Roy Tang

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Weeknotes 2021-08-15

A quote:

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” - Eckhart Tolle

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From the archives, this week in history:

My stuff:

  • I celebrated my forty-third last week! “Celebrated” might be a bit of a stretch, since we are still in a pandemic, and the day was largely uneventful.
  • Early this week, the Metro Manila mayors decided to ban outdoor exercise during the ECQ lockdown. So I haven’t been able to do my usual outdoors walking. It’s actually not likely that anyone accosts me for outdoors exercise as long as its within the confines of my subdivision, but I like to pretend that I’m following the law, even if the law is ridiculous.
  • Still sketching; I am once again behind on the weekends, as it happens. Here’s a sketch of Gandalf. It’s not particularly good, but it turned out looking a lot more than Ian McKellen than I thought it would:
  • Watching:
    • Movies: This week’s movies: Skyfall, Jumanji and Police Story
    • TV: Parks and Recreation rewatch is up to season 6. I found the first episode of What If to be a bit underwhelming. Final season of Brooklyn Nine Nine has started, and I know they had to address all the policing issues of the past couple of years, but the first two episodes felt a bit heavy handed.
  • Gaming:
    • No Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) this week, instead I played through four cases of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. I’m enjoying the game, and I am getting a lot of screenshots for the eventual review.
    • Daily fighting games ongoing on weeknights: both Guilty Gear Strive and Street Fighter V. I’ve already earned enough fight money in SFV to unlock Akira (the only season 5 DLC character I want to get) when she releases later this week.
    • Magic Arena: I was looking forward to the release of Jumpstart Historic Horizons this week, but that has been delayed most likely for software development reasons (which I of course understand completely!). They’re giving us some free drafts as compensation, so that’s something. I also tried playing Standard for a while, but Winota mirrors are so boring, so I decided to explore the Standard 2022 queue. Still not doing well, but at least it’s more varied. I like the idea of Standard 2022, it’s kind of like Block Constructed, which deserved better.
    • Regular Saturday group played some Root and Blood Rage again, as usual. I think I won’t be logging this moving forward until we pick up new games.
  • Reading: Still comics again this week. Comics are books, but I should also start looking up for new traditional books to read.
  • No quiz night this past week, just the usual NY Times crosswords and spelling bee with the trivia team. I also started doing the Newsday crossword online, which are the same ones I’ve been doing in the daily newspaper, having them online is more convenient.

This coming week:

  • Aug 16 Akira releases on SFV! Oro releases too, I guess.
  • Aug 18 Free demo of Tales of Arise is coming out!

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