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2022 February

  • A Quote "There is no purgatory for war criminals, they go straight to hell ambassador" - Ukranian ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya The World Can you imagine a world still reeling/recovering from a global pandemic where so many people suffered, and thinking to yourself "You know what, that's not enough, the world still needs even more suffering!" That's exactly what Vladimir Putin did when he declared war on and immediately invaded Ukraine in the middle of last week. It's been at least 3 days since the invasion started and Kyiv has yet to fall. Putin is reportedly frustrated at the amount of

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  • A Quote “Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?” — Danielle LaPorte The World PH Elections: The surveys look bad for the good guys. Covid: NCR now averaging 500 or less new cases per day. We are still in Alert Level 2 though. The spectre of war continues to loom over Ukraine. Links of Interest That broken tech/content culture cycle: Anil Dash on how we got to our current tech dystopia Web3 Is A Mid-Life Crisis from Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day: "In many ways, Kickstarter’s weird crypto project — and the

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  • Finished reading this recently. It's a collection of "notes to self" written by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (ca. 161-180), known for being a Stoic philosopher. The copy I had included introduction, notes and an index (total around 25% of the book) by Gregory Hays. The intro was interesting as an overview of Roman life in the time of Marcus Aurelius, though some may find it a bit dry. I picked up this book because over the years I had occasionally seen people talking about the book, Marcus Aurelius, and/or Stoicism, so I was a bit intrigued. One of the

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  • A Quote "If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” - E.B. White The World PH: Campaign season has officially kicked off here, so last week was full of proclamation rallies and such. Covid: Cases have continued to drop, furthering a descent into normalcy. Last few days have been averaging under 5k new cases per day, down from under

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  • Actually managed to get through some of the TV backlog this week. The Book of Boba Fett This show started out okay, but then rapidly found itself trying to do too many things at once and bringing in so many Star Wars references and two whole episodes weren't even about Boba Fett. The show could have used a standalone season that fleshes out Boba Fett's character, why he chose to be where he is now (other than his motivation from the Mandalorian of "I want my armor. That was my dad's armor!") before trying to bring in all the other

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  • The internet used to be all about URLs. We would type them in to your browser address bar. We would maintain curated lists of URLs of interesting sites to visit. URLs were passed around and shared. Freely copied and pasted. We would navigate sites just by changing the URL path or playing with query parameters. All of that changed with the proliferation of the mobile internet. Most modern day internet users don't even know what a URL is. They seldom interact with browsers, instead using apps that keep them in silos. If you told them to open a browser, they

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  • I've still been playing Wordle since the last time I wrote about it. Still 100% win rate, and currently on 24-day streak (would have been longer, except in early January, I decided to test what would happen if I set my system date to the future since the game uses the client's date). Aside from the OG Wordle, two variants have also made their way into my daily routine (technically four variants, depending on how you count them): Saltong, the Filipino version which I already mentioned in the last post. This one actually has three different variants: there's normal Saltong

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  • We used to attend these online quiz nights where at the top of the quiz, the host would do his introductory spiel explaining how the quiz night works. This is typical of quiz nights. But this quiz group in particular always had a semi-complicated final round where each team makes a wager against how many answers you can get in the final question which has multiple answers. They introduce this mechanic during the intro spiel, and at the end of the night, if there are any new teams during the quiz, they will inevitably raise a question or two that

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