Roy Tang

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2008 February

  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

    Eagerly awaited, the fourth installment of the Ace Attorney series has arrived, with a brand-new leading defense attorney. Of course, not one week after I got my copy, I'm done. It kept me up at nights and made me come in to work late; well worth it. To those who are not familiar with the Ace Attorney games, it's hard to explain the appeal of the game; with all the thinking and reading to be done, it's definitely not exciting to watch. Anyone who's finished one of them knows what it is though. There's that feeling you get when you all the testimony and evidence finally come together, and you figure out how it was done but you still have to figure out how to prove it! Detailed review (and spoilers) follow.

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  • Doodles

    I usually have a stack of random printouts on my office desk. I also usually take one or two sheets of paper with me for meetings, supposedly to take notes (I never do). What usually happens with these papers is that I end up doodling. It's not a sign of my not paying attention to stuff mind you. Doodling helps me think, in some way. I took photos of some of my doodles (yeah, no scanner): Roy's Doodles
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  • Yellow Cory

    Random thought while watching the news: If Cory Aquino ever went out in public without wearing bright yellow clothes, would people recognize her? "That lady looks a lot like Cory! Except she's not wearing yellow!"
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  • My Thoughts On EDSA

    Given what today is, I thought it would be a good idea to say a few words on the current brouhaha. Instead of just enjoying the holiday watching DVDs that is. Just something I posted on a certain mailing list a few days ago: I find it hard to believe that ousting GMA now would lead to any true change. We've seen what the countless political episodes have exposed: corruption at almost every level of government, both the executive and legislative branches beholden to bribery and extortion. The problems in our government are systemic in nature, and it would take more than the ouster of a single person to effect any meaningful change. Even if we were to find someone *with good intentions* to replace the president, he's still likely to be swallowed up by the system.

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  • I'm Lawful Good

    Your Character’s Alignment Based on your answers to the quiz, your character’s most likely alignment is Lawful Good .Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. She combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. She tells the truth, keeps her word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. --excerpted from the Player’s Handbook , Chapter 6 I've taken

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  • Opening a Morningtide Box

    A box and five boosters actually. We drafted the packs, but the final distribution of rares we got were: White 1 Battletide Alchemist 1 Feudkiller's Verdict 1 Idyllic Tutor 1 Kinsbaile Borderguard 1 Preeminent captain 1 Reveillark 1 Stonehewer Giant Blue 3 Declaration of Naught 1 Knowledge Exploitation 1 Slithermuse 1 Supreme Exemplar 1 Vendillion Clique Black 3 Bitterblossom 1 Earwig Squad 2 Fendeep Summoner 1 Maralen of the Mornsong 1 Scarblade Elite 1 Stenchskipper Red 3 Boldwyr Heavyweights 1 Countryside Crusher 1 Shared Animosity 1 Sensation Gorger 1 Titan's Revenge 1 Vengeful Firebrand Green 1 Chameleon Colossus 1 Greatbow

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  • Killer-killer

    During a recent out-of-town trip I observed that despite the abundance of digital entertainment available (what with all the NDS and PSP owners bringing the goods, not to mention some people bringing a Wii), some people still got together to play some face-to-face IRL games. I'm talking the types of games that are not easily translatable into digital format and will probably remain so for quite a while. One such game is known locally as "Killer-killer". Obviously a local name due to the Filipino's penchant for repeating words in a single term, I have no idea if it is known

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  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

    Despite the fact the allure of Final Fantasy Tactics PSP, I was still decided on finishing Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. This was only the second game in the series that I was playing, although I had greatly enjoyed Advance Wars: Dual Strike, so my hopes were high for Days of Ruin. Pros: -- Still Advance Wars, battles are fairly good and challenging enough -- New units: Bike -- infantry on wheels, can capture as well; Flare -- helps in Fog of War situations; Carrier -- revamped from the AWDS Carrier, this one can now create its' own Seaplanes; Antitank

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  • MTG Autocard WordPress Plugin

    I had been planning to do this for a while: it's my first WordPress Plugin! Over at Roy on Magic, I often have to write out decklists and such, so I wanted to have an autocard feature similar to the one used at MTGSalvation. After a quick five-minute search I couldn't figure out how they did it, so I just wrote the plugin myself. Actual effort was around 3.5 hours, most of it struggling with PHP and Regular Expressions. :p Details and download are at http://www.roytang.net/wiki/index.php/MTG_Autocard_WP. Hopefully someone else will find it useful.
  • I have a PSP

    Bought one last week, had not had time to log it until now. It was not so much planned and maybe a bit more of an impulse buy. Something like a cellphone conversation with my brother who's standing in a store in Singapore pressuring me with "Well? Should I buy one or not?" I don't like pressure, so obviously I just said, "Ok, whatever!" The inevitable question arises: which one is better, PSP or NDS? A friend asked me if they have different types of games, and I tell her that the NDS has more fun/casual games, while the PSP

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  • Morningtide Release Event

    Flight B, February 2, 2008, Saturday at Neutral Grounds Galleria. The format is LOR/MOR sealed. I get my product and check it out. No outright bombs or cash rares, but I immediately spot the Drowner of Secrets + Merrow Commerce + 2 Stonybrook Schoolmasters. I had reasonable fliers and permission, so I built the blue-white deck. My only removal being a Weight of Conscience that I did not actually put in the maindeck.

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  • Trying out KDE4

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