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The year is almost two thirds done! Switching up the format a bit this week.

Bits and Pieces

  • The week was a bit rainy as we had a tropical storm pass by during the second half. Always makes my daily walks more challenging. Sleep was also irregular, which is sadly quite regular for me. Had to go out a few times for family errands. At least the hospital no longer requires us to fill up a form or get an antigen test just to walk in. Managed to get some work in on some side projects.

  • PH/Covid: Cases continue to decline, and even the positivity rate is going down, so that's good. The DOH says we might hit 9k cases per day by end-Septmber though, based on the assumption of increased mobility due to the return of face-to-face classes, the effect of which we should see in a week or two at most. Hopefully the projection doesn't come to pass.

  • Tech: Heroku is killing their free tier. Slack is increasing prices and tweaking their free plan. Gitlab increasing limits to their free tier. I guess the pandemic has hit midlevel tech companies hard. I have one Heroku app that I'd need to migrate to my DigitalOcean droplet in the next couple of months. Slack one doesn't really affect me. Gitlab will have a 5gb storage limit for free accounts, but it looks like my repos there total less than 1gb, so I'm not yet affected for now. Somewhat related: here's a cool Twitter thread about Replit; it shows in detail why offering free storage/compute/resources online can be challenging at scale.

  • I got access to DALL-E around a month ago, but I only decided to play around with it last week because I believe I have expiring credits? I took some suggestions from friends for prompts, but I don't think we're very good at the so-called "prompt engineering" yet. Here's some of the best ones I've generated so far:

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  • Gaming: I finished Witcher 2! Still playing SMT5 and occasionally Street Fighter V. Did poorly at this weekend's Throne Open in Eternal Card Game. At least I got to Mythic rank early in Magic Arena.

  • I've been watching a lot of 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown on Youtube recently. (Surprisingly, the Youtube channel which has all these episodes does not seem to be any sort of official channel?) I find some of the bits hilarious, particularly when Jon Richardson and/or Jon Locke are going at it. (Jimmy Carr not so much.) The UK has a lot of these panel shows, but for some reason the US doesn't have anything like them. (Maybe Whose Line Is It Anyway, which I also enjoy?)

  • On the blog: Binged through Better Call Saul and watched El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019). And read a bunch of Marvel comics.

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This coming week:

  • Dominaria United drops on Magic Arena on Thursday so I'll see if I can stream some limited on Friday maybe?
  • Rings of Power is also dropping on Prime Video this week, but I'm not sure yet if I'll be watching it.
Sun, Aug. 28, 2022, 11:39 p.m. / / blog / #weeknotes #philippines #covid / Syndicated: mastodon twitter / 586 words

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