Confessions of a researchaholic

May 6, 2018

Anon

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As an interesting coincidence, after finishing a privacy training I watched this movie.

“I give the fight up: let there be an end, a privacy, an obscure nook for me. I want to be forgotten even by God.” – Robert Browning

January 28, 2018

The last one to watch the last Jedi?

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I finally watched the latest Star Wars movie on Sunday night. Avoiding spoilers is a good practice in discipline.

The movie is highly entertaining and has this tinge of smacking the tradition. But I still prefer the original series and even the prequels which are telling the background story of Darth Vader, the most important character of the entire Star Wars universe. The Force Awakens is refreshing, but I am not sure what The Last Jedi is trying to achieve in terms of the story line.

October 29, 2017

OtherLife

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 11:16 am
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VR space warp is interesting and challenging enough, but VR time warp appears even more so.
At least I have no idea how to achieve that for the next SIGGRAPH project.
🙂



February 14, 2017

Ghost in the Shell

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 5:20 pm
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There is a peculiar kind of pleasure for senior people to reminisce their junior experiences, as I discovered after getting older.

The first trailer closely matches the original anime, which is also available on Netflix.

Like many contemporary Japanese anime, the story can be confusing for people not familiar with the genre. But it seems quite clear from the second trailer, and different from the original story.

Race can be a sensitive issue for Hollywood, but watch how the Japanese react to the casting of this movie. This should be no surprise for people who understand the Japanese culture in general.

April 5, 2015

Furious 7

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They actually parachuted the cars for real instead of CG 🙂

March 7, 2014

Double-edged sword

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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.

December 22, 2013

Two recent movies

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 11:51 pm
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Every computer scientist’s wet dream:

Every computer scientist’s nightmare:

July 28, 2013

The matrix concert

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 1:54 pm
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I went to the Matrix in Concert with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Don Davis, who is also the composer for the Matrix trilogy.

Basically, what they did is to play the first matrix movie with music accompanied by the orchestra.
I enjoyed the show for a variety of reasons: I am a fan of the original movies, the visual setup (black dressing + green lighting) is fitting, and the music integrates seamlessly with the movie.

The most interesting aspect is that the music adds (yet) another layer of performance + reality, over the original movie, which is already layered. The music starts with the opening scenes and ends after the end credits. So the entire show starts before the movie starts and ends after the movie ends. In a movie theater, most audience would walk out during the end credits, but we should sit through this one. (It was very funny to see a few folks who left during the end credits.)

What has not changed is that I want to be agent Smith if I can choose to become one of the characters.
🙂

February 14, 2013

Liberal art

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This is a random collection of thoughts after watching this movie, liberal arts, on a recent flight.

I like the movie; it is funny, informational, and the characters are cute (especially the one played by Elizabeth Olsen).

I finally got what it meant by liberal art college: basically, the kind of schools that trains one to be a generalist rather than for a specific profession. Quote from the movie: “I majored in English and minored in history just to make sure I am fully unemployable”.

I think computer science is some kind of liberal art: writing good codes is a lot like writing good proses, designing good algorithms is a lot like designing good plots, and making good UIs is a lot like making good plays!

From now on I am going to proclaim I do liberal art, in a more employable fashion.
🙂

August 1, 2012

Perfectionist

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I highly recommend this documentary, about a world renowned sushi chef achieving perfectionism. I agree with a lot of what he said, many of which are applicable for any profession.

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