Roy Tang

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

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DS Fanboy (tags:¬†games¬†blogs) papafuji's DS Adventures Page (tags:¬†games)  

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movies review pop-culture

Mostly due to my antisocial nature and my laziness, I haven’t actually seen a movie in a theater since… forever. I broke that fast mostly because of the hype surround 300, the movie based on Frank Miller’s comic book retelling of the Battle at Thermopylae. Everyone who’s seen the movie has the same thing to say: it’s really good. So I went to see it with a brother of mine. And it was good.

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tech-life

My computer died last night, refusing to boot. Ubuntu would complain of being unable to read the root filesystem. Windows XP would say that there’s a corrupted DLL. I immediately arranged to borrow both an Ubuntu LiveCD and a Windows XP install disk the next day to help check the problem. When I got home today, the computer had been miraculously fixed. My brother said he’d been using it no problem.

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I’m sure a lot of people have experienced it, the feeling of being adrift, directionless. Just living your life day in and day out not knowing where you’re going or why. Maybe not everybody though, as I’ve met quite a few people who seem quite content with the monotony of their lives, doing the same thing day in and day out, never bothering to overcome the inertia of their daily lives.

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Pinoy Vote -- Philippine Election 2007 (tags:¬†politics¬†pinoy¬†)  

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meta

Your Entrepreneur Type: The Geek You are smart and insightful and you enjoy solving interesting problems and technology for their own sakes. Entrepreneurial strengths: academic and / or technical brilliance comfortable with the abstract obsession with new technology Entrepreneurial weaknesses: expertise tends to be quite narrow difficulty with people personality may not be forceful enough to lead problems you may want to solve may not have a significant market

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gaming

List of games I’m planning (or want) to play: Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney (NDS – In progress) Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (NDS) Phoenix Wright, Justice for All (NDS) Final Fantasy VI Advance (GBA) Everything on the Top 20 Indie Adventure Games list. Too many games I want to play and not enough time… the story of every gamer-turned-working-man I suppose. Most of my gaming is done on the NDS these days, though I wish it had even more good games (When is Phantom Hourglass coming out anyway?

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Independent Gaming -- Top 20 Free Adventure Games I'm dreaming that I have the time to play adventure games (tags:¬†games¬†indie)  

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GameProducer.Net √ā¬Ľ Carnival of Game Production -- Second Edition (tags:¬†gamedev)  

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tv-series pop-culture

If you’re not familiar with the series, One Piece is an anime about pirates, the same way Naruto is about ninjas. Like Naruto, they don’t live in a world very different from our own. The One Piece universe is a lot more insane than Naruto’s though. I’ve only watched less than a hundred episodes, but so far the Straw Hat Pirates have encountered giant sea cows, talking reindeer, a guy who can eat anything, a man-shark… too many to mention.

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travels

I’ve been asked if I would be willing to be temporarily posted in another country, halfway across the world, for around half a year. On the surface, it seems like a good idea – I don’t have any definite plans for the next few months, so there’s nothing in the way. It would be new stuff, new places, people, experiences, etc., a most welcome change of pace. But the first emotion that grips me is fear.

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Software is hard | Salon Books (tags: articles software-development) Super Mario Bros 3 | Firefox Add-ons | Mozilla Corporation Cool and very geeky SMB3 theme for Firefox. Unfortunately, it takes up far too much screen real-estate. (tags: firefox themes) Convince Me -- Debate Online I love it that the internet gets a dedicates debating website and the #1 item is "

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Hack Attack: Burn almost any video file to a playable DVD -- Lifehacker (tags:¬†howto¬†) Say goodbye to Microsoft. Now. (tags:¬†linux)  

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Beryl/Xgl on Ubuntu (tags:¬†howto¬†linux) GTD Wannabe: Using Slickrun to Create a Scratch File -- With Spacing (tags:¬†tools¬†productivity)  

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Post Part I: This being my first week back to work after a month-long hiatus, I inevitably get the usual sort of questions people ask when you get back from a vacation: “Hey, where did you go?” “Do you have any¬†pasalubong?” (souvenirs) “So, what did you do for one month?” I’m amused by how very few people seem to get the fact that I didn’t do “anything” in particular over the break.

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magic-the-gathering

Played yesterday at Galleria. With a whole bunch of people: three from the Zu crowd and I think five or six from the office. Insane number of people, as expected. I got there about ten minutes after the mall opened (I came from work), and I was already preregistered, but I only got to sign up for the sixth flight (Flight F). They had to buy extra tables from a nearby Office Warehouse.

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Daily delicious plugin broken down, this is being generated manually. But I heard that delicious now supports this functionality directly… Shared bookmarks for¬†del.icio.us¬†user¬†roytang¬†on 2007-01-18 Ironic Sans: Idea: A building shaped like Godzilla — Tagged as: blogs cool funny Piled Higher and Deeper — Tagged as: webcomics Fumbling Towards Geekdom: A 2006 productivity hot-or-not guide — Tagged as: productivity My Freeware Page – AleJenJes Countdown Timer —

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tech-life

I’m going to try out a new feed aggregator for a while –¬†NewsHutch. Don’t get me wrong,¬†Bloglines¬†is nice and all, but one gets tired of the UI after a while. NewsHutch looks… nice. And don’t get me started on Google Reader… that one is slow as molasses. (I added it to my Google Customized Homepage though, maybe that makes it better)

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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.