The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Failed Draft Number 2

Due to an infuriatingly last-minute cancellation, my group’s planned Guilds Of Ravnica draft was postponed yet again. I’m not sure when we will be able to arrange another attempt, but I’d really like to draft the damn set. My only other experience with the set has been through MTG Arena, but I have yet to draft it […]

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Eddie Alvarez Signs With ONE FC

After fighting out his newest UFC contract, Eddie Alvarez has announced that he has signed with Singapore-based MMA promotion ONE FC. It’s a bit of a surprise to see the former lightweight champion leaving the UFC, but not a huge one — I’m sure ONE threw a lot of money his way to get him […]

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The Dismemberment Plan

The ongoing morbid comedy following in the wake of the apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi just continues to get more and more ridiculous. While it’s easy to speculate as to why Saudi Arabia would think they could just murder someone in their embassy so brazenly, it’s still one of those incidents that is just so […]

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It’s 4:19, Got A Minute?

While I certainly thought marijuana legalisation would happen at some point in my life, I honestly thought it would take even longer. Despite the ever increasing prevalence of pot smoking, older generations — many of which still make up the bulk of the political class — still seem prone to Reefer Madness style hysteria over […]

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Getting There

I think I’m finally in the home stretch, as far as recovering from all the sundry illnesses I picked up 3 weeks ago. My hands even appear to be healing up, although I don’t want to get too hopeful about a permanent resolution to whatever caused me to suddenly contract dishydrotic eczema at 34 years […]

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Bellator 208

I was able to catch the entirety of Bellator 208, and it was pretty entertaining. The main event went about as one would expect, and yet somehow there is a small — but annoyingly vocal — number of fans claiming the fight was fixed. I find it utterly baffling that anyone would feel a need to […]

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Quiet Weekend

Without any UFC events on, and my draft rescheduled. I ended up with the option to catch Bellator’s 2 back-to-back MMA cards this week. I ended up being way too tired to stay awake through the first event, passing out during the fight between Lorenz Larkin and Ion Pascu. I’ll have to go back and […]

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Draft Rescheduled

Unfortunately we were unable to reach the proper headcount for our Guilds Of Ravnica draft. We’re going to have reschedule, and I’m not sure exactly when that will be — it may be 2-3 weeks. I don’t care too much, as long as we eventually draft the set, but given the break-neck pace of product releases […]

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Wintersun Was Amazing

I had fairly high expectations of Wintersun, given the quality of their 3 studio albums. To be mild about it, they blew any preconceptions I had right out of the water. They even managed this feat while missing one of their guitarists — due to delays with his Canadian work visa — and the use of […]

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On The Mend

I am nowhere near 100% but I am in significantly better condition than I was at this time, last week. My ear problems have been diminished, although they’re not gone yet, but as of writing this I am confident I’ll be enjoying Wintersun in approximately 24 hours time. I’ve been very much looking forward to this […]

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