My iPhone !!

February 3, 2008

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

I bought my first iPhone last November. I really like this shiny elegant gadget. I think every Mac user should have one iPhone to “complete” his/her collections. I had spent a lot of time on my new toy. How to jailbreak it, how to download new apps, how to upgrade to new firmware,…etc. I am really addicted to iPhone. I wrote a lot of posts about iPhone at iPhone 4 Taiwan under the name of “Niner”. Visit it if you can read Chinese.

Anyway, I will keep working on tuning my iPhone. I love it so much. Go Apple! Go iPhone!

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Say Hello to Leopard !!

October 28, 2007

I just upgraded my Macbook Pro from Tiger to Leopard. Super Great!! Leopard is the latest Mac OS X released by Apple on Oct. 26, 2007. I really like the change brought by Leopard. The working flow speeds up a lot. It makes my daily work more easier and efficient. Now I plan to boost up my RAM to 4GB. Then I should drive the Leopard in full excitement. Oh, Yeah ~

Update for my VB program

August 1, 2007

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

Recently I received some feedbacks about the on-going VB.Net program. This program is a part of UW-WSDOT project. I had worked on this for one year and half. The feedbacks commented on some issues I expected in my old version program. Right now I had polished the program and made a lot changes. It is close to the time to announce the Beta version. I am excited to see that happen in few days. Cheers~~

Complaint: VB.Net’s lack of statistical computation

June 18, 2007

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

I use VB.Net to program my liquefaction-related seismic hazards evaluation system. I use statistical computation a lot. I found that VB.Net cannot perform statistical estimation directly, such as computations of normal and lognormal distribution. I have to find the mathematical expressions, then try to compute them by VB.Net. There are many well-built third-party softwares providing excellent accuracy and efficiency of statistical calculation for VB.Net. But, they are expensive too. As a student, I can’t afford it. These commonly used statistical computations can be found as functions in Excel. I wonder how Excel computes these statistics and so fast. I wish I can dig out the VB scripts Excel uses for statistics. It is not hard to perform statistical computation in VB.Net, is it?

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This weekend: June 16 – 17

June 17, 2007

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

This past Saturday, June 16, was my birthday. Ya, happy birthday to me. This was a lonely birthday, because my family was not with me. I am alone in America now. It’s OK. I can focus more on my research and get it finished as soon as possible. So, what I did in Saturday? Nothing was special. I went for shopping with my friend, Robert, at Costco and Uwajmaya, a Japanese supermarket located in Seattle downtown. We had lunch of burgers bought from Kid’s Valley, drank Guiness beer, and watched baseball game. After lunch, I stayed at my studying room watching a Taiwan competition show (超級星光大道) on YouTube. I liked the show so much, and it is so hot in Taiwan. Everybody is talking about it.

Sunday, I wake up nearly at noon. I did the laundry, pre-ordered Harry Porter #7 at Brnes & Noble, and had a soy-milk Mocha while reading the magazine of Mac Life on the couch. Nice and relaxing time it was. Then, I am writing this post.

That’s it, so far. I plan to dig into my Visual Basic codes tonight for my liquefaction-related project. I hope it would be a sunny day tomorrow.

Update: My general exam

June 17, 2007

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

Finally, my general exam was held on Thursday, May 31. As I expected, the oral presentation of my general exam went through smoothly, after my three to four times of rehearsal with my boss. One thing needed to be noted that there was one committee member missing because of an unchangeable schedule conflict. Well, it was not my fault, and we still had sufficient professors attending the meeting. I felt very nervous, of course, when I stood in front of audience. Sooner, I felt nothing about my nervousness when I concentrated myself on the presentation. The whole meeting went on in the atmosphere of satisfaction. I didn’t get any critical question to my PhD proposal. I can say that I pass the exam with “soft landing”.

Anyway, I passed the exam, which is really a great thing in my PhD life.

Great News

May 17, 2007

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

Oh, ya~ I just finished my general proposal. There are five chapters in my proposal. My boss had reviewed most of them, and I revised them chapter by chapter. The first four chapters are about literature reviews. The last one is my scope of work. The reason my general proposal is completed so late is because I had been gone for past two weeks.

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What I’d done today: April 17

April 17, 2007

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

Date: April 17
Time: 2:30pm

Today would be my general exam, if I could prepare my proposal on time. I am still working on revising my proposal, and my advisor doesn’t give me any further comment about the chapters I had done several days ago. I will go ask him what the condition is. This morning I didn’t stay at my office. Instead, I drove to downtown Seattle for application of my daughter’s Taiwan VISA. I made a big mistake of not checking the address of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Seattle before I left home. I didn’t expect that they moved to a new building. It wasted me an hour to back and forth my home just for finding the correct address. Anyway, I finished all documents required for Taiwan VISA. I will pick it up this Thursday. The morning time was gone, and I did nothing about my general proposal. Well, I guess I have to work hard tonight.

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What I’d done today: April 13

April 13, 2007

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

Date: April 13
Time: 1:16 pm

Finally, I finished Chapter 3 “Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering” this morning. There are 50 pages in total, which is more than I expected. I had turned this chapter to my boss for advising. Now I plan to review chapter 4 and 5, which were finished several weeks ago. During revising chapter 3, I found myself some mistaken concepts about PBEE terminology. I need to correct these errors in chapter 4 and 5. Hopefully the revised chapter 4 would be ready for my advisor next Monday.

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What I’d done today: April 12

April 12, 2007

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

Date: April 12
Time: noon

This morning I am working on the section of “closed-form PBEE model” in Chapter 3. I read a paper discussing how to develop and facilitate the closed-form solutions to PEER’s PBEE framework. I got several clues to write my proposal. Yesterday was another work-hard day. I finished the section of “numerical integration operations” discussing how to integral equation with discrete summation method. Well, so far so good. The speed of revision is still kind of slow to me. Anyway, I plan to finish Chapter 3 today.

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