Confessions of a researchaholic

April 1, 2014

Thunder swim

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I find it extremely romantic and serene to swim under a thunderstorm.
So getting kicked out of the pool is like being interrupted while being in a zone.

Come on, I get wet one way or another, and I am much more likely to be killed by car commute than lightning.

March 31, 2014


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Street noise
Is like a lullaby
For city boys

March 19, 2014

Fog horn

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:36 pm
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Foggy bay
Cargo ships
Blasting horns

March 7, 2014

Double-edged sword

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:32 pm
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I found Bobby Fischer against the World a fascinating documentary about a particular kind of talent (chess) of a unique individual (Bobby Fischer, widely considered as the greatest chess player of all time who later self-destructed into an outcast) at a particular era (cold war, with chess being one of the competitions to showcase US/Soviet supremacy).

One interesting point pursued in the movie is about the specific type of brain that enables superior chess play may also cause certain psychological issues.
One can make a more general point in that unusual brains, as double-edged swords, can produce special talents as well as abnormal behaviors, as have been seen in geniuses across different disciplines such as musicians, artists, scientists, and mathematicians.

February 22, 2014

Be different

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:37 am
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This is likely a unique local phenomenon, but I often see these student representatives wearing suits and sitting in meetings for various organizations.

It is extremely difficult for me to understand why anyone wants to do this. Young people should dream of being different instead of rushing into conformity.

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

- Steve Jobs

January 9, 2014

Tolerate only A players

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:37 am

Quote from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs:

You have to be ruthless if you want to build a team of A players. “It’s too easy, as a team grows, to put up with a few B players, and they then attract a few more B players, and soon you will even have some C players,” he recalled. “The Macintosh experience taught me that A players like to work only with other A players, which means you can’t indulge B players.”

January 1, 2014


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 7:12 pm

One of my computers has been extremely slow. After some investigations I found the culprit lied on the security software.

It was so slow as though the security software is checking every program execution and every network connection. So I just disabled it and the machine ran like a breeze.

I know I am supposed to get my computer protected, but what is the point if the protection will significantly cripple performance?

This bears analogy to how some nations (including two of the biggest and most important ones) trade off their liberty and security.

“They who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

I installed another security software a while later. It seems to work fine so far, but I would not hesitate to uninstall if it cripples performance.

December 25, 2013

Cat pose

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 6:43 pm
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Cold winter day
Sitting on a warm hood

December 23, 2013

Dear Asian students

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:10 pm
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Not having to observe Western holidays is your competitive advantage. Don’t squander it.

December 22, 2013

Two recent movies

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 11:51 pm

Every computer scientist’s wet dream:

Every computer scientist’s nightmare:

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