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2021 September

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2021 August

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2021 July

  • Weeknotes 2021-07-25

  • Weeknotes 2021-07-18

    A quote: "The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men." - George Eliot The world: Fitch downgrades PH credit rating outlook to "negative" Pacquiao ousted from PDP-Laban by an opposing faction, just as he's preparing for his upcoming fight. Covid-19 delta variant has been detected in the PH, let's hope the government can keep it under control. Valve has announced the Steam Deck, a handheld PC for playing Steam games Links of interest: Hobson's Browser: How Apple, Facebook, and Google Broke the Mobile Browser Market by Silently Undermining User Choice The

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  • Weeknotes 2021-07-11

    A quote: "You are the books you read the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colours fill

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  • Weeknotes 2021-07-04

    It's the Fourth of July, which really only means something in the US. Over here it used to be "Philippine-American Friendship Day", but apparently that was phased out while I was still in grade school. A quote "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts" - W. Churchill The world: Our current president and one of our possible future presidents, who are ostensibly allies / partymates have been feuding over the past week. Just another sign of how tenuous political alliances in this country are; they are no match for ambition. The

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2021 June

  • Weeknotes 2021-06-27

    It's almost July, which means 2021 is just about halfway done, and yet here we still are in pandemic mode. A quote "Each year that passes rings you inwardly with memory and might. Wield your heart, and the world will tremble." - Doran the Siege Tower The world: Last Thursday, former PH President Noynoy Aquino III passed away quietly. This led to the usual condolences and accolades from across the political spectrum, although many noted the delay in the palace issuing a statement (I suspect it was because the current president was still asleep). Many of his friends and supporters

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  • Weeknotes 2021-06-20

    Today is father's day. If you're lucky enough to have a good father in your life, be sure to show your appreciation. Today's weeknotes are shorter than usual for some reason. A quote "My goal is to build a life I don't need a vacation from." - Rob Hill Sr. The world: The International Criminal Court is proceeding with a probe into Duterte's drug war. The admin is all like "ha ha we don't care, you have no basis, we won't cooperate, etc etc", but despite the posturing, it kind of feels like they're a bit scared. On the pandemic

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2021 May

  • This kind of "data massaging" (ranking not normalized by pop) has harmful effects beyond simply propaganda. What if those DDS who see this become complacent because they think we have vaccinated more than even Singapore?

    Quoted pnagovph's tweet:

    LOOK: The Philippines ranked second among the countries in Southeast Asia in terms of total doses of #Covid19 vaccines administered.

    FULL STORY: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1141205

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  • Weeknotes 2021-05-23

    It's the last week of May (more or less), and I'm mostly looking forward to a new month because I'm tired of ridiculous summer heat and I'm hoping the sun tones it down a bit in June. The one aircon we have in the house has been busted all summer, so we have been suffering through the heat and surviving mostly through stacking multiple fans and also an excessive number of showers. A quote “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ― Joseph Campbell

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  • Weeknotes 2021-05-16

    A quote "Who has never killed an hour? Not casually or without thought, but carefully: a premeditated murder of minutes. The violence comes from a combination of giving up, not caring, and a resignation that getting past it is all you can hope to accomplish. So you kill the hour. You do not work, you do not read, you do not daydream. If you sleep it is not because you need to sleep. And when at last it is over, there is no evidence: no weapon, no blood, and no body. The only clue might be the shadows beneath your

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  • Weeknotes 2021-05-09

    This post is being published a day late. Things happen okay? Sometimes you get busy and things need to be pushed back. The world: like the thug that he is, our dear president claimed that the arbitral award ruling in the PH's favor was nothing more than a sheet of paper he could easily discard. He also challenged former justice Antonio Carpio to a debate over the West Philippine Sea issue, a challenge the latter quickly accepted. As basically everyone expected, Duterte later chickened out, and offered his spokesman Roque as a distraction, er, proxy for the debate. debris from

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  • Weeknotes 2021-05-02

    It's already May? April felt like it came and went so quickly. But then again, time has little meaning in this accursed pandemic. The world: The brouhaha over community pantries (as described last week), seems to have calmed down and they are now generally coordinating with LGUs for assistance in maintaining health protocols Meanwhile, the government has embarked on a propaganda campaign to assert that we aren't the worst in terms of pandemic response in the world Certain congress people continue to promote the usage of the drug Ivermectin, which has no known effect on Covid-19, as a Covid-19 cure

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2021 April