Archive for December, 2008

Christmassy Goodness

Ah, Christmas morning.

Things have changed since we were kids and spent the better part of the day ripping paper off things. This morning, we went into our living room and sat on our couch.


This wasn’t supposed to be for Christmas when we ordered it back in… probably August. But they were out of stock and had to build it and ship it from Italy, and it ended up arriving on December 23rd, so… Christmas it is.

I can’t describe how much I love this couch after sitting on beanbags for four months.

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Lock the Taskbar

Does anyone else, when they see “Lock the Taskbar” in the taskbar context menu in Windows, always hear it to the tune of “Rock the Casbah”?

No? Just me?


EDIT: Okay, there’s at least one.

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Something else that happened during my blogging hiatus – mezzacotta. Really, really remiss – bordering on negligent – of me not to have mentioned this sooner.

I can’t really explain it any better here than it already is on the site. Go there.


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Open Door With Care

On the topic of winning things…

There’s an “OPEN DOOR WITH CARE” sign on the door to the stairwell at work. Being geeks with a bizarre sense of humour, we saw this as a target for parody (rather than, say, a helpful safety suggestion – pfeh).

At some point, someone put a sign next to it saying… I think the first one was “OPEN DOOR WITH STARE”, with a line indicating staring (it’s easier to show than explain -  I’ll try to find the original). That was followed by, I think, “OPEN DOOR WITH HARE”. Within a couple of weeks, the door and much of the surrounding wall were covered with signs.

Anyway, Saturday night was our work Christmas party. The MCs (Shaun and George, you are much classier than the guy with the shadow puppets) gave out an Award for the Best Open Door With Care sign. And the winner was:


…by me, of course.

The prize was entitled “OPEN BOOK WITH CARE”.

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Well, Rafiq

Right, so, I won the draft.

There were nine of us, playing one-game matches. I first-picked a Stoic Angel and went on to draft an agressive Bant deck with Exalted creatures coming out its ears. For once I thought the signals were actually in my favour – I’ve had a nasty habit in the last few drafts of being randomly seated next to Mr Shellshear and drafting the same colours, but he was a seat further away this time and my colours didn’t seem to be disappearing for once.

Then, in the third pack, I got a Rafiq of the Many.

As a ninth pick.

For all (two of) my non-currently-Magic-playing readers, Rafiq is undoubtedly one of the best cards in this set in Limited; and being a ninth pick means that everyone else at the table passed it. Meaning that, beyond a doubt, nobody else was even close to being in those colours. Which was great news for me.

As it turned out, about four people at the table were drafting Naya, which was spread waaaay too thin. I won 7 games and lost 1 against Irgy, who did some shenanigans with Knight-Captain of Eos to turn the attacks off long enough to beat me up with a big trampling thing. Even that was pretty close.

So, I’ll just bask in this for a while until next draft, where I’ll probably go back to the customary position of second- or third-last.

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Hi, remember me?

The gaps between posts just keep getting longer and longer, don’t they?

Well, this seems like as good a time as any to try to get back in the swing of it. (Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of a hat!)

So, some random thoughts in approximately random order:

  • I’m doing my second Magic: the Gathering Shards of Alara draft tonight. Really fun set. I came equal 3rd out of 7 last time, with a Grixis/Jund build that focused on using Infest for fun and profit.
  • Tina’s foodie blog is gaining momentum.
  • Speaking of Tina… we’re engaged! I asked her on her birthday in September. (Lazy, lazy blogger!)

Eh, that’ll do for now. I’ll never be able to keep this up if I use all my material in one go. :)

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