Roy Tang

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

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Jul 2020

Jun 2020

  • In the Philippines, a lot of people like having the so-called “silog” meals - “silog” stands for “sinangag” (garlic fried rice) + “itlog” (egg). Basically rice meals usually with a meat viand. Examples are:

    “tapsilog” - “tapa” (dried or cured thinly-sliced beef or similar meat) + silog

    “tocilog” - “tocino” (sweetened and cured pork belly) + silog

    “longsilog” - “longganiza” (sausages flavoured with indigenous spices) + silog

    “hotsilog” - hotdogs + silog

    etc

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silog

    There’s also a bread roll called “pandesal” (literally salted bread from Spanish), commonly consumed for breakfast, usually with some spread or some meat filling, sometimes you dip it in coffee.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandesal

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  • Wala ba tayong AntiErrorBill?

    Quoted MaoiArroyo's tweet:
    Pwede ba kayong nga ERRORISTA, less focus on those who protest. Suggestion ko lang, why not do a better job because then people won’t complain. Mahirap ba intindihin yon? We need large scale testing. Our scientists have already made a more affordable rapid test kit. FUND TESTING.
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  • M21 draft Episode 3 https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #mtg #magicarena #m21 #twitch

    Had to do 3 drafts just to jump from Gold 1 to Platinum lol. 1 draft was terrible, 2 were mediocre. 3rd draft was a WG deck (no screenshot here). At least I finally got to try some archetypes other than WB!

    YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5Q6LfipbRo

    M21 draft Episode 3 https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #mtg #magicarena #m21 #twitch
Had to do 3 drafts just to jump from Gold 1 to Platinum lol. 1 draft was terrible, 2 were mediocre. 3rd draft was a WG deck (no screenshot here). At least I finally got to try some archetypes other than WB!
YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5Q6LfipbRo
    M21 draft Episode 3 https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #mtg #magicarena #m21 #twitch
Had to do 3 drafts just to jump from Gold 1 to Platinum lol. 1 draft was terrible, 2 were mediocre. 3rd draft was a WG deck (no screenshot here). At least I finally got to try some archetypes other than WB!
YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5Q6LfipbRo
  • M21 draft Episode 2 https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #mtg #magicarena #m21

    Draft deck was fine, games were terrible; lots of misplays. Last chance tomorrow to rank up before rollover!

    YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clajhTE3Q-M

    M21 draft Episode 2 https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #mtg #magicarena #m21
Draft deck was fine, games were terrible; lots of misplays. Last chance tomorrow to rank up before rollover!
YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clajhTE3Q-M
    M21 draft Episode 2 https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #mtg #magicarena #m21
Draft deck was fine, games were terrible; lots of misplays. Last chance tomorrow to rank up before rollover!
YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clajhTE3Q-M
  • I like how all the PH 90s kids in my feeds are enjoying their Ghost Fighter rewatch on Netflix. People still refer to the characters by their Filipino dub names, because those were the best! #JusticeForJeremiah

  • Casual M21 draft https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #twitch #mtgarena #mtg

    Draft went reasonably well, all things considered. Lost 2 games to mana flood/screw, but that’s fine.

    YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXZO7Ukg5Xk

    Casual M21 draft https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #twitch #mtgarena #mtg
Draft went reasonably well, all things considered. Lost 2 games to mana flood/screw, but that’s fine.
YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXZO7Ukg5Xk
    Casual M21 draft https://www.twitch.tv/twitchyroy #twitch #mtgarena #mtg
Draft went reasonably well, all things considered. Lost 2 games to mana flood/screw, but that’s fine.
YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXZO7Ukg5Xk
  • Reply to visakanv's tweet:

    @visakanv https://searchengineland.com/search-google-by-date-with-new-before-and-after-search-commands-315184

    (Such things aren’t super accurate, in the sample image, one of the hits is from 2012)

    @visakanv https://searchengineland.com/search-google-by-date-with-new-before-and-after-search-commands-315184
(Such things aren’t super accurate, in the sample image, one of the hits is from 2012)
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  • Covid19 thoughts and updates, June 28 edition:

    • Wew, it’s almost July! It’s unlikely that the Metro Manila GCQ gets further loosened though.
    • A lot of new cases recently have been reported in Cebu/Region VII. Some dumbass things coming out of their local officials too.
    • Haven’t had a haircut for 6 months now. People keep asking me when I’m getting one, but it doesn’t really seem essential?
    • Did a grocery run Saturday afternoon. Surprisingly, fewer people than I expected. Still unable to find Choc-Nut in the grocery.
    • We had internet service people coming in this week, and a friend working in UK said to give them masks to wear and I was like “That’s ridiculous, of course they’ll bring their own.” Apparently the expectation is a lot different in the UK, unsurprisingly.
    • (That doesn’t mean I wasn’t worried about having the masked strangers from the outside in our home…)
    • Despite all of these precautions, I can’t help but feel quite a bit of anxiety visiting these medical facilities.
    • Watched mass via Facebook again today, after our internet came back.
    • As of last night, we are at 34803 cases (+738 from the day before, +5403 from last week), 1236 deaths (+12 from the day before, +86 from last week), 9430 recoveries (+249 from the day before, +1780 from last week). New cases still accelerating week-on-week. I read somewhere that they’re planning to tweak how they report recoveries, presumably to make it look like we have less active cases? Reference.
    • Worldwide, we are at 10,087,840 cases and around 501k deaths. Ten million! Once again roughly a million new cases during the week. USA still number one, but Brazil racing to catch up. Caveat: these numbers are from Worldometer.
  • Covid19 thoughts and updates, June 21 edition:

    • The other day, a friend who doesn’t keep up with the news much said that it feels like the pandemic is no longer an urgent thing, and I think that says a lot about the general atmosphere in these parts. This in spite of the fact that our case counts continue to go up, accelerating even.
    • The president’s spokesman bravely says that at least we are doing better than the US; what standards, to be compared against the country with the worst response in the world. Maybe try comparing to New Zealand?
    • This past week I had to take my mom to the hospital and some clinics a couple more times. Again, nothing major, just regular tests and consults that had been pushed back due to quarantine. I wrote about our first hospital visit last week. The smaller clinic we went to for blood tests had less screenings at the entrance, but all the med techs were in full PPE. Their building also had these nice foot-powered alcohol/hand sanitizer dispensers, pretty neat.
    • Despite all of these precautions, I can’t help but feel quite a bit of anxiety visiting these medical facilities.
    • Watched mass via Facebook again today.
    • GCQ in Metro Manila extended until Jun 30th. Probably the minimum right decision, but it also feels like we’re just pushing back because we don’t know what else to do (because no mass testing, poor data management etc)
    • As of last night, we are at 29400 cases (+943 from the day before, +4107 from last week), 1150 deaths (+20 from the day before, +76 from last week), 7650 recoveries (+272 from the day before, +1265 last week). Thankfully a lot more recoveries this week. Reference.
    • Worldwide, we are at almost 9 million cases and around 466,000 deaths. Looks like we aren’t slowing down with roughly a million new active cases per week? Caveat: these numbers are from Worldometer.
  • Reminder: You don’t have to buy the PS5 (or any other new console) immediately at launch, unless there’s a game there you really, really want to play immediately.

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  • I might played TLOU2, but I can’t help but think that releasing an intense zombie apocalypse game in the middle of 2020 is some kind of power move

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  • It’s 2020 and govt services here still don’t use modern payment gateways and instead use the popular-among-online-sellers interface “deposit the money in my account and send me a picture of proof” =/

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  • Covid19 thoughts and updates, June 14 edition:

    • Aside from doing another grocery run this weekend, I also accompanied my mom to the hospital last Saturday. Nothing major, just a consult that had been put off due to all of this. Before letting us into the hospital, there were the usual temperature checks, but they also had us fill up a form with name, address and contact details, I assume for contact tracing purposes. We waited for a couple of hours in the doctor’s queue (my mom was only there to get a referral, which in itself only took like 5 minutes). The hospital was mostly empty, we didn’t see any actual sick patients in most of the waiting areas I think. Seating was limited - they had blocked off the seat rows such that only 2 out of every 4 seats was usable. I was super anxious about touching anything, and probably used hand sanitizer at least 5 times during the visit. Their canteen was open, I only went in to get some water while waiting.
    • Watched mass via Facebook again today.
    • GCQ in Metro Manila was supposedly only up to the 15th. It’s the 14th, and we still don’t know what happens after that. In fact, I’m not even sure the IATF has already announced their recommendations. There are rumors going around that we may get sent back to ECQ. Some authorities are saying limited restaurant dine-in will be available this week. In spite of this, my mom already scheduled some tests at the hospital, a result of the referral consult I mentioned earlier.
    • As of last night, we are at 25293 cases (+607 from the day before, +4052 from last week), 1074 deaths (+22 from the day before, +80 from last week), 5706 recoveries (+252 from the day before, +1265 last week). Jumps slightly lower than last week, except for recoveries which are about the same, so that’s good news. Let’s see what happens next week. Reference.
    • Worldwide, we are at 7.8+ million cases and 432,000 deaths. Caveat: these numbers are from Worldometer.