Roy Tang

Programmer, engineer, scientist, critic, gamer, dreamer, and kid-at-heart.

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Jun 2021

  • Posted on r/Philippines: I’m looking for an old Pugad Baboy strip

    Baka merong may copy. In the strip, Patrolman Durugas has stopped Mang Dagul for a traffic violation, tapos pinilisopo sya ni Dagul, so binigyan sya ng ticket, nakasulat “violation: pilosopo”

    I would guess it’s from the early books, kasi I remember medyo raw pa yung art style. Probably somewhere in books 1-3, kasi I have book 4 here, parang mas polished na yung art.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!

    (Bakit walang flair na “Question”? Sige na nga, “Culture” na lang)

  • Wait, what? Including the Philippines? What are our regulations here that would prevent this privacy-protecting feature?

    Quoted peard33's tweet:
    Apple said a new “private relay” feature designed to obscure users’ web browsing behavior from internet service providers and advertisers will not be available in China for regulatory reasons. Same in Belarus, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Philippines & more. via @StephenNellis
    Posted by under notes at
    Also on: twitter / 0
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981): Bond film no. 12. After the sci-fi fantasy of Moonraker, this one is more grounded and down-to-Earth, a callback to early Connery adventures. No megamalomaniacs to defeat, just foreign agents and mercs. The opening sequence pays homage to the earlier pre-Moore films, acknowledging the death of Tracy Bond and killing off a villain that looks suspiciously like arch-nemesis Blofeld. The opening song is pretty good. The rest of the film was ok, if a bit forgettable. I liked the rock climbing scene, but the ski chase and car chases felt like things we’ve seen before. Also, Moore is starting to show his age.

    Melina Havelock (portrayed by Carole Bouquet) reminded me a lot of DC’s Huntress - a crossbow-wielding woman out for revenge

  • Repost from kelfabie:

    If you are old enough, remember when the internet was shiny and new and we all thought it would be the cure for stupidity because everyone would have access to the world’s information at the click of a mouse?

    How wrong we were.

    Posted by under notes at
    Also on: twitter / 0
  • Would love to be proven wrong, but I dont think they would withdraw the face shield mandate because that would involve admitting to a mistake.

    Quoted gideonlasco's tweet:
    It will take around 500 years for face shields to decompose, but it will only take 5 seconds for IATF to admit that they made a mistake in requiring it in all settings.
    Posted by under notes at
    Also on: twitter / 0
  • Watched Moonraker (1979). Spectacular opening sequence. Villain reminds me of Tyrion Lannister. California -> Venice -> Rio de Janeiro. Mandatory canal chase while in Venice, obviously. Lots of of product placement. A bad guy tried to ambush 007 with a KENDO STICK. Have they heard of guns? Comically indestructible assassin Jaws appears again, and actually has a character arc this time. First half of the movie was kind of meh, but the last third of the film with the space station and the laser battles and the ridiculous villain plan kind of won me over with how campy it all was.

  • Cops should just be banned from drinking while carrying weapons. Or from drinking altogether maybe. Either way is fine. (Enforcement would be tough)

    Quoted manilabulletin's tweet:
    LOOK: A police officer lies dead after a fellow police shot him when the latter “lost in an arm wrestling” during a drinking session in Quezon City, police bared Tuesday, citing narrative of a witness. (📸: QCPD-PIO) | via @mbseppedrajas
    Cops should just be banned from drinking while carrying weapons. Or from drinking altogether maybe. Either way is fine. (Enforcement would be tough)
Quoted manilabulletin's tweet:   LOOK: A police officer lies dead after a fellow police shot him when the latter “lost in an arm wrestling” during a drinking session in Quezon City, police bared Tuesday, citing narrative of a witness. (📸: QCPD-PIO) | via @mbseppedrajas
    Cops should just be banned from drinking while carrying weapons. Or from drinking altogether maybe. Either way is fine. (Enforcement would be tough)
Quoted manilabulletin's tweet:   LOOK: A police officer lies dead after a fellow police shot him when the latter “lost in an arm wrestling” during a drinking session in Quezon City, police bared Tuesday, citing narrative of a witness. (📸: QCPD-PIO) | via @mbseppedrajas
    Posted by under notes at
    Also on: twitter / 0

May 2021

  • Does anyone actually have a good experience transacting on fb marketplace? My mom was complaining about an item listed as P50 but when she PMed the seller it was like 1000+. I told her to just avoid fb marketplace, too many scammers

    Posted by under notes at
    Also on: twitter / 2
  • I should look for a map which highlights Taiwan and make a similar entry (as below) to the bot. #TaiwanIsACountry

    Quoted triviastorm's tweet:
    #31163 Name the country in Europe: #trivia
    I should look for a map which highlights Taiwan and make a similar entry (as below) to the bot. #TaiwanIsACountry
Quoted triviastorm's tweet:   #31163 Name the country in Europe: #trivia
  • This kind of “data massaging” (ranking not normalized by pop) has harmful effects beyond simply propaganda. What if those DDS who see this become complacent because they think we have vaccinated more than even Singapore?

    Quoted pnagovph's tweet:

    LOOK: The Philippines ranked second among the countries in Southeast Asia in terms of total doses of #Covid19 vaccines administered.

    FULL STORY: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1141205

    This kind of “data massaging” (ranking not normalized by pop) has harmful effects beyond simply propaganda. What if those DDS who see this become complacent because they think we have vaccinated more than even Singapore?
Quoted pnagovph's tweet:   LOOK: The Philippines ranked second among the countries in Southeast Asia in terms of total doses of #Covid19 vaccines administered.
FULL STORY: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1141205
    Posted by under notes at #covid19
    Also on: twitter / 0
  • Repost from dreams_of_sloth:

    the first thing our new hire did was fix a bug that’s been bugging him forever as a user prior to joining.

    he then breathed a sigh of relief and submitted his two weeks’ notice. wtf??

    Posted by under notes at
    Also on: twitter / 0
  • Watched Mortal Kombat (2021). Some friends tried to tell me not to waste my time, but joke’s on them I enjoyed it anyway! In hindsight, the plot was pretty flimsy, but I enjoyed the fights. It’s basically what you’d expect lol.

    Posted by under notes at #movies
    Also on: mastodon twitter / 0
  • Bond film no. 10: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). The best Moore installment so far. Excellent opening sequence. Austria; Cairo, Egypt; Sardinia, Italy. 007 and Triple-X have great chemistry. Jaws has to be the most unstoppable Bond villain / henchman. Stromberg’s Atlantis reminds me of the Legion of Doom’s base in the old Superfriends cartoon. Actually, I think his evil plan might be the best one so far as well.I wonder if I can get through the rest of these before No Time to Die actually comes out lol.

  • I finished reading What Matters Now by Seth Godin, a book that is basically a collection of short blog posts by “big thinkers”, released for free back in 2009. Interestingly, a lot of the ideas presented in the book still feel relevant today. I didn’t think it needed a full review post.

    The funniest part for me is that one of the entries is by Jason Fried about how to apologize, advice he certainly could have used during the recent Bandcamp brouhaha

    You can get a copy here

    Posted by under notes at #books
    / 0
  • Summary:

    • Like every other sensible person in the pandemic, I am staying hunkered down at home all of the time. Really only going out to get groceries and meds.
    • On a work hiatus, but open to interesting opportunities.

    Current Location:

    • still living in Quezon City, Philippines.

    Work

    • Currently on a work hiatus. But if you have something interesting, hit me up, maybe we’ll get lucky.

    How am I spending my time

    • I’m working on multiple personal projects, most of which I don’t want to talk about. The only public one is this website/blog. I write as often as I can and am constantly trying to update this site to make it better or more to my liking.
    • I still do a lot of gaming
    • Quiz team does online quiz nights, a few times a month
    • Check the weeknotes for regular updates.

    Recent highlights

  • Bond movie no. 9: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974). Christopher Lee was a Bond villain! Beirut, Macau, Hong Kong, Bangkok. An Asian girl is introduced just for the pun in her name. Comic relief southern sheriff dude is back from the previous film. Final fight scene with Nick Nack was ridiculous. As per usual, Bond gets captured and the bad guy explains everything. Still not used to Roger Moore in the role.

  • Every time I accidentally nap after dinner I have to pay for it by being unable to sleep until 3am then waking up late and missing my morning walk window D:

    Posted by under notes at
    Also on: twitter / 0
  • This mindset reflects someone who doesn’t respect institutions or the law or civilized agreements, and basically respects only one thing: power. That’s why he thinks people who oppose China want war and why he doesn’t want to offend China, power is all he sees and values, like the thug that he is. For this kind of person, you can’t be right because of the law or because of principle, or because of justice, you can only be right if you had the ability to enforce that right. Basically the type of leader who would just collaborate with any invaders who managed to overpower us and would say wag na lang tayo gumawa ng gulo, andyan na e.

    Posted by under notes at #Philippines
    Also on: reddit / 0
  • This mindset reflects someone who doesn’t respect institutions or the law or civilized agreements, and basically respects only one thing: power. That’s why he thinks people who oppose China wants war and why he doesn’t want to offend them, power is all he sees, like thug he is

    Quoted gmanews's tweet:

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night said the Philippines’ arbitral victory in 2016 against China’s massive claims in the West Philippine Sea before the United Nations is just paper fit to be thrown in the trash.

    READ: https://bit.ly/3vFlmpJ

    For this kind of person, you can’t be right because of the law or because of principle, you can only be right if you had the ability to enforce that right. Basically the type of leader who would just collaborate with any invaders who managed to overpower us

    Ugh typos and poor grammar in these tweets. Too lazy to edit and re-post

    This mindset reflects someone who doesn’t respect institutions or the law or civilized agreements, and basically respects only one thing: power. That’s why he thinks people who oppose China wants war and why he doesn’t want to offend them, power is all he sees, like thug he is
Quoted gmanews's tweet:   President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night said the Philippines’ arbitral victory in 2016 against China’s massive claims in the West Philippine Sea before the United Nations is just paper fit to be thrown in the trash.
    Posted by under notes at
    Also on: twitter twitter twitter / 0
  • Wednesday evening Strixhaven quick drafts! https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #mtg #magicarena #twitch #mtgstrixhaven

    Two quick drafts today! Finally managed to get 7 wins in quick draft by forcing silverquill aggro! Well, maybe the Lightscribe helped a lot!

    YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GldXRNMt6Eg

    Wednesday evening Strixhaven quick drafts! https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #mtg #magicarena #twitch #mtgstrixhaven
Two quick drafts today! Finally managed to get 7 wins in quick draft by forcing silverquill aggro! Well, maybe the Lightscribe helped a lot!
YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GldXRNMt6Eg
    Wednesday evening Strixhaven quick drafts! https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #mtg #magicarena #twitch #mtgstrixhaven
Two quick drafts today! Finally managed to get 7 wins in quick draft by forcing silverquill aggro! Well, maybe the Lightscribe helped a lot!
YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GldXRNMt6Eg
    Wednesday evening Strixhaven quick drafts! https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #mtg #magicarena #twitch #mtgstrixhaven
Two quick drafts today! Finally managed to get 7 wins in quick draft by forcing silverquill aggro! Well, maybe the Lightscribe helped a lot!
YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GldXRNMt6Eg
  • Repost from Marvel:

    The world may change and evolve, but the one thing that will never change: we’re all part of one big family.

    Posted by under notes at
    Also on: twitter / 0
  • Hashtag Pinoy Pride

    Quoted paulg's tweet:
    Over 6% of the plastic in the ocean comes from a single river in the Philippines.
    Hashtag Pinoy Pride
Quoted paulg's tweet:   Over 6% of the plastic in the ocean comes from a single river in the Philippines.
    Posted by under notes at
    Also on: twitter / 0
  • Monday Strixhaven quick drafts! https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #mtg #magicarena #twitch #twitter #mtgstrixhaven

    Did two quick drafts today, both were mediocre, but one was slightly better than the other. Probably one more QD stream this week before sealed open on the weekend!

    YT episode split into two because the stream hiccuped in the middle.

    Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSEJrwquasA

    Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cFee-AHMZA

    Monday Strixhaven quick drafts! https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #mtg #magicarena #twitch #twitter #mtgstrixhaven
Did two quick drafts today, both were mediocre, but one was slightly better than the other. Probably one more QD stream this week before sealed open on the weekend!
YT episode split into two because the stream hiccuped in the middle.
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSEJrwquasA
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cFee-AHMZA
    Monday Strixhaven quick drafts! https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #mtg #magicarena #twitch #twitter #mtgstrixhaven
Did two quick drafts today, both were mediocre, but one was slightly better than the other. Probably one more QD stream this week before sealed open on the weekend!
YT episode split into two because the stream hiccuped in the middle.
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSEJrwquasA
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cFee-AHMZA
  • > Hold the power button for 10 seconds and plug in the mag safe connector while you keep holding down the power button for another 10 seconds at least.

    Was I supposed to do this while the laptop was off? because of course it started turning on in the middle of the first 10 seconds.

    I also tried it while the laptop was on, in which case it shutdown during the first 10 seconds.

    Either way, it does not seem to have changed anything.

    > Have you thought about switching out the battery?

    As you mentioned, macbook airs dont have removable batteries. Also, wouldn’t the fact that I am sometimes able to charge it, depending on how I place the magsafe connector, imply the problem is with the connector or port and not the battery itself?

    Posted by under notes at #applehelp
    Also on: reddit / 0
  • Posted on r/applehelp: 2017 Macbook Air has trouble charging

    Hello,

    I have a 2017 Macbook Air. This one still has the Magsafe charger. My problem with it is that connecting the charger to the device via the Magsafe port is super finicky, most of the time if I just plug it in straight, the device won’t charge (the battery status indicator will have the lightning bolt symbol, but if you click on it, the dropdown will say “not charging”) and the magsafe connector won’t light up (if it’s charging it will light up either red or green).

    Eventually I’m usually able to get it to charge. But it takes me some number of tries disconnecting and reconnecting the charger, turning the wire or the connector every which way trying to find the proper angle where it will charge. Sometimes it takes me hours or even days to be able to get it to charge again. Obviously not very practical.

    I don’t think it’s a problem with the charger itself; I’ve tried borrowing another working magsafe charger from someone else and the same problems arise. I’ve tried blowing into the connector ports or using toothpicks to clean out any dust, and still the situation persists.

    Anyone else encountered this kind of issue? Any advice?

  • I binged season 2 of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan this week (after watching season 1 back in 2018!). This season felt tighter than the first in terms of pacing and such.But I’m not happy with the way it promotes American interventionism and their easy willingness to interfere in the affairs of a sovereign nation (however justified it may be)