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Whidbey Island Wedding

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The family that “ahhhs” together stays together. 

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Jakey doesn’t know how to say cheese yet but because he is learning how to brush his teeth he can say ahhh. Here the whole family gets into saying ahhh. 

This picture was taken by Carla on July 4th, 2015 (Independence Day) which is also Patrick and Meghan wedding day. 

Margie, Jakey, and I travelled to Mulkiteo and parked the car at the beach park and walked onto the ferry boat to travel to Whidbey Island for a wedding. We then took a shuttle to the wedding. 

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Dual Lands

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The most important part of any deck is the lands and dual lands are the holy grail of magic. Fortunately, dual lands are pretty cheap and you should be able to build a winning deck by spending less than $20 on lands. 

When Ice Age and Fourth Edition came out, old-time players were dismayed at the lack of dual lands. So beloved for their ability to let players cast their spells, their removal signified the dawn of a new era in Magical mana. Players would have to work to get a good manabase, and pay real costs to have something other than a mono-color deck.

But what if they had reprinted dual lands instead?

The precedent set would be completely different. Instead of wondering what the next set’s manafixing was going to be, there would always be the best the game had to offer instead.

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There were several years in Magic’s history when, if you were playing Standard, there were only certain color combinations that were possible, due to how the mana worked. Going outside of that meant using terrible, slow lands against the nonstop aggression of monocolored red decks with no such restrictions. Early incarnations of combo decks, like Survival of the Fittest/Recurring Nightmare, or Mike Long’s Prosperous Bloom, would have been unfathomably stronger.

The irony in replacing all those inferior dual lands with real duals, though, is that we would miss out on what really defines Eternal formats: fetchlands. It would be insane to print them in a Magic where everyone has access to dual lands in every format; doing so would essentially dictate the end of color restrictions mattering for Standard.

There’s also the ugly side to printing dual lands: printing cards to hate out the dual lands. The game would still need a way to incentivize people to play their basics, so cards like Wasteland, Back to Basics, and Blood Moon would certainly be made more prominent, rather than placed in the sad bin of “things the game doesn’t do any more.”

Would Magic be a better game in this alternate reality? It would certainly be a less expensive one, if the hideously expensive lands were instead reprinted to saturation. But we’d also run into a lot more Standard decks that resemble things like Shadowmoor’s Five-Color Control: all the best cards in whatever color; shuffle ‘em up. 

Forward by: Matt Dolge 

Written by: Jesse “Easy Mana” Mason

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Look forward to your comments below.

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North Cascades, Ross Lake Excursion

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The Youth Leadership Adventures has got to be one of the best youth
programs for empowering youth to be the next generation’s stewards of the
environment.

My morning started off at 4:30am on August 9th, 2014 with a 3-hour solo drive to Ross Lake in the North Cascades. I had a lot of time to think about the day ahead yet had no idea how much this day was going to change my life. A month earlier I had accepted the invitation to participate in a day trip with the Youth Leadership Adventures to which I had no prior knowledge of Youth Leadership Adventures. But the offer to hike the North Cascades and explore Ross Lake on a guided boat tour was a chance I couldn’t pass on and I am glad that I didn’t.

By 7:30am the sun was rising over the mountains peaks, which made the lake, sparkle like diamonds. At the trailhead an energetic group of strangers prepared for a hike down to the lake. The strangers were just friends that I had not met and they warmly welcomed me into their group. We tightened our hiking boots, stretched out the legs, and began to make our way down to the “mule”. The hike was an easy scenic stroll on well-kept switchbacks. We took our time to observe wildlife, take photographs, and learn about the history of the North Cascades Institute.

Once we reached the dam we could see that the lake stretched all the way up to the Canadian border. Being an avid hiker who has hiked 4 out of the Mighty 5, Utah’s National Parks I thought I had seen all the colors that nature could provide, but Ross Lake’s naturally blue-green color is surreal and the water is so clear that fish can be seen 10 feet below the water’s surface. This protected land is so pure and raw it cannot be reproduced through photographs.

Before boarding the mule, which is a more of a barge than a boat we discussed the activities for the remainder of the day. Amy Brown from the North Cascades Institute leads the conversation and let’s us in on why we are here. “The YLA is a hands-on outdoor leadership program focused on mentoring students in field science, communications, and public speaking. It is our goal to listen, learn, and support them in their passion for the conservation”.

After about an hour on the boat we arrive at the campsite where the youth leaders have called home for the past ten days. Their campsite is primitive with no running water or restrooms, but has an incredible view that sits on a bluff, which overlooks the lake. I mentally add this as a place to camp to my bucket list. We pick up a number of youth leaders and return to the mule to troll northward to a secluded shoal. This remote area is heavily shaded with overgrown trees and lichens are thriving. It’s lunchtime and we break into small groups to learn why the youth have chosen to participate in YLA. It is at this point that I learn why I made the three-hour drive…

These youth leaders felt empowered to take responsibility for the environment and hearing them speak about conversation, sustainable practices, and stewardship was truly awe-inspiring. Standing before us were the next stewards of the environment. What they needed from us is support, leadership, awareness, and access to resources. What they already had was the determination to protect the environment; they just needed to know how to do it. Thanks to the Youth Leadership Adventures these passionate environmentalist now have the leadership skills to make an impact in their local communities.

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Free Stickers

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HOW DOES CARTEL CIRCUIT GIVE AWAY FREE STICKERS?
We partner with companies and individuals that want to promote their brand or ideas. They then send us stickers so that we can distribute then to our audience. Because these stickers come to us for free we feel that we should not charge for them. All that we ask is that you send us $1.00 for the cost of the envelope and shipping. We promise that you will receive a great assortment of free stickers!

HOW DO I GET FREE STICKERS?
If you are looking for free skateboard, snowboard, streetwear stickers, skate stickers, bumper stickers or other free stickers for your skateboard, snowboard, locker, or bedroom then simply mail $1.00 with your mailing address to:

Cartel Circuit
Free Stickers
2586 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
USA

ALTERNATIVE PAYMENTS
If you don’t want to send $1.00 through the mail we also accept credit card payments. Please email freestickers@cartelcircuit.com to place an order.

Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your free stickers. All stickers are shipped USPS. Unless prior arrangements are made via email stickers can only be shipped to within the United States.

WHAT KIND OF STICKERS WILL I RECEIVE?
Stoked that you asked! You will get an assortment of free stickers from our favorite brands and companies. The free stickers may also contain assorted skateboard and snowboard brands. We typically send at least 10 stickers per envelope but often stuff the envelope until it’s full. Our sticker selection changes daily so keep sending those envelopes.

Check out what one dedicated free sticker collector did with all his free stickers! Thanks for the image, Steve!

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Burton Snowboards – Change is in the Air

The 2014/2015 snowboard season is among us and change is in the air. The change begins with Burton snowboards. For the first time Burton now has more softgoods than hardgoods in their product line. So how and more importantly why did the snowboard leader Burton want to become a streetwear brand? Well, they why is easy money but how they did it has a lot has to do with Burton massively expanding its softgood selection. Softgoods are of t-shirts, socks, hoodies, flannels, jackets, pants, and even shorts. Once they expanded their product line Burton then took that massively offering of clothing and distributed it to stores that typically wouldn’t carry Burton snowboards and hardgoods. Enter Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, and Zappos. Now you no longer have to visit a small, dimly light, and wax smelling snowboard shop to buy Burton products. The nostalgic smell of a snowboard being waxed always reminds me winter is on its way. After increasing its distribution Burton then increased their number of “Collabs” and partnered with brands that they may not considered partnering with in the past including Pixar and Disney. One of the collabs I am most pumped about is the partnership with artist Derek Nobbs who created one of the best snowboard graphics I have ever seen on a Burton board. The TWC Pro Snowboard is Shaun White’s pro model and only comes in one size a 156cm. It features Derek’s familiar nautically inspired artwork on the base and top sheet. The board itself is a beast and meant for advanced riders but that shouldn’t stop you from setting your sights on this board and learning how to ride it. You can get the Burton TWC Pro Snowboard at http://www.zumiez.com/brands/burton.html.Burton Snowboard TWC 156cm

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Morph est bizarre. Magic The Gathering

Morph spider

Morph est bizarre.

On nous a présenté Morph comme mécanicien dans le bloc Onslaught, puis nous avons renoué pendant bloc Time Spiral. Morph est partie du jeu, et nous sommes habitués à cela, mais la saveur sage c’est assez flippant bizarre. Une créature de morphing face vers le bas est incolore et est un 2/2, nous le savons tous. Mais saviez-vous que, visuellement, cette créature est représentée comme une araignée de pierre?

C’est vraiment, chaque créature déguisé en morph apparaît au spectateur comme une araignée à taille humaine fait de roches trottiner autour. Essayez d’imaginer un plan où ces choses sont juste à courir dans tous les sens. Est-ce un dragon? Est-il un être humain? Ce qu’il ya dans la boîte!? Laissez-le tranquille!

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Oh, c’était un Cephalid! Au moins, ils ont le bon nombre de membres pour une araignée. Je me plais à imaginer que la mue est moins d’un déguisement, et plus comme une voiture. C’était ce que les créatures sur Dominaria utilisés pour se déplacer. Vous êtes juste conduite autour, en pensant à votre propre entreprise lorsque certains barbare déchire le capot de votre voiture au loin et vous sort. Terrible.

Si, ces araignées sont des véhicules pour se déplacer, il fait un peu plus de sens; tout le monde a besoin d’une voiture. Si ce n’est pas le cas, je n’ai aucune idée pourquoi un dragon serait jamais cacher à l’intérieur d’une araignée de pierre . Suis-je Overthinking ce? Est-ce un monde de la sorcellerie et de fantaisie où les murs peuvent contenir des épées? Bien sûr. Mais encore, j’ai toujours été intrigué par morphing.

Pourquoi sommes-nous encore parlons morph? Eh bien, Kahns de Tarkir apporte morph en arrière, et ils ont trouvé un moyen de le rendre un peu moins bizarre. Vérifier cela:
FACE CACHEE, Morph jusqu’à!

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C’est ce que une créature de morph ressemble sur Tarkir. C’est assez doux pour un couple de raisons. Tarkir est le foyer de morts incolore fantôme de dragon préféré de tous : Ugin. Toute l’affaire de Ugin, c’est qu’il est incolore, si son esprit imprègne le monde, c’est cool de voir que reflétée dans un groupe de créatures qui sont incolores. Et si vous regardez ce que l’art doux Swanland, il semble que il ya des éléments de dragon subtils cachés dans. Peut-être ce qui implique que tous ces morphes ont une énergie de dragon dans les?

Ce qui rend une meilleure explication des raisons pour lesquelles il ya toutes ces morphes qui courent, ils sont tous canalisation magic dragon, qui pour une raison plus de sens pour moi que un tas de navetteurs qui courent dans les arachnides de granit.

Fantasy est une affaire délicate.

Traduit par: Matt Dolge and the help of Google Translate.
Ecrit par : Justin Treadway

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Hotel Motel Dance Night

Hotel Motel dance night at Havana social club located in Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington is now a hump day party where the leisure is paramount. Hotel Motel was originally every Tuesday night and if you had a Hotel Motel key then you had a standing reservation. Although the evening has changed rumor has it if you still have a key you have been grandfathered in and your reservation still is valid. It’s time to dance the night away so break the Seattle Freeze and meet some locals that have a key. Check out some of the past party photos.
hotel_motel_750 Photo credit: Halftone Design by Nathan Manny.