Confessions of a researchaholic

December 31, 2014

Frame of motivation

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As a game of self-motivation, I used to frame and hang rejection letters on the wall and remove them only after getting even.

Today while cleaning my office I found the very last one sitting in a corner. Looking at it feels like a guy bumping into his high school crush who rejected him years ago but now appears totally fat and ugly.

With amused satisfaction, I threw the letter away but kept the frame. Time to fill it with another motivation.

Frame of rejection

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December 20, 2014

Minimal quality bar to become my internal student

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 7:08 pm
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You should be able to understand and implement an existing research paper (e.g. SIGGRAPH) or software system (e.g. a renderer/simulator) as well as reproduce the corresponding results.

Otherwise, you are not ready for a research or even a development position.

As a reference point, my first HKU PhD student, Jun Xing, once managed to reproduce 3 SIGGRAPH papers in a span of about 5 days (for sports).

December 14, 2014

Flight delay

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 7:05 pm

Dear airlines:

Passengers would be much happier if they can enjoy the in-flight entertainment uninterrupted by your announcements about delays.

December 11, 2014

Street credit

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Coauthors revealed a secret in a recent paper that gave us all street credits.
(It is in plain sight for anyone to see, so I won’t tell.)

December 10, 2014

First computer programmer

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 12:56 am

On Ada Lovelace’s birthday, I would like to thank the all-girl trio – Jolly, Min, and Yanlin, for helping me teach the (100+ students) introductory programming class.

December 8, 2014

Consequences of not having significant impacts

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 7:43 pm
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