The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Thoughts On Standard

Keeping in mind that my experience with Standard is confined to whatever I encounter on MTG Arena, I’ve been logging a high number of games each day. The following are things I’ve noticed over the course of the last 3 weeks: There is way too much removal. There are way too many infinite combos. I really […]

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Kamikaze Notes

Curiosity got the better of me, and I went looking for a few tracks from this new Eminem album. I’ll eventually find a way to stream the whole album and probably review it, because I’ve already got mixed — and mostly negative — feelings about it. “Lucky You” is a real stand-out track and was a […]

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New Music

I forgot to post these earlier, but I did my usual end-of-month Bandcamp purchases. I went a little light this month since I’ve got a Wintersun show I need to book travel and a hotel for. Domedagen, various tracks (link) Palace of Worms, Live Rehearsal – 2018 (link) Sadness, Rain (link) Viva Belgardo, Flores, Carne (link) I’ve already written […]

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Magic Stuff – Vol. 1

My gaming group has scheduled the second cottage excursion of the year for September 21st. I’m not sure exactly what out headcount will be, but there is a chance I’ll be dusting off my Common Cube. I have not updated it since prior to the release of Khans Of Tarkir, so it’s due for some significant […]

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So He Can’t Do Stand-Up Ever Again?

Louis CK is back in the news again, after a brief hiatus following his admission of guilt in the face of multiple women accusing him of of gross sexual misconduct. In more plain terms, Louis apparently had a bad habit of taking his dick out in front of women and masturbating. Initially, the statement that […]

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President Alzheimer & NAFTA

Yesterday, after weeks of speculation, Donald Trump announced that a deal had been made with Mexico, regarding the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. After spending the last 18 months lobbing tariffs and insults at both Canada and Mexico, the United States left Canada to stew in their own juices and negotiated […]

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John McCain Is Dead

Last night, news broke that long-serving US Senator John McCain had died. The senator had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour, but ultimately opted to cease treatment and let the disease run its course. In light of his passing, this has triggered the dubious urge to immediately lionise the man — in spite of […]

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UFC Fight Night 135 – Fight Notes

I’ve decided to start doing event recaps, although I’m not going to be doing full-on breakdowns on the fight — or posting play-by-play — because that’s incredibly time consuming and, honestly, very boring content. This isn’t an MMA blog content farm, and I highly doubt anyone cares about highly detailed round-by-round transcriptions — I know […]

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UFC Fight Night 135 – Gaethje -vs- Vick

I’ve really enjoyed the intermittent breaks from UFC cards throughout this year. We’re coming up on another fairly long run of events, though, and starting with another 6-fight main card. There are some interesting bouts on this one, but I’m still pre-complaining about the TV pacing. They’re making me stay up until 1:00am EST to […]

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And We Are Live

The blog is now officially live. I’m not going to be overtly promoting it to any extent, but at this point I’m fine if people stumble across it via index searches or — much less likely — by visiting the main Shack website. I am still in the process of tweaking the design of the […]

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