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My stuff: - [This week's quarantine notes](/2020/05/covid19-05-24/). - the weather has been so hot lately, I've taken to shifting my sleep schedule to afternoons so that I can maximize the use of the air-conditioning to when it's most needed. It also helps me be more productive, since I can get more things done if I'm awake during the cooler hours of the day. I think I'm more looking forward to the end of summer than the end of quarantine. - a bit of consulting work this week, actually had to code some stuff. Mostly integration work, API calls, that sort of thing. - The [fancy new headset](/2020/05/hyperx-cloud2/) I ordered off Lazada came in last Saturday. - **Gaming: **Not much gaming this week surprisingly. The Saturday playgroup started playing Scythe, a Steam version of an actual boardgame. Games take a long time, and I'm pretty terrible at it because it seems to need a lot of advance planning. We're also planning to play some Jackbox games. - **Quiz:** So we're up to 3 regular o ...

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My Stuff: - [This week's quarantine notes](/2020/05/covid19-05-17/). - **Work**: A bit of Laravel work, and a bit of server management and deployment. Nothing too ridiculous. - **Watching**: Haven't watched much this week. There was the really great **Justice League Dark: Apokolips War** which came out last week. Apparently it's the last one for the DC AMU, or this particular timeline at least. - **Quiz**: We are now up to 3 locally produced online quiz nights per week, which seems like a lot because we only used to attend 2-3 live events per month. I managed to tie for first place in the Geekfight one this week, but we didn't win either of the other two. - **Gaming**: - I played a lot of Divinity Original Sin 2 this week, probably much more than a healthy amount. Really started to get into it, but I think I'm not even halfway into the game? - Saturday group also played some Scythe from the Asmodee bundle. It's a challenging worker placement-like boardgame with some combat, but t ...

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My Stuff: - Early this morning I took a walk outside for the first time since the lockdown started. Previously I had only gone out for groceries and meds. Only for less than 30 mins, and only in our subdivision, walking up and down the street. It's good to be walking again, although this short and limited route is quite boring and full of neighbor's dogs barking at me, so I'm not too fond of it, but it's better to get the habit started again since I've been feeling the fatness piling on due to the quarantine and the lack of exercise. - **Work**: A few consultation meetings here and there, but starting next week I may need to do some actual coding work for other people. - **Watching**: Watched a [few movies this week](/page/lists/2020/movies/), The Siege (caught it on TV during my lunch break), Skull Island (because Brie Larson), Ready Player One (it's Cyclops!), and also watched Ang Huling El Bimbo the Musical (Not really a movie, but ok). I also ended up watching the 2 episodes of t ...

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First week of May. At least two more weeks of quarantine remain. [COVID19 Diary](/2020/03/covid19/) still exists, only updated every so often. I stayed in the entire week! --- The week was slightly more productive than the last one, at least in terms of personal projects. I moved a couple of them forward. And also spent a bunch of time spring cleaning and moving stuff around here on the site. Details to follow. Quizzes: I watched the Geekfight, but I could only personally answer like 4 questions maybe. My teammate who was an official player did much better. We joined the PopQuiz one, but got a cursed ace and finished low. Looking forward to next week's quizzes, and there may even be a new organizer setting up an online quiz! --- ### Watching lately I burned through the remaining 5 seasons of Psych and the 2017 Psych movie as well. Overall it's a really fun series, despite usually sticking to a formula. Chock-full of pop culture references and shout-outs and in-jokes and such, jus ...

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It's the last week of April, but thanks to an extension, we are still in for three more weeks of quarantine. The [COVID19 Diary](/2020/03/covid19/) is still being updated sporadically. Only went out once this week, for groceries. We tried to buy a bit more than usual, hoping to reduce the number of times we need to go out. We also celebrated a couple of birthdays in the family, through a zoom call, complete with the grandkids blowing on a candle from across the internet. --- The week wasn't very productive. Lots of sitting or lying around, scrolling through feeds, instead of doing something "productive". I mean, I used to do this even before the quarantine, but these days I'm just more inclined, I think? Lot less consulting work this week, as I wrapped up most of the stuff I needed to do last week. We skipped this week's online Geekfight, because the categories were not in our favor. We did watch the stream, and I could only answer at most one question per round. We were hoping t ...

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This week went by quickly, for some reason. And despite the fact that it's summer, the rains have started coming in early, although only sporadically. inb4 "the world is healing" The [COVID19 Diary](/2020/03/covid19/) is still being updated every few days. Actually went out 3 times this week, once for groceries, and twice for meds for the parental units (one would assume they would coordinate so I can just buy everything in one go, but nooooo.) Maybe that contributed to why the week went by so fast for me. Going out these days saps your energy a lot more than it used to. --- Tiny bit of consulting work this week. Wrapped up something I was checking for a client, and helped another one optimize their Wordpress install. It's simple, but it's honest work. There were two online quiz nights again this week. I didn't play in the Geekfight one, only watched, as the theme (musicals) was out of my wheelhouse. We actually attended the original one for this back in 2016, and correspondingly d ...

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I stopped updating the [COVID19 Diary](/2020/03/covid19/) for a few days (last update was on Maunday Thursday), and I feel like that was a healthier choice overall. It helped that nothing significantly newsworthy happened over the long weekend. (Well, there's still thousands of deaths worldwide, but somehow our bar for "significant" has shifted quite a bit.) Our lockdown has of course been extended to the end of April. I expect it will go beyond that though, likely the earliest chance for things to start going back to normal might be by June. --- Got some consulting work done in the first half of the week, mostly setting up some automation for a client. Looks like they'll have more to do for me next week so at least I'm keeping busy. Also managed to do two online quiz nights again, doing more poorly this time, but still pretty fun. The second one was held last night (Black Saturday), and it was a team effort, so it involved our trivia team on an FB Messenger call while watching th ...

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My [COVID19 Diary](/2020/03/covid19/) is still ongoing, and I have yet to find a solution for the TOC. Today is Palm Sunday. I'm writing this early in the morning, so IDK yet how the church will adapt the usual fanfare to this whole pandemic thing. The summer heat has begun to settle in during the last few weeks of quarantine. I can't sit without a shirt or rest or my arms anywhere without sweat threatening to accumulate on the contact surface. Coincidentally around the first week of the lockdown, our aircon in the only airconditioned room in the house started making funny noises so we've stopped using it. At least we get to save electricty? --- Overall this week much less productive than the last. I felt a stronger tendency to "veg out" as it were. I didn't get to write any new blog posts this week (other than the weeknotes). It seems kind of difficult to get your thoughts together when your brain is constantly distracted by the state of the world. I mean, how could I ever finis ...

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Past week has been difficult productivity-wise. I mean, the isolation isn't really a problem for me since I'm usually at home anyway. But it's difficult to find the energy to be productive about anything. It's like the whole pandemic situation manifests as a lingering ball of anxiety in the back of my head. My parents are prayerful and hopeful that things get resolved quickly, but I'm not super optimistic - I think it's likely to go long. My [COVID19 Diary](/2020/03/covid19/) is still ongoing if you want more day-to-day thoughts. When thinking about how the world is handling this pandemic, the words of one of my boardgame friends comes to mind: > "Everyone's playing like idiots!" --- That's my excuse anyway, for no other posts this week. I did have some ideas for posts, but not the energy or clarity to write them. Most of my time this week went into: - consulting work (the show must go on) - gaming: I started playing Stellaris again. New build has much better late game performa ...

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> "It's chaos, be kind" - Michelle McNamara on the world. --- **Current events:** This past week has been... challenging to say the least. Especially if you're the sort who experiences anxiety over the smallest uncertainty. I was originally going to write about local COVID19 happenings in this space, but it ended up being way too many words. I spun it off into [a separate post](/2020/03/covid19/), and intend to update it periodically as events unfold. It's hard to remember the events of the week other than the COVID19 stuff, but the first half was still mostly normal. I went out for a client meeting on Monday and did some filial errands and bill payments over Tuesday and Wednesday. For me, the crisis mostly escalated on Thursday. --- **Gaming:** I mentioned last week how I got into Frostpunk. I streamed the [second session of a blind run] (/2020/03/1237749177741914122/), but after getting a bit stressed at the news, I decided to keep playing into the early morning and finished th ...

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The Week That Was: The COVID19 pandemic is starting to pick up steam, both internationally (including the US) and here in the Philippines. The Trump administration seems to be handling things poorly, which would be typical to expect of an administration not used to transparency or integrity. For all our sakes they need to get their act together. The PH government appears to be doing slightly better (assuming no hidden epidemic), although their messaging still seems to be all over the place. Some local governments have started suspending classes and private business are now requiring self-quarantines, and rumor has it the Greenhills business district was a ghost town the last few days after a confirmed case identified in that area. Bill Gates famously warned a few years ago that a global pandemic may be the most predictable threat to the world in modern times, but let's hope our governments can get their act together and get this thing under control. Otherwise, the future may look like ...

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It's March! These weeknotes are coming in late in the day, for various reasons. The world news recently has mostly revolved around the COVID19 pandemic. Even the Americans are starting to get worried now. The PH still has surprisingly few cases, and we've even been commended by WHO for our containment efforts! Those of us who are used to our government's usual level of competence are a bit wary - for all we know we might already have a hidden epidemic going undetected. Or maybe we managed to get lucky this time? Let's hope this pandemic dies down soon. Gaming: **Tales of Berseria** platinum run is almost complete, probably less than an hour of grinding to go. So maybe a blog post sometime this week. I'll be glad to finally move on. I enjoyed the game, but that platinum grind, ugh. (Though still better than some of the other Tales...). I also didn't do any streaming this week (short break), will try to stream a new game this week. Personal projects: Proceeding apace. Got a bunch of ...

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The week went by quickly for me for some reason. I suppose it was mainly because I actually did some paid work this week (just some planning and technical review for a future project) and that I had multiple events to attend (two quiz nights and there two birthdays in the family). That and maybe doing the **Tales of Berseria** platinum stuff might be taking up a lot of my time. One would think the plat grinding would be tedious, but I kinda enjoy ToB's battle system, so it's not so bad. I was even inspired to check out my old Tales of Hearts R save and see if I could plat that too. Then also checked Xillia and Graces. Lol, if I went back and platinumed all the Tales games I might never have time for any other games. Both quiz nights were a wash however. I was pretty confident in our team for the Geekfight league game, but the competition was fierce and we didn't end up placing, though we retained the tie for league first place. The other one was a love-song themed quiz in Quezon Cit ...

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The world's crises continue to settle in, but at least we have no new entries. The coronavirus continues to spread, will probably be a while before it tapers off. Our dear president, in his finite wisdom, has decided to withdraw from the US-PH visiting forces agreement. I'm sure our Chinese masters approve. The Oscars were held last week. Didn't watch or anything, but happy for the Parasite win, about time for a foreign language best picture. The world needs us to be better. --- We went to a QC quiz night last Wednesday. To get to the venue, I found myself walking through the old neighborhood again, the one where I grew up. It's been a while since [the last time](/2013/02/unscheduled-trip-down-memory-lane/). Unlike last time where I only had a quick unscheduled glance, this time I went out of my way to walk down a few streets in the area, since I had the time. The streets I walked were narrower and shorter than I remember - I guess in my head I still see them through a ten-year ...

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I suppose we should be grateful that we didn't receive any new portents of the apocalypse in the past seven days. Unless you count the US senate refusing to remove Trump from office. And maybe we should. If only the aftershocks of US politics didn't affect rest of the world so much then we would all just be laughing at them instead. Oh, and the coronavirus is still going strong apparently. There was this recent [article I read](https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-china-mainly-interested-in-safeguarding-the-regime/a-52302326) about how China's authoritarian government prioritizes it's own self-image, over the safety of its citizens. They've even been [censoring news about the death of a doctor that sounded the alarm about the disease early on](https://www.asiatimes.com/2020/02/opinion/the-death-of-a-chinese-whistleblower/). This is one of those scenarios where a cultural aversion to transparency (enforced and enabled by the authoritarian government) works to the detriment of the public. ...

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The big news this week was the passing of basketball legend Kobe Bryant. Not personally big on basketball myself, but I can get why a lot of people sympathized. It was sad, but at least it wasn't on the scale of another natural disaster or global pandemic. Although the global pandemic did also spread to the Philippines this week... --- I know it's only been a month, but I'm digging this weeknotes practice. It establishes a regular cadence for the blog and at the same time provides a general bucket where I can place any spare thoughts that don't make it into a shorter note but don't merit a whole blog post. And somehow I always find a few more bits to say! At the same time, I can still be writing additional blog posts other than the weeknote, so that's fine. --- Anyway, this week wasn't very productive. I did have a few meetings/events I was supposed to do during the week that for one reason or another didn't push through as scheduled, so I had a lot of free time for the week. Most ...

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It feels like every week of 2020 so far has brought some sort of herald of doom. First week was potential War with Iran breaking out. Then there was the Taal Volcano erupting. And this past week we had the Corona virus outbreak originating in China. At least the Volcano eruption doesn't map directly to a horseman of the apocalypse, so that's something. What are we in for this week?? --- This past week has been quite productive with my personal projects. I managed to get a very very minimal version of one of my self-data tracking projects online (to replace a bunch of spreadsheets I've been using before). IDK if this is something that might eventually turn out to be useful for other people, but for now it's still limited to my use only, until I am satisfied with the features/usability, as it is still very raw. I also migrated a small app from [Flask to Django](/2020/01/flask-vs-django/), that was fun. --- I kind of got in the groove of the Twitch streaming thing, I did 3 more stream ...

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The big news here in the country over the past week was of course the big Taal Volcano eruption south of Metro Manila. Our house is far north enough of Metro Manila that we didn't really get any ashfall over here, although when I went out on a walk the day after the big eruption, the air felt thick, like on morning New Year's Day after all the fireworks. We do have friends and family who are affected and closer to the volcano though, so here's hoping things get better for them and everyone else, especially those that had to be evacuated. There have been some [fantastic photos](https://twitter.com/ABSCBNNews/status/1216322269670064129) of the eruption though. --- I've been wanting to take a walk around the university for a while, I finally got around to it [Saturday morning](/2020/01/saturday-morning-up/). It's nice to take a walk somewhere other than my regular routes, and I always enjoy being at UP. It has a certain atmosphere to it, not like a public park or anything, but something ...

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It seems difficult to write about stuff today, when the world seems like it is on fire. For historical context, for the past few days the USA, presumably a first-world nation, has been in the grip of massive protests and riots and police brutality following the murder of a black man by four police officers was captured on video and went viral. Basically, many states are responding to protests against police brutality with... police brutality. Bold move Cotton. I'm not an American, but this resonates with me a lot because to see this kind of thing happening in a country that purports to champion human rights, how much worse can it be in a country like ours or a dictatorship like China where they don't even give lip service to the concept? (Spoiler: we already know police brutality and EJKs are a thing in my country.) I give my support to those protesting, and hope they achieve the reforms their country needs. One would question why I (and maybe the world) focuses so much on what hap ...

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