It’s been almost two months since I moved from upstate NY to my new place of work, and I’m slowly settling into my new environment. I worked at the new company for about a month and a half now, and that’s going okay so far with me finally starting to do some actual work. I’ve figured out where to buy the basics and even found a place to play badminton, and I’m exploring the area when I have time on the weekends. I’ll try to go out more and be more sociable, since it’d be harder when winter comes a long and works piles up. As for my apartment, I finally got my new, reclining couch in the living room, so I have all the major pieces of furniture now. It took a while, but the apartment is slowly starting to look like a home. It’ll take longer for me to truly become comfortable with this area I’m living it and with the working life, but things are on track so far.
I was busy moving and starting my new job recently that I completely forgot about the anniversary for my web domain. TonyJiang.com is now 8 years old! And I started running websites a few years before and I got the domain name, so I have been in this business for probably 12 years. I definitely feel a sense of pride and accomplishment, even though my websites aren’t all that popular. I’m just glad I kept up my hobby for so long.
Over the last year, I haven’t spent much time doing any development on my sites, mostly because I was trying to finish my PhD degree and find a job. I don’t know how much time I’ll have to devote to my websites now that I have a full time job, but I’ll do whatever I can. I’m in the process of sprucing up the theme for the Travel Log and adding some new entries to the log. Literally no one visits the Travel Log, but working on the site gives me a chance to refresh my web design and development knowledge and hopefully learn a few new things as well. As for my other websites, the Crabbing Guide is doing quite well in the summer months and is the main traffic driver my websites. Obviously I’m not raking in the web ad earnings, but it’s good that some people do visit my website and find them useful.
I received my PhD degree in May of this year, but it took a couple of months for my dissertation to become available in RPI’s digital collections, so that’s why I haven’t posted the abstract here until now. Unlike my Master thesis, my PhD dissertation actually has a respectable number of pages (130 including all front and back matter). The dissertation features work on two not-very-closely related projects, and that’s why the title is a mouthful. I put 3 years of work into my dissertation. There are things I wish I could have accomplished in my dissertation, but I’m proud of what I was able to finish. And of course, I’m just happy that I was able to graduate with this dissertation. Obviously I don’t expect anybody to try to request a copy from RPI and read the whole thing, but if you are really into power systems research, my dissertation may prove to be an interesting read .
I finally jumped on the media streaming device bandwagon and bought myself a Google Chromecast. I wanted to put my TV to better use since I don’t have cable/satellite, but I didn’t want to spend $50+ for a Roku or similar streamer, so I ended up buying a recertified Chromecast off of Groupon. It was a good deal after the $10 off $25 purchase discount. I finally got my Chromecast a couple days ago, and here are my quick impressions of the device.
Getting into the media streamer game.
After about three months of what mostly was vacationing and not doing much work, I finally said goodbye to Troy and RPI, my place of abode for four years. I packed whatever I can into my little RAV4 and took the long drive to a new city and area to start my working life. It’s been two weeks since I’ve moved and I’m still trying to settle into my new surroundings. It’s going to take time to get to know the area and become comfortable with the environment. I didn’t really start hiking and exploring the Capital Region until 3 years into my studies at RPI, and it might take longer in this new place because I’ll probably have less free time now that I’m a full-time professional. As for work, first week is the usual orientation, but there is challenging work lined up for me. The work will keep me busy and might become difficult, but I’ll make the most of the opportunities to learn and develop myself, and hopefully work on projects that make a real difference. Wish me luck.
Years ago… well up to two years ago I had the habit or writing a yearly reflections article on what I did in school and just life in general. I forgot or didn’t bother to do it for 2013, and now it’s 2014 and I’m finally done with graduate school, so I might as well summarize my whole graduate school experience. My four years of grad school has been good overall, and I can’t complain much given that I graduated “on time”. Read on to find out my thoughts on my grad school career, looking for a job, and various other things I did while I was trying to become Dr. TJ.
Recently I went a trip with a few travel buddies to Acadia National Park in Maine. We had a pretty good time, and this post contains some photos and highlights of the trip. This was probably the last long-ish vacation trip I’ll have for a while, since I’ll be starting work soon. Yes, I did finally find a job, but I’ll leave that for another post.
Schoodic Point has a lot of the trademark pink granite of the region
Accounts of a week-long road trip with my parents through Oregon and northern/central California, passing through three national parks and the Bay Area.
The beautiful Crater Lake, showing a little bit of its radiant blue color in the middle of the picture.
I’ve been busy with graduation recently, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been going to places. Actually, I’ve traveled a fair bit, both near and far, around the time of my graduation, and here’s just a post to summarize where I’ve been recently.
Kaaterskill Falls in full view. Some adventurous people ventured onto the level at the top of the first tier.
I’m posting my theses and research papers from the grad school career on this site. This paper is the first paper I wrote that made in into IEEE’s IEEE Xplore digital library. It’s only a conference paper, but I’m happy it was included into IEEE Xplore. I still don’t have a journal paper to show for my grad school career, but hopefully that’ll change soon. Anyways, read below for the abstract and the link to the IEEE Xplore entry for the full paper.