Roy Tang

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I finally got around to watching X-Men Dark Phoenix which I skipped when it came out mainly because (a) poor reviews, and while normally I'd have watched it anyway since I have not missed any of the X-Men movies in the cinema, not even the horrendous Wolverine Origins, there was also to consider that (b) I was in the US at the time and was only willing to spend my precious dollars on one expensive American cinema and Spider-man Far From Home won out.

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The Climate Strikes Back


This past weekend was supposedly some global climate strike, led by young activists. I don't actually know if there was a local counterpart to these activities, as obviously I did not participate. Good for the young though. Between the climate activists and HK protesters, the modern youth still give me some hope for humanity. Anyway, I'm gonna step into the melee here and start rambling about things I may or may not be fully informed about, feel free to correct me or tell me I'm being an idiot or whatever.

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2019 Windows Installation List


So I recently reinstalled Windows 10. This reminded me that there used to be a time that I reinstalled Windows so often that I would maintain a standard “installation list” of software that I would install afterwards. (I'm sure I have at least one of those old lists somewhere in my backups, too lazy to look for them now.). I thought I'd post an updated 2019 version, based on the recent episode.

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A Tale of Two Backups


Despite my desktop PC being generally more stable after the events of the Great Memory Scare of 2019, I was still encountering occasionally crashes when playing games. And by crash I mean the displays dying although the PC continues to run for a short while thereafter and after which they proceed to apparently stop operating completely. It only happens when playing games, and most often when playing Magic Arena and sometimes (rarely) when playing Starcraft 2 or Borderlands 2.

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The following article made the rounds recently: I Quit Social Media for a Year and Nothing Magical Happened. It's interesting enough not only on its own, but also for the discussion generated around any piece about qutting social media. I will admit I've been flirting with the idea myself, but that's a topic for another day. Of particular interest to me at the moment is this comment about the article on Hacker News:

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MTG: Trying out pauper


I am aware of the existence of Pauper as a format in MTG, but I never paid too much attention to it before. A couple of weeks ago, a friend pointed out that I might enjoy playing the recent Jeskai Nuneca decks that had become popular recently. I checked out a sample decklist, and you bet I jumped at the chance to play Mulldrifters again lol. We set about to gather the cards.

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My Personal Reading List


I recently imported my old reviews from Goodreads into this blog as posts. These days I generally prefer just writing my book reviews here anyway, so I will likely stop using Goodreads as a service completely. To facilitate tracking of my read/unread books (and perhaps to inspire me to read more, as I really should), I've published an old file which I've been using as a sort of “to-read” list since 2010.

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MTG Arena: Thoughts on Historic


Magic Arena's community was in an uproar this past weekend over the latest state of the beta, mostly over the announced plans for Arena's eternal Historic format that will become relevant with the coming rotation. It's likely that Wizards will backpedal in some way in response to the community, but here are my thoughts for now: Historic cards to cost double wildcards to craft This is the universally-reviled bit and has been the target of much outrage, accursing Wizards of being greedy etc.

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Photos

I ate at Nathan's the other day. Pretty good, but you're still basically paying US price for a hotsog
I ate at Nathan's the other day. Pretty good, but you're still basically paying US price for a hotsog
My #mtg arena beta stats email finally came in. 437 packs opened isn’t too bad for a f2p account, considering I was able to build a few top tier standard decks and even hit mythic once.
Did an #mtg eldraine paper prerelease as well today Went 3-0-1 with this pile
Did an #mtg eldraine paper prerelease as well today Went 3-0-1 with this pile
Went 5-3 with my first Eldraine sealed. Not bad, but not very good either =/ #mtg 2 of my losses were to Garruk and Oko so ¯_(ツ)_/¯
From the linked article:
Quoted berkun's tweet:
 “This is what kind of species we are: we are stupid, we are negligent, we are tardy. But on the other hand, we are adaptable, we are smart and even as things are falling apart, we are trying to stitch them together.” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/21/vaclav-smil-interview-growth-must-end-economists?CMP=share_btn_tw
SSHD came in today, looking good so far
I just found out that my most upvoted reddit submission is the Denise/Denephew joke and that's super on brand. https://www.reddit.com/r/Jokes/comments/uab5a/a_woman_is_pregnant_with_twins_when_she_gets_into/ for reference
Previously on quiz night
I am almost certainly going to regret this lol
Today in science
So I remembered that I once used an app to make a font patterned after my own handwriting (). For fun, I tried to see what my website would look like with this font. OMG, this is why I don't like handwritten notes lol Quoted roytang's tweet:
 I totally had more important things to do, but it was there so…
Quick doodle. Sam and Bucky. #sketch #comics #marvel
Makati by night
Winner! #popquiz
Trying out some features of #procreate
Digging through some old files, I thought this was hilarious

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