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Curse Client is an addon management tool for games such as World of Warcraft and others, which unfortunately doesn't work on Linux.

World of Warcraft WoD Ubuntu

Installing a World of Warcraft addon is easy, you must simply extract a zip into the game's AddOns folder however, updating them manually is pretty time-consuming, even if you only use a few addons, because you must check if the addon has a new release, then download the new version, extract the zip - all of this manually and for each addon.

That's why I searched for a Curse Client Linux alternative that works with the latest World of Warcraft (Warlords of Draenor) and I found a couple of such tools which, even though are not perfect, can automatically update all World of Warcraft addons via curse.com, and I though I'd share them with you.

Important notes: both Curse Client Linux alternatives below only support World of Warcraft. Also, they don't support searching the curse.com WoW addons database from the application so to install addons, you must add their URL (lcurse) or short name (jcurse) - that's not required when updating addons though.

I should also mention that WowMatrix is a tool similar to Curse Client (for WoW only) and it works on Linux, but it uses its own database, which lacks many addons (in my test, only one of the 5 addons I use was available via WowMatrix), that's why I searched for Curse-compatible alternatives.

lcurse: a Python "Curse" compatible client for Linux (GUI)

lcurse is a Python "Curse" compatible GUI client for Linux initially developed by ubuntuusers.de's user JörnS and then improved by Thilo Cestonaro. Because the interface was partially in German, I forked it and translated everything into English (I also fixed small, yet important bug that caused the app not to work).


lcurse features:
  • install or update World of Warcraft addons via a GUI;
  • automatically detects already installed extensions (from curse.com/addons/wow);
  • can start World of Warcraft with optional settings, like using Bumblebee or setting the WoW executable architecture.

Unfortunately, the WoW installation path is hardcoded in lcurse so you must have World of Warcraft installed in the default location if you want to use this application. The World Of Warcraft installation directory can partially be configured from the lcurse settings, but the application will fail to start if the WoW addons folder doesn't exist the first time you run it. This is the addons folder path if you've installed WoW in the default location:
~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/World of Warcraft/Interface/AddOns

To install lcurse in Ubuntu or Linux Mint (and derivatives), you can use the main WebUpd8 PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lcurse
If you don't want to add the PPA, you can download the deb from HERE or grab the Python script from GitHub.

Since lcurse automatically detects already installed addons, to use it to update your addons to the latest version available on curse.com, simply click the "Install/Update addons" button.

Installing addons is a bit trickier because the application doesn't have a curse.com addons list that you can browse locally, like the official Curse Client. To install an addon via lcurse, you must follow these steps:
  • copy the addon URL from curse.com (example link)
  • in lcurse, click "Add new addon" - this should add a new row in lcurse, which has a name, URL and version fields. Here, paste the curse.com addon url in the URL field of the newly added addon, and optionally also enter the addon name;
  • click "Install/Update addons" and lcurse should automatically download and install the addon for you.

jcurse: a Java "Curse" compatible client for Linux (command line)

jcurse is a command line Java tool to install and update World of Warcraft addons on Linux, via curse.com, developed by ubuntuusers.de's user otakun.

jcurse features:
  • install or update World of Warcraft addons from curse.com via command line;
  • supports installing alpha/beta addon versions (as well as stable releases, of course).

Note that jcurse (unlike lcurse) doesn't detect addons that are already installed so you must reinstall them via jcurse to be able to update them later on.

Because jcurse requires Java 8 and OpenJDK 8 is not available in the Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 repositories, I didn't package the application.

To install OpenJDK 8 (JRE) in Ubuntu 14.10 or 15.04, use the following commands:
sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre
For Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04, you can use THIS PPA to install OpenJDK8 (not tested).

Also, for any Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint version, you can use the WebUpd8 Oracle Java PPA to install the latest Oracle Java 8:

After installing Java 8, simply download the latest (version 1.0 at the time I'm writing this article) jcurse from HERE and extract it in your home directory. 

The first thing you need to do to be able to use jcurse is to set the World of Warcraft installation path:
cd ~/jcurse*
./jcurse --set-wow "/path/to/World of Warcraft"
(the first command above navigates to the jcurse folder and it assumes you've extracted jcurse in your home directory)

For example, to set the path to the default World of Warcraft installation folder, use:
./jcurse --set-wow ~/.wine/drive_c/"Program Files (x86)/World of Warcraft"
(add quotes if there are spaces or precede the spaces with "\")

You can now proceed to installing/updating WoW addons. To install an addon, use the following command:
./jcurse add ADDON_SHORT_NAME
where "ADDON_SHORT_NAME" is the addon short name which comes after "/wow/" in the curse.com addon URL. For instance, if the curse.com addon URL is http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/deadly-boss-mods, for the command above you'd have to use "deadly-boss-mods" (without the quotes).

To update all the addons, use:
./jcurse update all

To see all the available options, simply use the command below:


Jan. 28th, 2015 04:57 pm
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Does someone on my friendlist have some graphics making skill and would be willing to make some for halfamoon?
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Kids tobogganing down the snowpack at the foot of our street yesterday. #bosnow #latergram #blizzard2015
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What I read

Following various recs across my rlist, I succumbed to Courtney Milan's Trade Me (if people who loathe the billionaire trope nonetheless loved it...) and then went out and downloaded The Duchess War (which was actually a freebie), A Kiss for Midwinter, The Heiress Effect, all of which I galloped through and while I could pick historical nits (e.g. the term 'suffragette' several decades too early) they don't activate my usual resistance to romance genre, and in fact hit some sort of spot which is the current spot that responds to that.

Finished The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland - not sure I enjoyed it quite as much as predecessors, or whether it was just the rather on-and-off way I was reading it in bits.

There was also Sekkrit Projekt reading, and, if not daylight at the end of the tunnel, the darkness seems a little less dense.

On the Go

The Countess Conspiracy - but Y she no writing to Darwin? (Darwin Letters Projects indicates that he had huge correspondence from people in her sort of position).

I also started Skylar White, In Dreams Begin but got diverted.

Also still picking up and putting down and going 'bless' at A Name to Conjure With.

Up Next

Allegedly The Just City is finally making its UK appearance this week but I'm not holding my breath. Also I note that Bookview Cafe has or is about to publish a new novel by Sara Stamey, who did some rather fun sf novels way back. Also I see there are at least 2 more novels and a prequel in this Courtney Milan sequence.


Was thinking whether I am generally more about the comfort reading/re-reading at this gloomy season of the year. I suppose I could look back at my reading posts over the years. However, there are so many other factors, such as having duty reading on hand that perhaps inclines towards self-indulgent reading in moments of relaxation. Or having academic commitments to writing that similarly. Or being in recovery from academic commitments.

Have just moved off my GoodReads 'Currently Reading' list several tomes which I haven't actually given up on but can't be considered as actively reading at the moment and are thus either on hiatus or the picking up and dipping in lists, plus marked one thing as given up.

We did get an awful lot of snow

Jan. 28th, 2015 10:22 am
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There's this odd period of post-danger and pre-danger with snowstorms. Once the snow has stopped and the streets are plowed, but before there are a lot of cars out, and before the snow has had time to melt or ice to form, it's actually not that bad out. Sure, I had to walk on the street, but very few cars, so much less danger of getting run over. In places I could walk on the sidewalk, there weren't ice patches yet, or poorly shoveled walks where you are chancing breaking an ankle, and there weren't yet those huge slush puddles/ice sheets where sidewalk meets street.

This is all gonna be hella dangerous and disgusting once slush happens and ice patches show up and there are more cars on the road, and I would not want to drive it in the way that it is right now (I saw enough cars have problems, and that's not even to mention that cars that did not even try to clear off the top and the back windshield, which is so very safe, let me tell you). But walking for a little while in it, not that bad.

I tried to enjoy it, knowing that walking for the next, like, month is gonna be icy and gross.

(also we're apparently getting MOAR SNOW, whyyyyyyy)

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Jan. 28th, 2015 09:30 am
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I am catching up on Arrow.

Oh, Oliver, you make the worst decisions. Literally the worst. Worse than Tom Quinn, and for a long time, that was the pinnacle of worst.
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So! Thanks to people's prompts helping me past a creative block I have properly started on an idea I've been poking at for a while: a Visual Novel/dating sim version of Northanger Abbey. And I was hoping you guys might have some thoughts on all the fun/interesting "what if"s I can explore. (I still intend on doing the prompts, this is one of those big projects I poke at intermittently)
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Posted by Fred Clark

Panti Bliss, “All the Little Things”

Many people object to the word “homophobia” itself. They object to the “phobia” part. “I’m not afraid of you,” they say. But I’m not saying that homophobes cower in fear every time they pass a Cher album. But they are afraid. They are afraid of what the world will look like when it treats [LGBT] people with the same respect as everybody else. They are afraid that they won’t fit in this brave new world of equality.

Rachel L. Martin, “The Brave and Tragic Trail of Reverend Turner”

But although he had been raised to believe in segregation, Turner was bothered by the inequality desegregation had exposed. “There are a few things I see about the total situation now that I didn’t realize in the first place,” he wrote the governor in September, saying that he was particularly worried about “some longstanding inequities as regarding the education of colored children.”


Scott Hancock and Alexandra Milano, “The Real Rebels of the Civil War”

Confederate soldiers, regardless of their bravery during battle or their commitment to comrades, were fighting for a government that sought to maintain the ancient institution of slavery. They were preservationists. Accommodationists. Conformists. Anything but genuine rebels. The real rebels were the hundreds of thousands of black men and women who, in what was arguably the most successful slave uprising in world history, did more than simply resist slavery: they actively, militantly, violently, killed it.

Anne Mellinger-Birdsong, “I Am Tired of Politicians Using My Grief for Their Gain”

They are being false and duplicitous. They are pretending to care about babies, when they don’t. They are pretending to care about babies with disabilities, when they cut funding for programs to help them. They are pretending to want to prevent abortions, when they prohibit the very thing that will help reduce the need for them. They are pretending to care about women’s health and safety, while at the same time promoting ideas and laws that will lead to deaths, infections, sterility, and untold agony. They are pretending to care about women, when they are really trying to control us, shame us, and punish us for not following the politicians’ religious precepts.

We women who have had abortions are intelligent capable human beings. Whether we are young or not, poor or not, married or not, we are all able to make independent, thoughtful decisions. Trust women.

Mark Danner, “Our New Politics of Torture”

The CIA claimed great results, and did so mendaciously. Sometimes the attacks they said they had prevented were not serious in the first place. Sometimes the information that actually might have led to averting attacks came not from the enhanced interrogation techniques but from other traditional forms of interrogation or other information entirely. But what the report methodically demonstrates is that the claims about having obtained essential, lifesaving intelligence thanks to these techniques that had been repeated for years and years and years are simply not true. …

From the beginning the CIA had claimed that these techniques were absolutely essential to saving the lives of tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of people. Those claims have been made by many people and it is another revelation of the report that we see CIA people, notably the lawyers, raising these claims before the program even existed. The lawyers seemed to be thinking, “This is the only way we’re going to get away with this.” There is a quote in the report that people would look more kindly on torture — that is the word used — if it was used to stop imminent attacks. This was the so-called “necessity defense,” which, as the CIA lawyers put it, could be invoked to protect from prosecution “US officials who tortured to obtain information that saved many lives.” This idea was there right from the inception of the program.

The Big Idea: Heather Webb

Jan. 28th, 2015 02:40 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

Author Heather Webb knows what people think of creative folks, and their overall mental fitness. But as with nearly everything, there’s more to the story — literally — than common perception. Webb explains why and how her exploration of the theme influenced her novel Rodin’s Lover.


Aren’t all creatives a little bit “mad”? This is what many of us assume from centuries of stereotypes and tales of artists and writers doing nutty things. Where is the line drawn between fervor, obsession, and madness—and who decides? Several studies have been conducted to explain the creative’s so-called high proclivity for mental illness. As expected, it’s a difficult tendency to measure, and there aren’t any real answers.

Perhaps artists are “special” or gifted and see the world without filters, with a fine lens that is a constant stimulus to the brain.

Perhaps artists use their gifts as a coping mechanism, a means to expel that which torments them.

Perhaps only a fraction of artists are truly mentally ill, and must overcome their limitations to create because of some inner need, some drive to capture their inspirations.

Or maybe it’s a bunch of hog wash because we’re all a little bit mad.

This is one of the Big Ideas I tackled in my new novel, Rodin’s Lover. My protagonist, Camille Claudel, is the collaborator, student, and lover to the famed Auguste Rodin. (For those of you who don’t know anything about him, he sculpted The Thinker, The Gates of Hell, and dozens of other ground-breaking works during the 1880s.)

Not only was Camille as brilliant as Rodin, but she made waves in the art world with her sensual pieces—women didn’t sculpt from nude models and they certainly didn’t create portraits of naked men and women dancing! (See The Waltz by Claudel, my absolute fav) The ups and downs of garnering reviews and commissions, her kooky family, and her tumultuous love affair with Rodin prompted her mental unraveling. So here we have it—a classic story of an artist going mad. Or is it?

How did I go about this sticky, yet compelling topic?

I peeled back layers of my characters’ psyches to expose their deepest desires. Next, I heightened their motivations by accessing their emotional lenses—the way they viewed their world around them in relation to their pains, hopes, desires. During my revisions, something “crazy” happened. Each character revealed their own bent of madness.

Rodin was driven to create and could think of little else…until he met Camille. Her passion for sculpture flamed his own, and soon, his feelings for her eclipsed his reasoning. What could be a stronger force than love to drive us to distraction? Paul Claudel, (Camille’s playwright brother) found God, and his zeal turned caustic, condemning, and downright punishing. Camille’s senses became heightened, she lashed out irrationally in fits of rage, then inner voices begin to torment her…

Do their unstable moments, their passions and inner demons, make them crazy?
The bigger question is, does it matter? Their obsessions don’t detract from the beauty they’ve created and left behind. I, for one, and thankful for whatever muse inspired them to such masterpieces…But then I’m a writer with my own obsessions. Perhaps you should be the judge.


Rodin’s Lover: Amazon|Barnes & Noble|Indiebound|Powell’s

Visit the author’s blog. Follow her on Twitter.

Librarians finale

Jan. 28th, 2015 09:41 am
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We watched the two final eps of The Librarians S1 last night, and loved both, for different reasons.

Spoilers, sweetie. )

All in all -- a fabulously enjoyable end to an enjoyable season. Does anyone know, is there any chance of a second season?

Captain America fic: Reprise

Jan. 28th, 2015 09:51 am
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4800 words | pg-ish | Peggy Carter, Nick Fury (Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts)

Nick showed up at nine and Peggy knew it was bad news because he showed up without dessert. (Sometimes the secrets kept between spymasters was that one of them had a sweet tooth and it wasn't her.) She still made tea because, despite more than sixty years in America, the British approach to trouble was still her default.

"We've found Captain Rogers."

Sort of a POV shift on Rock of Gibraltar, which in turn is a loose prequel to the Freezer Burn stories. None of those are even the slightest bit required.
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Posted by Jay Livingston, PhD

I’m not saying that the Patriots are out-and-out liars. But they are outliers.

The advantage of an underinflated ball, like the eleven of the twelve footballs the Patriots used last Sunday, is that it’s easier to grip. Ball carriers will be less likely fumble if they’re gripping a ball they can sink their fingers into.

We can’t go back and measure the pressure of balls the Patriots were using before the Colts game, but Warren Sharp (here) went back and dug up the data on fumbles for all NFL games since 2010.  Since a team that controls the ball and runs more plays has more chances to fumble, Sharp graphed the ratio of plays to fumbles (values in red squares in the chart below) along with the absolute number of fumbles (values in blue circles). The higher the ratio, the less fumble-prone the team was.


One of these things is not like the others.  That’s what an outlier is. It’s off the charts. It’s nowhere near the trend line. Something about it is very different. The variables that might explain the differences among the other data points – better players, better weather or a domed stadium, a pass-centered offense – don’t apply. Something else is going on.

As the graph shows, when the teams are rank ordered on the plays/fumbles ratio, the difference between one team and the next higher is usually 0-2, there are only two gaps of 5 until the 9-point gap between #3 Atlanta and #2 Houston. From the second-best Texans and to the Patriots there’s a 47-point jump.

Sharp also graphed the data as a histogram.

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It’s pretty much a bell curve centered around the mean of 105 plays-per-fumble. Except for that outlier. And the chart shows just how far out it lies.

The Patriots play in a cold-weather climate in a stadium exposed to the elements.  Yet their plays/fumble ratio is 50% higher than that of the Packers, 80% higher than the Bears. They have good players, but those players fumble less often for the Patriots than they did when they played for other NFL teams.

Usually, the statistical anomaly comes first – someone notices that US healthcare costs are double those of other nations – and then people try to come up with explanations.  In this case, it wasn’t until we had a possible explanatory variable that researchers went back and found the outlier. As Peter Sagal of “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” said, “The League became suspicious when a Patriots player scored a touchdown and instead of spiking the ball he just folded it and put it in his pocket.”

Cross-posted at Montclair SocioBlog.

Jay Livingston is the chair of the Sociology Department at Montclair State University. You can follow him at Montclair SocioBlog or on Twitter.

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