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Digital Spring Cleaning

I did some reorganizing on this website, and I think I’m pretty happy about it! The biggest thing I did was merging both personal.jagtalon.com and jagtalon.com. I’ve been maintaining separate WordPress sites for my professional and private blogs, but it was a pain because I had to make sure that I copy any plugin or […]

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#Personal #Travel

Trip to Mehoopany, PA

Last week, we booked a yurt in Mehoopany, PA, and we stayed there for a couple of days. It felt really good to spend some time in the woods and be out of the city. We also made sure to pick a spot that didn’t have any electricity so that we’re forced to disconnect and […]

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File Sharing Setup

When Firefox Send shutdown, I started running my own instance of NextCloud to send files to people. It worked as expected, but it also felt slow. It felt like I was using a website that just groggily woke up from a nap whenever I logged into it. I figured that maybe I could replace it […]

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Visiting Family

I’m grateful that I got to visit my family this weekend. I haven’t seen them in over a year, so I’m glad that I was able to spend some time with them. Even though they’re only a two-hour drive away, I wanted to wait until we’ve gotten our vaccinations. So now that both my girlfriend […]

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#Art #Coding #Setup #Web

Tiny Generative Art Template

I’ve been using canvas-sketch ever since I started learning generative art back in November. It’s an incredibly useful tool for creating a new project, setting up a local server, and saving my artwork to disk. The only issue that I have with it is that it comes with a lot of dependencies that I don’t […]

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#Art #Coding

Long-Exposure Art

I’ve been fascinated with long-exposure shots of the night sky recently (like this one), so I thought it would be fun to emulate that effect on <canvas>. I assumed that it would take me a while to figure it out, but the algorithm turned out to be surprisingly simple! The first thing I noticed was […]

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#Food #Personal

Filipino Food We’ve Been Making

Adobong Pusit Pancit Andrea found this adobong pusit pancit recipe from Bon Appétit over the holidays, so we thought it would be fun to try making it ourselves. Pancit is a rice noodle dish, but I’ve never had it with squid and cuttlefish ink. It was delicious. Arroz Caldo Arroz caldo is what our family would […]

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#Art #Coding

Two Posters of Space

I recently made two space-themed posters, and I think they turned out pretty nicely! The first one that I made was honestly a bit of an accident. My initial goal was to create a sunflower, so I watched some YouTube videos on how spirals work, and I also read some code online to learn how […]

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#Giving #Personal

Giving in 2020

Early in 2019, I realized that: I’m relatively wealthy compared to the rest of the world. (Here’s a visualization.) Money goes a lot further overseas. There’s an opportunity to change people’s lives even if I’m not a millionaire. So in 2020, I decided to continue donating and making sure that it goes to the most impactful charities. GiveWell has done a lot […]

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#Art #Coding #Web

Going from Browser to Paper

I recently had some of my generative art printed, and I’m stoked to finally have them in my hands! It feels surreal to see my creative coding projects on my wall, taking up space in the physical world instead of being mere pixels on the screen. It’s surprisingly straightforward and affordable. I first adjusted <canvas> […]