Thursday, March 23, 2006

Mission Accomplished!

Wow. I feel proud of myself. I've survived my one tough quarter, and actually feel pretty good about my finals.

Looking back, I'm really glad that I gave it my all, and put in the energy and efforts this quarter. It wasn't easy. This past week, I stretched myself extremely thin, and a lot of the pressures got a little over my head. (sorry, OV.) But, all in all, I'm thankful that I've had supportive people around me (thanks, OV, Mom) and allowed me to focus, as well as seek and receive help (thanks, Leo, Keith, and Prof. Lewis) on the materials.

Anyways, 110a and 112 tests were surprisingly easy. I felt like I knew how to do most of the problems. Although there were some wacky parts, but heck, no one scores perfects in engineering. I think I should at least do above average. Good enough for me.

Still keeping my fingers crossed for Chinese though....

note to self:
110 - BJT dc analysis, small signal, low freq, mid band, high freq analysis.
112 - class C amp with non-ideal transformers; heterodyne receiver signal anaylsis; phase-lock-loop (PLL), gain, hold/lock range, capture range; oscillator nodal analysis;

Friday, March 17, 2006

Moment of Truth

Finals are here.


Chinese Final @ 12 today. Moment of truth. Gotta Ace this.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Great Writers of China


i'm sitting in class, surfing... right now...

i hope i do good, but seriously, this class is boring. hopefully next quarter's GEs will be more interesting...

Sunday, March 12, 2006

I can do it!

Funny where inspiration comes from, sometimes...
Eminem - Lose Yourself

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgettin
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's chokin how? everybody's jokin now
The clock's run out, time's up over, plow!
Snap back to reality, Oh there goes gravity
Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked
He's so mad, but he won't give up that easy
No he won't have it , he knows his whole back city's ropes
It don't matter, he's dope
He knows that, but he's broke
He's so sad that he knows
When he goes back to his mobile home, that's when it's
Back to the lab again yo
This whole rap city
He better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him

::cHoUrS:: (x2)
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go, oh
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime

The soul's escaping, through this hole that is gaping
This world is mine for the taking
Make me king, as we move toward a, new world order
A normal life is borin, but superstardom's close to post mortem
It only grows harder, only grows hotter
He blows it's all over these hoes is all on him
Coast to coast shows, he's know as the globe-trotter
Lonely roads, God only knows
He's grown farther from home, he's no father
He goes home and barely knows his own daughter
But hold your nose cuz here goes the cold water
these hoes don't want him no mo, he's cold product
They moved on to the next schmoe who flows
He nose dove and sold nada
So the soap opera is told it unfolds
I suppose it's old potna, but the beat goes on
Da da dum da dum da da dum

::ChOuRs:: (x2)
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go, oh
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime

No more games, I'ma change what you call rage
Tear this mothafuckin roof off like 2 dogs caged
I was playin in the beginnin, the mood all changed
I been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage
But I kept rhymin and stepped, writin the next cypher
Best believe somebody's payin the pied piper
All the pain inside amplified by the fact
That I can't get by with my 9 to 5
And I can't provide the right type of life for my family
Cuz man, these God damn food stamps don't buy diapers
And it's no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life
And these times are so hard and it's getting even harder
Tryin to feed and water my seed, plus teeter-totter
Caught up between bein a father and a prima donna
Baby mama drama's screamin on and
Too much for me to wanna
Stay in one spot, another day of monotony
Has gotten me to the point I'm like a snail
I've got to formulate a plot or end up in jail or shot
Success is my only mothafuckin option, failure's not
Mom, I love you, but this trailer's got to go
I cannot grow old in Salem's lot
So here I go here's my shot.
Feet fail me not this may be the only opportunity that I got

::cHoUrS:: (x2)
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go, oh
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime

You can do anything you set your mind to, man

Friday, March 10, 2006


study study study!!!

finals are coming up: 157b lab, take home final. 112 final, 110 final, chinese paper + final.

note to self: hang in there, man.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Interview Questions

So far, here are my interview questions:


- Resume. Everything.

- Give me a specific example where you encountered a problem, and describe how you went about solving the problem.

- Give me a specific example of a time where you were asked to do something against your values or belief, and how did you go about resolving this situation.

- Tell me about any leadership experience you've had, and how did you deal with people reporting to you. What would they tell me about you if I asked them about your leadership qualities?

- Tell me about a project that you've done, the problems you encountered, your solutions, and the result of this project.

- Low pass filter. Simple RC circuit. Step response and frequency response. time constant, omega.

- Oscilloscope. Axis, trigger... etc.

- Mechanical 3D diagram.



i was almost freaken a full hour late for work today.

so pathetic.

so sad.

what a fool.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

kinda pissed


i better get 3.0 this quarter.

man, i've been working so freaken hard. i actually figured out how to do ALL my hws this quarter. like, every single problem.

yet, i really can't see it reflect significantly on my grades thus far. I really hope the final grade will reflect my efforts. so far, everything is above average besides freaken Chinese. how foolish.

I really need to buckle down and make sure this quarter doesn't end up like the last few quarters.

Monday, March 06, 2006

weekly recap

2/27 - 3/05
mon: routine.
tues: 157b midterm.
wed: lockheed martin interview. 2nd pass.
thur: finished 112 lab 5.
fri: micromouse microstepping/motor control board completed.
sat: BASS. magic. discipline.
sun: acts 18. paul. ov goes to work.

next week:
- chinese extra credit
- intersil presentation
- analog devices product engineer?
- pepsi interview

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Senior Year

As a senior in college, I am starting to feel a little sentimental about some of my encounters in college. Although it is generally true that I will not miss Davis a whole lot, there is still a lot of things that I will look back on someday and say, "those were the days." Just like high school. Just like childhood memories.

Today was Mike's last engineering lab. (It would be mine too if I decide not to take eec 118 next quarter.) Mike is really an awesome person, in terms of moral, self-discipline, and smarts. Today, we finished Lab 5 early and turned in the lab report. I really enjoyed EEC 112. Even though, like many other classes, we're breezing through it with the help of past year's solutions and such, I really feel like this class is different. I'm actually learning. I really feel like I haven't done enough learning these 4 years. Hopefully I will have some time to catch up.

Something interesting: Most of us, graduating EEs, are frantically job searching. Every one of us is asking one another, "did you get that interview?" "did they ask you these same questions?" "have you heard anything back?" ... it's kindda sad. But, that's life. Graduate. Move on. Get a job. Start a new life. What's really interesting, is to see someone not fall in this trend: Mike Silviera. I had a (somewhat) long conversation with Mike on Tuesday, while we were doing our pre-lab, about life, and plans after college. He's already made some plans. He plans on moving to Texas with his wife (yeah, he married this summer). They plan on leaving California behind with no regrets and start a new life in Texas, whether it be for better or for worse. We're hoping for the best of course. But really, it is adventurous. I kept telling him, "no Asian in the right mind would do that." Anyways, I don't feel like going in details about his reasons and decisions here. I just hope I will keep in touch with Mike. This man is different. He is special. I can see God's plan in him.

May God guide us and lead us in all our pursuits.