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Athreos, Nyx Border Extension - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Athreos, Nyx Border Extension - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 11 2 Pharika, Nyx Border Extension - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Pharika, Nyx Border Extension - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 7 2 Phenax, Nyx Border Extension - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Phenax, Nyx Border Extension - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 11 5 Mogis, Nyx Border Extension - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Mogis, Nyx Border Extension - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 12 1 Darksteel Ingot - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Darksteel Ingot - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 6 3 Selesnya Signet - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Selesnya Signet - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 8 2 Gruul Signet - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Gruul Signet - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 9 0 Golgari Signet - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Golgari Signet - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 13 0 Orzhov Signet - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Orzhov Signet - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 4 0 Boros Signet - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Boros Signet - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 6 6 Vector Plains - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Vector Plains - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 3 0 Vector Swamp - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Vector Swamp - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 3 0 Vector Forest - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Vector Forest - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 4 0 Vector Island - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Vector Island - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 3 2 Vector Mountain - M:TG Alter by Altik0 Vector Mountain - M:TG Alter :iconaltik0:Altik0 3 2 Vector Swamp - M:TG Alter Mockup by Altik0 Vector Swamp - M:TG Alter Mockup :iconaltik0:Altik0 11 0


Mindslaver by ninthsphere Mindslaver :iconninthsphere:ninthsphere 21 14 MTG-ExtendedArt-Basic Land Mountains (Kamigawa) by by FlorindaZanetti MTG-ExtendedArt-Basic Land Mountains (Kamigawa) by :iconflorindazanetti:FlorindaZanetti 15 13 MTG alteration 17 - Along the riverbank by EpsilonEridani MTG alteration 17 - Along the riverbank :iconepsiloneridani:EpsilonEridani 24 9 Myr Tokens by KayFedewa Myr Tokens :iconkayfedewa:KayFedewa 262 43 Porygon-Z Plush by Vuro Porygon-Z Plush :iconvuro:Vuro 2 3 Art Exam Final Piece by Took-Southpaw Art Exam Final Piece :icontook-southpaw:Took-Southpaw 12 13 Hipster Kitty Drawing by 061342the2nd Hipster Kitty Drawing :icon061342the2nd:061342the2nd 15 6 OC Request: Altik0 by TheCrimsonLion OC Request: Altik0 :iconthecrimsonlion:TheCrimsonLion 2 1 Not much of a SHOWDOWN by Vuro Not much of a SHOWDOWN :iconvuro:Vuro 17 5 MythBusters: Porcum Iacio by Hail-NekoYasha MythBusters: Porcum Iacio :iconhail-nekoyasha:Hail-NekoYasha 13,815 4,202 Pinky and the brain by hellpoemer Pinky and the brain :iconhellpoemer:hellpoemer 1,573 264


...Wow, I haven't written an update here in a year. It's strange, it really doesn't feel like that much has happened since the last post, yet so much time has slipped by. In the spirit of the previous posts, I suppose I should first share what has happened in my life in the last 383 days since posting previously.

The first thing, of course, was that I landed a job. It pays reasonably well, and I've acquired a lot of valuable experience for my career, so that's good. Shortly after, I moved out of my parents' house to an apartment a short distance away. Got a car, started paying for insurance, buy weekly groceries -- yep, officially a bona fide adult.

Also, my Magic Judging activity has exploded. In the last four or five months, I've been judging a local event just about every weekend, I flew out to Denver to judge a Grand Prix in January, and I'm in the process of packing for a trip to Vegas to judge another this next week. Plus I'm hopping around to stores all over the area to work with new candidates and coordinate with stores about future events. On any given week I've probably gone to two or three different stores, which is kind of insane.

So, that is factually what has gone on in my life. I suppose this is a bit terse compared to previous posts, but I'll be honest in saying it has felt like a big blur of monotony for the last year. Not necessarily in a bad way, just that everything has been much more routinized than while I was going to school. Which gets me to my real interest in making this post.

By all accounts I should have some satisfaction with where I am in life. I'm making plenty of money to pay for my needs and wants, working in a field I enjoy, and have a well-developed hobby that is not only meaningful to me, but has started paying for itself. I have a fairly extensive network of friends (albeit mostly tied to a trading card game), and I've even gotten a bit of local celebrity attached to my name around the tournament scene (which is a bizarre sensation, by the way).

Yet despite everything, I find myself feeling melancholic. I read posts from my friends in college -- people who by all accounts should still be my peers -- and simply can't relate with them as I once could, even just one year out of school. At best I reflect with rose-colored glasses on a time that once was, but feels so distance. At worst, I catch myself thinking in terms of the jaded elder: "Just wait until you get to where I am now."

And my new venue is not much better. Those who feel like peers to me now are 30 - 40 somethings who have families and children. In fact, among all 18 or so employees at my place of business, I'm one of possibly two people who are single, one of only four who don't have children. At least two have grandchildren. Every day has conversations about how they were woken up in the middle of the night by the two-year-old, or how their first grader got an A on their spelling test. I'm left with literally no perspective beyond "Wow, children still sound gross. I'll stick with being single."

I guess it just feels like I leapt straight from easygoing college years to homogenous middle-class life, and it's all very alienating. I long for the life I had a year ago, but by all cultural norms the life I have is quantifiably better. Though everyone says I should work to build my career, and I suppose in a way I want to do that myself, it always feels like investing more in my job means stepping further from that life I used to have, and I guess I'm scared to let that go.

But it's funny, because through my experiences in judging I know all too well how rewarding investment and commitment to self improvement can be. Certainly I invest a lot more time into judging than I did before, and not always on jobs I love to do. However, at the end of the day I love what I do, and I love the feedback I get from players at the end of a day's work. I love having people ask me questions when they see me in a shop. I especially love those small Facebook shoutouts: "Thank you to Store X for hosting a great event, and thanks to the judge staff for being awesome!" And I could have that in programming too, I just need to put my time in, and find ways to progress.

Nevertheless, I can't help but feel out of place where I am now, and a little sad that things like posting dA journal entries or Tumblr posts feels quaint, when it's really a way to keep in touch with old friends. I just wish it didn't have to feel that way anymore.
  • Listening to: Whatever Pandora thinks is related to Queen
  • Watching: Crappy Netflix movies I haven't watched yet
  • Playing: Mostly M:TG, but sometimes Hearthstone


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Your name is ARIC. You have just arrived home after another exhausting day of SCHOOL. You have a notable count of INTERESTS.

You fancy yourself a COMPUTER PROGRAMMER, and not an indecent one at that. You especially enjoy hacking together scripts to solve complex MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS. In your room is a fancy desk for a fancy computer, but you usually just bring your LAPTOP over to bed to code in a pleasant, relaxed position. Besides, that desk is designated for your ULTIMATE COMPUTING MACHINE you plan on building - eventually.

It's questionable you could even fit that epic monster of a desktop in that place, though, considering it and most of your room is covered with piles of CARDS. You spend most of your afternoons tinkering around with MAGIC DECKS and as a consequence, you're fairly adept at SLINGING SPELLS. You even occasionally PAINT EXTENSIONS OF THEIR IMAGES to MAKE THEM COOLER LOOKING.

The rest of your room is full of different trinkets you've collected over time, like an OFFICER'S SWORD, some TEXTBOOKS, a PRIZED GIFT FROM A CLOSE FRIEND, and a SWEET GUITAR. Most of these are for nothing more than for show. Although you often wish you had WICKED ROCK BAND SKILLS, in reality you are pretty pathetic in the MUSIC DEPARTMENT.

What will you do?


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SelesnyaSentry Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
so what guild are you?
Altik0 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Izzet / Simic
SelesnyaSentry Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
so im guessing you wouldnt want to join SelesnyaSurge then, huh? thats alright though, just tell your selesnya friends about me, would ya?
Altik0 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ok will do
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olaren Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
did i find the real John Avon? O.o
find and find did'nt really search xD
but u are the real one right? xD
Altik0 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heavens no! I wish I were as talented as him haha.

I'm not sure if John Avon has a dA account at all, actually. I kind of doubt it, to be honest.
olaren Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
dammit xD
i think i can say that you are, i really thought you were him after seing some of the arts you have made :P
and then the mtg factor made it a little more convincing that you could be him :P

bummer, well if he has it would probably be hard to find xD

oh well amazing arts you have anyway keep up the awesome work =)
Altik0 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well thanks. :)
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Jujudoremi Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student General Artist
thx for the trade ^^
georgiatheninja Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx for :iconllama3dplz:
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