Roy Tang

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If a friend found out your work was horrible, would you want to know? Or would your feelings be hurt? If your coworkers think you're doing something wrong, would you prefer that they keep quiet or that they call you out? As a leader, do you prefer to have sycophants who sing your praises or people who are willing to tell you that you have no clothes? Is your ego more important than doing a good job or self-improvement?

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The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman My rating: 3 of 5 stars Pros: - I liked having the bear back - Diamond-legged creatures with wheels! - An honest effort to tie up all the loose ends and give each character decent endings - A decent read, at least Cons: - allegories aren't very subtle - people get miraculously redeemed, even Mrs Coulter who was such a great villain - build up of Asriel's awesome plan to take the War to Heaven only to find out he didn't really know what he was doing until he found out he had to somehow help two kids find their pets

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This is a story of something I consider to be one of my worst mistakes in software product development. Some¬†years ago I was asked whether it was feasible to write software that would be integrated with Software¬†X that allowed us to export that software's output into a format that was compatible with Standard Y. I took a look and after a while came back with “Well sure. We could use Programming Language M that has an API that lets us integrate into Software X so we can export the output data.

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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman My rating: 3 of 5 stars Well, the knife may be subtle, but the allegories are not. I can see why some religious folk might find the trilogy's themes controversial, but as far as I can see they're still just fantasy stories. We'll see how things ramp up in the last book. I kind of miss that bear though. View all my reviews
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The series was a bit formulaic, and towards the end really preachy toward's the authors personal philosophies, but Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series always comes back to me because it codified one of life's most important truths: Wizard's First Rule:¬†“People are stupid. They will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true.” That doesn't mean you're stupid or I'm stupid, just that collectively, we're kind of dumb.

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The Omega Men: The End is Here by Tom King My rating: 5 of 5 stars Violent, mysterious, and the story unveils in a great way. Art was terrific too, even if there were some issues with guest artists. Some of the best comic-book space sci-fi I've read since the Annihilation War View all my reviews
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Unclear error messages


“Button for non-service floor does not light up." For more than a decade I regularly went to an office building where the elevators verbally spouted this nonsense message whenever you tried to go to a floor that the current elevator car did not service. For context, the elevators in the building were zoned programmatically – this means that they only service a particular subset of the floors that are provided on the elevator panel itself.

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Bad news


Recent events both in my country and abroad, both of wide importance and personal importance, have made the past week or so difficult. Bad news and bad events have no master or timing, they do not consider giving us a break, they come and go as they please no matter how bad the situation already is. I fully understand why many people choose to withdraw from daily news or shut it out altogether or even just avoid social media completely.

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There was this project we had where there was a strange bug. The developer working on it found that the problem only appears when the record ID was 12. When it was 11 or less, everything was fine. When it was 13 or more, everything was also fine. After some investigation, it was found that there was some code that executed with a condition of “if record id == 12”, which was already a WTF.

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There's a very rare, privileged group of people for whom everything in life goes well and they experience great success all the time. You and I are not part of that group (most likely). Like the vast majority of other people, sometimes our lives are good and sometimes our lives are bad. Sometimes life can feel cruel or unfair or exhausting. In those times it's easy to forget the times when life was good and to wallow in your misery.

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The software development process is already difficult mainly because a lot of it so imprecise. Requirements are often only vague wishes that the client has, with no regard to the sheer number of instructions needed to implement those requirements. Throughout the entire process it's important to use feedback loops to determine whether development is on the right path. And like all feedback loops, their effectiveness often hinges on how quickly we are able to turn around and give and incorporate feedback into future iterations

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Feedback Loops


A feedback loop happens in a system when you are able to use an output of that system to influence the inputs, which in turn influences the outputs and repeats the cycle In engineering, feedback loops are useful to generate steady-state outputs. We had an entire subject dedicated to feedback loop controllers back in college. I enjoyed the topic so much I took the subject twice! An example of the use of feedback loops would be a thermostat that has a sensor to detect the current temperature.

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Photos

Antelope #sketchdaily
Natuwa ako, pero ang silly na yung Legends part is just an L haha
Cape and Cowl #sketchdaily
Slimer #sketchdaily
“Hey Elroy check out the antique!” #sketchdaily
Dear friends who support the president, paki-explain naman yung context ng quote below (yung nasa ibaba) please.
Sa tingin ko, kung ibang abogado ang nagsabi nyan, ambilis nang dumating ng calls for disbarment
Edit: A friend below provides some context: “He was talking about the amount of proof needed to conduct an investigation which is probable cause Lang NOT proof beyond reasonable doubt.”
Lazy afternoon #sketchdaily
Mother and child #sketchdaily
After a successful hunt, the vikings prepared to feast #sketchdaily
“San mo yan nahuli?” “Ditto lang”
RT @RealShigeruM: hacker voice
I'm in https://t.co/j4FYcB3U2K
RT @RealShigeruM: WHO THE HELL DID THIS https://t.co/1didrN9VBR
“You MONSTER!” #sketchdaily
BTW, speaking of image recognition neural nets, I noticed today that FB images sometimes have alt-text that try to guess the content of the image (yes, dinisable ko browser images ko to check haha)
Javascript humor https://t.co/on0jjdmHPA
500 posts! Hooray?
Yay, I can quit grinding Duelyst now! Not that I will lol https://t.co/qI1RlDUiJl
MEAT!! #sketchdaily
Simple pleasures
Children of the Corn #sketchdaily
Had lunch at Big B
Supermoon version #sketchdaily (the other one felt really silly)
When the moon in your eye like a big pizza pie that's amore #sketchdaily
Sometimes we need a little eacape from reality #sketchdaily
#marcosnotahero #sketchdaily
“Are you sure this isnt your first rodeo?” #sketchdaily
Ant archaeologists find the remnants of an ancient civilization #sketchdaily
Predictive text #sketchdaily Okay I may have been phoning this one in
Rampaging forest troll #sketchdaily
Long and sleepy bus ride #sketchdaily
Hope Summers #sketchdaily
Lightning #sketchdaily #ff13
RT @KittenClanClan: today's chainsawsuit is good https://t.co/qgjW0iWO80
Saint Walker, Blue Lantern #sketchdaily “In fearful day, in raging night, With strong hearts full, our souls ignite! When all seems lost in the war of light, Look to the stars for hope burns bright!”
 Oath of the Blue Lantern Corps
Posted on r/Philippines: Google Maps today
One more because I was in the mood. “Still not enough” - ML victims #marcosnotahero
2016 #sketchdaily
Lol who did this #MarcosNOTaHero https://t.co/SVlEe1GKA2
Too much bad news this week, time for some chocolate #2016
At home Drawing pictures Of mountain tops With him on top Lemon yellow sun Arms raised in a V And the dead lay In pools of maroon below
#sketchdaily
Lord of the Rings #sketchdaily
I have a bunch of other stuff to do today so I'll just #sketchdaily a cactuar
Our lady of mount caramel
@aleksfelipe @switchfollows opened a KLD box https://t.co/pR9PRFfvZZ
Bonus sketch: Taco Belldandy #sketchdaily
Rejected Disney princesses: Taco Belle #sketchdaily
Suicide Peanuts #sketchdaily
Treehouse #sketchdaily
Hinanap ko pa talaga yung scene haha
Everyone today https://t.co/lwEDYMNfvp
I wish I could have drawn a betta fish #sketchdaily
Thaal Sinestro, Yellow Lantern #sketchdaily #dccomics

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roytang.net is a personal site, an E/N site, and kind of a commonplace book; I post about a random assortment of topics that interest me including software development, Magic the Gathering, pop culture, gaming, and tech life. This site is perpetually under renovation.