The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Carbon Taxes And Hot Air

The ongoing spat between the Canadian federal government and the various provincial leaders has been infuriating, and there are no signs I can discern to indicate this will be changing any time soon. In addition to cancelling green energy programs, and renewable energy contracts, Doug Ford has gotten together with Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe, to […]

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IBM Buys Red Hat

I honestly was not expecting to be reading news that IBM paid 34 billion dollars to buy Linux distributor Red Hat. I mean, the purchase itself isn’t a surprise, but the price tag is extremely high for a company with roughly $6 billion in assets and $3 billion in annual revenues. To quote someone else […]

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Leaving Da Zone

I opted to cancel my Da Zone account for the time being. I’m actually encouraged by the network’s recent announcements regarding the content deals they’ve made for boxing and MMA content; I actually do see a lot of value in the service. The reason I decided to forego the $20 / month cost was that […]

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Jair Bolsonaro Elected President Of Brazil

The results of Brazil’s president election are in, and it appears as though Jair Bolsonaro has won the race over Fernando Hadad (story). This is concerning news for anyone who has paid any attention to the disturbing, violent rhetoric that Bolsonaro evoked during his campaign. Brazil’s new president espouses some truly disturbing views, and this […]

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Coder Atrophy

Ever since I graduated from college, almost 13 years ago (damn, that makes me feel old), I’ve never really used the coding skills I picked up in the program I completed. By the time I got out of school, Nortel was imploding and I never happened upon any Junior Developer positions that ended up panning […]

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Aeon’s End

A friend and I have been playing Aeon’s End on-and-off for the most of the year. It’s a really unique style of deck-building game, the only one I’ve ever played that doesn’t involve any shuffling throughout the game. Well, except for a deck of cards which determine whose turn it is. One thing that really […]

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Splendor

A friend and I have been trying out Splendor over the past 2 weeks. It’s a fun, simple game; like most of the games we try out, they’re better with more-than 2 players. It’s a resource acquisition game, using coloured markers as the resources used to buy cards. The cards provide resources that match the markers, […]

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Upcoming Music Releases

Tomorrow marks the release of 3 albums I’m really looking forward to acquiring: Eneferens, The Bleakness Of Our Constant (link) Lascar, Wildlife (link) Ophidian Forest, votIVe (link) There are still another 2 whole months left in the year, and I am sure I’ll find another dozen albums or so that I want.

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A New Static-X Album?!

I was completely blindsided by the announcement (story) that the remaining members of Static-X have begun work on a new album. The band originally disbanded in 2013, and frontman Wayne Static died in 2014 — making the band’s demise rather final, one would think. Nevertheless, the band has revealed that there will be a posthumous release […]

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MTG Arena BUG Control List v2.0

I’ve been playing MTG Arena since the last phase of the closed beta, and have been enjoying it. Now that the game is fully available to the public, my account has been reset and I’m sorely lacking in cards at the moment. Through unlocking the pre-constructed decks through daily quests and grinding out gold for packs, […]

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