World of Warcraft Jewelcraft

The art of Jewelcrafting is taking very precious gems and refining them to unleash their full potential. It requires the expansion, The Burning Crusade, in order to learn and is a very powerful profession. Jewelcrafters can create both precious gems (which can be socketed into items) and amazing jewelry.

Jewelcrafting is a primary skill, meaning that it counts towards your two profession limit. Keep this in mind when you take up Jewelcrafting, as unlearning it to take up another profession will reset your knowledge of Jewelcrafting to zero should you choose to pick it up again.

Jewelcrafting is a production tradeskill, meaning that it takes unrefined items gathered from the world (gems, stone, metals) and turns them into refined items (refined gems, necklaces, figurines, etc.). To get the most out of Jewelcrafting you will have to take up Mining.

Getting Started

Rank Name Required

Level Skill Levels Apprentice

5 1 – 75 Journeyman

10 50-150 Expert

20 125-225 Artisan

40 200-300 Master (Burning Crusade)

50 300-375

To begin, seek out a in order to learn the profession. The best locations to find one would the Exodar (for the Alliance) and Silvermoon City (for the Horde), both requiring the expansion. When you arrive at the city, simply speak with a guard and ask where the Jewelcrafting profession trainer is located and they will mark your map.

Once you have found a trainer, interact with them (right click) and choose to train Apprentice Jewelcrafting. Congratulations! You are officially a Jewelcrafting! I highly suggest taking up Mining at the same time as you will need it to prospect gems from ore and to gather materials necessary to create items with Jewelcrafting.

Any class and race can pick up Jewelcrafting and gain a benefit, although certain ranks require certain levels. Not only that, but to obtain the final rank (Master) one must venture into Outland which requires a character of at least level 58.

Any character of any class or race can pick up Journeyman Jewelcrafting as long as their account is “The Burning Crusade” enabled. To advance past that you will have to have the required level. The last level, Master, currently is available to level 50 players but the only known trainers are in Outland (requiring level 58).

Choosing a Second Profession

There is no need to list the other professions as only one goes with Jewelcrafting. That one profession is Mining. Jewelcrafting uses metals and gems found from various metal nodes all around the land and it will always benefit whenever you can obtain the materials yourself. Not only that, but having Mining allows for the prospecting skill to be used.

Jewelcrafting

Jewelcrafting is a rather easy skill to use. Simply open your Spellbook and locate “Jewelcrafting”. From here select what you wish to craft then choose “Create”. You can use the slider to craft multiples at the same time, if you wish. If you have the available materials then a bar will come up letting you know the item is currently being created. If you wish to cancel during this time simply move your character around. If it fails due to movement then you will loose no materials.

Skilling up Jewelcrafting is easy. If it’s colored Orange then you’ll gain a skill point in Jewelcrafting. If it’s colored Yellow then you’ll have a decent change to increase in skill. If it’s colored Green then you’ll have a low chance to increase in skill. Grey items do not give skill points.

Quite a few Jewelcrafting items are “Bind on Pickup”, which means that the items created are only for you. This makes it a worthy skill to have when you’re leveling because you’ll have some useful items (rings, necklaces, etc.) and have Mining which is already a great source of profit.

A quick note, some items may require a “Jeweler’s Kit” and/or a “Simple Grinder”. These items are available for sale by certain Jewelcrafter trainers and suppliers

Gems and Jewelry

Gems are found two ways. One is that they can be crafted by taking a gem and refining it with the Jewelcrafting skill. The second is to purchase it from various NPC vendors (who may or may not be controlled by reputation). The first method is great for producing very fine refined gems from gems while the second is great to put into filler gear or anything you find that needs a gem but doesn’t need something overly expensive.

Your basic gems currently can increase the following:

Attack, Power, Strength, Parry, Dodge, Healing, Spell, Damage Spell, Critical Rating, Hit, Rating, Critical, Strike Rating Intellect, Defense Rating, Resilence, Stamina, Spirit Spell, Penetration, Mana every 5 sec Combination of gems can include resists, run speed buffs, chance to stun or restore health on melee attack, reduced threat, and more. There are advanced colors, such as orange, green, and purple that combine two bonuses (by mixing colors). Meta gems are combinations of lots of gems and include the most powerful bonuses.

Jewelry comes in various rings, necklaces, trinkets and statues. The new item in this list, statues, is similar to the Shaman’s totems and provides a pulsing heal on the Jewelcrafter for a short period of time. The rings, necklaces, and trinkets are very powerful and their low level creations are extremely viable.

Sockets

Items with sockets drop from various powerful enemies are generally more powerful their normal counterparts due to having the ability to be upgraded with gems. Sockets aren’t randomly added to gear, but are assigned to items beforehand as if they were part of the items statistics. There are four types of sockets: blue, red, yellow, and the rare meta. The first three can accept any color gem but meta (but gain a bonus for going into a socket of their same color). Meta sockets are the only sockets that accept meta gems which are reserved for some of the most powerful gear out there (due to the shear power that the meta gems contain).

Gems are placed into sockets through the socket interface. Simply shift-right-click any item with available sockets to bring the interface up. The interface is easy to use, just drag and drop your gems into any available socket. Once they’ve been inserted they can’t be removed. You can overwrite them with a new jewel, but you can’t remove them and maintain the original gem.

If you fill each socket with the proper color gem (for instance red with red, blue with blue) then you’ll get the Socket Bonus that comes with the item. In the above screenshot if you placed in a red and a blue gem then you would gain an additional 3 spirit.

Prospecting

If you have Mining, are level 5, and have Jewelcrafting (to a skill level of 20) then you can learn the prospecting skill. Basically you can take 5 identical ores and compound them into 0-2 gems that would normally be found on that metal’s node.

For instance, you might get 0 to 2 Malachite from 5 copper ore. It’s a pretty good trade off, especially if you don’t need the metal and need gems more! Although, it depends on the market. Take the value of 1 of the gems you need and match it against 5 of those ores. If it’s cheaper to sell the ore and buy the gem then go that route.

The Educational Values of Barbie Dress Up Games

Contrary to popular opinion, Barbie dress up games have their educational values! This is despite the first impression that these online flash games are designed for small girls and pre-teens who love to dress up their virtual Barbie dolls in various glamorous outfits complete with shoes, bags and jewelry. Most parents are surprised about the values and skills that their young children learn from playing these flash games for an hour or so every day.

Empowerment for Women

Why is such misconception still prevalent in our society? The blame can be laid at the feet of Barbie doll detractors whose main point of contention lies in the apparently unhealthy focus on the ideal body – ample bust, small waist, and feminine hips – and unattainable fashion sense – one unique outfit for every day of the year – promoted by Mattel.

But this is far from the truth! Barbie encourages young girls to be empowered women in their later years in so many ways.

First, by playing Barbie dress up games, young girls are introduced to the numerous possibilities of their future careers from teachers, doctors and nurses to astronauts, engineers, and even presidents of their own companies, among others. The Barbie lifestyle as simulated in these flash games encourages players to live an independent life coupled with a successful career, modern skillsets, and good moral values.

Second, young girls learn from playing these games that their choices are, indeed, aplenty! From their choices, be it clothes and education, can determine their future but even when they make mistakes, they can start all over again. Now that’s what we call women empowerment starting at a very young age.

Beyond Physical Appearances

Admittedly, Barbie dress up games are designed to allow young girls to play around with the clothes, shoes and bags as well as hair and makeup of the virtual Barbie dolls so as to achieve the best possible appearance for their characters. But there is nothing intrinsically wrong with it either.

At an early age, young girls – and boys, for that matter – are encouraged by their parents to look their best especially when meeting other people. Keep in mind that looking your best results in greater self-confidence when meeting and mingling with others. It is then not surprising that every parent wants their children to put their best foot forward.

Indeed, valuing your physical appearance goes beyond looking good itself – it is also about feeling good about yourself even in mixed company. Such appropriate value in looking and feeling good can be nurtured among young girls by allowing them to play Barbie dress up games!

Think about it: By the time young girls are ready for the workplace, they already have clues about appropriate office wear partly because of her fondness for dress up games starring Barbie and her gang. This is also true for other occasions like casual parties, social events, and hot dates where first impressions are often the lasting impressions.

Parents, don’t hesitate to let your young girls play Barbie dress up games. The trick is in supervising their game time so that they can learn valuable lessons without becoming addicted to the world of online flash games.

Way Out West – Wickenburg, AZ

Sitting in the shadows of the rising Phoenix, a small town full of cowboy history and culture awaits just a short jaunt away. I could have used the description short “drive”, but out here a horse is considered a major part of the public transportation system, and many locals tend to “drive” the cows. This town is well known for dude ranches and open spaces, but more know it as the stop on the way to the gambling destinations of Nevada. Why not take a gamble on Wickenburg, Arizona? It is your best bet along the way.

Wickenburg was founded in 1863 when Henry Wickenburg, a Austrian prospector, found gold around the area of the Vulture Mountains of central Arizona. Soon after the mining and ranch foundations of the town were laid, and a western town was born. The town celebrates it’s history in many ways, much which can be seen still today. From ghost towns to festivals, there are numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in Wickenburg’s western heritage.

One of the biggest western festivals of it’s kind, the annual Gold Rush Days draws thousands of visitor’s from all over to celebrate the mining history of the area. The weekend in February offers mining competitions, melodramas, and one of the largest parades in the state on Saturday. If you are in town at any time of year, be sure to visit the Chamber of Commerce located in the historic railroad depot on Frontier Street. This is a great place to start and get the skinny on the history of the town and the places and things you will want to do. Be sure to check out the old Santa Fe steam engine right outside the station. Many shops and artisans are located around the downtown area from here. Some of the highlights include Ben’s Saddlery Shop, Buckshot Babe’s, and some of the best Turquoise jewelry in the state at Danny’s. Take a walking tour of downtown and you will find a few “guides” around town to help you learn a little about it’s history. These guides are actually statues located around town and with the push of a button will tell you a tale of the town’s past.

For a town of it’s size, the selection of restaurants is pleasantly plentiful. The best thing you will find about Wickenburg’s eating establishments is character. Mom and Pops are very well represented, with Anita’s, Rancho Bar 7, and the Cowboy Cafe to name just a few. After a good meal check out a movie over at the historic Saguaro Theater, built in 1948 it’s signage and original ticket booth are still intact. And as far as movie popcorn goes, this place knows how to pop those kernels. Wickenburg is the obvious place for that Dinner and a Movie date that you need to take.

The two best things about Wickenburg to do we have yet to mention. Desert Caballeros Western Museum and the Vulture Mine townsite. For a town of less than 10,000 people, the museum here is the toast of the town. With a western art collection that includes greats like Remington, Russell, Moran, and Weighorst, this is the little museum that could…and does. Besides the ever changing exhibits to keep you coming back, the permanent historical part of the museum includes a 1915 Arizona street scene complete with a saloon, watch shop, livery stable, post office, church, and general store. There is also a Victorian house recreation to show how things were back in the old west. This is a must see in Wickenburg, appreciate, learn, and enlighten.

Vulture Mine was the original location of Henry Wickenberg’s gold find. Just in sight of Vulture Peak, the town of Vulture City was founded here to support the mining. At one point the population was as high as 5,000 who would call this desert town home. Many of the original buildings are here, and a self guided tour is offered to those that are up to it. The original hanging tree is still there, in a town where 18 were hung from this old Ironwood. Some say there are ghosts that still haunt this area. Isn’t this a little obvious? I mean this is a Ghost Town.

There are many things we have not covered, but there is so much to be discovered. Wickenburg is just a short distance from Phoenix and a long distance away in your mind. Be sure to take a trip soon and get in touch with that western spirit that this great Arizona town has to offer.

American Mobsters – The Murder of Herman "Beansy" Rosenthal

It was common knowledge, the policeman of the early 20th Century was “on the take” more often than not. Yet no cop was more ostensibly crooked than Police Lieutenant Charles Becker, head of the “Strong Arm Squad” in New York City in the early 1900’s. While Becker and his crew were supposed to be ridding the city of vices, such as gambling and prostitution, he was, in fact, making deals with the proprietors of such illegal establishments, where he’d receive substantial amounts of cash from them, and in return, he would turn a blind eye to their activities. It was reported, that even though Becker ‘s annual salary was only $2,250, he had amassed a fortune of over $100,000.

Herman “Beansy” Rosenthal was a small-time crook of very little distinction, and even less pull on the streets. Every time Rosenthal opened a gambling house, it was closed down in a matter of weeks. Finally, Rosenthal found the place of his dreams on West 45th Street near Broadway. But this time, Rosenthal finally saw the light, and he took in as a partner, none other than Police Lieutenant Charles Becker. This arrangement went quite well for awhile, but New York Mayor William Jay Gaynor began hearing rumors that maybe Becker was not quite doing his job in a proper manner. Mayor Gaynor started putting the screws to Becker, so Becker decided he had to make a big splash, therefore displaying his proper allegiance to the law. Becker knew no one would care less what happened to the un-connected Rosenthal, so he raided Rosenthal’s gambling den, which was part Becker’s, and even arrested Rosenthal’s nephew to boot.

Rosenthal told Becker this was not the correct way for a “partner” to be acting. Becker said not to worry; that it was all a show for the Mayor. Becker promised that Rosenthal’s nephew would soon be released, and that the joint would be back in working order in no time. Yet District Attorney Charles Whitman felt different. He immediately indicted Rosenthal, Rosenthal’s nephew and several employees of Rosenthal’s gambling den. Rosenthal saw right through the double-cross. He ran straight to Whitman and spilled the beans about his connections to Becker. At first, Whitman turned a deaf ear to Rosenthal, so Rosenthal repeated his story to Herbert Bayard Swope, a crime reporter for “The New York World.” Swope wrote several articles parroting what Rosenthal had said about the actions of the New York City police department, which forced Whitman to finally take strong action.

On July 16, 1912, Rosenthal was scheduled to testify before a grand jury. Becker knew he was in dire danger of going to jail for a long time, so he contacted Big Jack Zelig, whom the police considered “The Most Dangerous Man in New York City,” to take care of the Rosenthal situation. The price was $1000, and Zelig sub-contracted out the work to four of his best men; Harry “Gyp the Blood” Horowitz, Frank “Whitey Lewis” Muller, Lewis “Lefty” Rosenberg and Frank “Dago Frank” Ciroficci.

At 2 am on the morning he was set to testify, Rosenthal had just finished eating in the dining room of the Hotel Metropole on West 43rd Street. As he stepped outside into the warm night air, the four gunmen shot Rosenthal dead with lead, then escaped in a getaway car. Within an hour, Swopes woke Becker from a deep sleep, and Becker immediately launched an investigation into Rosenthal’s murder. The first one arrested was Zelig, and he spilled the beans immediately, implicating Becker. The four gunmen went into hiding, but were captured a few weeks later.

On July 29, 1912, based on Zelig’s testimony, Becker was arrested for murder of Herman “Beansy” Rosenthal. But even from jail, Becker had long tentacles. His next move was to make sure Zelig didn’t testify against him in court. On October 5, 1912, the day before he was set to tattle on Becker officially, Zelig, now to Becker, “The Most Dangerous Rat in New York City,” was shot dead on a street car by “Red Phil” Davidson.

Even without Zelig, the case against Becker and the four killers was just too strong. All five were tried, convicted and sentenced to die in the electric chair at Sing Sing prison. The four gunmen were put to death on April 13, 1914, but Becker would not give up without a fight. His last chance at saving his life was an appeal of clemency to the new Governor, who just happened to be the same Charles Whitman, who had arrested Becker and prosecuted his case. Whitman refused to commute his sentence and Becker was electrocuted in July of 1915.

Becker tried to have the last word from his grave, when he ordered his wife to attach a silver plate to his coffin that said: “Charles Becker. Murdered July 13, 1915. By Governor Whitman.”

Before Becker’s body was lowered into the ground, the silver plate was removed by the state police.