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Netdecked. Thursday, September 20, 2007 | comments

Background: I've been playing in Magic tournaments many Sundays after church. While there's plenty of strategy while playing the actual game of Magic, a lot of the strategy and fun of Magic comes from choosing exactly which cards go into your deck.

Alright, so now that you know that let's talk about the game I played in on Sunday. One of my four matches was against this guy that was pretty serious about Magic. In the past, I guess he's gone to state championships. So I wasn't all that surprised when he beat me 2 games to 0. Thought I almost beat him in game 2.

Now fast forward to today when I was messing around with making a new deck. Said deck centers around a combo that uses a card called Momentary Blink, but that's not really that important. Anyhow, I was pretty much done with the deck and browsing other people's decks to see what kinda cheap spells they included in their deck when I happened upon a deck called Blink Riders. Which I clicked on.

Blink Riders, as it turns out, is a deck that got 9th in the Magic Pro Tour. And not only that, but this deck is--as near as I can tell--the exact deck I played against on Sunday.

In other words, the guy printed out the deck list, bought all the cards, and played with it as if he made it up himself. It's kinda like idea plagiarism. Lame.

But at least I almost beat him.

p.s. apparently this has happened in more serious tournaments as well.

/continues tweaking his own deck

Pluto gets himself into trouble Wednesday, September 19, 2007 | comments

spotty stolen internet means shorter posts Monday, September 17, 2007 | comments

Eating canned potatoes from the pan is great.

Fly With Joe Tuesday, September 11, 2007 | comments

Found via a reference on NPR, Fly with Joe is the cool new podcast I'm listening to. It's by a pilot who brings his recorder with him on flights and talks to the people he meets.

The cat loves Fancy Feast. Friday, September 7, 2007 | comments

Hooray Automation Thursday, September 6, 2007 | comments

They ordered some office supplies around here. Yesterday we got a box with a single eraser in it (plus a bunch of packing air pillows). Today I just signed for a box that had a glue stick in it.

Colab Gmail Video | comments

Google asked a bunch of people to submit videos of the gmail envelope being passed from person to person and this is how it looks once they combined them all together.