Confessions of a researchaholic

June 27, 2015

Our collective civilization is advanced by overcoming our individual ignorance

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:07 am
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Once, I asked a gay friend what it feels like if he is forced to make out with a girl.
His answer: it is like I am forced to make out with a guy.
:-)

If you are a straight guy feeling uncomfortable with gay guys making out (say 2% of all couples you see in your daily life), just imagine how uncomfortable they are with straight couples making out (98% of couples they encounter in their daily lives).

June 25, 2015

How to find and attract top recruits

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:31 am
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Major K├Ânig: I’ll fix it so that he’s the one who finds me.

June 19, 2015

I got lost in my dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 5:59 am
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And spent the night figuring out where I was.

June 10, 2015

“Who you are” matters much more than “whom you are affiliated with”

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:29 am
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Birds of a feather flock together.
Our affiliation does reflect our own quality.

On the other hand, really top people can transform a not-so-top institution into a top one.

June 8, 2015

Email address etiquette

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:42 am
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It is fine to have creative or personalized email addresses, but use your judgement, e.g. sexybaby@hotmail.com is probably not suitable for professional communications.

If you have multiple email accounts which you cannot check with sufficient frequency, just set automatic forwarding to a single (default) account. You can also setup (e.g. via SMTP) that single default account to reply on behalf of the other aliases.
If you do not intend to use a particular email account, disable or delete it so that people would not expect reply from there.

May 31, 2015

Should we submit?

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:33 pm
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The deadline is approaching and we have this paper that might or might not be ready. Should we submit?

A lot can be learned only by going through actually paper review cycles. So it pays off to do our best to meet the deadline.

On the other hand, a bad submission might get its potentially good ideas scooped by the reviewers without receiving much useful feedback.

Thus, I recommend submitting only those with a reasonable chance of getting accepted but let the first author make the final call as the tie breaker.

May 1, 2015

Sham haiku

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 12:02 am
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Foul air
Detected by nose
Confirmed by Google

April 16, 2015

Exponential ignorance

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:35 am
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The ratio of collective over my knowledge is growing at an exponential rate. It feels like drowning.

Human evolution is too slow for and has yet to benefit from our recent technology advance. Some cybernetic or genetic intervention may save us.

April 14, 2015

To my future self

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:01 am
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Even if you are 88 years old with terminal cancer lying in the middle of the Gobi desert while being pointed at by an AK47, you can still overcome every obstacle just like we always do.

That is all you need to remember.

April 10, 2015

Stop killing trees

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:41 pm
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It is the 21st century. Please, send me electronic instead of paper documents.

Meanwhile, I wonder if there is a way to automatically bounce all incoming physical mails back to the original senders.

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