Roy Tang

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hardware tech-life

I bought a new phone yesterday. At the recommendation of my brother, I got one from the Nokia N-series, the Nokia N73. As a relatively recent smartphone release, it cost quite a chunk of cash. I was having second thoughts for a while, because I’m almost never comfortable parting with a significant amount of cash. If I’m going to spend more than a week’s salary on something, it better provide me with a decent amount of entertainment

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movies pop-culture

Pretty good movie, as expected. The story is what you’d expect from a comic-book movie, but the mid-air fight scenes are really great. The whole Sandman thing is basically fluff, the movie could have been done without him. He was like a cheap pop to make the whole “dark side” thing easier to start off, but then they had trouble resolving his story. It’s not like he’s a major Spidey villain anyway.

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Amazon.com: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich: Books: Timothy Ferriss (tags:¬†books-to-look-for)  

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philippines

So, I was there in the taxi with my youngest brother Brian. And I brought up the topic of the noontime TV show Wowowee, which we had just seen about half an hour of before we got in the taxi. I told him that I thought of it as a really terrible show. Sure, poor people win relatively-large cash prizes and stuff from it, but it feels so exploitative. Hundreds, maybe thousands of poor folk from god-knows-how-far-away queue up outside the studios every day hoping to get into the studio audience to participate in the cash giveaways.

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No matter how much of an optimist I am, I have to admit all people will have down cycles. The last few days seem to be one of mine. Health-wise: My stomach has been in a rebellious mood for the past three or four days, I actually went to work with a fever last Friday. Also, it seems my blood pressure was a bit high since yesterday. I’m thinking about going in for a checkup within the next week or so, depending on how my condition changes.

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magic-the-gathering

A bit lazy today, just a quick summary. As usual for a prerelease, lots of people at NG yesterday. I got there before Galleria opened and whiled away time on the DS. The NG staff was a lot more efficient today, they were able to start the first 3 flights as early as 10:30. I got on flight C, and proceeded to open one of the most mediocre card pools I’ve ever seen.

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50 Tools that can Increase your Writing Skills Dumb Little Man (tags:¬†articles¬†writing)  

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magic-the-gathering

I scrubbed out of the last 3 TSP-TSP-PLC drafts, how annoying. :/ I tend to make bad plays at the worst possible time, and also don’t mulligan very well. If I’m not good at it, I suppose I should stop. Maybe I’ll get better once Future Sight comes out.

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Tech Life Most start-ups fail -- Rands In Repose: 1.0 (tags:¬†entrepreneurship¬†articles¬†software) Rands In Repose: Free Electron (tags:¬†hackers¬†productivity¬†software) Rands In Repose: Taking Time to Think (tags:¬†articles¬†productivity¬†software) quixoticals: The Most Frustrating Super Mario Mod Ever What an unspeakably cruel pair of stages. (tags:¬†games¬†funny)  

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At work, especially during assessment time, they often ask me if I have any concerns or needs or suggestions that I want to raise to management. And I never have any answers. So I thought about it today, and I realized why I seldom have complaints: I’m a simple person. It doesn’t take much to make me happy, and I figure I’m already ahead of the curve anyway. I have a fairly good paycheck, I like my job (more or less), I like the people I work with, and they recognize and respect me for my contributions.

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Due to pressing work concerns, I was unable to go to confession for Holy Week this year. So much for being a devout Catholic. As is tradition, most of the long weekend was spent watching a whole lot of stuff: 24 – I’ve been keeping pace with the episodes so far. The thing about 24: people die. A lot of them. And amazingly, Jack Bauer gets off every single time. They should have a season where Jack Bauer dies around episode ten or something (or at least gets hospitalized and taken out of the game) That would shock people.

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gaming

I obviously don’t have much time for gaming if it takes me more than a month to finish a “simple” choose-your-own-adventure style game like Phoenix Wright. Very entertaining game, it puts you in the shoes of a novice defense attorney, Phoenix Wright and your adventures in trying to uncover the truth behind several murder cases. The gameplay is composed of two parts: investigative sequences where you go around various locations gathering information and evidence, and the actual trial part where you have to spot contradictions in witness testimonies and prove your clients to be innocent.

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Nikon | Universcale A flash webapp that shows you a scale of everything in the universe. Gives a nice sense of perspective. (tags: flash cool)

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movies pop-culture

if you’ve ever lived in the Philippines during the summer months, you’re well aware of the sweltering heat. Not being in the mood to feel like french toast during this Sunday noontime, my brothers and I decided to troop to the nearby mall and catch a movie – in this case the return of those childhood stalwarts the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen. Now, as my youngest brother asked, what were we doing there?

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magic-the-gathering

So yeah, it was a Two-Headed Giant Limited PTQ at NG Galleria yesterday. I played with my friend Paul, and we had a rather good sealed pool, coming up with a pair of decks that had the basic strategy of “Do not block!” Unfortunately, we were only able to go 5-2, ending up as the team in 10th place. Well, it’s not like we would’ve been able to go to San Diego, but still the 750USD would have been nice.

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Create a Linux Desktop App In 14 Minutes Using QDevelop and QT4 (tags:¬†linux¬†programming)  

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Desktop Tower Defense Okay, I wasted about an hour of my time playing this. On easy mode. And I couldn't finish it. I suck on tower defense. (tags:¬†flash¬†games¬†web-games) How-to: Installing Ubuntu Linux on a usb pendrive | Debian/Ubuntu Tips & Tricks (tags:¬†howto¬†linux¬†usb)  

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Chiz Escudero Real Ultimate Facts!!! (tags:¬†politics¬†) Coding Horror: Top 6 List of Programming Top 10 Lists (tags:¬†programming¬†)  

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magic-the-gathering

  Under Development Standard @ NG Galleria 24-Mar-2007 Main Deck 60 cards Sideboard 4¬†Breeding Pool 3¬†Stomping Ground 1¬†Steam Vents 2¬†Mountain 7¬†Island 5¬†Forest 1¬†Skargg, the Rage Pits 23 land 3¬†Plaxmanta 3¬†Sulfur Elemental

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Understanding Your Intelligence -- The Best Resources | steve-olson.com I want to read all of those... (tags: lifehacks)  

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