Confessions of a researchaholic

July 15, 2018


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July 12, 2018

Art mentor

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:42 pm

Sketching has been my personal interest, and now also part of my job as stepping into artists’ shoes can help me build better authoring tools. But I simply have not spent enough time practicing.

Thus, I have asked Daichi Ito, who kindly agreed to be my art mentor.
(My dad is also an artist, but he is too far away to drive my practice.)

I will focus on sketching for now as that is the fundamental art form (analogous to piano for music). I plan to take the well-advised steps: draw what I see, draw what I remember, and draw what I imagine.

July 9, 2018

The most senior TA in history?

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:54 pm

Today I volunteered to be a TA for a c++ coding workshop hosted for Adobe interns.

Intern coding workshop

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Some fun facts to put things into context and perspective:

The last time I was a TA is year 1996.

I have taught an introductory c++ class in HKU for 5 semesters, which also contains lab workshops for hands-on experience. The class has 100+ students per semester, and I usually have 3 PhD students for TA.
This workshop has around 30+ students and we have 5 full-time employees for TA.

What remains the same is my basic observation that personality and attitude are more important than technical skill. The most important thing is never giving up. How fast you can finish the assignments is less important than whether you continue to tackle the problems until they are all resolved.

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