Well, the title of this paper is “Partial Area Contributions to Storm Runoff in a Small New England Watershed” by Dunne and Black (1970), but Dunne used a lot of “water escaping” or “water escaped” in the article. It made me laugh every time I read water escape from where to where. I hope I can escape successfully, too!

Dunne and Black created an experiment for testing the theory of Horton overland flow and subsurface flow in their 60-acre backyard in Vermont. They would like to define the mechanisms of storm runoff production operating in a small watershed, and to see how much each forms of runoff contribute to the flow. With four different events: 1) Natural rainstorms, 2) Artificial storms of high return period on the steep, permeable trenches hillside, 3) Artificial storms on the channel areas, and 4) Artificial storms on the shallow soils of the seep B catchment, they indicated that the storm runoff is mainly controlled by rainfall intensity. Also, the storage and transmission within the soil contribute to the subsurface flow during the events.

Just finished part of peakflow research - occurring date analysis, and reading a paper about flash flood by Douinot et al., (2016)

I installed Pandoc and MiKTex on my windows today, although I remembered I installed them long time ago. Maybe it was for my other laptop, or maybe that’s for my Rstudio (not sure if they are the same)… haha…

Pandoc is for us to convert files into different format.
MiKTex is an up-to-date implementation of TeX/LaTeX and related programs. And it’s for converting files into pdf.

Douinot et al. (2016) indicate that the FFG method significantly overestimates the intensity necessary to exceed the threshold flow for high intensity events in three catchments in France. They show the importance of the rainfall spatial variability in the estimating the rainfall intensity threshold for the flash flood forecasting. They proposed a Spatialized FFG (SFFG), a modified FFG with considering rainfall spatial characteristics. It has better estimations than the FFG in the high rainfall intensity cases. Besides, it offers the potential to analyze the sensitivity of the hydrological response to the spatial characteristics of the precipitation events as a function of the forecast lead time. Yet, it does not consider factors other than the spatial distribution of rainfall, for instance, soil properties.

Dinner time today with some Japanese friends:

During the dinner time, someone was doing something dangerous, so my friend told me that “Abunai” is dangerous in Japanese. Later on, one of my friends brought very yummy food, I said “ちょっと危ない (Chotto Abunai means a little dangerous)”, dangerous in the way that I tend to eat too much…

Then I thought of “piri karai (means a little spicy)”, I changed the saying to “piri abunai!”. It turned out that Japanese usually only use “piri” to describe spicy food. But one of my friend told me that in there area, they use “piri piri” to describe light rain! It probably comes from Kyoto area.

Now it’s “piri piri” in Manoa valley, and I like it. What else can we use “piri” to describe?

Today, My advisor commented and revised a lot of my REVISED slides. I thought I’ve revised by following what she said, yet it wasn’t enough. I didn’t pay very attention on each tables, figures, the word I chose for the title and footnote, etc. I appreciate my advisor’s patience. Paying attention to the details are always challenging me in my life, especially in academic life. I’m always jealous or try to understand how people can notice so many details. I did some google search, and google does know everything. lol.

Josh Bersin, a global industry analyst, shared his thought on LinkIn - Trying to Make Things Perfect.

  • Stop when you’re tired and pick up work later when you have more energy and focus.
  • Ask people to review your work and take their feedback seriously.
  • Do projects in small chunks.
  • Start projects early so you have time to iterate and improve.
  • Have a cup of coffee or get some exercise and then come back if you can’t focus.
  • Remember to “dig deeper”—to push for more analysis and better decisions on a regular basis.
  • Re-read that email before you send it.
  • Don’t let the PowerPoint go out with poor grammar, fonts, or typos.
  • Check your spelling!
  • Say to yourself, “This is the most important thing I have to do well” and act that way.

and then, on TheMuse - [3 Ways You’re Not Paying Attention to Detail (and How to Fix It)] (https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-ways-youre-not-paying-attention-to-detail-and-how-to-fix-it)

  • Check for accuracy
  • Check for consistency
  • Check for completion

My friends used to say that I have enough logical skill but I’m just not thinking through everything. I think part of them is from the education, my family didn’t encourage me to discuss or talk about my observation, neither my school did. Also, thinking through everything is very painful, especially when I was seeing the unfairness or feeling people’s emotions, they are just too much for me. However, in academic, or say in any professional life, paying attention, and thinking through everything is necessary.

From now on, I’m telling myself and doing these - check the accuracy and consistency by myself, and there is no shame for asking feedback, so don’t be shy. Thinking about the purpose of everything in my writing and slides:


  • Why do I describe this and that
  • Why do I cite those papers
  • What am I missing (need experience from ppl’s feedback)

Method and data:

  • What method or data it is
  • What is the period of the data
  • What is the data source
  • How to use the data
  • What is the method for
  • Does the method has any assumption
  • What is the result and unit from the method
  • Does the method match or answer my question
  • Do I have any misunderstanding for the method
  • What am I missing (need experience from ppl’s feedback)


  • How do I calculate, am I calculating right
  • Is the result reasonable
  • What story can you get from them
  • Am I overinterpret
  • Is there any gap from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph; Am I jumping around while explaining


  • Do I spell people’s name all right
  • Is the format of reference consistent
  • Who helped me in this research/project that I need to put in the acknowledgement

Today’s complement

  • review Hexo
    • hexo g - generate (after you edit/modify)
    • hexo s - show (show on the localhost)
    • hexo deploy - deploy to github page!
  • install new theme from minos
  • adding sharing by sharethis
    • this takes time to show, I was confused for a while
  • adding Comment by disqus
    • I was struggling for this one, but I found that I’ve just forgot to generate (hexo g) after I changed the setting. Also, misunderstanding the shortname… lol

Note - install hexo in windows

  1. Install nvm:
    • Node Version Manager (nvm) is a tool that allows you to manage multiple versions of Node.js on the same machine. Each version runs in its own isolated environment, so you can safely switch versions without affecting the whole system.
  2. Install node.js (JavaScript run-time environment):
    • includes everything you need to execute a program written in JavaScript.
      • both your browser JavaScript and Node.js run on the V8 JavaScript runtime engine.
      • Node.js’ package ecosystem, npm, is the largest ecosystem of open source libraries in the world.
  3. Install Hexo

    $ npm install -g hexo-cli
  4. Set the SSH key for github

  5. Enjoy Hexo!

I should start writing and writing and writing for my journey. Happy for the day!

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