Roy Tang

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

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roytang.net is a personal site; 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.

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26 Dec 2018

Back during the early days of gaming (both PC and console), there weren’t many game releases, and I had a lot of free time, so whenever I got a new game, I usually managed to play a fair amount of it. Ever since the advent of Steam and its constant sales, this has been a lot more challenging, especially since I have had much less time for gaming since I started working.

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@jtannady I was just curious because in the places I’ve worked at (in the Philippines), female software devs wasn’t really uncommon (in some batches I’ve trained even more than 50% female)

@jtannady my experience is probably mostly anecdotal though, i’m not sure if it’s true for the local industry at large

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25 Dec 2018

Some random notes I had jotted down about Christmas: Filipinos love Christmas. Filipinos are well-known for celebrating the longest Christmas season, with decorations and Christmas songs starting to become common around September. The most well-known meme around this time is about the song Christmas in our Hearts by Jose Mari Chan, which is one of the songs malls often play during the season. Many memes leading up to December or even earlier imply Jose Mari Chan preparing to strike on unsuspecting Filipinos.

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24 Dec 2018

Christmas Steam giveaway! Somehow yet again I’ve accumulated a bunch of extra keys for Steam games, so I’ll give some away this Christmas. Here are some games I’m giving out:

Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut Shadowrun: Hong Kong - Extended Edition Sniper Elite Sniper Elite V2 Resident Evil Revelations World of Goo Elders Scrolls Morrowind

Edit: Adding some other keys I found, but I’m not sure these are still valid (we’ll find out when someone asks for them!) Crusader Kings II Legend of Grimrock

If you’d like one of these, please add me on Steam (my account name is “hungryroy”), comment below with your Steam account and the game(s) you want. The Steam account is required. If you list multiple games, you’ll still only receive one if you win. If multiple people want a particular game, one will be chosen randomly or at my discretion. (There is no DTI representative.). Recipients will be chosen on Saturday the 29th.

I don’t ask for anything in return, but if you have any extra Steam trading cards you’re not using, I wouldn’t mind if you sent me some.

Merry Christmas!

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Gift giving is something I’m quite bad at. Okay wait, that’s not accurate. I’m fine with the gift giving. The real problem I have with is gift-buying. I’m not good at buying gifts for other people. The main problem I guess is that I’m not good at buying things in general, unless those are things that are of particular interest to me. And since my interests are a bit niche, there tends to be not much overlap with what gifts I think other people will appreciate.

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23 Dec 2018

A Nobel Prize-winning psychologist says most people don’t really want to be happy Interesting article, a quote: Kahneman argues that satisfaction is based mostly on comparisons. “Life satisfaction is connected to a large degree to social yardsticks–achieving goals, meeting expectations.” While I guess this is largely true for society as a whole, it’s something I try to avoid for myself, since comparison is the thief of joy. The article argues that satisfaction is different from happiness, which is fleeting.

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22 Dec 2018

Coincidentally, both the US and PH congresses failed to pass funding bills this month. In the US, this leads to a (I believe partial) federal shutdown. In the PH, it means a reenacted 2019 budget until a funding bill is passed. Curious about the why and effect of this difference

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Facebook is in hot water again, over controversial deals it made in the past that compromised user privacy. I have been considering for a long time to leave Facebook. These are the challenges: For many people, Facebook is the only way I have to contact them I don’t have a better place to share family pictures (again most of the family is on Facebook) certain follows/groups relevant to my interest are Facebook only Basically the network effect.

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21 Dec 2018

Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerberg are different people in vastly different positions, but I find it interesting the uncanny parallels their stories have taken them through. Like many non-Americans, I’m acutely aware of the shenanigans of Donald Trump, the current US president. It would be a fascinating story, if only it weren’t so bad for the world. His character arc is of someone who rose to the level of this own incompetence.

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20 Dec 2018

Earlier I walked the whole length of university road to philcoa, about 1700 steps. Couldve sworn it was much longer back when I was in college

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Something to do: Every time you see an epal “there’s no such thing as premature campaigning” ad from one of the devil’s minions, share something about one of the lesser-known but better and vastly more deserving senatorial candidates. Here’s senatorial candidate Chel Diokno https://t.co/8mJIsFxem7

Chel Diokno is chairman of the Free Legal Assistance Group, which Jose W. Diokno founded. It is the Philippines’ oldest and largest group of human rights lawyers.

(I do not entirely agree that our institutions work, since the problematic justice system is one of those institutions)

Something to do: Every time you see an epal “there’s no such thing as premature campaigning” ad from one of the devil’s minions, share something about one of the lesser-known but better and vastly more deserving senatorial candidates. Here’s senatorial candidate Chel Diokno https://t.co/8mJIsFxem7
Chel Diokno is chairman of the Free Legal Assistance Group, which Jose W. Diokno founded. It is the Philippines’ oldest and largest group of human rights lawyers.
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The other day I was passing through the QC memorial circle (as is my wont) and I decided to walk around the tiangge/flea market that’s often there. It seemd larger than usual that day, so I figured I should finally take a look. And in the process I remembered what I dislike about local flea markets: 90% of the stalls are selling some form of clothes (which I have no interest in browsing - maybe if these stalls sold something my size for once!

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19 Dec 2018

I’m a fan of unpredictability and randomness, and I easily get bored with regularity, repetitiveness or consistency. I once articulated this as a life philosophy to a friend - that I preferred a life with periods of highs and lows, like a sine wave, instead of a simple and boring flat line. This is why I often enjoy games like Scrabble or MTG. Basically competitive skill-intensive games that still have a significant element of random chance, so that the games while interesting, almost never play out the same way.

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18 Dec 2018

I’ve been playing MTG Arena for a good while now, a little bit during the closed beta, and now I think we’re still in open beta (?) because things still keep changing around. But I figured I could put in a little commentary about how this thing is going so far. I’m coming off the POV of a long-time Magic the Gathering player of course, with a little bit of comparison to Eternal and Hearthstone, the two digital CCGs I’m most familiar with.

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17 Dec 2018

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