Friday, December 2, 2011

As requested, the lanyards are back.

The new ones are strictly EVE University and not ILN lanyards.  11 ILN Lanyards remain and they will go first come first served, it's the only fair way to do it.  I should be able to ship orders out fairly quickly and while the prices are fairly set, they may change if the shipping is more than expected.  The new ones are heavier.  If you need to, make multiple orders and I will combine them and ship them together.

One thing though, no more than 1 ILN lanyard per person so that as many as possible can get one.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Sadly I was informed that I shall have to turn in my very comfy, F150 rental truck for an actual company truck.  The problem with the company trucks is they are completely no frills and fitted with black boxes that keep track of you all the time.  The rental that I have, I can drive 12 hours in and not get sore, it's has provisions for me to play audio books through my radio.  Who knows what the company truck will have, if anything.

A truly sad day indeed on the horizon.  *sniff*  I like my truck.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Thoughts on EVE Corps

You know, I've always found it partly amusing and annoying that virtually no other corp in EVE gets all the 'advice' and directives from people who are not in our corp and for the most part, haven't been.  EVE University doesn't go around telling other corps how they should be run.  And since we ARE just like any other corp in game and planning to stay that way, we're not part of CCP.  We run the Uni the way we think it should be, just as all the rest of the corps in EVE are run.  I will say this though, we have survived longer than they have as well, without splitting and breaking up, becoming two corps with a never ending civil war, or disbanding, so as a corp, I'd say we're doing pretty damn good.

One of the other laughable things about all the comments people make is that we're doing 'it' wrong.  Really.  If you feel so strongly about it, there's a few things you can do, start your own training corp or come give guest lectures.  You wanna come give a lecture or ten on small gang PVP?  We will happily let you, set up the schedule and provide voice for you.  It's easy to do.

As for PVP, there's a few things different about the Uni that most people don't realize, we can't force the students to do anything.  Yes, during wars we have restrictions and try to make the war as unpleasant as we can for our enemies, however, NOTHING prevents them from grabbing 2 other people and going hunting in peacetime OR wartime.  Our FC's can quietly get two or three buddies to hunt with or they can invite anyone wanting to go, which is what most do.  But we can't force them to do go out in small gangs at gunpoint.  The option is there and has been.

Maybe we should start telling all these other corps how they should be run, after all, turn about is fair play and if they can blab at us unendingly about how we should do things, we should do the same thing to them.

BTW Poetic, I haven't blocked you here.  You are not worth the effort.  Perhaps you don't realize this but we are quite unconcerned about what you do, think or have to say.  Frankly I'm a bit disappointed by your actions after I made the effort to prevent you from removed.   But since you like to bloviate about what we're doing all the time, I have a paraphrased quote, just for you "No. Be a nice pod pilot. Conform. Stay silent. Admit you are inadequate."

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Oh look, another war!

But unfortunately, I won't be able to oops this war like the last one.  But I am quite sure that our regular FC's and pilots will have little trouble with them.   The corp is Let Us Sleep, which I've never heard of.  It has about 14 members which means maybe 6 real people or less.  I just hope they come out to fight and not just flit around in Dramiels.

How can you tell a Dramiel Pilot is a coward?   He's in a Dramiel.

They remind me of the nano craze and are about as effective against our fleets.  Sure they can pick off a lone ship but they basically die the moment they try a real engagement.  Which is fine.  As everyone knows, I have no mercy for our war targets.  There's rumors that they like to ransom people.  So if they pay us 5 billion isk, we'll overlook the war dec.  Pay us 10 billion and we won't even set them -10.

Anyway, out on a new rig, which should be fun, especially now that the weather is cooling off finally.  It's also nice to be in A/C again, since my apartment lacks that feature. 

Friday, September 2, 2011 much for that war

Well, that war didn't last very long.

B4D W01F Retracts War Against Ivy League
Sent: 2011.09.02 04:21

The war between B4D W01F and Ivy League is coming to an end. B4D W01F has retracted the war against Ivy League. The war will be declared as being over after approximately 24 hours.

It's kind of sad though, since the smack was rather light, and they actually came out to fight.  I was having fun.  But we did pound on them pretty hard today and they decided after that and Keld talking to them they'd rather retract.  Which is okay.  They hadn't quite realized what fighting the Uni is like but they came out and played, so props to them.  We get so few that do that, so I think I can cheerfully say that I'm sorry we won't get a full week.

Not that I would have gotten more anyway, less than an hour after the fleet was over, the phone rang and I got the call, so it's pack up the work truck and head back to North Dakota.  The fleet was alot of fun and everyone did a good job, I was quite pleased with how the fleet ran and how smoothly we were able to swap out SC's as they had to leave due to time.

For all those out there that don't like me and what not, I really don't care about you.  Nothing you can do, no lies you can spew and no sock puppets you can create will ever be able to bother me.  My enjoyment in EVE comes from seeing the Uni march to victory, proving that it's teamwork and discipline, as well as good leadership that wins the day.  I don't claim to be a leet pvper and I certainly don't claim to be the best FC out there.  But the fact that we win most of our wars and we give people the chance to FC and see for themselves if they can do it speaks for itself.  And -I- know and am proud of being the one that started that path.  My thanks to Morning Maniac for taking my ideas and dumping them back onto me, saying "Do it."  It's thanks to him that I found my niche and enjoyment in EVE that relies not on killboards or rankings, but hearing it in the voices of my corp mates and students when they discover how fun leadership and PVP can be.  Nothing could be sweeter.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Biting the hand....

There are few things more frustrating in the 'life' of a Uni director than the students that turn into monkey's, content only to throw their poo around and make life miserable for everyone else.  They come into a corp that has existed for 7 years without their amazing intellect and poo filled hands, and will continue to exist then they go flying out the door with a spiked boot print on their ass.   The part that burns us, is that despite the chances, despite the attempts to make them understand that they are only causing problems and NOT helping, they continue their march to getting their ass booted.

None of us like being the heavy, being the one to lay down the law to these people.  To explain that yes, we accept damn near everyone, that we are nice and allow them to see and say more than  most EVE corps, there are still rules and they are to be followed.  In the end, the rules actually protect the students from us.  Our original mandate allowed us to simply kick anyone that we felt was disruptive, for any reason.  Instead we work hard to provide structure, avenues of help and understanding, chances for redemption.  But there's the hard core few that piss on the hand trying to help them.  They loudly proclaim their version of things, blatantly ignoring the fact they know very little of how things really work in the Uni.  Then they bitch and whine when they're kicked about how mean and cruel we are.

Many directors are rather poor and devote all of their EVE time to the Uni.  Many of the leadership work a great deal behind the scenes, getting things done out of the sight of others and do not proclaim their actions in seeking glory or recognition of them.

In the words of our Founder, the Uni is not a democracy, it's a dictatorship.  The leaders will do what they think best for the Uni, and that path has worked for 7 years so far so I wouldn't expect any special whiny princesses to alter that path.

As for all the little ass monkey's out there, do realize that we know exactly what you're up to. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Working again

I'm on a rig in Montana and we are literally in the bottom of a hole, so barely any net, not enough to log in, not enough to do more than check email.  Mostly just working and learning new types of MWD Tools.

Monday, March 21, 2011

I'll see your stupidity and raise you to moron!

Apparently losing this week was so much fun, they want to try for two.  Yet now they seem afraid to play in our yard so I'm sure our newly minted FC's will be spreading out in the EVE universe to find them.  They also seem to be toning down their comments on the EVE O forum, perhaps hoping that everyone will forget they're currently losing to the bloodthirsty newbies of EVE Uni.  Funny how that goes.  And of course, there will be the usual excuses, "You blob, your fleets are too big, you use ECM."  I'm sorry, but if you dec a corp that outnumbers you 16 to 1, it was your choice to face fleets you can't match.

They have also tried to play the 'teaching' card, by sending comments and convo's to players, explaining what they did wrong, claiming we don't do that in our fleets.  Given I have personally witnessed it, I know it to be false.  You don't 'teach' at a school by planting spies the week or so before, then attack it.  We can see right through their attempt, since if they really wanted to teach, they simply had to talk to us and we'd of arranged something.  Their spies would have easily found such information and they got it repeated to them by our Diplomat.

 I swear there's a "Dec the Uni" playbook complete with boasts to make, excused and smacktalk to use in local.  Seriously, the smack is like it's read from a script, it's virtually identical every war.

I'll be on days off soon, which means -I- get to lead fleets on reliable, fast internet.  MUAHAHAHAHAHA.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

War of Follies

The Uni is once again at war, against a pair of FW Minnie corps.  While they actually do take the field, which makes them more entertaining than the vast majority of our enemies, they pretty much follow the playbook otherwise.

Ice Fire Warriors and Blacksite Prophecy are the two corps, who like to fly faction ship and T2 HAC's/Recons.  Like most of our enemies, they follow the old "But we're getting more kills meme, followed by claiming our pilots can't PVP"  Yet we're winning the isk war, as we usually do.  The funniest analogy I can think of is a WWII one, in which are claiming victory because they took out more planes and destroyers while all their capital ships are sinking.  They clearly can't see past the # of kills on their killboard to understand why their losing. 

Their pilots are more experienced than the vast majority of ours of course, having several years in game.  Most of our pilots have been in game 3 months or less with a few that are older.  So yeah, the high schoolers are celebrating cause it takes alot of 5 & 6 year old kids to bring them down.

Maybe one day they actually learn what it is that EVE Uni does in the game, since our main goal isn't to teach PVP, but the basics of the game.  But we do let our kiddies run out to PVP and more so, we let them do so in charge if they wish.  They lead the majority of the fleets of Uni's.  So yeah, FC's in the game less than 6 months are figuring out on their own with just a few words of advice how to trap, pin and kill these guys.

So if any of the rest of the FW corps wanna come pick fights at the Elementary school, the teachers and kiddies will be waiting and ready to fight.  And win or lose, the Uni learns and remembers.  So 2 years down the line if a Uni cap fleet shows up at your POS's and burns them down, like we did to 17 Gummi Bear POS's in a wormhole, just remember that it was your choice.

On a further note, they have whined about me not posting losses.  Perhaps if you click on the little statement at the top of the killboard that says, "Sorry for the downtime" You might get why.  Plus I have limited access to the net out here at this rig in the barrens of North Dakota, so I post them as soon as I can.  And if I can't get to it, I know that our automatic API posting script takes care of it.  God they are such crybabies but then, since they have to resort to attacking the kiddies to pad their killboard, it's quite obvious how pitiful they are.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Back in the North!

I'm once again in North Dakota, but I'm not quite as far north this time.  I'm over near Alexander, North Dakota, and will likely be here for a full month or more.  Which is fine with me, since that means lots and lots of kaching.

Before I left, I was able to hold a discussion on our Alliance's Mumble server and followed it up with a Rampage.  Since we haven't many enemies with 0.0 space that we can get at, we went to the old Standby and hopped into BWF.  As always, they brought out a ton of bombers but we managed some kills.  And once again we were short on long range firepower and unable to kill the snipers at range.  It was a glorious death for many, which is kind of the point of rampages, since it does help students learn that sometimes losing your ship isn't a bad thing.  I intend to run another once I'm back, the rig net I'm on doesn't really lend itself to EVE combat.

The other fun thing at the moment is I'm trying to rewrite our SOP and make them a bit more accessible.  Of course, I had them written in plain english, not lawyer speak but that was too hard so this time it'll be Texan speak.  Meaning anyone trying to weasel the rules will simply be podded. 

I also have my new portrait, which is fitting I think.  It's too bad they don't have any military uniform style clothing options.

For those who don't know, I CAN mail lanyards from here, there's a post about 3 miles away and I can also mail to canada now, not just the United States.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Back from the North

Sorry about the delay, I've just returned from the frozen wildlands of North Dakota after spending nearly an entire month working on two different rigs.  I've gotten some things that will help me have better access while out on the rig sits so I'll be more active from now on.

Just a blurb, if you have to deal with limited Cell coverage, Wilson Electronics makes an AWESOME cell booster, though it's pricey.

The ILN lanyards are finally for sale for US residents only.  You can buy one or two and the orders will go through Google check out.