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2022 October

  • These weeknotes are coming in late because as I told some friends yesterday "my tummy is being a dummy" and I was too uncomfortable to get anything done. The World William Shatner on his trip to space: "It was among the strongest feelings of grief I have ever encountered. The contrast between the vicious coldness of space and the warm nurturing of Earth below filled me with overwhelming sadness. Every day, we are confronted with the knowledge of further destruction of Earth at our hands: the extinction of animal species, of flora and fauna . . . things that took

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  • It is now Throw Short People month. Three months remain in the year. Time continues to be stretchy. Maybe that's why today's weeknotes are a day late, or maybe I was just busy? The World PH/Covid: Covid cases are still in a plateau or a slight rise. I must admit that I haven't been paying close attention the past week though. PH, surprisingly "controversial": This past weekend the PCSO lotto rolled an interesting number combination: 9-18-27-36-45-54. People were also surprised when the PCSO announced that 433 people had won and would be splitting the jackpot. A senator wants this "controversy"

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2022 September

  • Bits and Pieces It is a stormy Sunday afternoon right now. Supertyphoon Karding is barrelling towards Luzon and we are currently on signal no. 4 I think. (The highest level is signal no. 5). This is coming roughly a day before the same day that Typhoon Ondoy devastated Metro Manila 13 years ago. This is the third supertyphoon to hit the country in a month, yet another indication of how the climate problems are intensifying. PH/Covid: Covid cases continue to plateau and maybe even rise a bit here in NCR, and the positivity rate is climbing. Coincidentally, Biden declared that

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  • I already read the first Mistborn trilogy back in 2017. Happily, Tor ebook club recently gave away the next three books in the series for free, probably as a bit of promotion since another Mistborn book is scheduled to come out this November. The Alloy of Law is the first book of the so-called Wax and Wayne subseries for Mistborn, set some 300 years after the end of the first trilogy. The world and society of Scadrial is now in a kind of western / steampunk era, and the book opens with our protagonist hunting down outlaws in the fringe

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  • I didn't watch any movies the previous week, so I decided to watch a few this week. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) I have a vague recollection of watching this before at David's house, but I have no memory of the plot or anything, so this was practically a first watch. This was so good! Since I was feeling a bit sleepy I planned to watch only maybe half of the film, but ended up just sticking through til the end. Felt a lot less whimsical and a lot more high stakes compared to the other Ghibli

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  • The next Arena set is already here, so I here's my much-delayed Alchemy Horizons Baldur's Gate limited stats! Events Win Loss Total Winrate Total 11 34 28 62 0.5484 With splash 2 18 18 36 0.5 By Main Colors WB 1 1 3 4 0.25 WR 2 7 3 10 0.7 WG 2 5 6 11 0.4545 UR 1 0 3 3 0 UG 2 11 5 16 0.6875 BR 3 10 8 18 0.5556 By Color White 5 13 12 25 0.52 Blue 3 11 8 19 0.5789 Black 4 11 11 22 0.5 Red 6 17 14 31

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2022 August

  • Better Call Saul Went through seasons 5 and 6 of Better Call Saul the past few weeks. Spoilers below I guess. There is a little bit of tension lost in this series because you know that characters like Saul, Gus, and Mike survive through to Breaking Bad. That means the tension primarily revolves around the fates of the newer characters, particularly Kim Wexler and to a lesser extent Howard Hamlin, Lalo Salamanca, and Nacho Varga. The last two seasons solidifies Jimmy's transformation into Saul and his involvement with Lalo and the drug cartel and the stakes escalate quickly for those

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  • Via Kev Quirk: this great article by Florens Verschelde about SSGs (Aside: I already shared this via the links page, but I had more to say, so now there's a blog post about it too.) I agree with a lot of things mentioned in this article, but what really hit home for me was the complaint about limitations in how content hierarchies and partial content are handled in SSGs. "...But the nail in the coffin was always that it’s either impossible or way too hard to build a single page from several pieces of content." This relates to something that

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