Roy Tang

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Programmer, engineer, scientist, critic, gamer, dreamer, and kid-at-heart.

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2006 May

  • Suikoden V -- Review

    Suikoden V is hands-down the best game in the Suikoden series. In almost all respects, it beats out the previous best game of the series (Suikoden 2): The story manages to follow the old pattern of "oh I need to flee my home and now I'm leading a band of rebels in a civil war!" but infuses with a lot of new elements: usurpers to the throne, historical wars of succession, threats of foreign invasion. There's a lot of politics involved in this game, and most of the first eight hours are a bit draggy because they spend so much

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  • Developer Assessment

    I always have a hard time assessing fellow developers. For one thing, I'm never sure whether it's fair to apply to other people the same internal standard I have for myself. Some people might say, "of course it's fair to expect as much from other people as yourself!", but the fact is that I'm not even sure if I expect too much from myself. I may like to project and arrogant and prideful exterior, but I'm extremely self-critical. I feel that many of the problems in our current project have been caused directly by my own lack of experience in

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  • DaVinci Code

    I'm not sure what some Church leaders are thinking. Calling for an outright ban on The DaVinci Code movie just makes it more popular. At the very least, it's insulting to the intelligence of their flock -- are they saying Catholics don't have the ability to distinguish fact from fiction by themselves? But then again, this is a nation of Catholics who tend to elect action stars to high office because of all the goody-goody roles they portray in the movies, so maybe the priests have some sort of point. The best view of this affair has to be from

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  • Other People's Toilets

    Whenever I'm at other people's houses, I often think their toilets are better than the ones we have at home. Don't get me wrong, our toilets are nice enough; good, decent middle class toilets. But some people's toilets look like they've never been used at all.
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  • Pop-Culture Consumer Whore

    Sometimes it's frightening to consider the existent of how much popular culture consumes our time. Most weekends I usually manage to reserve some time for some sort of learning, but over the last 48 hours, aside from work, my time has been swallowed by: Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett Episode 21 of Smallville Season 5 Episodes 18 and 19 of Simpsons Season 17 8 hours of Suikoden V gameplay ... and probably 2-3 odd hours of watching random cartoons or wrestling on TV Hmm... I forgot to watch a movie though. At least I'm not a complete TV zombie...

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  • Takeshi's Castle

    A very nice person handed me a CD with four episodes of Takeshi's Castle on it, and I had to keep myself from watching them while at work, as I was getting my officemates distracted. If you've never seen samples of wacky Japanese TV before, Takeshi's Castle is a good start. This wacky Japanese show throws a bunch of a hundred or so contestants into a series of ridiculous games, each one hoping to make it to the end to defeat Count Takeshi and win one million yen! Takeshi's Castle had a Philippine run, hosted by local actors Anjo Yllana

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  • Bathtubs are hard to use.

    I feel compelled to post this, in case I ever need to remember. We spent last Sunday and Monday (Labor Day holiday) at a five-star hotel in Manila. My mom works there and she earned a free night's stay; so we took advantage of her employee discount as well. Not really very exciting for me, as there's seldom much to do in a hotel except to enjoy the air-conditioned room and watch TV. It was a bit interesting to stroll down the baywalk that night, but I'm not much of a nightlife person so I tired of it eventually. The

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  • GMail raises the bar for everyone

    So I was at work, and one of the HK guys asks me if we can have a themed button for the file input control in one of our screens. So, I'm all "alpha geek" and stuff, and I go: "No we can't. We can't style the β€˜Browse' button directly, and IE will throw an Access Denied error on submit if we invoke the click() method using Javascript." But HK guy replies: "Gee, I wonder how GMail does it then." I checked, and he's right. I never noticed before because I use Firefox all the time, but GMail in IE

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