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Hi, I’m no longer maintaining this plugin and am now using the WordPress MTG Helper plugin, you can find it here: http://www.distractedbysquirrels.com/work/#work1178Cheers πŸ˜€

Comment by Mario B on MTG Autocard WordPress Plugin

Hey there im trying to find this exact plugin to use in my wordpress blog and ur link seems to be dead, do u still have this for download?

I don’t actually mind Magneto in the yellow and blue. I guess in my head he wasn’t really that guy yet. I agree that the wisecracking Hal Jordan wasn’t particularly keeping true to the character, but at least they kept it to a minimum and most of the jokes are left in Hal’s apartment. I agree that Reynolds is a terrible choice though, as it’s hard to take him seriously :p

The only problem I have with X-Men First Class is that SOME IDIOT thought Magneto looked good in yellow.When I watch comic movies, the first thing I tell myself is that it’s a different universe, meaning events that happen won’t necessarily mirror the comic origins. All I really care about is that the characters remain true to their core essence (for example, Magneto NOT looking good in yellow). On the topic of GL, that’s precisely my issue with it.

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Comment by Switch on Singapore

Fairly comprehensive! We’re glad you enjoyed the trip, and that you could come over.Not much to vouch for going here for, so I guess the next bet is the next GP here. Unless you want to watch the F1 GP, that is.

Re: extra discussion, the prereleases here are usually pretty friendly affairs, friendly enough to get my girlfriend to play. The prize scheme is a little different, with 1 pack for less than a win and a draw, 2 packs for 4-8 points, 4 packs for 9-10 points and 6 for 11-12 points (if i remember correctly). I think in general you should loosen up at these things, but geography and relative costs are a factor here, as well, since there’s probably ten venues with events, usually both days, and a large event at Suntec.

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Comment by rumz on Maybe I'm just heartless

no, i agree with you. once dead, there isnt anything we can do for them. we gotta look to the future now

Comment by Jaime on A Christmas Story

I think the key here is to differentiate what is help, and what would be aggravating the situation.In your mind, nothing violent happened, and you cannot “fix” the situation without knowing what the problem was, so what was there for you to do? Interview the guy (since the woman was not in any state to be interviewed) and get an informative answer?Calling the DSWD hotline might have been the “best” thing to do at the time, but that’s just effort transfer, and you’re not even sure who’s right.

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Comment by roy on Randomly Amazed

@Kerwin: Actually with the trends in mobile internet usage, it’s more likely that the opposite will be true – the online world will be leaving people’s houses and interacting with us in the outside world!

Comment by Kerwin on Randomly Amazed

i’m telling you, the time will come when no one will be going out of their houses at all, they’ll all be interacting online.

Aba aba sir roy, bumili ka na din! Haha. Personally, gusto ko hintayin ang version na may facetime (sans any external hardware).Regarding the slow (and misleading) USB charging, I think that happens when you try to charge with a mobile device (e.g. a laptop). By standard, USB connectors on desktops provide a more “stable” power output as compared to mobile devices due to their (more often) lack of a “fixed” power source.

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hey roy! im glad i have you to thank for an unbiased review. was quite excited about getting one, but was still hesitant. well you cleared all that. and now that the “committee” has approved that i deserve one for xmas, i think ill just go for the 32 gb wifi variety. regards.

Ei, btw d00d, you left the screen protector cloth thing here. I’m leaving with Liza on Wednesday, will be back Nov. 9If you want to drop by tomorrow to get it, no prob.

What actually happened was that I wish I never thought of Condemn. If I had swung I would have won, but as it is I forgot that the 4/5 tree would become unanimated and counted the counterattack as lethal so I didn’t push and later lost to Plummet.Misplay on my part obviously, if I had done the math correctly and figured I’d be alive at 1, then swinging with the team would definitely have been correct!

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Swing with the team.1. You Win OR 2. He Condemns Angel, you gain 8 life. You are at 3. He MUST block with the three critters (unless giant growth) to not die. 4/5 tree becomes unanimated again. Play the Stormfront Pegasus. If he swings with the team, sac the boar to gain 4, leaving you at 7, then chump the largest flier. You are at 1 life with one more turn.

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Comment by Kerwin on Coming Back to Writing

I have the same problem. My excuse is “i’m not a writer”.

Comment by edebelenmd on Roy Tang :: Elections 2010 - My Ballot

Hmmm... so hindi na kita puwede sisihin kung bakit hindi umuunlad ang Pilipinas? :P Nice post! Just let me know when SRJT is running for president! :D

Comment by edebelenmd on Elections 2010 -- My Ballot

Hmmm… so hindi na kita puwede sisihin kung bakit hindi umuunlad ang Pilipinas? πŸ˜›Nice post! Just let me know when SRJT is running for president! πŸ˜€

Well, what roytang says is true, but you have to realize that that option DOES help get things done. Even in a dictatorship that is focused on enriching / empowering only select individuals, whatever mandate the dictator wills is still expeditiously performed. I sincerely believe that the Checks and Balances mechanics of a Democracy are intended to stabilize an already secure country, with change happening only if majority or all sides agree on said change (on the notion that, clearly, it must be for the better for most / all the people, since they all want it).

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Straight-ticket voting is a lot like block voting - it's great for the voter who doesn't want to think too hard. I'm not inclined to give any one President absolute power; and dominating both the Senate and the House is as close to absolute power as one can legally get within our system.

Comment by Jaime on Elections 2010 -- My Ballot

Well, what roytang says is true, but you have to realize that that option DOES help get things done. Even in a dictatorship that is focused on enriching / empowering only select individuals, whatever mandate the dictator wills is still expeditiously performed. I sincerely believe that the Checks and Balances mechanics of a Democracy are intended to stabilize an already secure country, with change happening only if majority or all sides agree on said change (on the notion that, clearly, it must be for the better for most / all the people, since they all want it).

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What is your opinion on straight-ticket voting? You don't think that it would help your president in getting things done or that it would lessen the chances of clashing political agenda?

Straight-ticket voting is a lot like block voting – it’s great for the voter who doesn’t want to think too hard.I’m not inclined to give any one President absolute power; and dominating both the Senate and the House is as close to absolute power as one can legally get within our system.

Comment by Chry on Elections 2010 -- My Ballot

What is your opinion on straight-ticket voting? You don’t think that it would help your president in getting things done or that it would lessen the chances of clashing political agenda?

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Comment by Ryan Tani on Thirty One

Inspiring. I’m in a similar emo mode right now as my 27th birthday approaches. I, too, am nowhere near reaching my dreams, but I guess that’s as it should be. We all forget that where we are now used to be a dream; we just make up new ones all the time. Anyway belated happy birthday! I’m sure you will be insanely successful one day, as people who have the initials RT always do πŸ˜‰

Comment by roy on GPT Bangkok #4 *1st*

@Dee I only had 14 creatures, I didn’t want to be stuck with too many cards that relied on having creatures in play. Cancel and Negate were pretty good for me in the actual games. Since my opponent turned out to have ground stall guys (Wall of Frost, etc) also, Magebane Armor would have been pretty bad. Whisperslik Cloak is by far the best of those 3 equipment, since a cloak on a baneslayer angel is basically game.

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Congrats on the win πŸ™‚I thought about how I would build your sealed deck before I looked at your actual build. My build was very close to yours – just off by two cards. I would’ve gone -1 Assassinate, -1 Runeclaw Bear, +1 Rampant Growth, and +1 Divine Verdict. I like going with consistency over power especially if my deck is already pretty good.Also, in your draft, I’m surprised you didn’t play Armorer Ascension, Gorgon Flail, and Magebane Armor.

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Comment by zhen on Casual Fridays?

why dress professionally – to look professional since we do carry the company’s name and image.why have dress down days – because it’s weekend and most likely, people may want to have after work activities that formal clothing will not be appropriate for, and having to carry a 2nd set of clothes is such hassle.why have dress down day when the elevators broke down – hell no idea. =D

Comment by Aleks on GPT Bangkok #4 *1st*

Congrats (again)!But I think the judge was correct. Resolution of Harm’s Way’s effect would only occur after combat damage assignment right? So during assignment, you cannot assign trample damage since there’s not enough damage for it to be lethal.

Comment by Chry on Casual Fridays?

Yea for dress-how-you-want days. Some people like to dress up; some down. We should just let people decide how they want to come to work.It’s been said that one feels smart if one dresses smart. This probably only works for not-so-intelligent people. πŸ˜›

Comment by Rommel on Casual Fridays?

After a few years working with lots of different people, I don’t believe in the look better / more professional, get better output. Comfy rules! But of course we gotta look good too, slob look not allowed.

Comment by Cecil on Casual Fridays?

Yes to dress-down days. Comfort over “professional look”, more specifically to those jobs without much client interaction, and with very unpredictable long hours. Just nothing too sloppy. πŸ™‚

Comment by switch on GPT Bangkok #1 Sealed Pool

Seems like the Naya is good (Naya-based 5c to max Paragon/Reliquary?), but the Jund seems tighter. No real bombs to speak of (don’t think Archdemon counts, though Knight is close), just a smattering of mana fixing, but I think you can’t ignore the removal in black. Here’s my low-end list:1 Carrion Thrash 1 Court Archers 1 Fleshbag Marauder 1 Grixis Grimblade 1 Jund Battlemage 2 Jund Hackblade 1 Jund Sojourners 1 Marisi’s Twinclaws 1 Monstrous Carabid 2 Naya Hushblade 1 Thunder-Thrash Elder 1 Topan Ascetic 1 Toxic Iguanar 1 Vithian Stinger1 Absorb Vis 1 Armillary Sphere 1 Bituminous Blast 1 Bone Splinters 1 Executioner’s Capsule 1 Exploding Borders 2 Firewild Borderpost 1 Gift of the Gargantuan 1 Sylvan Bounty 1 Yoke of the Damned7 Mountain 3 Forest 4 SwampCritters seem too small to main Fallout, but you can argue to main that against Yoke of the Damned, which hasn’t done much for me.

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Oh okay, I’ll ask just to make sure. I was resigned to the fact that I only get one. Even the FAQ supports this. But you have a point. There’s a period after the untap clause, meaning the extra combat step resolves independently of the “if” condition.

It’s correct, the 2 Finest Hours will both trigger in the first combat phase of the turn, when they resolve it will still be the first combat step, and they’ll each give you one extra combat step. The only caveat is that you only get to untap a creature at the time the triggers resolve, which is during the first combat step.

He rules that I’m correct that I’m getting 2 extra combat steps, and my opponent scoops. I later found out that while the ruling was correct, there was some missing information. Reading the card carefully, you’d see that while I would get 2 additional combat steps, I would only get to untap the Rhox War Monk during the first combat step!—- I play Finest Hour too. However, I’m unsure about the judge’s ruling about this.

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Roy, your opening seven only mentioned 6 cards. What’s the last card?But still, it was a gamble. Unfortunately, your opponent had a spot removal.Any summary of the first game of the Top8 match?

Comment by roy on Standard on Mar 28

I think there were about 6 other people playing 5-color control. Faeries konti lang. Lots of R/W decks, even though I only faced one.

Comment by Benj on Standard on Mar 28

Congrats on the great performance, and for winning the PR passes. Weird that you didn’t come across any Blightning deck… is the meta in Galleria really control-heavy?

i did something like that the one and only time i’ve been to HK. its different no? although it was my first time there, i wasnt scared of anything happening. well, mostly i did walk along busy streets. but it was rare that a street is empty. its teeming with night markets and shops and all.ginawa mo nang quiapo ang hk a.

Comment by Jaime on I Hate Trading

While admittedly, I’ve never been a good player per se, I have to agree with this post 100%. I really preferred the online magic tools that allowed you to play and make your own deck. But they’ve never really been able to catch up to the most recent cards, and they never have a following as good as MTG played IRL.

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