Confessions of a researchaholic

June 27, 2018

Project pivot versus switch

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 12:03 pm
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When we get stuck in a project, the issues could lay on the project or us.
For the former, switching to a different project might help.
For the latter, we should fix our own issues as otherwise no project will work out.

It is not always clear where the issues are.
But if someone keeps on switching projects, it could be a sign of individual instead of project issues.

Even if a project does not work out, it is usually better to pivot by continuous transforming the ideas during progress, instead of discontinuous switch to a separate project without coherence.

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June 24, 2018

Perceptual reality

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 11:41 am
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I am fascinated by how Rene Magritte challenged our visual perception with his paintings.
A canvas in front of a window may seem transparent, and a receding boulevard might look like a tower.



June 18, 2018

Tour of hell

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 11:54 am
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According to the guided tool of hell in SF Asian art museum, what we experienced during our journey to hell is a synthesis of our own (negative) thinking and experiences accumulated during our life time, such as desires and regrets. To get out of the hell, we need to free our own minds.

I stood there thinking what kind of hell I would go through, and I counted (1) not spending enough time with people I care and (2) failing to fully realize my abilities to benefit others.



June 11, 2018

Principles by Ray Dalio

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:14 am
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Highly recommend; whether you like his methodology can reflect what kind of person you are. I suspect his people are either very rational or have tools to help control emotions.



June 10, 2018

If I have done everything I can live with the result

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:44 pm

For me, the most enjoyable moment for this year’s NBA playoff is when GSW was down 3-2 to HOU instead of when they won the championship.

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June 9, 2018

Suicide

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:34 am
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Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade;
Someone with my genetics and psychology will probably never understand;
I will just Kublai everything and anything that stands in my way.

June 8, 2018

Satoshi-Nakamotoism

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:54 am
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Aside from rare exceptions like Steve Jobs or Albert Einstein, people usually do not care who is behind an invention or discovery.
(As a quick experiment, can you name the Nobel Prize winners in the most recent year, especially if you are not working in the related fields?)

Thus, I would prioritize our outcomes over our egos for publicity.

June 7, 2018

Almost compromised principle

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:43 am
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A student asked to submit our project to a non-top venue Y due to her/his school graduation requirement and study time frame, which I agreed out of necessity.

A few days ago, I noticed that (s)he changed the paper format from venue Y to a top venue X, right in front of the deadline, without even pinging me.
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June 6, 2018

Singularity

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:02 pm

If one day AI takes over humans, it will not be due to higher computational efficiency.
Instead, the reason will be communication efficiency: machines, unlike humans, can talk to one another any time, without emotions or the consequent need of synchronous, face-to-face meetings.

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