Gift from Academia

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Last December 12, 2015, I received an e-mail from stackoverflow.com telling me that as “one of the top users in Academia,” I was entitled “to a little box with some new swag designed for [my] community.” (More information can be found here.) I filled up the form the same day. Yesterday I received a registry notice from the local post office asking me to go there and pay 112 pesos to claim a package. (It wasn’t explained to me why I had to pay them to get my mail.)

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I paid the fee and got the package, a plastic envelope containing a T-shirt and three sets of 2 stickers, each set in its own little cardboard envelope.

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According to the shipping label, the package was sent on January 13, 2016, the contents weighed 12 ounces, and the value of the contents was US$ 3. Thanks, Academia!

2016 Bicol Mathematics Conference

The 2016 Bicol Mathematics Conference will be held on February 29 to March 2, 2016 (Monday to Wednesday) in Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Philippines. Three plenary talks will be given (pure mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics education). I am the plenary speaker for mathematics education.

Bagong Bayani

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A few days ago, I got this Bagong Bayani Commemorative Coin in my change. It’s a 2014 Philippine five peso circulating coin created in honor of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). (Bagong Bayani is Filipino for “New Hero.”)

According to Numista, the obverse of the coin shows in small writing names of countries where Philippine workers are working (REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS UNITED STATES SAUDI ARABIA MALAYSIA UAE CANADA JAPAN AUSTRALIA QATAR UNITED KINGDOM MEXICO HONGKONG SINGAPORE KUWAIT TAIWAN JORDAN SOUTH KOREA GERMANY POLAND BAHRAIN FRANCE OMAN ISRAEL LEBANON LIBYA GUAM SWITZERLAND NORWAY BAGONG BAYANI).

Numista also says that the coin is “[h]onoring the Bagong Bayani Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit organization conceived to uphold the overseas Filipino workers. It works hand-in-hand with the POEA and OWWA in paying tribute to the OFWs through the Bagong Bayani Awards.”

Team Hot Wheels 4×4

thw4x4 The Team Hot Wheels Corkscrew Buggy scale model seems to be based on the actual vehicle used in the Corkscrew World Record Jump. This version that I recently bought has a really nice circle flame logo on its side and on the card. But it differs slightly from the one shown at hwtreasure.com because it has a different label (“4 x 4” instead of “Corkscrew Buggy”). I don’t know which version is rarer.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile (2016)

bakbatm I recently bought the second mainline Hot Wheels version of the Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile. (I blogged about the first mainline version here.) The 2015 version is in matte black; the 2016 version is in metallic dark gray.

I found it in the hidden compartment at the bottom of a display stand, where most Batmobiles here can be found. Perhaps I should call this hidden compartment the Bat Cave.

2016 Bullet Proof

bp2016 There are currently five versions of the Hot Wheels Bullet Proof model and I currently have four of them: two from 2013, one from 2014, and this one from 2016. (I’m currently missing the clear black and gray version from 2015.) The earlier versions used co-injection molding while this 2016 version does not. According to the Hot Wheels Wiki at Wikia:

The Bullet Proof is co-molded. The body is formed by ejecting two colors of plastic in the mold. Due to cost cutting, Bullet Proof lost its co-molding in 2016.

This might explain why the base of the 2016 version no longer has the mysterious logo present on the earlier versions.

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