Roy Tang

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

Blog Notes Photos Links Archives About

2016 May

  • Hearthstone vs MTG

    Posted by under blog at #ccgs #gaming

    Also on: twitter / 1761 words

  • Origin Story

    A while back I answered a question over on Quora about how I got started down the path of programming. It's not a particularly interesting story, but I still thought I'd record it here for posterity. Sometime when I was much younger, maybe somewhere between twelve to fourteen years old, I remember having some sort of QBasic programming learning book at home. I forget how we got it, I think my uncle brought it home for me sometime for some reason. I donโ€™t know why he would have such a thing, we didnโ€™t even have a personal computer at home

    read more (1031 words)

    Posted by under blog at #software-development

    Also on: twitter / 1031 words

  • The Making of Karateka by Jordan Mechner My rating: 4 of 5 stars The book is literally a collection of journal entries detailing young Jordan Mechner's days as a university student at Yale at the same time working on what would be his first published game. I found it both inspiring (though some might consider me the wrong age to be inspired by it) and amusing as a look into the life of a young man in the early 80s. As a set of journal entries, the writing isn't particularly spectacular, but it is an easy enough read, especially for

    read more (222 words)

    Posted by under blog at #books

    Also on: goodreads / 222 words

  • Debating On The Internet

    Posted by under blog at #opinions

    Also on: twitter / 800 words

  • Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds by Scott Berkun My rating: 4 of 5 stars I've been following and reading Scott Berkun's blog on and off for the past 5 years or so, so I already have a passing familiarity with this work. Mindfire collects some of the best essays from his blog into an easy-to-read format that you can digest in one-to-two sittings. Berkun writes about a number of diverse topics such as how to think critically and how to interact with other people and how to spend your attention. Maybe "Big Ideas" is a bit grandiose, as many

    read more (153 words)

    Posted by under blog at #books

    Also on: goodreads / 153 words

  • X-Men Apocalypse Review (Spoiler-Free)

    "Everyone knows the third movie is always the worst" -- Jean still too much focus on Jennifer Lawrence/Mystique some great soundtrack choices Quicksilver scene maybe just a tiny bit too long. Tradition of defying the rules of physics continues (I hope someone does the math on how fast he was probably moving) nice 80s wardrobe lol not particularly faithful to the source material plot is all over the place, a lot of WTF moments here and there. OMG that stupid arrow D: lots of faults, but you'll probably enjoy it anyway if you're an X-men fan just for all the

    read more (166 words)

    Posted by under blog at #comics #movies #pop-culture

    Also on: twitter / 166 words

  • Stellaris (Review)

    Posted by under blog at #gaming

    Also on: twitter / 1336 words

  • Marcos and Historical Revisionism

    We shouldn't have to keep telling people that Ferdinand Marcos was a terrible president and that the Martial Law he imposed was terrible for the country. Imagine if a significant percentage of German citizens kept insisting that Hitler was a great man and the more sensible Germans had to keep trying to educate them on why that wasn't true and why World War II was a terrible idea and that they wanted to elect Hitler's descendant to a position of national prominence. That's where we are right now with all these Filipinos supporting Marcos. (Why yes, I did open a

    read more (391 words)

  • Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cat's Cradle is only the second Vonnegut book I've read, after Slaughterhouse Five. I find myself fascinated with how he unveils his narrative in short, seemingly disconnected bursts, something much more obvious in this book. Like S5, CC's plot starts close to normal ordinary fiction and ends in a completely different place that's strictly in the realm of sci-fi. A great read, and very easy too given the structure of ridiculously short chapters View all my reviews
    Posted by under blog at #books

    Also on: goodreads / 88 words

  • Elections 2016 -- My Ballot

    This has been one of the most divisive and shenanigan-filled election campaign seasons ever, and politics is normally crazy in this country so that's saying something. There's a strong use of social media this time around, and it's led to the internet being a hotbed of opinions and propaganda and memes and lies and half-truths and threats of violence. I was hoping greater citizen involvement via social media and the debates would mean citizens have more information and thus would get to be more discerning, but it seems that things have only gotten worse. Hopefully we'll get there someday, but

    read more (1315 words)

    Posted by under blog at #philippines

    Also on: twitter facebook / 1315 words