Anyway, what are your favorite colors?
I was thinking of using those exact colors, but the readers might become cock-eyed when they're done reading. The lighter shades are less eye-straining. :D Among all the instruments that you've played what was the hardest instrument for you to master?
And I thought I could encourage you to write an essay about your bruises...dang! Do you enjoy playing in a college orchestral ensemble? Any preference between band and orchestra?
I definitely agree with that. Any favorite classical music piece that you had performed? (You may post a music video if you like).
Do you have any plan of joining a professional orchestra after college?
So I know your learning Chinese, where would you go in China if you were offered a free trip there?
Are you a fan of Ni Hao Kai Lan?
How do you manage to stay a noob on all fields and not give into proness on any of them?
Mind sharing your all-time favorite song?
How good are you at playing it if you can?
<Insert Awesome Word(s) Here>
What are your go-to toppings when ordering pizza?
Tell us something embarrassing about your childhood.
Other than me (who would blatantly be number one), who were your favorite clan mates who've been lost to time?
What is your favorite clan memory?
And most importantly, do you still have the hat?
The name of your friends chat at the time of writing is "Best Korea"; mind explaining why your FC is named like that?
What is the meaning of noob? (beyond what it abbreviates)
How about the meaning of life?
Article by LizBeth
We will hold it Sunday, December 23rd in the Citadel, and bring gifts for our fellow clanmates. A 'Secret Santa' gift giving will be organized. Sign up after December 6th if you wish to take part. We can distribute those gifts...or just bring anything from a 'nice hat or skirt for the ladies', or a 'colorful cape for the gents', to a 'piece of coal' (for the those listed on Santa's "Bad" list).
Wear your favorite holiday items: Santa Costume, Christmas Ghost outfit, Reindeer hat; wield your Candy Canes and Christmas Wands. Bring "Sparkles" to follow you around. The only thing that does not work is trying to plant your Wintumber Tree at the Citadel. (It is restricted to your POH.)
Article by MsKonnan
1 (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (18-ounce) box moist chocolate cake mix
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner's sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and "gooey." Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners' sugar, if desired.
Article by LizBeth
RuneScape. It’s full of quests, swords, monsters, cabbage and, (for our amusement)…Cultural References! Yes, these cleverly added, real-world references the developers like to hide in dialogue, examine texts, books and general NPC characteristics can be a delightful surprise to budding adventurers like ourselves.
Hope you enjoyed these jolly real-life references, and have fun spotting those possibly hidden in the 2012 event!
...and mind you don't feed your brandy to any Fremenniks.
Reference: I used the helpful fansite, RuneScape Wikia, as reference to these references ;)
Article by Miss Alaska
When a computer is infected the hackers that programmed the malware know antimalware programs are constantly being updated in new ways to fight their malware and the best way to stop someone from running a scan is to block any attempt to download one. As such an infected computer may try to prevent you from installing security programs, this will be the hardest step because once the program to remove the threat is on your computer the battle is pretty much over so all viruses fight the hardest in this first stage if they make the effort to try and stop you at all. Common methods include redirecting your internet searches so when you search for an antivirus you instead use a different search engine with a bunch of bogus results, or the results of your search get changed to a bunch of bad links; also going directly to known antiviral websites may be prevented because there are under 50 commonly used virus removal programs so the virus may be programmed to go to a fake website that looks like the program you want and will actually trick you into downloading another virus. Some viruses even stop your computer from registering removable drives so you can not download an antimalware program on a flash drive with a clean computer and then manually bring the cure to the computer bypassing the internet.
The first thing I recommend is to have a flash drive with an antimalware program on it. This flashdrive should have just an antimalware program on it and nothing else. Flashdrives are cheap and you can pick up one for $5 or less almost anywhere (gas stations, amazon, ect). Once again, you should not have any important files on this flashdrive because any portable memory you connect to an infected computer has the potential to become infected. Assuming you did not think of this and have no way to get a flash drive or your issue is urgent or the virus is blocking your attempts to install portable media devices then just keep reading, if this works skip to Step 2.
If there is no way to connect external devices to your computer then you should try downloading an antimalware program. If the virus prevented a flash drive from registering this is almost never going to work but it is worth a shot. If you notice your searches are being redirected, clicking the links takes you to a different website, the antimalware program's website won't load or has been switched with a different website entirely it means things have just gotten difficult.
If you are not using Firefox as your internet browser skip this section, if you are open it up and go to Tools > Options > Advanced > Network > Settings and you should notice the virus has set your connection to use a proxy, this proxy is what is redirecting your internet traffic and to remove it all you have to do is make sure "No Proxy" is checked then hit apply/ok. Most viruses will change the proxy settings back every time you close your browser so make sure to download an antivirus before you close it out. If this works go to Step 2.
If you are using Chrome it uses your Internet Explorer proxy settings so the instructions for both are the same. Pull up internet explorer ("C/Program Files (x86)/Internet Explorer/Iexplorer.exe" if you haven't used it since the day you got your computer and never looked for it ever again) then click Tools (The gear icon in the upper right) > Internet Options > Connections > Lan Settings and you should notice the virus has set your connection to use a proxy, this proxy is what is redirecting your internet traffic and to remove it all you have to do is make sure "Use a Proxy" is unchecked(There should be NO checkmark) then hit apply/ok. Most viruses will change the proxy settings back every time you close your browser so make sure to download an antivirus before you close it out. If you do not have one of these three browsers it should be very similar so you can either figure it out yourself or uninstall your browser until after you fix your problem. If this works go to Step 2.
If you are still reading this it means the virus is blocking both your internet access and your ability to connect portable media devices. Luckily this issue is not uncommon and to fix it you simply need to remove the proxy setting then download an antimalware program without opening up your internet browser. Start by uninstalling all browsers except for IE or Chrome or if your virus is stopping you from uninstalling programs go to C/Program Files(x86)/*whatever browser you use* and delete it. (Some browsers come with uninstall programs inside the install folder if you want to look)
Now to open up your Internet Explorer Lan Settings without opening up Internet explorer go to your Startmenu and on the right half it should say "Run..." somewhere, or press the windows key (The key between "Ctrl" and "Alt" on the left side of most keyboards with the windows logo on it) and "r" at the same time. Once you have the run window open type in or copy and paste "Inetcpl.cpl" and hit ok. This will open up the menu to change your IE internet options (which chrome also uses) so go to Connections > Lan settings and make sure "Use a proxy" is unchecked.
Even if the virus is blocking you from using the internet your connection is now currently a clean, viral proxy free connection so all you have to do is use your browser with a program that isn't blocked by the virus from connecting to the internet, like a system program. So pull up any "my documents" window or press "Windows key" "E" and in the address bar where it says the file path type or copy and paste "http://downloads.malwarebytes.org/file/chameleon" without quotes then hit Enter. This will download Malewarebytes AntiMalware on your computer and officially get you passed the hardest step!
The second line of defense for viruses is to stop whatever antimalware programs you are using from installing or scanning properly. Luckily viruses have to let some programs run or your computer wouldn't even turn on and Antimalware programs have evolved to run undetected or disguise themselves to look like essential system processes viruses wouldn't block. When Installing on an infected computer or a flash drive that will be used to clean infected computers I highly recommend using Malwarebytes Antimalware Chameleon feature. This can be downloaded from http://downloads.malwarebytes.org/file/chameleon and the instructions for use are very simple:
1. Make certain that your PC is connected to the internet and then open the folder where you extracted Chameleon to and double-click on the Chameleon help file and then follow the onscreen instructions to use it.
2. If the Chameleon help file itself will not open, then double-click each file one by one until you find one that works, which will be indicated by a black DOS/command prompt window. (Do not attempt to open mbam-killer as that is not a Chameleon executable and serves a different purpose)
3. Follow the onscreen instructions to press any key to continue and Chameleon will proceed to download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for you.
4. Once it has done this, it will attempt to update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, click OK when it says that the database was updated successfully.
5. Next, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically open and perform a Quick scan, and upon completion of the scan click on Show Results and have MBAM remove any threats that are detected. Click Yes if prompted to reboot your computer to allow the removal process to complete.
6. After your computer restarts, open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform a Full Scan to verify that there are no remaining threats.
Rootkits are a more sneaky kind of virus that hide themselves away and can be almost impossible to detect. To check for rootkits I recommend using TDSSKiller available free from: http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363 and if it gets any positive hits you should ALWAYS take the recommended action. Rootkits can be so ingrained in your system removing them could cause your computer to never load again so sometimes the only thing you can do is quarantine them, copy whatever files you need to another location, then reinstall windows. If you have any trouble installing or running a rootkit detector you should take it as a sign you still have a virus on the computer and find another rootkit detector. Just to be safe scan again with Gmer which you can also get for free from http://www.gmer.net/ and remember to ALWAYS take the recommended action.
If you have been following up until now you have installed a camouflaged Malware scanner, and performed at least one full scan with it, and 2 more scans with a rootkit detectors. It is important to know that no scan comes with a 100% detection rate, and also whatever virus was on the computer either disabled/removed the old antimalware program or found a way to work around it, if they even had one on the computer. To be 100% sure you haven't missed anything and prevent further infections I strongly recommend uninstalling ALL antimalware programs on the computer and putting a new one on, or at the very least a fresh install of whatever program they were using, then restarting the computer and running a full scan with the fresh antimalware program. After the scan has completed you will have scanned the computer twice with full scans from two different programs, once from an Antimalware scanner and again with a full time Antimalware program that will protect the computer from now on, and scanned twice with two different rootkit detectors.
While no scan is 100% using two scans from two different programs with near 100% detection rates you can safely declare the computer both Virus and Rootkit free at this point! This brings my series on account security to a close. If you read all 3 articles give yourself a pat on the back for making it this far and learning the ins and outs of keeping your computer more secure than the average nuclear power plant!
Article by Wolfie
A dying man laying alone in the field
It all started on a forgotten little farm
Taking a pitchfork and an old wooden shield
"The seal of King Argon, it has been broken!"
But as no-one expected the boy joined their talk
After a long ride on horseback they fin'ly arrived;
Faster than light the King's wizards came in
As time went by the boy got his training
As the men all arrived and prepared for the fight
But in the midst of the fight, the boy hesitated:
But before the Warchief could strike his blade,
But when evil was gone, the King did not halt
But before going further, the boy suddenly yelled
And as the words were spoken, a force struck the boy
Article by Wise Ork
Article by: Cireon
For most people, December is the month of Christmas. However, in The Netherlands, Santa Claus is not the only man giving presents. December 5th is the birthday of a well known saint: St. Nicholas. However, in Dutch, this man is commonly called Sinterklaas. The person most of you will know as Santa Claus, was originally derived from the Dutch Sinterklaas.
The Dutch tradition
The whole event leads up to December 5th, "Pakjesavond" (present night). At this night, children are being given presents. Usually, when children get older and find out Sinterklaas is not real, people decide to draw names. A few weeks before this day, everyone participating writes his/her name on a piece of paper together with a wishlist. Then all pieces of paper are put in a container and distributed among the participants. Every participant then buys present for the person he/she drew from the container. This presents are usually packed in a package called a "surprise" with a joke. For example a box filled with slime which has to be searched before the real present can be opened. Most presents given during the event include a small rhyme which tells a funny story about the person that is to open the package, usually related to the present itself.
Sinterklaas and Santa Claus
Article by Cireon
Thou shall not cheat :)
Article by MsKonnan
Article by MsKonnan
|Aries (21 March – 20 April)
Work is very rewarding this month, yet you still manage to find ways to break the routine. You are very busy expanding your horizons, whether it's through actual travel or armchair travel . At times, you may come across as opinionated, but it's more likely enthusiasm for sharing your thoughts. Romance is to be found when you are enjoying non-routine activities. December presents a nice balance of recognition and accomplishment, as well as recreation and love. A stellar romantic opportunity occurs on the 4-6, and professional rewards arrive in the last week.
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Article by LizBeth
*The song "White Christmas" holds the credit as the most-selling Christmas single of all time.
*Santa Claus has nine reindeer counting Rudolph that pull his sleigh.
*Saturnalia, was the Roman's holiday that was celebrated in December.
*It wasn't until about 200 years after Christ's death that Christians started celebrating his birth.
*In northern Europe there was a holiday known as Yule. People celebrated this holiday by making great fires.
They then would dance around the fires, yelling for the winter to end.
*Austria was the first country to issue a Christmas postage stamp.
*Silver and gold are the popular Christmas colors after red and green.
*Eggnog, the popular Christmas drink, was an American discovery.
*The Christmas carol, 'I Saw Momma Kissing Santa Claus' was made famous by Jimmy Boyd when he was just 12 years old.
*Christmas lights were invented by the American Ralph E. Morris.
*W. C. T. Dobson invented the Christmas card.
*Canada is the largest exporter of Christmas trees.
*King's Canyon National Park, California, USA, has the world's largest Christmas tree.
*Coca-Cola made the concept of Santa Claus popular in America.
*There are twelve days between Christmas and the Epiphany.
The photo above is the traditional Christmas tree that can be presently seen at Epcot Center in Disney World, Florida. It is a gigantic 69 feet (21 m) Norway spruce which stands in the center of the Plaza that divides the Future World and World Showcase. Besides the lovely ornaments, the tree is surrounded with enormous ribbons with Christmas greetings in different languages (some emblazoned on the graphic). In Tagalog, which is a Philippine language, we say, "Maligayang Pasko". The tree topper is an angel holding a globe signifying Peace on Earth.
Article by LizBeth