Restored some anime and manga reviews

Over the last few days, I posted a number of anime and manga reviews from my now defunct anime blog to this website. If you are interested you can read the story of the rise and fall of my anime/manga blog here. The short story is that blog was deleted from Blogger, but I still have the backups. I’m not going to repost everything from my anime blog, but I’ve restored all of the series and anime movie reviews to the Reviews category. If you want to check them out, they are tagged under anime and manga. I think I may also make some review posts out of the anime series that I covered on a per-episode basis, but that will take more time. Year 9

It’s been another year on the interwebs for my humble little collection of websites. Slowly but surely we are creeping up to a decade online. Over the last year, I really didn’t make any big changes to any of my sites. I think I post more frequently to this blog nowadays, because I tend to go on trips and do fun stuff a little more than when I was a couple of years ago. As for visitor traffic, it seems like visitor numbers are down this year compared to last year, and ad revenues are probably down. It’s not like I’ll ever make a living off the Crabbing Guide and my other sites though, although any extra spending money that can from the ads would be nice.

I don’t really have any big plans for my sites for the next year. Unless I get some sort of super great idea for a new website (which is unlikely), things will stay the way they are. I might refresh the theme for this blog, and maybe restore a couple of reviews from my now defunct anime/manga blog. That’s all I have to report. Time to start the countdown to the 10th anniversary.

A synchrophasor measurement based method for assessing damping torque contributions from power system stabilizers

A conference paper that I’ve worked on as part of my PhD research has finally been published, so I shared it here for all you power systems aficionados out there. The paper is about a new method for assessing the damping torque contributions from power system stabilizers. If you understand every word in the title, then it’ll be of interest to you. If not… well it might be interesting too. Anyways, this papers was presented at the IEEE PowerTech 2015 conference in Eindhoven, the Netherlands in July. I didn’t get to go to the Netherlands for the conference, but at least I have another entry in my (short and unremarkable) publications list. Read below for the abstract and link to the full paper.

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Camping for the First Time, and More

I’ve been in NC for a year now. That sure was quick. To celebrate my first year in North Carolina (at least from my perspective :mrgreen: ), I went camping in the Outer Banks with a group of people. For those of you who are not familiar with NC, the Outer Banks is a string of narrow barrier islands on the eastern coast of the state, and they are known for their beaches and vacation homes. It was definitely a good way to mark my first year in NC. I also did a few other fun things other than camping, which I’ll mention in this post as well.

My tent

My little tent (the blue one). Not the biggest or most comfy, but it sufficed.

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An Obituary for My Manga/Anime Blog

This is the first post in a while that is not about me visiting places and having fun. Up until yesterday, I had a blog called A Product of Wasted Time in which I wrote about anime and manga, and it was hosted on Blogger. That blog is now no longer exists because Blogger had recently received a number of DMCA complaints about my blog for copyright violations. Apparently just writing about particular anime episodes and manga chapters is infringement. I have never shared full episodes or chapters on my blog; I only write about the series I was following. At most, I had a couple of screenshots or one/two pages of a chapter included per post so I can put funny captions. But hey, I understand Blogger has the right to police their service, and I’m not mad about having the blog deleted. But still, R.I.P., A Product of Wasted Time.

A Product of Wasted Time screenshot

What my anime/manga blog looked like.

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Out and About

I’ve been back from my vacation in Canada for a few weeks now. Work is busy these days, but I still try to continue my weekend warrior ways and explore places nearby… and even a little further away. Here are the pictures and highlights from the last couple of weekends.

Luray Caverns drapery

The drapery formation, which in my opinion is the best formation in Luray Caverns

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Canadian Rockies Road Trip

Two weeks ago I flew back home to Vancouver for vacation, and during said vacation I took part in a family road trip through the Canadian Rockies. I’ve been a to Banff and Lake Louise a long time ago when I was a kid, and it was about time to revisit those beautiful places. Also, my family has never visited Jasper National Park, so that was part of the trip too. And we also stopped by Kelowna to taste some Okanagan wine. We had a great trip and saw some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll find in Canada. This post is my account of the trip with plenty of photo highlights.

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Random Outings

Just thought I post some of the fun stuff that I’ve been doing in North Carolina. I’m actually back home for vacation, but it’s a short vacation. I’ll post about the family road trip I took with my parents in a later post. As the title indicates, this is just highlights of random fun outings I’ve had while living in North Carolina. Start by watching the video below.

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Power System State Estimation using a Direct Non-Iterative Method

Today I share a paper that I’ve been working on for the last 3 years. This is the first research journal paper that I’ve ever published, so it is a personal milestone. I post it here just to show that my PhD studies weren’t completely unproductive, given how most PhD students usually have a few journal papers on their CV when they graduate. The topic of this paper is the major topic in PhD dissertation, and I also have an earlier conference paper on this topic. It’s been a long time coming for this paper, and I’m glad we finally got the paper published. Hopefully I’ll have a few more publication as I continue to work in the power industry. Read below for the abstract and link to access the full paper.

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