The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Unsurprisingly, Mayweather / Tenshin Isn’t Happening

To the surprise of absolutely no one with half-an-ounce of common sense, the recently announced fight between Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nakusawa is not going to happen. The first hint should have been the fact that the rule set the bout would take place under — along with any other details — were unknown at […]

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Senators 7, New Jersey 3

I took my dad to the first of the two hockey games we go to each year and had a great time. For the past 3-4 years, we had a streak of always attending nail-biting games that would get tied in the final minutes of the game, and then see Ottawa get quickly dispatched in […]

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Rizin Shenanigans

I have no idea what will actually come from this — and neither does anyone else, even the people orchestrating it — but apparently Floyd Mayweather is going to fight Japanese kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nakusawa on New Year’s Eve. The rule set for the bout is unknown, and the same goes for any other detail […]

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UFC 230

I actually had somewhat low expectations for the event, but the undercard proved quite entertaining — even if it started off with an abysmal heavyweight bout. By the time the pay-per-view rolled around, I was all-in. Israel Adesanya lived up to the hype and demolished Derek Brunson in short order. The second fight was a […]

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Guilds Of Ravnica Draft

My group’s third attempt at drafting Guilds Of Ravnica was successful, and I actually won the damn thing! My experience with the set on MTG Arena came in handy, as did the fact that 4 players were all on white-red. I was able to assemble a respectable black-blue deck — nothing too fancy, but it was effective. […]

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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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