I must give proper credit to Kriz (of the sorely missed The Girlfriend Bracket podcast) for this post’s existence.  I initially told this story as part of a Girlfriend Bracket fan challenge, and recent events in my life inspired me to revisit it.  You can find Kriz on Twitter and on WordPress.  Now that we have that out of the way, on to the meaty part. (P.S., thanks, Kriz, you’re great.) Sometimes People are Awful I started playing Magic in 1996 at the age of 11.  I was lucky to have many friends who played between school and my Boy Scouts troop.  However, after aRead More →

mtg

Yesterday, I got an idea for a new Magic deck: red & black artifact aggro.  It is still a work-in-progress, but you can see it here.  I use the website TappedOut to manage my deck ideas and share them with friends; it’s typically a friendly site with a ton of great ideas.  While I perused to see if anyone had done anything like my idea before, I found this. I know, I know, you should never read the comments section.  Since returning to Magic, the experience has been wonderful.  Most events I attend are friendly, fun, and everyone just wants to play.  No one judgesRead More →

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece about rediscovering Magic: The Gathering.  The honeymoon isn’t over yet, but my return to gaming culture opened my eyes to an intriguing phenomenon that occurs when nerds grow up.  I call it the Neverland Effect. Let’s rewind a tiny bit.  When I moved to Portland a little over two years ago, I worked in a college library.  The college dress code is business formal: shirt, tie, the whole nine yards.  I have a tendency to showboat, so I frequently wore a waistcoat as well.  I often went to my local comic store straight from work on Fridays.Read More →

reconnection

Last month, I had an extended trip back to my hometown: the bustling metropolis of Naugatuck, Connecticut.  I helped my parents pack up my childhood home in advance of its sale, and was a groomsman in my sister’s wedding.  I expected it to be an emotionally difficult trip.  Conventional wisdom says that going back home reconnects you with the person you were before you left.  I didn’t realize how true that was. One of my best friends Jeff and I go way back to 1996 where we bonded over a mutual love of the music of His Weirdness, Sir Alfred Matthew Yankovic, and a shared affinity for aRead More →

welcome

Hi there! I’m Mark. I want to introduce myself and give you my credentials. In short, what makes me qualified to be an ambassador on the Geek Embassy. Like most people, my interests are varied and I have several hobbies that I can talk about. Let me walk you through what sort of things you’ll most likely be seeing from me in the future. My first love growing up was music. The first LP that I ever received was “Destroyer” by Kiss at the tender age of 5. It was in my Easter basket of all things! I still haven’t figured out if this was an incrediblyRead More →