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Here I write about books, cinema, data science and analytics, Korean Pop, and various other oddities. I also write updates here about the status of my research and the courses I teach. Every now and again I also write technical articles about data science / software development at Medium.com.

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Documents, Pink Slips, and Guy Montag

Because the family is moving to our new house in Bulacan, the last couple of weeks have been one of decluttering. In an attempt to minimize the cost of transporting so many items and personal effects from Caloocan (while coming at the cost of having to buy more new stuff), we’ve been picking from our […]

To Be Bourgeois and In Love

This week I discovered the “Screen Time” feature on my Apple devices, which not only tracks how long I use the devices themselves and the individual apps therein, but also allows me to set certain rules and limitations as to their usage. Let me tell you, what a confirmation it was to see the number […]

In Praise of Writers’ Desks

This month concludes what has now become half a year that our family has been in the process of searching for, purchasing, and now moving into a house of our own after years spent throwing money at the garbage bin that is the housing rental market. We started in January of this year, when my […]

Sometimes they come back

On September 21 of this year, it’ll be exactly fifty years since the public declaration of martial law in the Philippines by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Before that, this Thursday, on June 30, his son and namesake, Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos, Jr., will be at the National Museum (then the bicameral congress building in […]

A Late Father’s Day Post

There are a number of things my dad and I don’t necessarily agree on. The older I get, the more I come to accept that’s only natural. But one thing has always been clear for me all through my life: everything I’ve become, everything I’ve achieved, I owe to him. Once he told me, after […]

What a joke

At times I can only sit back in disbelief at how little our own government thinks of us. It’s not really so much of a surprise at this point. Instead, what baffles me is how little effort they put into hiding how things really are. It’s like they know we can’t do anything, even when […]

Books from Tiktok: An Update

Last week, I posted about taking book recommendations through TikTok’s #BookTok community. Today, I found out that my local Fully Booked now has a special section dedicated to books seen on BookTok. Pretty neat! That’s it. That’s the post.

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READING: Sequoia Nagamatsu’s Unflinching Study of Mortality

It’s happening. I’m taking book recommendations from TikTok. To be fair, TikTok has a vibrant community of readers, writers, and booksellers, all posting under the #booktok tag. It feels almost reminiscent of 2010’s era Tumblr, when people would write reviews and headcanons of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Sherlock Holmes. Except now there’s the earworm-y […]

Laundry and Taxes

The fiancée and I had a fun little discussion before watching this film about the possible reasons as to why there’s been this sudden revival in interest towards the idea of a multiverse. Is it just COVID? Is this the collective delirium of an overburdened society taking comfort in the idea of a parallel universe […]

What We Were Fighting For

The last couple of days, since Tuesday, have been difficult for me – emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Though we are yet far from an official proclamation, so far reported partial counts from both the COMELEC Transparency Server and the PPCRV Parallel Counts are inching towards a Marcos-Duterte win. And you know what? I can accept […]

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