Trying to not suck at Magic, and other news

So I drove up to Salem last night to try and get a deck together, because there was a tournament with a $500 prize today. Spent about $100-$150 to get the deck finished, and had high hopes of winning. But then I got taken down by this really weird POS that I don’t think could really beat anything else, but crushed my deck. And then I ran into it again 2 rounds later and lost again. Oh well.

Haven’t decided whether to tweak this deck or start something new and put this one away for a while. I ended up 2-2-1, so I’m batting .500. Too bad this isn’t baseball. But that’s an improvement from last tournament, so I’m working my way back into practice after five years off.

I highly recommend picking up Magic to anyone interested in increasing your creativity and mental agility (or for that matter, anyone interested in winning poker or blackjack). It’s like a combination of chess and art. You can even play it for free online at somewhere like and the #magic-league IRC channel on solidirc, using the Apprentice program. In the past few years, Magic players have stormed online poker and won millions, as well as taking away more millions at the World Series of Poker.

In other news, X.Org RC2 is all the way in portage, and seems to generally be working quite well. I’m still having issues with XKB and VT switching both being broken (perhaps related? who knows.), but nobody else filed bugs about it so maybe I’m the only one.

Haven’t done a whole lot of Gentoo work lately besides the RC2 bumps on Friday. Trying to focus on classes and research for a while, in hopes of getting decent grades this quarter and not getting kicked out of grad school. Would be a bit annoying to have to job search, despite the many options I have with my multi-tined background, since we’re mostly living paycheck to paycheck.