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MaskNought

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Of the discontinued cards from Unlimited, Illusionary Mask is the one I've found myself with the most copies of over the years. Well, second most. It's kinda hard to dethrone Chaos Orb from that particular number one spot, but the Mask sure makes a run for it. I've given away a couple of Masks to n00bcon riddle masters, and I have some memories of trades in the past, but I'm still somehow sitting on six copies of the card. The first four makes sense I guess, playset and all that. The fifth is arguably needed for my Unlimited coffee table book . That second Unlimited copy is a bit harder to excuse, but I guess I bought a Faceless Menace EDH precon at some point in the before time, and mise well have the sweetest face-down tech available if I'm to swing modern megamorphs. The mask obscures everything but ante. I just really like the card. It was the only discontinued rare that anyone in any of my playgroups had access to in 1995, and its mere presence made Jester'

North Star

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When was the last time I left the apartment to peruse the town? Surely weeks, probably months. But the other day wanderlust grabbed hold as I saw an open block of two hours in the calendar. The sun stood high in the winter daylight, the thermometer danced around ten below, and it was time to peruse.  My goal was to buy a new toothbrush and moisturizer. Yeah, I moisturize. What am I, some murk dweller malcontent throwing my face into the constant bruise of Nordic winds? But regardless my quest was fruitless as it turned out my moist dealer and the whole mall was closed due to corona. Got me again, pandemic. On a brighter note, the sun was shining and I was outside. And I was at spitting distance from Outland, the local card shop here in Oslo. Mise well peruse down there and see if they have some cards to doomshop. In particular I was on the hunt for a few random Arabian Nights cards to fill some holes in the almost-complete set. Outland. I masked up and found myself in the Outland basem

The endowment effect

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"For most things are differently valued by those who have them and by those who wish to get them: what belongs to us, and what we give away, always seems very precious to us."         — Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics book IX (F. H. Peters translation)   "The best thing with having a Black Lotus, is that you have a Black Lotus"        — Martin Beer (paraphrased)   Back in my student days, I had a ritual of sorts at the start of every summer. If you go for higher education in Sweden, you get a small stipend and a loan every month to cover your basic needs. During summer there are typically no classes however, and you'll have around three months each year without that “student income”. So the reasonable thing is to find some seasonal work to pay the summer bills. My seasonal employments as a student included grocery stores, home care facilities, janitorial work, postal services, retirement homes and stock houses. One summer I worked down the harbor, unloading co

2020 Retrospective

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"2020 is every Nic Cage movie, without Nic Cage."   - @DadThatWrites, July 19, 2020 Without going too deep into the whine mire, I think we can in good conscious acknowledge that, generally speaking, 2020 wasn't that great. Yeah, I know a lot of positive things happened. The vaccine development was astonishing. Polio got extinct from Nigeria, and with that from the whole African continent. Chile was declared free from landmines. The number of people dying in terror attacks declined for the fifth year in a row, and is now 59% lower than in 2014. Sudan stated they will end child marriage. Many countries started phasing out excessive use of plastic. There was a Brexit deal. And there's some sort of baby boom for lions and elephants in Kenya. And that's of course just scratching the surface. But in spite of all the good, 2020 was pretty rough. Human interactions were fewer and further between. Meeting people moved from being a necessity to a luxury.