Roy Tang

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

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Oct 2019

After watching Joker and Scorsese recently commenting on Marvel movies, I thought I’d watch one of his films, so I saw Goodfellas today. It’s not bad.

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Re:Blizzard/HS/China. I fully understand that a lot of people wouldn’t want their esports to be inundated with politics, especially if it’s not even their own country. Nevertheless, the penalty was too heavy-handed, and we must remember that neutrality favors the oppressor

Also: Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time!

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Me: “Ma, may ruler ka?” Ma: “Kailangan ruler? Pwede tape measure?” Me: “Hindi, ruler” Ma: “Sige, meron ako hanapin ko” (Maya maya) Ma: “Kelangan mo pa din ruler?” Me: “Oo” Ma: “Hindi pwede eto?” (shows tape measure) Me: “Hindi” Ma: “Bakit?” Me: “Hindi yan ruler e”

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I’ve had a blog post draft for a few months now on my thoughts about the congestion and traffic issues in Metro Manila and potential solutions, it just keeps getting longer and longer lol

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TIL that “a11y” is short for “accessibility” (the same way i18n means internationalization), and it’s not some weird l33tization of ally

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I should build a bot that analyzes mobile phone screenshots in tweets then replies if the OP needs to charge her phone

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Tag yourself I’m cleric

Quoted ampepers’s tweet:

As promised, tag yourself meme for #roguelikecelebration! I am definitely a Druid in this case, slipping into Wizard frequently (see ranting talk I just gave 😅)

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Aside from Joker, I also watched Stuber today, mainly because the ads for this kept showing while I was in the US and it reminded me of Deadpool and Dopinder. Not a very deep movie, but a fun watch. I have no choice but to rate it 5 stars!

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JOKER spoiler-free review:

  • very dark movie, not like any previous superhero movies at all; don’t bring your kids
  • it is violent and potentially disturbing, but strangely not as much as the hype made it out to be

  • Joaquin Phoenix definitely gives a pretty good performance, but IDK about the supposed “Oscar-worthy” hype

  • some of the shots feels like the director definitely had a lot of fun bringing this story to life

  • I would have liked less connection to the Batman mythos so that this movie is more stand-alone. I mean, it is pretty much stand-alone, but it does remind you where it’s set and direct connections to the Mythos exist

  • I think a lot of the story and plot elements are handled well, any concerns I have would largely be nitpicking

  • No post credits scene

  • i didnt watch in imax and don’t think it would be relevant

  • magugustuhan ba ni mama: sure NO

  • Ultimately, I still prefer that Joker’s origin story remain undetermined, as it makes him more akin to a natural force of chaos, but I accept this movie as a version that even canon Joker could have told and that might have been believable

  • it’s definitely a better movie overall than Suicide Squad, Man of Steel or Dawn of Justice or Justice League, but it’s also a different completely type of movie, so the comparison is difficult

  • I still like Ledger’s Joker the best, the character is best opposite Batman

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Having The Last of Us Remastered free on PS+ is great for first-time players, but I’m not sure I’d like to relive that story. IMO Ellie and Joel’s story is best on the first time through

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I just saw a post by someone denouncing socialism, someone who I happen to know benefited from free/govt subsidized high school and college education. Idk I feel like that’s kind of ironic

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Sep 2019

I spent a lot of time wondering why my changes weren’t reflecting in the browser and it turns out I was reloading the wrong server: based on a true story

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Taglish not being a formal language means it doesn’t really have any rules, but I’m still annoyed whenever someone uses “double past tense” such as “Na-bored ako kahapon”

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For a brief moment, I grabbed a fragment of another universe. And then it was gone. I go back to sleep lamenting what might have been

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I wouldnt necessarily assume causation in the given direction. For example, it’s possible that having a higher gdp is more conducive to the rule of law

Quoted paulg’s tweet:

Rule of law vs GDP per capita, courtesy of the Lexis Nexis Rule of Law Foundation.

(I’m surprised China ranks so low in rule of law. If that’s accurate, this graph suggests China will have to change significantly to become as rich as I’d been assuming it would.)

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Planning to replace a 2tb HDD with a 2tb seagate firecuda SSHD, anyone have any bad experiences with this drive?

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This was less than a week ago. Today I found out my secondary hdd had a bunch of errors and might be failing. Psychic much?

Quoted roytang’s tweet:

I had been waffling on getting a new external HD for a while, but a couple of days ago one of my friends posted about her backup drive failing at 6yo and I was like “all my drives are older than that” lol

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I enjoy browsing people’s personal websites, especially if theyre often updated and not dead. If your website has a blogroll, I will happily spend at least an hour clicking through the links there

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Yesterday I subconsciously crossed the road while on a phone call for the first and hopefully last time because that would be a dumb way to die

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@IvyPatdu ang mga ganung information gathered using promos, di ba yan covered ng dpa?

Quoted FloydWhaley’s tweet:

It is amazing the amount of personal data that is being harvested by businesses in the Philippines, with personal information collected for rewards programs, promotions, and raffles. One Manila restaurant offered me free nachos in return for a vast amount of personal info. https://twitter.com/neltayaoINQ/status/1172356882909892608

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I had been waffling on getting a new external HD for a while, but a couple of days ago one of my friends posted about her backup drive failing at 6yo and I was like “all my drives are older than that” lol

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I finally watched Dark Phoenix today. It was not as bad as I thought it would be, but the #xmen jet did have a port where Cyclops could put his head so they can use him as a cannon, and apparently Nightcrawler can teleport 4 people across an entire city so there’s that

some weird character choices too. I mean, Erik’s lackeys were basically random unknown mutants (I didn’t even realize who Selene was supposed to be until she fell off the train). Not to mention the obscure Marvel alien race in the movie.

At least we got our space firebird thingy so there’s that

I finally watched Dark Phoenix today. It was not as bad as I thought it would be, but the #xmen jet did have a port where Cyclops could put his head so they can use him as a cannon, and apparently Nightcrawler can teleport 4 people across an entire city so there’s that
some weird character choices too. I mean, Erik’s lackeys were basically random unknown mutants (I didn’t even realize who Selene was supposed to be until she fell off the train).
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The interface for the standard 2020 event on #mtg arena is so clunky. They could have at least default the deck selection to what I was playing last time

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Not a fan of the templating “When <trigger condition>, do X, then do Y. Do Z.” The full stop after Y makes it like Z is a separate thing, since it’s no longer in the same sentence as the trigger condition. (Yes I know it doesn’t work that way.)

Quoted wizards_magic’s tweet:

Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick Tock

It’s midnight here in Seattle, which means it’s time to move the countdown to SIX. #MTGEldraine

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I followed this chain all the way to the end even though the last few didnt even make sense to me

Quoted histoftech’s tweet:

Me, a historian of technology, hiding under the bed:

Armed robber:

Me:

Armed robber:

Me:

Armed robber: the computer revolution sure is wonderful, just like the industrial revolution. I love how tech creates progress for all

Me: NEITHER OF THOSE ARE REVOLUTIONS AND … shit https://twitter.com/jessamyn/status/1168725458218835975

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Sentence Scrabble: like normal scrabble except every turn you must use all the words you play that turn in a single sentence

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Aug 2019

Twitter should let us add private notes to people we follow. So I can remember why I follow people or how I learned about them in the first place

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As a digital pack rat, it always annoys me when I remember how much of my own pre-cloud data I am no longer able to recover

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Roy Tang is a:

roytang.net is a personal site, an E/N site, and kind of a commonplace book; I post about a random assortment of topics that interest me including software development, Magic the Gathering, pop culture, gaming, and tech life. This site is perpetually under renovation.