Roy Tang

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Archive for June 2017

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Random thoughts while walking at night: The structure of government can be a bit analogous to the structure of a software development project. The Constitution is like the requirements for a project. It’s kind of high-level and (I believe) shouldn’t be too detailed. Supposedly the requirements are written by the client. For a country like the Philippines the client is “we the sovereign Filipino people”. Slight tangent: I used to know this guy who was one of those rabid “we need to amend the constitution” types and he asked me to review a “mathematical model to track the budget as a function of tax collection and monetary policy” that he wanted to include in a proposed new constitution.

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Adulting


Some time ago a friend from high school invited me to her daughter’s debut. And I had to proxy for her daughter’s ninong and maybe give a few words on what it means to become an adult. My first two reactions were (1) wow I’m so old one of my batchmates has an eighteen-year-old daughter; and (2) what the heck would I know about becoming an adult? (I guess (3) was “oh, it’s a debut, so it’s formal and I have to dress up?

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A while back I wrote about my experiencecoding and maintaining an in-house web framework at a previous job. It was a full-stack web framework. We had libraries for front-end Javascript up to server-side database connections. And the entire stack was tightlycoupled. But while the framework was serviceable, it was almost always behind modern trends in web development. I always felt like we were playing catch-up. And as a developer I wanted to widen my horizons and try out more things.

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A Bus Ride in Metro Manila


"Grabe naman kasi ang ginagawa nyo sa pasahero" (This is too much for the passengers), she said. She was a short, old lady trying to get to the front of the bus so that she could disembark. But like most city buses in Metro Manila during rush hour, the bus was filledto the brim with people, many of them standing tightlypacked in the aisle, holding on to handrails on the bus ceiling or the nearby seats.

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Grand Prix Manila 2017


I don’t really play Magic regularly anymore; Last year I only played Standard because I was Q’ed for the WMCQs. But when there’s a local Grand Prix, oldies like me crawl out of the woodwork and try to believe we can still do well in a tournament with minimal prep. Grand Prix Manila 2017 was to be Standard format, held on June 2-4, 2017, at the SMX convention center. At the start of the year I already knew I would be playing in this year’s GP Manila, but since I hadn’t played Standard for well over a year, I didn’t really know what I would be playing.

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Tokyo, Redux


So last April my friends and I took a second trip to Japan. This time we mostly stayed around Tokyo, while taking a few days off in-between to visit Fuji, Hakone and Nikko. I went to Fuji, but that's not in Tokyo! I like Tokyo, so I’ll talk about Tokyo for now. I’ve only been here twice, but I could imagine myself living here for an extended period of time.

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My first Persona game was Persona 4 Golden on the Vita – a fantastic game. After that I dived into Persona 3 Portable and eventually the spin-off games Persona 4 Arena (and Ultimax) and Persona Q on 3DS. So it was no surprise that one of the game releases I was most looking forward to this year would be the next numbered game in the series: Persona 5 on the Playstation 4.

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Blogging and Social Media


I haven’t been blogging too much recently. I got busy for a while and had to skip a few weeks, and then general laziness prevented me from resuming a regular posting schedule. (Hopefully that ends now.) Most of the time my ranting was on social media, which got me thinking: Is writing on your own blog still useful in this day and age of social media? I’ve been blogging for a long time – my archives say 2002 – waaay before Facebook or even Twitter came around.

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Photos

RT @ariesjpeg: this is literally how discussing politics today feels like https://t.co/vUyGRTRiXc
Afternoon doodle #sketch #sketchdaily
Breath of the Wild - Guardian #sketch #sketchdaily #zelda #botw
Gave in and took some damage from the #SteamSummerSale! Just some old games I’ve wanted to try out for a while https://t.co/m7sm6w7qG9
that’s actually half what I originally had in the cart lol
City sprawl #sketch #sketchdaily
If programming languages were weapons (c/o r/ProgrammerHumor) https://t.co/fbneB5k807
RCBC reminding me to protect myself from online banking fraud by sending me the same email 8 times over the past 10 hours https://t.co/3m9bOEmxVm
Wow there’s chatbot spam on psn now? #PS4share https://t.co/4lb1wkGE5z
It’s a multitasking kind of day. I had another 20 tabs open on a laptop too… https://t.co/eAvjGb69ra
Random doodles from last night, trying to get back that #sketchdaily mood
@switchfollows @aleksfelipe chaos sealed prize packs. i think thats our 3rd samut and 4th cruel reality. mythic run? lol https://t.co/cJaENCHBII
#gpmanila loot. Maybe next time I should stick to side events lol #mtg
I guess my chaos sealed pool was okay #mtg #gpmanila

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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.