Best Story.. err Trademe auction EVER!

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 12-Jun-2009 08:34

You just have to read the new epic stor.. Trademe auction!

Free WoW Gold & Leveling 1-40 Guides

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 5-Jun-2009 22:48

World of Warcraft is still dominating the world in MMORPG's, and I decided to help out any new comers to the game with an alternate FREE Leveling Guide for all races, on both Alliance & Horde from 1-40.

This guide is thanks to my work on and any attributing help I have received in putting this site together so far.

What do you get when you sign up for my Free WoW Leveling Guide?
1. Mini gold and strategy guide
2. Leveling with quests from 1-12 for which ever race you pick
3. 12-40 Leveling guide for which ever faction you require

This does work best with a in-game quest helper, using the information I send out as a guide to which quests to complete and in which order.
But it still does not compare to other dedicated leveling strategy guides available out there, but is a handy resource for people who do not want to spend any money.

I hope this guide comes in handy for anyone who chooses to use it.
You will find the guide at

Johnny @

Thailand Holiday - Part 2

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 25-May-2009 04:18

Last night in Thailand, Bangkok.  Moved back to our 1st hotel (we liked it more).

The last hotel had FREE WiFi, but only in the lobby, or you could use a coin operated pc in the lobby.  Of course we laped it up, checking bank details (how much more could we spend before going home) and getting my flat made back home to email me some clothing measurements I forgot to bring with me (phew).

So we checked our custom jewllery & tailored suits & dress, had to get 2 more fittings in to make sure everythiing was just right (some minor adjustments to the styles and the original guy stuffed up the number of shirts for me). 

Overall experience here, had a fantastic time.  My partner is over it, too hot, missing her pet dog & friends back home.
People are really friendly, or perhaps too friendly.  Always trying to sell you something.  But with masterful massage places all around, its just a matter of finding the cheapest or best looking.

Tuk Tuk drivers are constantly hasling you, but you get used to it, and haggle haggle haggle for EVERYTHING.  Picking up a new cell phone tomorrow (finally) nice wee 3g Nokia touch screen. Avg price over here between $620-750 NZD.   (will do a new review on that when I get home)

It is easy to cram so much in, in a little amount of time, but be warned, it is hot, and some things require lots of wallking (like a trek into the mountains, to stay a night with local mountain tribe people).

You are required to book everything via travel agents, so if you dont like the person helping you 1st time, go somewhere else, they are everywhere (just like the tuk tuk drivers).

Somehow we have managed to cram thousands of dollars of crap into our bags (clothes, toys etc) and still have room for more, so back to the markets tomorrow for a final bash before venturing home.

Back to the cold and weatherly states of Christchurch.

WoW Mining Guide 1-450

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 8-Apr-2009 16:59

I have been playing World of Warcraft for over 2 years, and decided to give something back, even though there are plenty (and I mean plenty) of these guides, which are all free.  I wanted to join in the fun.

I have comprised a guide for mining areas, including information on mining nodes, expected returns, additional items, trainers, suggested areas & some tips along the way from original WoW to Burning Crusade, to WotLK.

It was also my 1st attempt at working in a Drupal site, which was kinda neat.  But I do not think I will repeat the process.

Here is a snippet of the 1st few mining suggested areas.

World Warcraft Guide - Mining Guide 1-450


Mining 1-65
Mining [Copper Ore]

You will need to mine approx 30 mining nodes (each node will offer more than 1 [Copper Ore], maybe upto 5)

Mine around 50 copper and then smelt them. We suggest the following areas, try and do quests here as well, otherwise just find copper as you go.

Handy Tip: Make sure to retrain after level 50, to become a Journeyman Miner. Max level for Apprentice is 75

Handy Tip: Stay close to Hills & Mountain Ranges to find more Ore deposits (nodes)

Horde Mining 1-65
Undead: Follow the Hills!

South -> Deathknell - The Undercity - The Bulwark
North -> Scarlet Monastery to the coast
West then South -> down to Agamand Mills - Deathknell

You should get around 30-40 [Copper Ore]

Tauren: Run around the circle of hills!

Start somewhere in Mulgore and work your way around the cliffs.
Don't forget to hit up the Venture Co mines.

You should get around 40-50 [Copper Ore]

Orc & Troll: Durotar is FULL of copper, but try this small route.

West -> From Razor Hill - Quilboar grounds - the river
North -> Orgrimmar
East -> farmstead
South -> drop into the canyon - exit
South East -> Razor Hill

You should get around 25-30 [Copper Ore] on this route

Alliance Mining 1-65
Human: from Goldshire

East -> Goldshire - Crystal Lake - Logging Camp
South -> follow river - Elwyn forest and Duskwood
North West -> Goldshire (make sure you visit the two mines on this route)

You should get around 30-40 copper ore

Night Elves: Darnassus HAS NO ORES! Go to Darkshore & do a figure of 8!

East -> Auberdine - cliffs
South -> entrance of Ashenvale
West -> coast
North -> Auberdine
East -> Auberdine - cliffs
North -> follow the cliffs - edge of map
South -> - coast - Auberdine

You should get around 40-50 copper ores

Dwarves and Gnomes: Holy cow
- Dun Morogh! Just wing it! Seriously, copper is EVERYWHERE!
You should easily get around 40-50 [Copper Ore] running around here.

SMELT! (this should get you to 60ish)


Check out the complete guide here.  World Warcraft Guide - Mining Guide 1-450

Thanks for reading...
Johnny Dominic @

What makes life? (Kinstens Interpretation)

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 22-Jul-2008 23:09

Is it a rose that opens in the morning light?
A new leaf upon each twig, that grew from humble beginnings?

 The branch that broke will turn into the scar for life.The scar of emotion runs deep within us all, this injures everyone slowly but surely.  Until the only way out of your own emotion turns to destruction.  Destruction turns to chaos.  Chaos turns to the way the world is operating at present with only a small amount of reason and intelligent thought.

 Don’t believe everything that you see,
Because seeing isn’t believing,
Feeling is.

If I was to die today,
Would I be remembered tomorrow?

Would life go on without me?
Or does someone else’s existence end with mine?

If truth is letting people know the details of something real,
Does that mean reality is a truth only known to you?
Or is truth and reality far more complicated than that?
You could believe anything that someone tells you,
Or decide to think they are lying.
Either way your own decision is what you choose to believe.
Which in turn makes reality your own creation of thoughts comprised of facts given by not only yourself, but other people as well.  How these facts are interpreted depends on the translator.  You!  

 If something is too difficult, would you try your best to solve it, or simply give in and let someone else figure it out.

 Thought, emotion, truth, justice, wisdom, creation, intellect, visualisation, hands on experience.
Does everything come down to what the individual is capable of, or rather what the individual is willing to accomplish. 

 You have to experience happiness to know sadness.  You have to experience love to know hate.  If there is one thing that lives alone in this world, without needing to relate to another.  Show me this thing, for it will be a beautiful thing indeed.

 To fly is to fall,
To swim is to run,
To walk is to crawl,
To speak is to be silent,
To create is to imitate,
To build is to destroy,
To make peace is to make war! 

 Everything exists for a reason, and there is always balance.  When there is too much of one thing there has to be an equal amount of the other to compensate for the balance lost with the first.

Begin your day with birds in mind,
Never let the dawn show its face,
You will crawl upon any road given to you,
And you will find the path that suits you.

 Am I going insane or is it just a figment of my imagination.  If I was going insane, would I be trying to figure it out, or would I just ignore it and let things happen as they do.  Because when thoughts take over my life, I feel responsible for all the thoughts that are approaching my life.
Never get too involved.
Never hold a grudge.
Never begin something if you do not intend to finish it.

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Michael Marneros
New Zealand

What do I do?
I work for a Software Development company teaching people how to use our amazingly simple & yet complex software.  I also test the software for bugs, and help come up with ideas for improving our software for our customers.

What do I do when i'm not working?
Usually at home enjoying my wife's company or enjoying time with friends, & playing games or watching tv/movies. I love most kinds of movies.

I love computer games and music. I have taught myself Piano, and created my own style and sorta tinker from there. Compose my own music & currently working on some Electronica projects. You can download and listen to some of my works for free from here.  Or check out my soundcloud here.

Yes, they are terrible inventions, sent to make peoples lives supposedly easier. So far I get enjoyment out of the ease of communication (I hate hand writing letters) & how close it has made the world. Constantly called upon by friends to help with somewhat simple tasks (removing viruses, installing applications, hiding the material they want hidden from their partners).

Web design & Hosting:
I dabble in web design, getting the occasional contract via friends or through word of mouth.  Here are some of my projects. 

Trott's Garden - Internationally recognised garden design, Alan & Catherine Trott are my first customers

Container Waste - Recent project presented to me by their graphic designer

The Cheshire Cats Grin - My wife was diagnosed with cancer & she REALLY needed an outlet.  So I setup this wordpress blog to express herself.  We also decided to trial those Penguin Cold Caps to help prevent her from losing hair during the Chemo.

Darjon Vineyard - A venue for weddings or events.