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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