Roy Tang

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

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2020 October

  • Site Migration from Hugo to Django

    Leaving Hugo It's been a bit under two years since I migrated the site from Wordpress to Hugo. As discussed in this post one year ago, I was very happy with the general workflow of managing posts through markdown files in git, but had big problems with the Hugo build time, largely a consequence of my social media archiving. At that time, I didn't want to invest effort into migrating to a different backend, but the problem has only gotten incrementally worse since then, so I decided to take the jump and started working on it last month. Migration goals

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  • Weeknotes 2020-10-25

    Server migration update: I had encountered some trouble with the Travis-CI -based Hugo build generating this here website last week. Luckily, most of the migration work to the new backend was already done, so I went ahead and switched over the servers. So this site is no longer plain-old deployed HTML, but rather powered by a Django backend. The site should be mostly the same, though I did take the opportunity to move some stuff around. There's probably some bugs floating around, and maybe some secrets even. Probably need a longer blog post writing about the migration itself, though it

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    Posted by under blog at #weeknotes #changelog

    Also on: mastodon twitter / 621 words

2020 May

  • Location, Location, Location

    A while back I got an export of my Foursquare/Swarm data. If you're not familiar, these were a pair of apps that were used for "checking-in" to particular locations, with a sort of gamification system where if you checked in at a place often enough, you would earn points and eventually become "Mayor" of the venue. The idea being that owners of those venues might give some benefits to those who check-in often at those locations (AFAIK, this never really caught on in the Philippines). I wasn't a super active user of Foursquare/Swarm, I had maybe 500ish check-ins from 2010-2017

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2020 February

  • Redesign

    Posted by under blog at #tech-life #changelog

    Also on: twitter / 372 words

2020 January

  • Weeknotes 2020-01-12

    I've been thinking for a while about doing regular weeknotes. This is a type of post I've seen in some blogs where they recap the things that've happened to them during the past week. I've actually been doing these privately for a while, and now I'm going to try making them public. I think the advantages are obvious in terms of (a) having notes to recall what you were doing over a certain time period; and (b) guaranteeing regular writing output on the blog. One disadvantage over the private weeknotes is that in private I can usually include some more

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    Posted by under blog at #weeknotes #changelog

    Also on: twitter / 1076 words

2019 November

  • Indieweb Updates and Thoughts

    I mentioned before that I was looking into indieweb stuff. There's a whole wiki of information about it if you're into that sort of thing, but also here's a recent post which kind of serves as an overview. I have some comments on the content of this post, more on that later. Indieweb things I've already implemented on this site: have a personal domain (since 2006) microformats (h-card and h-feeds and h-entrys), though I would have to be using some sort of microformats reader to make sure everything there is hunky-dory (no concrete plans for this yet) webmention support, via

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  • FontAwesome has been fun and all, but in the interest of reducing load time and external dependencies, I removed the FA dependency on this blog and switched to SVG icons instead. Icons are from here, specifically the set by Bryn Taylor and the Special Social Icon Set #9. Not all the icons carried over, especially some of the social ones (Mastodon, etc). Workarounds had to be made. Hopefully nothing breaks!

2019 October

  • I made a 3AM decision to switch over the site's front page to show what was previously under "Stream" and now the "Posts" section is listed in the menu as "Blog". We'll see if I like this better. Also, the root RSS feed now includes everything from "Stream" as well. IDK how many people were following this site via an RSS reader (I would like it if you guys told me!), but for those of you who do: surprise, you are in for a firehose! If you only want the longer-form traditional blog posts, an RSS feed for that is still available.

    I also moved the fanfics from before into a new "Fiction" section. I had previously tried moving them under posts but it felt weird that the archive said I had posts from before 2002 since technically the blog hadn't existed yet. So that this section isn't made up entirely of old fanfiction, I also put up a short story I had written a couple of years ago. I probably have some more fiction hidden somewhere. If not, I'll make some!

    Smaller site updates like this will probably just be under "Notes" in the future, instead of full-length blog posts. All changes can still be followed using the changelog tag.

  • An Archive of My Own

    A post about making a guy making an archive of his twitter data made the rounds lately, so I figured I should make my own post about my ongoing efforts in this regard. I mentioned in an earlier post that I like being able to use social media to dig through my own history. But as the first link above says, these social media sites can go away since nothing lasts forever. In the spirit of the Indieweb principle to own your data, for the past few months I've been working on archiving most of my social media content on

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2019 August

  • Perpetually under renovation

    Posted by under blog at #meta #changelog

    Also on: twitter / 419 words

2019 July

  • Move Fast, Break Things

2018 November

  • Site Migration from Wordpress to Hugo

2008 December

  • roytang.net site update

    Previously I hosted two separate WordPress blogs on roytang.net, the old one I've had since forever, and a separate one that discussed only magic related articles. It was a bit bothersome to have two WordPress installs though. Now that I've migrated to a Django backend, I decided to merge the blogs back into one. The blog now has the following sections/categories: Magic the Gathering -- for posts related to MTG Software Development -- for posts related to Software Development (hopefully I can write more about this topic) Gaming -- originally I didn't have this category, but looking at previous contents

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2008 July

  • New WordPress Theme -- Thematic

    Changed to Thematic zroytang : yung current na wordpress theme ko parang ang crowded (Anonymous) : baka it's the font... or less ugn spacing zroytang : papagalitan mo ko pag pinalitan ko e zroytang : haha (Anonymous) : haha hindi naman a (Anonymous) : sabihin ko lang na you're fickle like a girl (Anonymous) : haha zroytang : tsk! (Anonymous) : it's nice to be female.. if magpaka-fickle ako, i've an excuse (Anonymous) : if magsungit ako, i've an excuse din (Anonymous) : if i get irrational, meron ulit excuse zroytang : and you can make sexist remarks freely! (Anonymous)

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2008 May

2007 January

  • Modified MistyLook

    The original is here. Yeah, I didn't like the header image so I removed it. I'm tired of moving themes around, so I'll settle on this for a while. Simple and clean. I'll just fuss around with the plugins later. And yeah, I'm also changing the categories around. There should be a plugin to search posts and assign multiple posts to new categories at the same time. My vacation time is almost up... I still have too many things to watch...
    Posted by under blog at #meta #changelog

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2006 February

  • Welcome to roytang.net

    Yeah, so I was bored and went ahead and got a domain name. ^_^I'm wondering if I've wasted money, but webhosting is really cheap nowadays anyway. Thanks to the nice folks at pinoywebhosting.com for their quick service! Anyway, I hope you'll pardon me if some parts of the site aren't fully up-and-running (the about page is still the wordpress template for one), I haven't had much time to play around with wordpress yet. Farewell, Blogger. You have served me well, but it's time to try something new. Done so far: Imported posts and comments from Blogger Go through every single

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2005 December

  • Moving Things Around A Bit

    Posted by under blog at #meta #changelog

    Also on: blogger / 298 words