Confessions of a researchaholic

May 21, 2016

Another benefit of Latex

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:44 pm

The difficulty to express some emoticons will force the writing to appear more professional.

o$( \cap \_ \cap )$o
$\odot \omega \odot$
@\_@
=$\omega$=
$^-\bigtriangledown^-$

May 20, 2016

System surveys

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:41 am
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Few people have the time and patience to answer surveys, even when they do they might not provide genuine opinions (consciously or not), and the sampling is inherently biased.

A well designed system collects data and analyzes users on the go; just look at Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

May 19, 2016

encumbrance

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:31 pm

A new word I learned in the context of spending grant money.
🙂

For those who still email “newsletters”

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:17 pm

You are out of your fucking minds.

May 12, 2016

Assassin’s Creed

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:17 am

The premise of this game is about bringing back one’s ancestral memory over centuries, which means I should not play it at all.
🙂

May 11, 2016

Asking for a favor

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:47 am
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Hi Jun, Qi, and mamba:

You know what kinds of students I am looking for.

Some of the applicants might contact you about my advising style.
Please help me scare away those who are not suitable (e.g. sharing your painful SIGGRAPH experiences should be a good start).
They trust your words more than mine.

It is to your advantage to be surrounded by top players.
And the fewer students I have, the more time I can spend on each of you.
🙂

Thanks!

May 10, 2016

Confidence is reflected at one’s worst

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:24 pm

(If you cannot see the content above, twitter is blocked.)

Managing emails

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:29 am

Sometimes when I received too many emails, I just deleted them all, and counted on that important ones will be resent again.
(I watch all svn/git commits and Moodle boards, so my research and teaching were never affected.)

When people asked why I did not reply their emails, I apologized with the above reason, so that they knew it is not personal.

This appeared to be working fine so far, but follow my strategy at your own risk.
🙂

May 9, 2016

Recursive interviews

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:20 pm
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When you were interviewing the candidates I was also interviewing you.

You opened yourself like a book.
🙂

April 30, 2016

Strength in numbers

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 12:12 pm
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In his PhD application, a student indicated that he is collaborating with a famous professor on a recent SIGGRAPH project.

I asked that professor about the student. He told me that the project has 20 students (most are not co-authors), and the particular student is probably not even a secondary helper.

In comparison, most of my projects so far involve 0 or 1 student, and none over 2 students.
🙂

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