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Typesetting Troubles in Alpha

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Card templating demand precision and accuracy. If we look back at the history of Magic typesetting, we'll find examples of cards with the wrong text (like Time Elemental in Spanish 4th Edition), cards with text omitted (like Vampire Bats in Chinese 4th Edition), or cards with their text offset incorrectly. The right Gaea's Touch has incorrect offset on text and symbols; a fairly common error on this particular card. Another possible typesetting error is accidental printing with the wrong font. The most famous font error in Magic is probably Æṛathi Berserker from Legends. While it didn't exactly get printed with the wrong font, the letter 'Æ' didn't exist in the standard Magic font at the time so it was printed with the first letter of its name omitted. Reasonably fun fact is that 'Æ' exists in the italicized flavor text font. Additional reasonably fun fact is that WotC created a plane called 'Rath' a couple of years later inspired by this error.

Post lock-down post

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197 days. That's a pretty long time without restaurants, pubs, or social gatherings of note. But now, just the other day, Oslo started to open up for social discourse. The news around here are already talking about 26th of May as a liberation day of sorts. Movement is afoot. As a small footnote in the book that is the lock-down, the closed border led to six months since my last proper #mailday. And it's not like I've stopped trading or doom-shopping cards, but rather that most all my stuff has been on the other side of the Swedish-Norwegian border. I frequently use my parents place in Sweden as shipping address rather than my home in Norway, as e.g. MKM doesn't really work outside of EU (and Norway isn't part of the EU). But I haven't been able to cross that border for close to sixteen months, and so a pretty substantial pile of random cards have been accumulated at my parents' house. This is not that mailday though. This mailday is rather all the oldschoo

The 30 Day Photo Challenge (in one day)

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I read somewhere that if you want to find success as an MtG content creator, having a reliable and continuous flow of content is alpha and omega. People consume bite-size entertainment in a constant flow, and being able to deliver that hit of gratification over time will eventually create a habit and a fanbase. Things are surely different now compared with just ten years ago. Like, WotC has a content creator program and "influencer" is a thing people say. Predictable flow has never really been a thing here. Maybe in like the 2013-2016 era when we had an update most every Thursday, but even that could be a bit sporadic. Like, October 2015 somehow had nine posts. But we also never had less than two updates in any month since we got going, so I guess we have some predictability in that. On average the blag has been updated every 8.2 days for the last ten years, in case you are counting. People who manage to do the daily, bite-sized, updates kinda impress me. I don't have eno