Roy Tang

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26 Jan 2020

Weeknotes 2020-01-26


It feels like every week of 2020 so far has brought some sort of herald of doom. First week was potential War with Iran breaking out. Then there was the Taal Volcano erupting. And this past week we had the Corona virus outbreak originating in China. At least the Volcano eruption doesn't map directly to a horseman of the apocalypse, so that's something. What are we in for this week??

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25 Jan 2020

24 Jan 2020

Flask vs Django


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23 Jan 2020

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21 Jan 2020

In the Philippines we have both people complaining that scientists didnt warn early enough about the volcano erupting and also people saying we shouldn't listen to scientists’ “opinion” because they're “not god”. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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19 Jan 2020

Weeknotes 2020-01-19


The big news here in the country over the past week was of course the big Taal Volcano eruption south of Metro Manila. Our house is far north enough of Metro Manila that we didn't really get any ashfall over here, although when I went out on a walk the day after the big eruption, the air felt thick, like on morning New Year's Day after all the fireworks. We do have friends and family who are affected and closer to the volcano though, so here's hoping things get better for them and everyone else, especially those that had to be evacuated.

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18 Jan 2020

RT if you’ve been making web things so long you remember the days that Firefox didn’t exist 😁😂🙈 Quoted bphogan's tweet:

RT if you’ve been making web things so long you remember the days when you had to download Firebug so you could have a web console.

Wow. What a game changer that was.

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17 Jan 2020

So the back half of the CW Arrowverse's epic Crisis on Infinite Earth's crossover finally aired this week, and I promised more words about the Arrowverse and the crossover last month, so here we are. Spoilers abound! On 15 Jan 2020 at 5:05am I wrote: #CrisisOnInfiniteEarths spoiler free review: low budget, pacing and writing issues, but idc because all the dc comics fan service kept making me smile First the bad: as noted above, writing and pacing and budget issues plague the crossover, but this is typical of the Arrowverse as a whole.

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16 Jan 2020

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13 Jan 2020

Weird Blog Spam


I am generally receptive to receiving emails from strangers, so I don't mind having a contact email publicly accessible on this site. But I don't know if it's a consequence of having a reasonably active blog or what, but in the past few years, I've sometimes gotten what I like to call “weird blog spam.” Typically it starts out with an introductory email that often includes a compliment about a specific article on your blog, accompanied by an offer to increase your blog's visibility if you would just link to one of their articles:

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12 Jan 2020

Obviously it's all scary and everyone should take care etc, and not to belittle the danger, but people have token some really good pictures of this eruption

Quoted ABSCBNNews's tweet:

Streaks of lightning blazed through columns of ashes amid #TaalVolcano eruption as seen from Nasugbu, Batangas on Sunday evening. Photo from Domcar Lagto, ABS-CBN News

more pics of the eruption

Quoted itskyylliieee's tweet:

This is the original picture tho guys: please don’t be frightened I just edited the pics at VSCO

Also the pics aren’t taken by me btw (credits to whoever person taken it) I just edited the pics and put an additional prayer.

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Weeknotes 2020-01-12


I've been thinking for a while about doing regular weeknotes. This is a type of post I've seen in some blogs where they recap the things that've happened to them during the past week. I've actually been doing these privately for a while, and now I'm going to try making them public. I think the advantages are obvious in terms of (a) having notes to recall what you were doing over a certain time period; and (b) guaranteeing regular writing output on the blog.

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11 Jan 2020

Witnessed the most amazing thing on the train to Edinburgh yesterday. A guy boarded in Wigan & sat opposite me. He went to sleep for an hour.

When he woke up he bought a sandwich, ate it & went back to sleep. (This isn’t a maths test, you don’t need to know the distance/speed).

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My Top Tens of the 2010s


Apparently I'm not done looking back at the 2010s yet. I had some “top tens of 2010s” discussions with some friends recently, here are my personal lists, each in no particular order: My Top Ten Movies of the 2010s Avengers Endgame (2019).. I'm keeping only one slot per franchise, so I had to choose an MCU movies for this. Runner-ups for this slot were Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America Winter Soldier, and individually either one of those movies might be around the same or better than Endgame, but Endgame is the culmination of a decade's worth of movies and gave me the most enjoyment as a comic book fan.

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