Roy Tang

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Weeknotes 2021-01-24

Wow, January is almost done. Wouldn’t you know it.

The world:

  • Biden inaugurated as US president, world celebrates US getting rid of Trump. Biden isn’t exactly unproblematic, but he is at least sane and boring. There will be time enough to criticize him later, for now let them be enjoy victory. My expectations of him are at least moderately higher than the ones I had for Trump
  • the internet gets inundated with an inordinate amount of Bernie Sanders memes
  • locally: the govt continues to bombard us with controversies, this time stirring up a red-tagging hornests nest by abrogating the DND-UP accord, paving the way for militarization of campuses and stifling of free expression

My stuff:

  • Daily sketches in the sketchbook album, ongoing, streak yet unbroken.
  • Watching:
    • Watched World War Z, though I kinda wish I had seen it back at the start of the pandemic, seemed like it would have been appropriate.
    • WandaVision ep 3: So weird! I don’t mind the sitcom stuff, though I’m mostly here for the Marvel plots. The pacing is fine, with just enough easter eggs and plot teasing to not be annoying.
  • Gaming:
    • Kicked off a second run of Fire Emblem Three Houses! Now in hard/classic, and going down the red/Black Eagle path.
    • MTG: Kaldheim previews are done, and set is out on Arena next week!
    • Regular Saturday gaming group tried to do some Jackbox games via Discord, but we ran into audio issues, so we ended up just playing Sentinels and Root again
  • Books: I finished reading Katie Mack’s “End of Everything”, here’s a short review. For the next book, I started on Scott Berkun’s The Year Without Pants of which I’ve had a copy forever. It’s about remote work back in the early 2010s, which is a fun contrast to our current remote work-heavy world.
  • Quiz: We actually won the online Wheel of Fortune-themed AboutQuiz the week before this (forgot to mention in last week’s notes), so we were defending champs in this week’s Weakest Link-themed quiz, but we were too conservative with our banks and only finished 3rd place.
  • Health: Still have muscle pains in my left upper bicep and shoulder, though they seem to be in different places compared to before? Am using this hand massager to massage the area occassionally while I’m at the computer, and still continuing the warm compress. Hoping this fixes it up soon, I don’t want to have to ask a stranger to come in and massage me or whatever.
  • For the first time since March, I put on pants! I had only been going out in shorts when going to the grocery or the nearby pharmacy, but this week I had to do an errand at a hospital a bit farther away, so I figured it would be a good time to figure out where my pants were. Hospital protocols were strict, as expected. We had to wait in like 3 different waiting areas before we could get to our appointment. This hospital was one of the hotspots back in the early days of the pandemic, so their vigilance is reassuring.
  • PC died unexpectedly today. As in, lost power while I was using it and wouldn’t turn back on, power light just blinking. This has happened once before, towards the end of 2020. Back then I had tried unplugging the power supply and opening it up, then reconnecting to see what happened, and it just miraculously fixed itself. This time, I just unplugged the PS, then left it alone for a while. When I came back later and reconnected everything and booted up, it was fine. So I guess there’s some issue with the power supply? I don’t want to have to upgrade just yet, although this rig is already more than 5 years old, I’m hoping I can get a couple more years out of it at least. (That and I don’t want to have to go to a shop to have one assembled during the pandemic, and I don’t wanna do the assembly myself.)
  • I filled up an online application form for Quezon City’s new QC id, we’ll see how this goes.

Looking forward to this coming week:

  • new WandaVision episode!
  • Kaldheim releases on Magic Arena!
  • new drop in Civ6’s New Frontier pack!
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