Roy Tang

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Weeknotes 2020-08-02

Kind of a busy week for me again, so the week kind of passed me by quickly. It’s August! In one month it will be (PH) Christmas season! It feels like July went by more quickly than other quarantine months.

My stuff:

  • A bit of consulting work.
  • Reworking the old charity side project still ongoing. I was hoping to finish all the changes last week and next week would be testing and deployment, but stuff got in the way (and estimates may have been a bit off), but the spillover is small and we should still be fine for finishing everything next week.
  • Gaming:
    • Starcraft 2 came out with a 10th anniversary patch that had some sweet new features and changes for coop. They added unlockable prestige talents for each of the 18 commanders, each talent alters their gameplay so they play out a bit differently. We had actually been getting a bit bored with SC2 coop and had been playing it less, this patch did a lot to invigorate our enthusiasm for it. We’ve been playing it quite a bit to unlock the prestige talents.
    • MTG Arena: Didn’t hit mythic last month, but that’s fine. I switched my historic deck to Monored for faster games.
  • Quiz:
    • Only played 1 quiz last week for reasons. Instead, trivia group played some online Codenames (via on Saturday night, with voice chat over discord. It was a bunch of fun!
  • Watching lately:
    • There’s new episodes of Jeopardy on Netflix, so that quickly replaced Family Guy as my background watching.
    • There’s actually a bunch of new stuff to watch too: Umbrella Academy S2 is out, there’s a new Transformers series on Netflix etc. Maybe I’ll get around to all of these things someday.
  • Side projects:
    • Some fixes to the trivia app backend, but I can’t really get too much into the (other) side projects until I get past my current busyness.
  • Internet seems to be having some DNS issues this past week. Occasionally can’t access various URLs, but is fine on refresh. Problem survived multiple router reboots.
  • The right-click button on this gaming mouse I got last year is starting to get less responsive. I only got for $13 in Walmart, but even then it’s one of the more expensive mice I’ve bought, so I hope it doesn’t die too quickly. Maybe I should clean it out?

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IDK, maybe I’m getting used to the pandemic. Is this what they mean by “new normal”? I’ll move the pandemic notes to the end of these weekly updates.

On I wrote:

Pandemic thoughts and updates, Aug 2 edition:

  • We ended July with around 90k active cases. Despite the threat of sending Metro Manila back to ECQ if we breached the 85k mark, the govt did not push through. Over the weekend, this led to a clamor from doctors and other frontliners to have a “time out” of 2 weeks for the NCR, a temporary quarantine, to give the healthcare system some breathing room. The knee-jerk response from the palace was to say it wasn’t necessary, but they quickly flipped their flops and said the IATF would discuss it. Enraging people and doctors, a certain outspoken-on-social-media doctor tried to shame doctors for not being heroic enough, and a certain senator implied that we can’t afford it so frontliners just need to work harder and be more passionate.
  • Watching mass via Facebook again today. Churches have actually been holding limited physical services, but in solidarity with the call for ECQ, they said they will temporarily suspend such services.
  • I went to get some Jollibee takeout last Thursday; apparently they are already allowing limited dine-in customers, that seems unwise, eh. Was anxious the entire time I was waiting for my takeout order.
  • As of last night, we are at 98232 cases (+4963 from the day before, +19820 from last week, huge jump week-on-week), 2039 deaths (+17 from the day before, +142 from last week, moderate jump), 65265 recoveries (+93 from the day before, +39513 (!) from last week, a miraculous jump). We hit record high daily deaths over the past few days, and the huge spike in recoveries is because the DOH decided to do a “mass recovery” of mild/asymptomatic cases that are already 14 days or older, supposedly in line with WHO guidelines. I can kind of see some logic behind this, but the communication was not handled very well. Reference.
  • Worldwide, we are at around 18M cases (+1.8M from last week) and almost 690k deaths. Caveat: these numbers are from Worldometer.

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