The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Short Break

I’m heading off into the woods to spend the next 2.5 days playing Magic with friends at a cottage, so there won’t be any updates here. I’ll be tossing some photos up on my Instagram, although depending on my connection that may not happen until I get back to the city. I’ve got a bunch […]

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Jon Jones Can Fight This Year

Aside from a comically embarrassing appearance in front of the California State Athletic Commission, we haven’t seen any developments in Jon Jones’ arbitration with USADA. He failed a drug test that was administered on July 28th, one day before UFC 214, and as a result had his title stripped and his KO win over Daniel Cormier […]

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Johny Hendricks Is Fighting Again

After announcing his retirement from MMA back in June of this year, Johny Hendricks has announced that he will be competing in the upcoming debut show for World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation. Hendricks faces Bellator veteran Brennan Ward — who just recently ‘retired’ from MMA — on November 9th, in a bout contested at 185 […]

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The 2018 Mr. Olympia

Over the past few years, I’ve cultivated a mild interest in the competitive bodybuilding world, and I was actually somewhat excited to see the results of this year’s Mr. Olympia contest. For the past 7 years, Phil Heath has dominated the contest, although his last few wins have been somewhat controversial depending on who you […]

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Mark Hunt

I’ve posted the edition of Fight Notes for the UFC Moscow card (link), and the major takeaway from the event is that I really think Mark Hunt should retire. Oleksiy Olinyk managed to rock him with a single punch — something inconceivable even just a few years ago — that ultimately set up the fight-ending sequence of […]

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Casual Magic – Vol. 3

After a bit of a layoff, my group was able to convene this Friday for some five-player Commander games. Despite our numbers, we ended up having a really quick night that also didn’t involve any one-sided, frustrating games. Generally speaking, if we are five then we’re going to get 2 games done and things will […]

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Ownership In The Digital Era

If, like me, you’ve been online since before the term ‘Digital Rights Management’ (DRM) even existed, then the following should come as no surprise to you: Apple can delete movies you purchased from the iCloud at any time, and there is no recourse for the consumer. The story was detailed over at The Outline (link), […]

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9/11 – The 2018 Edition

I never have much to say when the anniversary of 9/11 comes up. When it happened, it was exactly a week after my 18th birthday. This was a very formative time in my life, as I was just reaching my late teenage years and going through a lot of changes. I had made new friends […]

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Fabricio Werdum Suspended For 2 Years

In case you’re wondering what UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum has been up to lately, the answer is failing a drug test and going through the USADA arbitration process. Today it was announced that the former heavyweight champion has been suspended 2 years. Werdum failed a drug test conducted on April 25, 2018, after testing positive […]

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MMA Fans

After making what I thought was a fairly well-crafted troll trap post, I ended up exceeding my wildest expectations by a wide margin. I figured I’d get a few zero-follower trash accounts looking to argue with people in popular search terms but … well, here: Most of the replies were people who were clearly not […]

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