Last April 23, I let out a loud WHOOP!!! 🙌 throughout the office. I had just booked my two vaccination appointments, and I was absolutely ecstatic.

The reason for my excitement was not lost on anyone who had talked with me within the last 2 weeks. The topic of vaccinations had managed to make its way into everyday conversation with me. It was an absolute fixture in my mind. It was all I could talk about. …

It’s funny how you manage to pick up interesting skills in the unlikeliest places. More so than any class, online course, or mentorship program, the website I created for the Glowing Fool is probably the biggest contributor to many of my most marketable skills today. It served as a very practical introduction into network administration which spawned my many homelab projects, as well as a return to form for much of my writing. But perhaps most useful of all is that this website has given me ample opportunity to learn a bit more on how to manage people.

My initial…

Inferring the correlation between X and Y, or writing an article in a magazine. Between these two tasks, which one can only be done by a human, and which can be done by a machine? It would seem like the answer is fairly straightforward isn’t it? Inferring a correlation between two variables is math. Of course a human could do it. But that would be tedious and time consuming. It would be easier to just let the machine do that, because it can. But writing an article? That is an art. It takes creativity and imagination to write, surely only…

Lately I have been trying to stay on top of the news more. Despite 2020 being “the year everyone stayed put” a lot still happened. And I have been frankly embarrassed at myself for not being able to keep up more with what’s going on in the world. I would read the occasional headline on the South China Morning Post or browse through Reddit’s top page. But that has only produced an opinion that is wide but not deep, and a far call from being fully informed.

This came to a head with the recent controversy over WhatsApp’s new privacy…

If you are anything like me you have a lot of accounts to keep track of. Email. Social Media. Finance. Work. The list is endless. Each of these accounts all do different things. But despite those differences they all share one thing, you want to keep them secure. You want to make sure that only you have access to these accounts.

Typically the best way to secure your account is to make sure that you have a good password. Ideally across your different accounts your passwords should be:

  1. NOT password12345 (or any other of the most common passwords)
  2. Different for…

A friend of mine recently called asking for my help with something. Their long time roommate was moving out and they needed advice choosing a new home internet plan (their current contract was under their roommate’s name). My friend was unsure on what different options they had and knowing me to be a huge nerd for this type of thing, decided to seek my opinion on the matter. I knew that my friend was less than happy with their current internet plan’s performance, so I suggested that this was the perfect opportunity for an upgrade. …

I have had the pleasure of being part of the Global Shapers Community for the last two years. And during this time, it has been an a lot of fun. There is no shortage of colorful characters here in the Hong Kong hub, and together we’ve organized panels, Meet-the-Leader sessions, fundraisers and retreats. Covering topics from sustainability, mental health, asylum seeker-refugees, and basically any other topic in-between. We’ve laughed, cried, and played. And I’ve made friends in this group that I hope will last me for a very very long time.

And unsurprisingly, this extends to the greater community as…

So after playing a few rounds of D&D, figuring out how the rules work, how to swing your sword, and roll your dice, one of the challenges that face a lot of new DMs is that combat inevitably becomes a bit stale. Encounters more-or-less devolve into “I attack. <roll d20> I hit. Damage.” And so the next question often asked is “how do I make combat more interesting?” Before we get towards answering that question, it probably pays to look at what combat usually looks like, especially for new DMs.

So your party is traveling through the forest, they are…

So, you have decided to make the jump. Either through desire or necessity, you have chosen to take up the mantle of being your group’s Dungeon Master. And so now you begin the long journey of learning on the job, and how to survive the tumultuous challenge that lays before you. Take solace though in the fact that you are not going to have to brave these challenges alone. A large community of DMs, PCs, and RPG veterans are all rooting for your success. This same community also serves as a veritable well of knowledge, wisdom, and experience that you…

The only reason ads on YouTube are bearable

If you are anything like me, you have pressed that button a lot of times whenever you go on YouTube.

The internet has given us so much. It has given us the ability to communicate each other through Facebook. The ability to know, in real time, what’s going on through Twitter. Heck, we can even use the plethora of food delivery apps to satisfy that midnight Nacho-craving (don’t lie, we all have our moments of weakness). But the internet has also given us ads. Advertisements by large corporations trying to push their products and services into our faces. And for…

Earl Ng

Consultant, tech-geek, and D&D enthusiast (read: addict)

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