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Cake day: June 9th, 2023

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  • The good:

    • My LGS doesn’t have to order 3 different types of boosters and guess how much everyone wants of each. They have run out of draft boosters before, and they’re stuck with a bunch of extra boosters from sets that didn’t sell so well. This is partially just a reality of running a store, but only having 2 types of boosters with vastly different audiences is better.

    The bad:

    • Sometimes there just isn’t a pick 1 in your colors in packs 2 and 3 (on Arena). This is especially obvious in MH3 with the colorless theme, but it’s also possible in normal sets. I don’t know if this is different in arena vs. in paper.

    • Everything costs more. I’m in Canada, so draft prices were going up well before the switch, but this made it even more expensive.

    • Sealed is swingier. With a chance at opening up to 4 rares in a pack, those that do will have more bombs and more powerful cards in general. OTJ was very bomb heavy, so sealed was even more lopsided. This also affects drafts somewhat, but I think that can be fixed with design balancing once they get used to the changes. I don’t think sealed can be fixed with card design.

    Ultimately, I think this is worse for players and better for businesses and way better for WotC. They can fix most of the problems, but price isn’t something they’re interested in fixing (and, to be fair, the price of a booster has stayed well below inflation). Unfortunately, this means that some people just can’t draft anymore or as often.






  • I’m not sure why you think I’m rich. Mail isn’t like any of those other services. There is no mail urgent enough that it can’t take one extra business day to arrive. If there is, it certainly wouldn’t be sent through lettermail nor delivered by the normal carrier.

    If we’re going to raise taxes to pay for things (and by all means we should), I would much rather prioritize all of the other strawmen you brought up than continue to pay for lettermail delivery 5x per week.






  • I feel like there need to be multiple CS pathways. For example, people who want to go into hardware development might take a set of courses more closely aligned with electrical engineering.

    There are.

    My university (and many others) offered Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Computer Engineering. Computer Engineering is sort of a middle ground between EE and SE, where you learn hardware concepts like circuits and semiconductors (for hardware development), but there are also algorithm-based courses.

    Each of the programs has many options for elective courses, and you can focus on databases, algorithms, security, web development, or whatever you want. The core concepts are the same, and it’s more about learning broad concepts and skills, rather than focused skills. Things like Redis and Elasticsearch didn’t exist when I took my database course - the practical portion was mostly just SQL. Things like Docker came even later. But the broad concepts I learned allow me to jump in and use “new” technologies as they mature and stabilize.

    None of the programs were just “coding bootcamp”. Coding was almost inconsequential to my degree (CompEng), though I understand it’s used more heavily in Computer Science degrees. I had a single first-year course that was supposed to teach us programming - all the other courses just assumed a basic knowledge. The focus was more on the design, the logic, and the algorithms. Anyone can code - the bootcamps have that right. But not everyone can design and implement a distributed system efficiently and securely.


  • Historically, student visas have been freely issued at will to any student who was accepted to a university or college program. This wasn’t an issue until about five years ago.

    A lot of our laws, regulations, and policies were written assuming people would act in good faith. Unfortunately, that’s no longer good enough, and as a result, many corporations and provincial governments have started to take advantage of it, which has caused a lot of problems in Canadian society.