Throwback Android Developer Google Group

    Out of the blue, I remember that I was in a Google Group community of Filipino Android developers back in 2011-ish. After some quick Googling, I found the group. This was in 2011? Wow. I am surprised the link is still alive, knowing Google’s history of shutting down things. Yeah, the post feels kinda lonely. There weren’t that many Android developers in my area back then. At this point in time I am not even entirely sure if I could make a living out of this profession.

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    Chess Milestone: Advanced to Legend

    A few days ago, I was able to advance to the most elite division of, the legend division. After playing a few games from this division, as I predicted, the games are so hard to win. Previously:

    Chess Milestone

    I achieved a very rare milestone last night. I had a 10-game winning streak in a “Champions” Division. I am not entirely privy to the division but I am pretty sure this is not a beginner’s division. My new routine for the past several months is to play a couple of chess games before going to sleep or after putting our son to sleep at night. And I am also currently no.

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    Sound of Metal Movie

    Just finished watching the movie Sound of Metal. It was a great film and just found out that it was nominated for best picture back in 2021. If you watch the film, Ruben the main character was wearing a Youth of Today hoodie several times throughout the movie. It was revealed that he was recovering addict. 4 years drug-free he said. For the uninitiated, Youth of Today is a hardline vegan straight-edge (refrain from drugs and alcohol movement) band.

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    New MacBook Air M2

    My new Macbook came in today, from my sister in Houston. Thank you! Coming from Macbook Pro 2015 (won’t run the latest Ventura or Xcode 14.3 anymore), this is a huge leap for me. I just want to take note of the software and applications I initially installed for future reference. Applications Installed in order Firefox Dashlane Grammarly Xcode Android Studio Homebrew git Todoist iTerm2 Sublime Text 4 Fantastical

    Early Birthday Gift

    My wife gifted me an early present, a Fitbit. Thank you so much! I love you! I used to have a Huawei smartwatch but lost it and hopefully, I can find them. This is my first Fitbit device. I always enjoy tracking my health data, especially my sleep pattern and steps. And as someone who’s getting older by the day, tracking my health is something I am planning to take seriously.

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    New Home

    My wife and I are proud homeowners today. After 3 years in the making, we finally got the keys to our new house.

    Android Job Post Nostalgia

    Just found this photo of a newspaper ad for an Android Developer job post. This was my first break in the mobile development industry. This was published back in October 2011. I emailed them my application and was interviewed the next month. And was hired, if I remember correctly, the same month in November that year. Amazing, I still have that email sent saved. This is the source code of the app I developed for the demo for the technical interview.

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    My Wife's Pregnancy Journey

    Just happen to see this picture again in my photo library and I am still amazed at how strong my wife is. These were her medications after her C-section. I can’t even take two medicines in a day without losing my shit. So proud of her!

    Books I’ve Read This 2020

    As we close off the year 2020, I just want to share the books that I enjoyed reading. Some of this books were released this year and some are old. No Filter: The Inside Story of InstagramRise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted AssassinationsEl Jefe: The Stalking of Chapo GuzmanShoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NikeReworkThe Hacker and the State: Cyber Attacks and the New Normal of GeopoliticsThis is Not a T-Shirt: A Brand, a Culture, a CommunityPermanent RecordManhunters: How We Took Down Pablo EscobarNo Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of ReinventionAt the Devil’s Table: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali CartelTiradores: Missions and the Men of the Philippine’s Light Reaction RegimentMidnight at ChernobylSamsung Rising