I just wanted to say that I am back in fansubbing. You can check our work out at Saizen Fansubs (http://www.saizen-fansubs.com/) as I am working on the Captain Tsubasa project with them.
Happy Holidays everyone, stay safe and I'll post more often in 2012. (New Year's resolution)
As we have all heard from today, the eastern coast of Japan was devastated by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake. The city of Sendai has completely been wiped out. Aftershocks of 6.0 magnitudes continue to terrorize Japan. Train services are halted causing millions of people to be temporary displaced. Fires are raging all throughout Japan and even nuclear reactors are running out of power to cool down heated reactor cores. The worst that can happen to any place at anytime is happening right now in Japan.
However, even though hundreds have died and thousands are injured, of all the places that it could have occurred, Japan was definitely the only country in the world that was prepared for such a catastrophe. With strict modern building standards since 1987, the world’s only early earthquake detection system and even an annual national earthquake drill we can see today that those standards were put in place for a reason, to save lives.
Those lives saved and those living in Japan and around the world have witness a horrible tragedy. However, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. We are overlooking a very important factor. Using the words of Warren Buffet, “Human potential is far from exhausted”.  We have always rebuilt from every disaster known to Man and we will rebuild from this one. We as human beings are a resilient bunch.
Japan will unite, Japan will rebuild and Japan’s “best days lie ahead”. 
I will warn beforehand that this is going to be quite a long post as it has taken me a couple of days to gather my thoughts. I will break it down into time periods as it is easier (well for me at least) to organize it. With the disclaimer out of the way, I hope you enjoy the ride.
Before High School (pre-2000)
So unlike most people I was brought up with Anime/Manga at a very early age.
I guess you would call anime in this time period as ‘classics’ or ‘vintage’. Most of the first Animes that I watched were sports related. These include, Aoki Densetsu Shoot! and Captain Tsubasa (Futbol), Prince of Tennis (TeniPuri) and Touch (Baseball). I also watched Kindaichi Shounen no Jinkenbo (Detective Series) and to this day I still love Detective/Mystery Animes. (…Gosick anyone?)
It was also at this time that I watch CLAMP’s classic Cardcaptor Sakura. After many years, CCS still has a place on my current computer. I also watch Battleship Yamato in its glory but to be honest, I don’t remember much.
Not to be outdone, I did watch American broadcast Anime (WB tsunami) which includes, yes, the original Pokémon. Till this day, I still have my Pokémon cards stashed somewhere in the very room I am typing this.
High School (2000-2004)
When I started high school, I finally had the ability to start fansubbing Anime. The very first project I was on was CLAMP’s Angelic Layer (Timer: AznGuy). Just like CCS, I still have Angelic Layer on this computer also. I started doing TL work for some Animes on my free time during high school. (X 1999 TV series/ Hikaru no Go) I watched and loved Initial D during this time and my current car, 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX was most likely influenced from the series, yup.
Also during this time while our class went on a field trip to the beach, I stumbled upon an Anime that was on Adult Swim one night. It was called Pilot Candidate in English and it took me a couple of years later to find the series on one of my trips to Japan. (It is called Megami Kouhosei, if you are interested in it.)
After high school, I attended the University of Texas in Austin for college. Since my college schedule was more flexible than any other time in my life, I was able to squeeze in some more Anime TL. Some of my favorites during this time include the all funny bread making anime (Yakitate Japan), another car Anime series (Wangan Midnight) and my very first Macross series Macross 7. On Thursdays, I would hang out with a friend at his Co-op and watch Bleach/Naruto while eating cereal and milk. Sometimes I miss the simple pleasures in life.
I also started to help typeset some Animes in the summer time. These Anime includes Air, the Clannad series and Paranoia Agent. I only had once class to attend in my senior year so it was then that I was mostly involved with fansubbing. I started to keep up with the new CLAMP series Tsubasa Chronicle and the new baseball Anime Cross Game at this time.
The day before the last final I needed to take to graduate, I randomly flipped on the TV and started watching an Anime movie on the school’s TV channel. It was later on that I found out the movie I watch was Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Overture to a New War. From then on, LoGH has been my all time favorite Anime. Yes, I passed the class.
After I graduated from UT, I went straight to work and have ceased my fansubbing activities. I’ve started to be more active on the forums not as a staff member but merely as a watcher of Anime. However, sometimes I still do receive some fansubbing work that just needs to be done when others are busy. My last projects were Makoto Shinkai movies which are my favorites. (5cm per second and The Place Promised in Our Early Days) With my abilities, I am able to pick up some items for many groups. (BDs, figures, etc.)
Currently, I am watching more Anime than ever before however that doesn’t mean I am not helping out my past. I have been blessed with a good job so I’ve been anonymously donating to fansub groups as I know it is hard work what they are doing, even though they still give me a hard time about it =P
I've posted a completed anime list in the blog post below.
A complete list of Animes that I have worked on, watched or have been made fun of by my fellow fansubbers =)
Before High School (pre 2000):
Aoki Densetsu Shoot!
Kindaichi Shounen no Jinkenbo
Prince of Tennis
High School (2000-2004):
Megami Kouhosei (Candidate for Goddess; Pilot Candiate)
Hikaru no Go
X 1999 (TV)
Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Asobi ni Iku Yo!
Asu no Yoichi
Dance in the Vampire Bund
Detective Academy Q
Hayate no Gotoku!
Kiss x Sis
Ladies vs. Butlers
Mayoi Neko Overrun
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
Seikon no Qwaser
Sekirei ~ Pure Engagement~
Senkou no Night Raid
Shakugan no Shana S
Shukufuku no Campanella
Sora no Woto
Taishou Yakyuu Musume
The World God Only Knows
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
To Aru Majutsu no Index
Yousuga no Sora
Currently Watching (2011):
Hime Chen! Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri
Seto no Hanayome
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka
5 Centimeters per Second
A Place Promised in Our Early Days
Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~
It's the end of 2010 so I've been swamped with work. Hopefully 2011 will be a little less hectic. I wish everyone happy holidays and a good start to the new year.
The Four Pillars of Investing by William Bernstein is another one of them classics for a personal investor. I will not discuss much about this book but briefly go through what the book is about.
The four pillars (Theory, History, Psychology and Business of Investing) are sections of the book that Mr. Bernstein goes through in great detail and act as building blocks for the last section.The last section of the book ties the four pillars together to form a basis for any investor to build his or her most comfortable investing portfolio.
This is another excellent reference book that should be on the shelf of any individual investor.
By chance, I woke up this morning and watched a movie called 文学少女 (Bungaku Shoujo). It is definitely the best movie I've seen this year.
Bungaku Shoujo or Literature Girl in english is an animated movie that is based on a set of 8 light novels produced in Japan. The movie is based on the 5th novel of the series. Touko Amano, a high school senior who is also the literature club president (only 2 people are members of the literature club). She is a supernatural being that 'eats' stories and picks up the story's plots. The other member of the literature club is Konoha Inoue, a normal high school junior who writes impromptu stories to 'feed' Touko as 'snacks'. Konoha once wrote a popular novel that came from a newcomer contest when he was 14. The movie elaborates on the two and more on the situations and hardship that them and their friends face.
This movie really touched me because unlike movies lately, real or animated, it has an engaging plot without any BS fanservice that seems to be popular in everything nowadays. The voice cast is top-notch (believe me I've heard them all in other animations) and it doesn't drag like some movies do. I highly recommend this movie if you are into drama/romance or want to know what anime is supposed to be.
Common Sense on Mutual Funds is written by John C. Bogle who is well known in the business world as the founder of Vanguard and also the person who brought the first index mutual fund into the world.
In this book, Mr. Bogle brings up points that are vital for the individual investor. He argues successfully that COST MATTERS. The fees that an actively managed fund in this day and age have been excessively high and as a result the investor is not given a fair share of the market return. Mr. Bogle also brings up the topic about taxes, which in the fund industry, has been kept quiet.
Overall, I enjoyed this book as it provides a close look at the fundamentals of mutual funds. The inefficiencies of mutual funds are pointed out and advice that Mr. Bogle provide to counter them are priceless.
I am back. Had some things to take care of before I had some time to update this site.
I have just recently finished reading A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel. It is a book based on research and previous observation of the stock market. With the information collected, Malkiel formulates or explains how the market works and easily describes it as a 'random walk'.
Malkiel stresses the importance of index funds and how when compared to other investment strategies such as actively managed funds, individual equities, etc. gives you the most bang for your buck.
I agree with Mr. Malkiel with using index funds, as the core portfolio of my investment are mostly index funds. I have tried to dabble in some individual stocks but I am probably going to research more about REITs as Malkiel mentions in his book. Overall I really enjoyed this book; it was informative yet not too complicated for the average reader.
I hope everyone had a good start to the new year. It's been a rough couple of weeks since January 1st for me, but I am healthy and ready to tackle this upcoming year. Just getting back to the flow of things and getting ready to see how big my income tax burden is. *Not looking forward to it* Just finished watching the anime 大正野球娘 (Taishou Yakyuu Musume) and I love it. So without further ado, I give you Kochou Kikusaka from 大正野球娘
I am trying to get back to the swing of things. The end of the year is usually the busiest time at the workplace. I will catch up on stuff in a bit, but for now you can watch Aoba chasing people.
I recently picked up a Motorola Droid as a gadget to enjoy and to replace my current Blackberry Curve mobile phone. This is just a brief impression of the Droid as I have been playing with it for a couple of days.
The pros of the phone is it is very PC-user friendly. What I mean is that the layout is quite normal for someone that uses a PC as what is defined as a PC (Personal Computer). I did not have to read the manual to figure out the way to use the phone, it just clicked. The Droid has a great screen with great touch sensibility. Build quality is top notch and feels sturdy.
There are some minor issues that I have with the phone. First off I consider that I have ‘small’ hands and both the touch screen keyboard and the slide out keyboard are a little too small. The keyboard keys are quite flat but overall I don’t really have a good conclusion due to the fact that I rarely use it.
I haven’t actually made a phone call on the phone so I’ll leave that out for later. Either way so far I am enjoying it like a five year old with candy.
It's been a busy couple of weeks for me so I am spending less time here than I want/should. I should have sometime for some stuff this weekend. But for now here is a picture of Kurosaki Shuri from the anime Asura Cryin'.
So for a while now my car, a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX, had a problem with the Air Conditioner. The problem occured when the intercooler (think radiator on top of the engine to cool the turbocharger) was rubbing against my hard AC line that runs between the intercooler and the firewall of the car's engine bay. Eventually, the intercooler rubbed against it to the point that it punctured the line and all the refrigant escaped leaving me with no AC. So, I special ordered a new AC line and it took almost a month to get it and then it took another month trying to setup an available timeslot for me to bring my car into the dealership to get it fixed. However, I finally snapped when it rained last week. Since I didn't have AC, my windows fogged up and it was hell driving home. I was ticked to the point that when I got home, I replaced the line myself with anger. Took me 30 minutes to swap out the old line and install the new line so I don't understand why the dealership said that line install was a 2hr labor charge *shrugs*. Then I went to Walmart and bought a can of R134a refrigant and for about a week now I have nice cool AC for this 100F+ degree weather here in Houston, TX. So all in all, I spent around 250 dollars on the line, 30 dollars on the refrigant, an hour of labor and months of hell. I think I got a good deal...not.
I would like to start off by introducing myself. My name is Tuan Vo and I am 25 years old. I am currently employed at an international oil service company as an NMR specialist.
I currently have a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Previous education includes graduating from Memorial Senior High School in Houston, TX back in 2004.
My hobbies coincide with my goals in life which are, investing in my health, investing in my career and living a frugal life. With that in mind, I workout at the local gym daily to get myself in good health. I am a continuous learner at work. The more information and experience I can obtain, the more beneficial I am to my career and to the people I work with. Lastly, I 'live below my means' and with any money I am able to save I can invest it or at least have a peace of mind that I don't have to worry about not having enough to pay expenses. One of my main hobbies including reading personal finance blogs and Money Tips Network is a great site that arranges top personal finance blogs in one easy place. You can check them out on that link or follow my feed in the News section.
The point of this website is to help me keep my goals and organize my life basically. So please enjoy your stay here as it will take some time for me to get into a routine to update this site often.
Tvo (nickname, pronounced like the recording set top cable box)