roytang.net Posts Photos Archives About

A blog is a website consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries, typically displayed in reverse chronlogical order. A single entry is called a blog post.

Subscribe: RSS JSON

2021 September

  • Weeknotes 2021-09-19

  • TV Retrospective: House MD

    I finished a rewatch of House earlier this week; it's only my second time through the series. First time was during my stay in London, when I did a Netflix UK trial. I don't think I ever caught it when it was running on TV, but it's quickly become one of my favorite procedural shows. I thought I'd write a quick retrospective on the show. (Writing about stuff helps me remember details!) Seasons 1-3 The first few seasons set up the premise for the series: Gregory House, genius diagnostician, misanthrope, painkiller addict, and all-around asshole, able to solve and diagnose

    read more (1538 words)

    Sept. 15, 2021, 9 a.m. / / blog / #tv #house / Syndicated: mastodon twitter / 1538 words
  • Mobile and Tablet Browsing Annoyances

    1 There was this link that did the rounds a couple of weeks ago: How I experience the web today. It's an accurate depiction of the many issues with the modern-day web. Such issues are already annoying on desktop web, but are often exacerbated and hence much worse on platforms such as mobile or tablets, especially given the more limited screen real-estate. Not just screen space, system resources are often scarce on these systems too. All of the popups and ads and whatnot inevitably tend to slow down the mobile / tablet experience. The worst case scenario has to be

    read more (1020 words)

  • Weeknotes 2021-09-12

  • Rubber Band-Powered Bottle Car

  • This is the second Le Guin piece I've read, following the short story The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas. This one is a full-length novel, though not particularly long. It took me about a week and a half to get through, reading a chapter or two a day. The book covers the attempts of Genly Ai, an envoy from the Ekumen, an alliance of spacefaring human worlds, who has come to the brutally cold planet of Winter to invite the residents to join the Ekumen. The residents of Winter, though human, are unique among all other known human species,

    read more (925 words)

    Sept. 9, 2021, 12:09 p.m. / / blog / #books / Syndicated: mastodon twitter / 925 words
  • Jeremy Keith wrote about the cage of algorithmic recommendations: But that’s not true. You don’t ask “the algorithm” for a recommendation—it foists them on you whether you want them or not. A more apt metaphor would be that you walked by a record shop once and the store worker came out and followed you down the street, into your home, and watched your every move for the rest of your life. What Peter describes sounds great—a helpful knowledgable software agent that you ask for recommendations. But that’s not what “the algorithm” is. And that’s why it feels like a cage.

    read more (895 words)

  • Weeknotes 2021-09-05

  • Spectre

    Bond film no. 24, Daniel Craig's fourth, and the end of this year's James Bond run. At least until I somehow manage to watch No Time To Die despite it coming out exclusively in theaters and our theaters still not open due to the pandemic. Spectre is... okay. It's more or less the culmination of the past four movies of Craig's run. With all of his personal trials so far revealed to be the machinations of the head of nefarious organization SPECTRE and Bond's traditional archnemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Blofeld here (played by Christoph Waltz) is given a bit more

    read more (528 words)

2021 August

  • Weeknotes 2021-08-29

  • Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Smaller Tasks

    Your task lists / to-do lists should be broken down so that individual tasks are as small as possible. Smaller tasks make it easier to overcome the initial laziness / inertia before starting any sort of work. This is especially relevant to me as a lazy person. Goofing around with smaller tasks might seem like you're putting off the bigger, more important things to do, but accomplishing a series of smaller tasks can give you enough momentum to tackle the bigger problems. It helps you get into the 'flow' necessary to tackle bigger things. Focusing exclusively on the bigger tasks

    read more (187 words)

  • Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning (2021) This is the fifth film in the series. Previously. The film is based on the manga story arc that covers Kenshin's time as an assassin during the fall of the shogunate, 10 years before the main story of the RK manga and anime. Basically the same storyline as the Trust and Betrayal OVA. Except it doesn't cover the earliest part of Kenshin's story - I was hoping Hiko Seijuro would make an appearance, so that's a bit disappointing. It's still weird that this came last after the fourth film The Ending, since chronologically it should

    read more (454 words)

  • Weeknotes 2021-08-22

  • Review: A Stack of Comics

  • Weeknotes 2021-08-15

  • Skyfall (2012) Bond film no. 23, Daniel Craig's third. I watched this in the theaters back in 2012, so this is the last rewatch of my James Bond run. Back then my main complaint was that Bond's plan in the last thirty minutes of the movie was terrible. The same complaint stands even now, especially given the eventual outcome of that plan. Make no mistake: the entire defending the house sequence is one of the best things about the movie from an action standpoint, but tactically it was terrible. The whole film is basically a swan song for Judi Dench's

    read more (555 words)

  • Forty Three

    Had some trouble thinking about what I wanted to write for this year's birthday post. And while I was thinking about it I accidentally published an empty draft of this post earlier today. Sounds about right. I like to consider myself an optimist, but it's been a challenging 365 days. We are still very much in the throes of a pandemic, threatening to overrun our vaccine defense with mutated variants. The entire twelve months since the last birthday have been spent in quarantine. The world is burning, experiencing record levels of heat. The internet is dominated by big silos that

    read more (347 words)

  • Weeknotes 2021-08-08