Worked for 4 years now!

July 24, 2014

Four years. It has been four years since I came back from Seattle. I didn’t realize that I have worked for 4 years in the GIS Research Center at Feng Chia University until now. Maybe it’s time to change the lane. Although the work here is fine to me, I am getting lost sometime when I deal with projects and questions. I don’t know if I should stay on current place or find somewhere else for refresh. I need my passion back and some excitement. I want to change.

Maybe it’s time to apply for a new job. Cheers!

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Gone for a while!

August 10, 2013

Oh my god! I didn’t write anything for one year 3 months since last post. Mmm.. time flies fast and things change a lot. Well, I put this post as a mark. I want to post on daily basis from now on. I will try. ^^

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Here comes 2012!

May 1, 2012

Wow!This post is about one and half year after the previous one. I can’t believe that it has been two years after I moved back to Taiwan. For the record, I currently work for a research center in Feng Chia University in Taichung, focusing on disaster prevention and mitigation. Well, not too much related to my profession – soil liquefaction and geotechnical engineering. Anyway, I like the job so far. I enjoy the time spending on solving problems and overcoming difficulties.

Today is a sunny day in Taichung, making me in pleasant mood. Let’s keep going on. Cheers!

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I am back!!

September 16, 2010

Ihave been gone from here for a long long time. Here is the update:

  • I had graduated from UW in Summer, 2008.
  • I worked for a consultant company, Landau Associates, in Edmonds, WA, for whole 2009.
  • I was close to buy the very first house in my life, but the deal failed because…
  • I left America after laid off because of the bad economy in early 2010.

  • Now I live in Taichung, Taiwan, and work for a GIS Research Center since March 2010. I like my current job. I hope this would be a good point in my career.

    BTW, I still miss Seattle.


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    An “accident” during my final defense

    August 12, 2008

    [This is my diary post to record what I had done during my PhD life.]

    You cannot be always aware of something is coming. In my case, I got a shot during my Ph.D final defense. The question was thrown out by my friend, a Ph.D student, let’s call him A, as the first question after my presentation. His question was about the “critical state soil mechanics” and its discussion about the settlement caused by liquefaction.

    Well, I admitted that I had no idea, totally blank in my head, about this question. I 100% forgot the meaning of critical state soil mechanics. I believed that my face turned pale in few seconds. My advisor and other committee members tried to recall me the definition of critical state soil mechanics and guided me through the point my friend A was interested.

    I finally remembered the detail and interacted with my advisor to answer the question. Whoooooooo. It was close, and I was kind of lucky. Because this question cost almost 45 minutes, not much time was left for other questions. Therefore, I didn’t encounter any more serious “accidents” in the meeting. God bless me!

    Although my friend made me worry about the defense at some degree, I really appreciated for his support and the effects of his shot. Thank you, A.

    [posted with ecto]

    Say Hello to my PhD

    August 12, 2008

    [This is my diary post to record what I had done during my PhD life.]

    It was a great moment when I was told that I passed my final examination for doctoral degree. It was Friday, July 18, 2008. After almost three hours of presentation and Q & A, I achieved my final goal. Yes, I became a Doctor of Philosophy since then.

    Actually I was not as nervous as I expected. I had rehearsed my presentation three times with my advisor. I was worried about my timing of presentation because I spent too much time during my rehearsals. However, it was miracle, as my advisor said later, that I spoke fluently and presented my slides smoothly like a movie. Yeah, I was kind of proud of this. This is my precious memory of a graduate student in UW.

    I would like to share the glory moment with my family, especially my wife. Without their support and believing in me, I wouldn’t overcome so many difficulties and achieve my goal. I Love You All, FOREVER!

    [posted with ecto]

    iPhone: Dev-Team Pwnage Tool RELEASED!!

    April 3, 2008

    Great news! Dev-team had released their long-waited Pwnage tool, a brand new way to unlock iPhone. Read news at iPlus Pwns and Dev-Team’s Pwnage Announcement.

    Pwnage Tool is really a powerful tool for unlocking iPhone. It uses iTunes to unlock iPhone. Yeah, you read it right. Pwnage Tool uses modified *.ipsw file (firmware) and restore your iPhone with the “hacked” *.ipsw file via iTunes. When restoring finished, you get a jailbroken/activated/unlocked iPhone. Oh, Yeah!

    Tutorials for Pwnage Tool can be found at


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    Dissertation, the NIGHTMARE!

    March 22, 2008

    [This is my diary post to record what I had done during my PhD life.]

    Dissertation, dissertation,…,DISSERTATION!!

    The program I was working on had been finished. The client, Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), was satisfied with the liquefaction-induced hazard evaluation tool. The job left is the writing stuff. Yeah, my PhD dissertation. I found that it is painful for an non-native-English-speaking person like me. I have outlines of my research and EIGHT chapters to be done in my dissertation. OMG! When will I finish the writing?

    Luckily, I had finished Chapter 2, 3, 4, and most of Chapter 6. I need to add new material in Chapter 5 (almost re-writing it, God!) and revise Chapter 7. The first and last chapters are usually prepared when the major chapters of a dissertation are done. Not a problem. Now, focus on Chapter 5.

    My boss is getting busier in the following months. I am kind of worry about if he can revise my papers on time. Hope we can catch the schedule to “kick me out” by June. Fingers crossed.

    [posted with ecto]

    Unlock 1.1.4 iPhone

    March 22, 2008

    Ihave an OTB 1.1.2 iPhone and I had upgraded it to 1.1.4 and unlock it without any problem. I found several GREAT websites with detail tutorials and useful tools to help iPhone Lovers to unlock their iPhones. Here is the list of websites I usually visit.

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    The road to PhD is close to the end…

    February 3, 2008

    [This is my diary post to record what I have done during my PhD life.]

    OK. I need to update my current status of my PhD program. I almost finish my programming and I am working on my dissertation. The best hope now is to finish my PhD degree within this quarter. So, the next steps are:

    1. Don’t fool around in Internet. Get back to work!
    2. Write the dissertation piece by piece everyday.
    3. Push my advisor to “kick me out”.

    OK, enough nonsense. Get back to work.

    [posted with ecto]