This was the longest Lent
I stopped updating the COVID19 Diary for a few days (last update was on Maunday Thursday), and I feel like that was a healthier choice overall. It helped that nothing significantly newsworthy happened over the long weekend. (Well, there's still thousands of deaths worldwide, but somehow our bar for "significant" has shifted quite a bit.) Our lockdown has of course been extended to the end of April. I expect it will go beyond that though, likely the earliest chance for things to start going back to normal might be by June. Got some consulting work done in the first half
I usually log links to interesting articles that I read over on Pocket, which get fed into the links list on this blog, but that page only shows the most recent ones, so I thought I'd highlight some in a post as well. Recent science news: scientists have managed to image the event horizon of a black hole! Here's a nice article about why that's a big deal and some interesting science stuff behind it. This article on the advantages of stealth wealth reminds me how my mom always gets on my case for wearing old and ratty shirts when
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the main event in copenhagen is not modern, it is limited (day 1 sealed, day 2 draft) using the modern horizons set. familiarity with the modern format is not required
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The best time is right now. It's never too late or too early to be who you were meant to be.
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JSPs are actually compiled into Java servlets on the server-side anyway. Their main purpose is to make it easier to write and maintain HTML/CSS/JS since doing that in an actual servlet includes writing a lot of out.print statements.
Book Review: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character by Feynman, RichardSurely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman My rating: 5 of 5 stars After reading this book, I'm quite envious of Feynman's life haha. He's lived a very interesting life and the stories are told with a general down-to-earth tone despite the fact that he often has to explain the math and theoretical physics which may be less accessible for laymen. For science-oriented people, this may be one of the best biographies to read View all my reviews
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Pair him with an employee that they already trust. Say it is part of your mentoring or training program. Eventually you can wean the client off the more veteran employee
A modern day parable for the Philippines:
Mark Jr. appears before the board of directors of bank. He is applying to be their CEO.
Director A: So, why should we hire you?
Mark Jr: I have a lot of good plans for the bank, I plan to (blah, blah, blah)
Director B: Wow, this guy sounds really good! He has some good plans! We should hire him!
Director A: Wait a minute. (Looking at Mark Jr's resume). It says here you're the son of the Mark Sr?
Mark Jr: Yes, so?
Director A: Mark Sr stole billions from this bank when he was the CEO!
Director B: Really? I wasn't around then.
Mark Jr: That's not true! My father's wealth was legitimate!
Director A: There were court decisions ordering him to pay back the money!
Director B: Well, we can't really fault him for the sins of his father right?
Mark Jr: What he said! That was a long time ago, I was still young then. I had nothing to do with it!
Director A: You were already 20 years old at that time! Your father hired you as his assistant, how could you have nothing to do with it?
Mark Jr: I'm not the one who was convicted right?
Director A: Will you at least apologize for your father's crimes?
Mark Jr: Why should I apologize? I can only apologize for myself.
Director A: But you admit he stole from this bank?
Mark Jr: The court already decided about that, we should just move on.
Director B: I agree, that's the past. We should be excited about this guy's plans for the bank
Director A: Wait a minute, your family hasn't given back the money your father stole yet. You should give it back!
Mark Jr: I cannot give what I do not have!
Director A: Aren't you the executor of your father's estate?
Mark Jr: Hey let's look to the future ok, not the past
Director B: I think we should give this guy a chance. Look at his father's record, he did some good stuff for the bank before he stole the money.
Director A: (glares at Director B like he's an idiot)
If it were you, would you hire Mark Jr?
Daredevil was okay. Pacing felt a bit off in some places, but the fight scenes were great and the Matt - Foggy bromance was well-portrayed. Certainly a better treatment than a two-hour movie could afford, given the nature of Matt Murdock's relationships. A number of threads were left hanging for future series to pick up, but the ending was satisfying enough. I would have hoped for something bigger, but maybe we'll get that in Defenders
@aleksfelipe baka may blood moon ka :p
Previously: I went to Europe, decided I should tell you more about it and started talking about Barcelona Monday March 9th For today, we had decided to visit Park Güell, a Barcelona tourist spot created by this old-timey big shot to display the works of well-known Catalanion architect Antoni Gaudi. I say "well-known" but I'll be the first to admit that my culturally-ignorant self had not heard of him before, but he's kind of a big deal in Barcelona with many souvenir shops sporting some thing reminiscent of his works. My travelling companions seemed to know what they were doing,
Say what you will about the Game of Thrones TV series, but I really like how they did the battle of Blackwater Bay (yes, I'm still in season 2 playing catch up). Or maybe I just really enjoy watching large-scale medieval warfare, it's far better than reading about it. Looking forward to the big battle in the North towards the end of season 4.
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All my life, my heart has sought a thing I cannot name.