Daily reads

This is how I keep myself informed.

I have a bookmark directory that contains sites that I read daily. It contains my RSS feed reader, a left wing site, a right wing newspaper, my stock broker site, and the main programming, computer science and Magic related subreddits. These are reads all year long.

Then, there are seasonal stuff. Currently, I have MTGSalvation deck creation forum bookmarked so I can read what other people are brewing for the next standard season. This will stay until the end of April, when it stop being relevant. I also usually include a site for something I’m trying to achieve: currently is stop smoking, which I regretfully do. It will stay until I stop smoking.

Random Spikes

Arlinn Kord was a card that I was really excited to see, because I though it would be great. Turns out it is amazing.

Magic’s storytelling has actually improved greatly from the “Ashaya” levels in Zendikar.

Password Hashing. Sometimes you need it!

Level One course by Reid Duke. One of the greatest Magic players, Reid teaches the basic concepts of the game.

At the end of this article, you’ll find Frank Harstem’s list of card clusters that may be a big deal after Khans rotation.

Evaluating FPGA able applications.

Dealing with the tilt.

Evaluating cards from Shadows Over Innistrad

Some general guidelines for evaluating them, with needed context to improve their value.

Double-faced cards. Depends on the transform condition, but are usually good when easy to transform, or you drafted a werewolf deck. In constructed, werewolves seem bad because they are usually not efficient until transformed, but some cards have decent conditions to transform.

Delirium. It’s easy in limited to get to three card types in the graveyard – creature, sorcery and instant. The fourth seems really hard, specially when the basic land fetcher costs two to activate. If there’s land sacrifice or good discard outlets, the mechanic gets good. It seems fit for constructed.

Madness. It’s generally mad, but also requires discard outlets. Maybe there’s a deck with discard, delirium and madness.

Skulk. It’s bad evasion unless there are pump effects at instant speed, that can be played after blocks are declared.

Random Spikes

BBD writes a compelling article on R/G Tokens (OGW). Going wide is one of the strategies I like the best; I’m on Abzan (WBG) Tokens for OGW, which is a bit less wide, but taller, and it’s doing great at FNM. Nissa is the real deal, and I should try her next week.

Sprints that don’t ship code. It’s hard to slice the project into shippable bunches when most of the code is not user facing (like embedded systems), so an architectural sprint can facilitate other sprints to deliver value to the user.

The financial struggles of a Magic player.

How to build stable systems has a lot of common sense, and is a very nice read.

Dealing with burnout.

Interested in Magic, but a $1k deck does not fit your budget? Here’s a primer on Pauper, a format where we play only common cards (and is usually very inexpensive to play). And here’s a curated list of Pauper decks.

Eerie Interlude is a very exciting card in a deck that abuses enter the battlefield effects. Brewing will start soon.