Update March 11, 2013:
I'm Updating Myself. There are no new updates. I'm spending a majority of my time job searching and taking online classes. I read books on Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Crystal Reports, and MySQL to refresh my skills last year. I started taking online classes in January. The classes I completed are Business Analyst, Excel, and Crystal Reports. I plan to take more classes until I find a job. I also created a log in Excel for all the jobs I applied. And I created a new Gmail account for job searches only. My last interview was in Nov 2012 at a tech company in Mountain View, CA.
It Took Me A Long Time. I finished watching Glee Season 1. I purchased Glee on Black Friday 2011. I enjoyed the series. I may purchase season 2 if it's on sale during Black Friday 2013. I also finished watching Justified Season 1. My girlfriend gave me the series on my birthday. And I finished watching Breaking Bad Season 1.
It also took me a long time to finish Half Life 2: Episode 1 and Episode 2. I also finished Quell Reflect on my Droid X2 phone. Speaking of my Droid, I rooted and installed Ice Cream Sandwich.
Anime. I finished watching Natsuyuki Rendezvous, Hyouka, Dog Days', Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, Binbougami Ga, Tari Tari, and Chuunibyou Demokoi Ga Shitai aka Chuu2. Hyouka and Binbougami Ga on my all time favorite anime list.
I attended the Northern California Ren Faire at Casa De Fruta in Sept 2012. The last time I attended was in Aug 2007.
Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning the 2012 World Series.
I won my first Dominion card game. It took a long time and lots of last place finishes lol. I still have much more to learn. Dominion is one of my top ten all time favorite board games. I also played Tzaar, Cards Against Humanity, Galaxy Trucker, Viva Java, Legendary, Ascension, Gauntlet Of Fools, Innovation, and Oasis for the first time.
Recently Great Movies. I watched Brave, Skyfall, The Terminator, Looper, The Great Escape, Django: Unchained, Les Miserables, and Argo. I watched The Terminator unedited for the first time. I had watched it edited on TV. Other movies I watched include That Means War, Across The Universe, The Expendables, and The Hobbit.
Books. I finished reading Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, Moneyball by Michael Lewis, and Mystery Of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham.
The Family. I purchased a new computer chair. My family desperately needed an upgrade. We also had a family portrait taken. We celebrated my sister graduating from nursing school and my cousin's first new child. And we have a Blu-Ray player given as a gift.
I went on another urban hike in San Francisco. We hiked in the Bernal Heights neighborhood including Bernal Heights Park. Fantastic views of San Francisco on the top of the hill. Other new places I visited for the first time include Downtown Los Altos in its entirety, the Vacaville Outlet Mall, the Livermore Outlet Mall, and the Town of Woodside, CA.
Update September 15, 2012:
Never Stop Learning No Matter What. I read Crystal Reports, Excel, PowerPoint, and MySQL to refresh my knowledge. I'm currently learning Visio. I find time to learn something new. These skills and knowledge help me for my future career.
Speaking of books, I read The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and The Preserving Machine by Philip K. Dick.
Movies. I watched Titanic on IMAX 3D, Rango, Iron Man, The Hurt Locker, Bambi, The Avengers, Traffic, The Hunger Games, Scavenger Hunt, Run Lola Run, 10,000 BC, and The Dark Knight Rises.
Gym. My gym workouts have been improving since last month. Working out is a high priority in my life. My short-term goal is consistency--just go to the gym and do my workouts.
My brother got free tickets to watch an Oakland A's game. My parents, brother's family, and I watched the game. Seriously speaking, the A's needs a new baseball stadium.
I finished watching the following anime series: Mirai Nikki, Saki, Fate/Zero, and the K-On movie.
Fanime Con 2012. I had a good time attending the only anime con for the year. The highlights were the cosplay gatherings, playing Mahjong (Riichi), and the black & white dance. The lowlights were registration, the concert, and the first day in general. It was a slow start for many attendees. Wearing a neck wallet was a convenience.
Job Search Update. I was interviewed three times. Two of the interviews were for contract positions. The job market continues to be tough. I continue to search for a job and continue learning new job skills. I continue to updated and edit my resume and cover letter. There is always a better way. I recently edited my resume and rewrote my cover letter. I'm receiving more interest in me; unfortunately, no solid interviews. I'm looking for a business or research analyst position or a support position.
I installed a SSD drive and installed Windows 7 on my laptop. 20 seconds to boot up. I use my laptop for basic uses: internet, Microsoft Office, watching videos. I no longer play video games on my laptop.
New Adventures And New Sights. Take a look where I visited for the for the first time:
- Urban hiked along The Embarcadero in San Francisco. First time visits included China Basin, South Park, and Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. I also rode a trolley for the first time.
- Hoover Tower in Stanford University.
- Felton Covered Bridge Park in Felton, CA.
- Hiked in Portola Redwoods State Park in La Honda, CA.
- Watched a meteor shower.
- Played Bingo paying money for a card at the San Jose Obon Festival.
Finally, the updates:
Update April 15, 2012:
Board games are fun. I memorized all the hands and learned how to score for MahJong (Riichi). I play the Japanese version. I played lots of new board games for the first time. They are Quarriors, Chez Geek, Android, Cosmic Encounter, Forbidden Island, RISK Legacy, Tanto Cuore, Jab, and Fealty.
Job skills and job searching. I continue to learn job skills as I find a new job. I'm looking for jobs as a business analyst or research analyst, a lease administrator or a support position in real estate, or an entry level accountant. I refresh my Crystal Reports skills and self-teach myself MySQL in the meantime. I applied SQL for my new Access expense database.
I still have time reading recreational books. I read Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Animal House by George Orwell, The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and The Rescuers by Margery Sharp.
New Christmas Tree. My family and I got a new Christmas tree. It was a small artificial tree with LED color lights. Christmas 2011 was the best family Christmas since 2008. I went to San Francisco for New Year's Eve 2012.
Good anime series. There have been good anime series. I finished Tiger & Bunny, Redline, Ben-to, Ika Musume season 2, Working season 2, Thermae Romae, Ano Natsu De Matteru, Rinne No Lagrange, Another, Nisemonogatari, and The Secret World of Arrietty (Kari-gurashi no Arietti). Ben-to is on my all-time favorite list. Similarly, I found a Mikunopolis CD at Kinokuniya-San Francisco.
Nor Cal Cosplay Spring Gathering. I attended the gathering at Kelley Park in San Jose. I cosplayed Allen Walker. I want to thank my mom for repairing a minor accident on the costume. Pictures are coming on my next update.
Movies in the theaters and at home. I watched Serenity, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Hugo, Transporter 3, In Time, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Tangled, Moneyball, Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Princess & The Frog, and Cheap Life and James Becker: Not Dead Yet movies at Cinequest.
I finished Half-Life 2 seven years later. It took me 26 hours to complete. I'm playing Half-Life 2: Episode 1. It's going to take a while to finish.
There is always time for new places to visit. I went hiking to new and familiar trails including Edgewood Park & Preserve and Stevens Creek Trail. There are new trails to hike coming soon. I shopped at the Alemany Farmer's Market in San Francisco's Bernal Heights. I shopped at a Costco Business Center that is open to all members. And on the cooking side, I cooked with Garlic Herb & Seasoning and Yoshida's for the first time.
Update December 27, 2011:
Uploaded Steve Jobs' "Do What You Love" speech at Stanford University on 2005. Click here for the speech.
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- I have more appreciation for The Beatles. The music is good for cheering me up when I don't feel well.
- O/S means One Size Fits All in clothing and apparel.
The art of playing the rules instead of playing the game. For example, work a walk in a slow-pitch softball. Swing the bat, you weakling!
- roadtrippers.com is a website to plan a road trip with attractions, restaurants, hotels, shopping, and parks. Very intuitive.
- Double click Format Painter to format multiple and different cells. You remain in format painting mode instead of clicking FP many times.
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Maine is the USA state that borders exactly one other state.
- Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants became the 22nd pitcher in Major League Baseball History to throw a perfect game.
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I like looking at illusions. Look at a common illusion.
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