Playing Lord of the Rings Online as a First MMORPG

I started playing Lord of the Rings Online, or LOTRO, about nine months ago as part of an online course. Other than about three minutes (literally) of City of Heroes after spending hours designing my character, I had never played an MMO to that point. This post is about what I learned, geared towards first-time MMO players and beginning gamers, in hopes that others who want to try this as a first game will find play a bit more intuitive than I did.  I may do future guides as well that are more specific to the game, and probably something about playing LOTRO as a Tolkien fan (which I could easily geek out about for an entire post).

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Excited About Siri Three Years Late with iOS 7.1.1

Siri screen asking if fat bottom girls make the rocking girl go round, answer "A fine question, Miranda. Now can we get back to work?"I know I’m a little late to this train, but I just got a new iPhone 5s and installed iOS 7.1.1, and I’m loving how Siri fits into my workflow. I resisted the 5s for a little while, excited as I was about the fancy hardware, because I believe both  in using hardware until it’s really, truly, dead, and in avoiding any new shiny until that shiny has been thoroughly tested by early adopters. This time, I feel rather triumphant, as my strategy clearly saved me a lot of headaches and made me a big fan of Siri, a personal assistant app that pretty much everyone seemed to hate in 2012. 

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