Roy Tang

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Jan 2020

Posted on r/humblebundles: Is there any way to sort/filter the Humble Store by price?

I have a $5 coupon that's expiring on the 3rd (from the BS region lock on Soul Calibur VI in the previous monthly) that I want to use, but I don't want to spend more than that (I'd rather not buy anything on the Humble Store if possible - Steam always gives me better regional pricing). The sort/filter options on the store make it tedious to find all games $5 or below

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Dec 2019

I wonder if there are other developers who have written their own software for their own use with horrible ui and horrible code that never gets cleaned up because “I'm the only one who'll ever use it”

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I retweeted this thread back in 2017. It's still ongoing! He's managed to beat his dad twice since the thread started! Quoted onlxn's tweet:

Rematching my dad in Scrabble. Have never beaten him. He was once top 30 in the American dictionary, but he is old now, and I NEED this

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Healthy organizations make it safe to report problems, but unhealthy ones make it a gamble to tell a superior something isn’t right. Same for personal relations too. Quoted ahugheswriter's tweet:

I once read that you can spot an abusive system because when you point out a problem, you ARE the problem.

That opened up my eyes dramatically. https://twitter.com/eveyjacob/status/1209234390829502464

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This is insightful because it’s also a sign of an abusive society. Case in point: in the Philippines when you dare to criticize the govt, their supporters will paint you as a bad guy for being disruptive and say “why cant you just be helpful” Quoted ahugheswriter's tweet:

I once read that you can spot an abusive system because when you point out a problem, you ARE the problem.

That opened up my eyes dramatically. https://twitter.com/eveyjacob/status/1209234390829502464

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RISE OF SKYWALKER Spoiler-free review:

  • the movie is fine and entertaining to watch
  • It's a Star Wars movie, so you pretty much know what to expect, space wizards and space battles and such
  • pacing is frantic in the first act, and a bit in the second. Abrams has a lot of things he wants to do and limited time to do it, so things happen in rapid succession
  • the third act is basically an ode to Return of the Jedi, as a parallel to The Force Awakens’ ode to A New Hope. In fact, there is a lot of fanservice for original trilogy fans sprinkled throughout the movie.
  • it is not the best ending I could have imagined for the sequel trilogy, but it is an ending
  • there are a few twists and turns in the movie, but because it's Star Wars, you largely know what to expect from the overall plot
  • magugustuhan ba ni Mama: The movie is generally family-friendly (outside of the violence), but my mom doesn't like space battles and she would probably be confused by the rapid pace of events and all these characters she's not familiar with, so no.
  • I watched in IMAX 3D, but I don't think there was much noticeable 3D, the movie is probably perfectly fine without IMAX
  • there is no post-credits scene
  • I think I liked The Last Jedi more than this one

I have a bit more spoilery comments posted here.

Comic does not reflect my viewing experience

I feel like it says something about this country that whenever I pass by a garage sale or such its almost always just used clothes and never used books

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Probably one with a (former) friend - someone I knew growing up - over his support of a certain presidential candidate in 2016. It took me forever to realize we were coming from two completely different value systems. (PS, he was the one who unfriended) Quoted buster's tweet:

👋 I'm giving away 10 copies of WHY ARE WE YELLING? https://www.amazon.com/Why-Are-We-Yelling/dp/0525540105/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=why+are+we+yelling&qid=1555959964&s=gateway&sr=8-1&fbclid=IwAR3pWkn6PCHikGax_mhAfzt_8y_BannKCLOnHeTdTnlBS7oXcLoulQ7efws&linkCode=sl1&tag=buster08-20&linkId=e2a83202060b15b8f48ddc42075041b7&language=en_US If you'd like one, retweet this with a comment about the most unproductive disagreement you can think of, whether it's out in the world, or your personal life. I'll randomly pick 10 winners tonight.

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Be random.

In an episode of Futurama, Fry gained the ability to read minds and tried to use it to win a big Poker tournament. In the final table, he was up against Bender, and they were the last two players. For the final hand, Bender didn't even bother looking at his cards and went all-in, giving Fry's mind-reading no chance to work. Clip: http://www.cc.com/video-clips/55yfmj/futurama-the-poker-tournament

In One Piece, the protagonist Luffy was having trouble fighting bad guy Enel who could read his opponent's intentions. What Luffy did was to bounce his barrage of attacks against a wall, so that neither he nor Enel could predict which way they would go, so that Enel would be unable to avoid them.

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Did people who grew up in the 70s watch that 70s show? I'm not sure I'd watch “That 90s show” Quoted ThatEricAlper's tweet:

That 70’s Show debuted in 1998, and was set in 1976. If a show came out today in 2019 with the same premise, it would be set in 1997.

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I found out that I had bought the wrong printer ink cartridge when I went to the mall last week because I misremembered what my actual printer model was =/

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Thanks for your reply, but I'm still not clear on the “employer-employee relationship part.

For example, a contractual part-time service worker in a fast food chain, he is not considered a regular employee is this correct? Is he required to register as a business? (I assume no.) Is he deduced the 8% withholding tax or the regular income tax?

How is this different from the scenario where you are a consultant working as a contractor for a local (PH) client (say, as a graphic designer or software developer)? Is the consultant considered an employee? Is he required to register as a business?

Also, I've worked for a number of clients as a consultant under contract, and they always just withhold the 8% and when I ask if there's anything else I need to do for tax purposes, they never advise me that I need a business permit. Should their accountant been telling them otherwise?

> Recurring like, you expect to engage in that particular kind of transaction for more than 1 time

-> does that mean if you are only doing this once, it is not considered recurring? i.e. a client asks me to build an application for them and I receive a one-time payment from them upon delivery and afterwards we no longer have a relationship, in this scenario you do not have to register as a business?

Sorry for all the follow-ups, I just want to clearly understand the scenarios wherein I would or would not be required to register as a business, because honestly I would like to avoid the bureaucracy as much as possible, hence I prefer not to register as a business if it can be avoided. I understand our duty as citizens to pay the right taxes etc and I would like to make sure I comply with any requirements and I don't mind the withholding tax being deducted from me. But I would prefer to know under what conditions I could structure freelance/consultant work without having to register as a business.

BTW, I wanted to say I appreciate your answering these questions. I had been planning to look for an accountant to consult on related matters so this thread really helps.

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> 1. Should I register as a self-employed /business?
Only if you are earning recurring income not earned under an employer-employee relationship.

Please explain “recurring income” here? What if I am earning money not on a full-time basis, with no guarantee of recurring income? For example, a company consults with me and I get paid an hourly fee.

Please also explain “employer-employee relationship”. I was previously working as a consultant with a company, and they were deducting the withholding tax from me (I think it was 8%). My understanding is I was not an actual employee here since I was a consultant, should I have been registered as a business in this instance? It's just weird since this withholding tax was already reported to the BIR and it seems there was no issue.

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It's always great when I'm coding something and I find out that past me already implemented a function for it and I'm like “good job past me!” :self-five:

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Copied all of my follows to a private Twitter list, then replaced my “Home” column in Tweetdeck with that list, let's see how that works out. Main advantage of this: I can follow people for contest/giveaway purposes without necessarily having them in my main timeline.

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Well, I'm not sure my Gruul list is optimal either, but I do enjoy it:

Deck

4 Stomping Ground (RNA) 259

4 Rootbound Crag (XLN) 256

3 Llanowar Elves (DAR) 168

7 Mountain (ANA) 64

4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171

4 Gruul Spellbreaker (RNA) 179

8 Forest (ANA) 65

4 Zhur-Taa Goblin (RNA) 215

4 Burning-Tree Emissary (GTC) 216

3 Embercleave (ELD) 120

4 Questing Beast (ELD) 171

4 Once Upon a Time (ELD) 169

4 Pelt Collector (GRN) 141

2 Domri's Ambush (WAR) 192

1 Castle Garenbrig (ELD) 240

Sideboard

3 Veil of Summer (M20) 198

2 Cindervines (RNA) 161

2 Lava Coil (GRN) 108

1 Rekindling Phoenix (RIX) 111

2 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194

2 Flame Sweep (M20) 139

1 Collision // Colossus (RNA) 223

2 Bonecrusher Giant (ELD) 115

If you're facing a lot of aggro, I do like bant scapeshift better.

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Sorry, after I posted the comment above, I didn't have much time to grind Arena that month so I don't have much more input. The deck is sweet but it fares much better against aggro decks than the various ramp and control decks that become more prevalent once you're in Diamond or higher.

For this month, I've switched to Gruul aggro for Historic BO3, the games tend to go a lot faster :)

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