The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Cain Wasn’t Able

Well, UFC On ESPN 1 was pretty good. As planned, I made it home in time to catch the whole main card. I was also able to catch all the fights I missed thanks to an effectively nonexistent delay in the fights being added to Fight Pass. As such, I was able to update the Fight Notes […]

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Busy Weekend

I tend to keep my Sundays totally free, and don’t do much on them except maybe pay a visit to my folks — and get in a few games of Magic: The Gathering with my mom. This week, I had a family birthday to attend and will end up missing most of the UFC On ESPN 1 […]

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UFC On ESPN 1

The fight card for tomorrow looks pretty good, although we ended up seeing 3 fighters miss weight. Jessice Penne, Renan Barao and Manny Bermudez all missed weight for their fights, but none of them were cancelled. I have no idea why the UFC continues to let Barao try and make the bantamweight limit, given his […]

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Aeon’s End: Legacy – Part 3

Since we didn’t have enough of a headcount to run our usual Friday Night Magic games, my friend and I decided to continue playing through the Aeon’s End: Legacy campaign. We also played this Wednesday, which yielded some mixed results. The Nemesis in Chapter 4, something called the Fungal Mesh, seemed to be impossible to […]

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Nexus Of Fate Banned In Best-Of-1

Not long after making my post, and seeing a number of other people in the Magic community speculate on this, it appears as though Wizards has taken some action against . Today it was announced that the card has been banned in the best-of-1 format, which is (currently) exclusive to MTG Arena. Here is the […]

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New Violet Cold Album

Despite releasing a double-album this summer, the prolific Violet Cold already dropped another full-length album in kOsmik. You can check it out here, on the project’s Bandcamp page. I’ll be giving it my full attention once I finish up my review of the new Saor album, and will almost certainly be reviewing kOsmik in the next […]

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Albert’s UCP Proposes Minimum Wage Reductions

Albert opposition leader Jason Kenney recently stated that his party would enact reductions to minimum wage rules concerning youth employees and alcohol servers. The reasoning for this is the same tired old complaints about businesses struggling under increased minimum wages. Frankly, it’s utter bullshit. If your argument is that you can’t afford to stay in […]

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Nexus Of Fate And The Gate Deck

This is something I really only encounter on MTG Arena, but since that’s where I get a huge proportion of my Magic-playing done, it’s starting to bother me. The guildgate deck is really obnoxious, since it’s nothing but board sweepers, ramp, and a seemingly endless stream of Gate Colossus. The decks get really awful when […]

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Another May Concert

In addition to seeing Slayer on the 22nd of May, I also decided that I’ll be catching Dark Funeral when they come through town on the 30th. I bought the tickets to the latter within minutes of Facebook informing me of the show. I’ve never been a die-hard fan of Dark Funeral, but they do make some […]

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UFC 234 Was … A Thing

Well, last night’s pay-per-view was … something. Not quite the worst show ever, but a completely underwhelming affair — and certainly not one worth $60 USD. Losing the main event was a huge blow to the fight card, which had little else going for it beyond Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva. While there is some […]

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