Las Vegas and Grand Canyon Trip

Other than working and hanging around the Pacific Northwest, I also recent took a family trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. I haven’t been to Las Vegas since high school, and have never been to the Grand Canyon before. It was a fun trip, and here are some highlights.

Hoover Dam
View from top of the Hoover Dam

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Winter in the Puget Sound

I haven’t posted here since my big road trip to move across the country from Raleigh NC to the Seattle WA area, and that’s more than 3 months ago. During this time, winter has come and gone, and here are just some photo (and video) highlights of what I have been up to during my first winter in the Puget Sound region.

Kerry Park
The classic postcard view of the Seattle cityscape from Kerry Park in Queen Anne.

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Road Trip Across the USA

I’ve accepted a new job in the Seattle area, and this means moving from the Triangle region of North Carolina all the way across America to the Pacific Northwest. I could have just flew and had everything shipped, but taking a road trip across the USA has always been in my bucket list, and this was the perfect opportunity. I ended up taking a 12 day road trip with family across the continent and saw a lot of interesting and beautiful places along the way.

Our trip route took me from Morrisville, North Carolina to Seattle, Washington through 12 states and around 3400 miles. I had to do all of the driving and therefore chose one of the shorter routes. It was still plenty of miles through the plains to the mountains, and thanks to the unpredictable November weather, we had to drive through rain, snow and high winds (not all at the same time). It was a tough drive at times, but we made it to our destination in one piece. Keep reading for the highlights of my road trip across the USA.

Tony's road trip across the USA map
Map of the route I drove to get from North Carolina to Washington (click to enlarge)

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Big Changes and Taking Chances

Looks like 2018 will end up as a year of big changes for me. I quit my job as power systems engineer that I worked for more than 4 years, and I am going to try my hand at a different industry. I am taking a chance with the move, but the potential upsides of the opportunity was too good for me to pass up. As for my old job, it was definitely a valuable experience and I learned a lot. Things didn’t always go smoothly, but it was my first full-time job and I’ll always remember the times I spent there. In this day and age, changing jobs every 4-5 years is pretty common, so it was about time for me to make my next move as well. I am currently in the processing of preparing for the long distance move, and I’ll be taking some time to travel before I start my new job. I am excited about what the future will bring. Wish me luck.

TonyJiang.com: Year 12!!!!!!!!!!!!

August has rolled around past us already, and that means TonyJiang.com is another year older. This website you are reading right now has been online for a dozen years :!: :!: :!: Isn’t that amazing :?: Ok, maybe not that amazing, but 12 years is not too shabby.

Just like the last few years, I don’t have much to update on the website, since I didn’t work on it very much. I’ve been busy with work and other things. Hopefully I’ll find some time at least to paint the backgrounds for this blog. As with the last few years, the traffic and ad revenue are still on the downward trend. If I learned anything from my anime/manga blogging days, it’s that you have to keep creating relevant content to get readership, and I certainly haven’t been doing that. My little travel and gadget blog posts are mostly for my own amusement, after all. Still, thanks to everyone who visited during the past year, and onwards to another year of TJ Online.

New Drone: Tenergy TDR Sky Beetle

Drones have become more and more common over the last 5 years, and I finally got into the game. The drone I got is the Tenergy TDR Sky Beetle. As with a number of my gadgets, I won the Sky Beetle from an online sweepstakes. With a retail price of about $45, the Sky Beetle is a neat little drone that has some tricks up its sleeve. Read on to find out my first impressions of the Sky Beetle.

tenergy sky beetle box
Got a new toy to play with :)

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Pre-Commercial Demonstration of a Direct Non-Iterative State Estimator

The conference paper that I presented at the 2018 IEEE PES T&D Expo in Denver has been published online, and I’m happy to share it here. This paper is related to the non-iterative state estimation method that I’ve worked on during my grad school and at my current job, so I did put a lot of time and effort for the method to get to this point. As usual, this paper is probably only interesting to those in the electric power industry, in particular to those who are interested in synchrophasor applications. Read below for the abstract and link to the full paper.

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Real-time Voltage Instability Indicator (RVII): Enhancements and Case Studies

For the first time in almost 3 years, I have a new technical paper to share on this blog. The paper was written for a conference, and it talks about a measurement-based voltage instability detection method that I worked on as part of my job. It might be an interesting read for those in the electric power industry, especially those who deal with real-time operation and monitoring. This is the first paper that I (co)authored as part of my current job and my professional career, and I’m glad it finally got published. Read below for the abstract and link to the full paper.

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