Thursday, August 21, 2008

Campaigning like an Idol

Many of you have asked me to show them how to campaign as /bard.

So here’s the rundown and dirty:

According to

The maximum experience points you can acquire by singing bard buff songs is 300. Each buff song will grant you 20 exp.

Therefore singing 15 songs will net you the maximum 300 exp.

However another factor comes into play: the current medal you have.

The medal you have will determine how much exp you are allowed to get per minute.

I currently have a Brass Wings of Service § so the maximum exp I can get per minute is 84exp. I set up my script to play 4 bard songs every minute with a 15 second /wait from the initial casting of each song. There for after 4 songs have finished, 1 minute will have passed by.

4 Songs @ 20 exp/song with 4 /wait 15 = 80 exp/minute. So in order to get the maximum 300 exp I would have to wait til the 4 minute mark before turning in my tags.

***If you turn in your tags before the 4 minute mark, you will only get exp for the first 3 minutes!****

So wait until the 4 minute mark before turning in your tags. Of course the time will be different if you had Bronze Ribbon of Service § because then your exp limit will be 60 exp/minute. In this case, it would take 5 minutes to reach the max amount of exp. Therefore, you should time your macro so that your character only plays 3 bard songs per minute, and 15 songs over 5 minutes for 300 exp.

For those that use Windower, you may want to initialize the plugin that let's you see the timers on your buffs. Allied tags counts as a "buff" and so with the timer, you'll be able to see how long you've held the tags for and be able to refresh your tags at the appropriate time.

Here is the link to the macro script for windower:

This script was based off of Aikar's Advanced Skillup Script from

Of course you will have to edit this script based on what medal you have. All you really have to do

is change the waiting times and the songs if you really need to.

To execute it, you could make an FFXi macro or just simple type in "/console exec filename.txt" (without the quotes) in the party chatbox.

Then to start the macro, type "//start".

To end the macro type "//stop".

This macro is scripted to run forever so you'll have to manually stop the macro while you refresh tags.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Putting the ACK in ACKWARD

August 12 2008:
So I actually wanted to mention something weird that happened on my second day going to work. This is a picture of the I-495 Beltway around 9:00 AM. Pretty much self-explanatory.

For those of you who don't know what's wrong with this picture, the answer lies in a very famous movie involving a Chinese stunt master and a Black comedian.

August 18 2008:
Okay the floors in our building are divided into two parts, both of which are exactly symmetrical!

So I went downstairs to grab breakfast and when I came back up, i went to the wrong side because I took an elevator that was opposite to the one I normally take. So I went to the wrong side of the building, walked through the pantry room to get to my office as always. I noticed that there was free bagels here that wasn't here before. hmm.. peculiar?

So I continue on and enter what is supposed
to be my office... except now theres more stuff in the room... and there's someone sitting where I'm supposed to be sitting...

So the guy sees me and goes "how's it going?"
And I'm just staring at him with the most confused look on my face while carrying two bottles of Orange Juice and my breakfast.

Sooooooooooooooo, to play it off like I didn't get lost or anything, I'm all like "Hey what's up man? Long time no see. I got you this bottle of orange juice. What was your name? I forgot..."

So after some initial conversation, he tells me that he doesn't want the orange juice and I'm just like "alright man, well I gotta get back to work. Busy day. I'll ttyl sometime huh?"


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

August 11 - Day 1

So I just made this blog. Named it bahnkai because BAH is where i work and the -nkai is a play off of Bankai.

Today I start the rest of my life in as an employee in the "Real World" as many have so called it. I received my offer letter ages ago designating that I will be based in the McLean office of Booz Allen Hamilton but am to report to Herndon Office today for Orientation.

So I wake up around 6:45 AM. Khang is still sleeping so I try my best to get ready without turning the lights on. I'm wearing a blue dress shirt with a yellow tie, black dress slacks, and a black suit. I remember to gather all my important forms and head off to orientation.

The traffic on 495 at this time is.. well. .there's traffic since it is 7:30 at this time. I decide to take the Dulles Toll Road exit and pay the $1.25 worth of toll fees since it is the fastest way. At this time, there is no traffic in the direction of Reston which is a good sign.

I arrive at the BAH building a little after 8:00. My orientation was scheduled for 8:00am but it's only orientation. There's no need to arrive on time :)

Orientation consisted of FOUR hours of LECTURES (zomg zzzzz). Basically telling us how to do our timesheets and filling out forms and what not. WE were issued our badge today. WE ALSO did NOT know this... and thus WE did not have our hair looking perfect for the picture when the time came.

WE ALSO forgot to buy shampoo and conditioner since WE left it in Baltimore the day prior.


So I'm stuck with this picture on my badge until I can get a replacement badge sometime later.

So after Orientation, I'm "supposed" to meet with my point of contact who will take me to my office in McLean where I can get settled in.

This of course did not happen.

Instead of meeting with my manager whom I was supposed to meet, I instead meet with some guy who introduces himself to me as Eric. He takes me upstairs and tells me that I'll be working in the Herndon office and that my office has been set up already.

This all came as a surprise to me and in my head I'm just like (WTF!?!?!111)
I had really hoped to work in Mclean since the commute was closer and I actually know people in Mclean. But I figured, whatever, as long as I can be part of some nice projects and eventually get my CISSP.

So Eric takes me around to get all my admin stuff done and gives me a tour of the floor we're on and also to meet everyone on the team. (There's a lot of other new hires which I soon found out).

I also find my office and I only have to share it with one other person (who isn't even here right now) ((YAY!))

Anyways so I end up just chilling in my office and meeting my supervisors and principals and that concludes the rest of my day.