I've been obsessed with other things lately, that's all. The blogosphere is out of phase right now.
I went to an MTG tournament with my two brothers a while back. I haven't been deep into Magic since I moved away 4 or so years back and had no one to play with, but there was a time when my obsession with that game made my chess enthusiasm look like a passing yawn. There were about 14 people in this tournament and after 4 years away from the game I took second place, partly at least because the organizers didn't know much about "tournament theory". (I have spent a totally ridiculous portion of my life studying the structure of tournaments in a statistical way (for example) and know more than it is healthy, probably) But even so, second place was a great ego boost. And also ressurected some of the same obssesive instincts.
But the best thing about the tournament was the extreme geekosphere it was held in. It was like out of a movie, only more. The acne ridden teens playing D+D loudly next door, the heavy glasses, the guys with pony tails, the kid with the T-shirt : "Shirt of Invisibilty +2", the witches, the general level of social unconciousness, the fat people... it was great. Half a lifetime ago I blended into this environment a bit better... But the environment hasn't changed much. And the thing about these folks- it doesn't take much for them to like you. I felt slightly oldish going in (although I was not the oldest guy there) - (I made a joke to the owner of the shop about did I need to fill out the parental approval part of the Wizards of the Coast entry form- but he seemed to misunderstand and think that either I was or was trying to pass myself off as Trent's dad)- but it only took a few minutes for me to feel basically at home.