Confessions of a researchaholic

August 7, 2022

Arriving at SIGGRAPH 2022

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:30 pm
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Compared to EGSR in Prague, traveling to Vancouver for SIGGRAPH is a very short and easy trip for me. I didn’t realize how much I missed academic conferences until the former so I am glad to attend the latter.

I arrived at the flight gate earlier than usual, but fortunately spotted an excellent drawing subject while waiting for boarding.

During the incoming trip today I got spotted by several folks, including one MSRA intern from eons ego (who now reports to one of my former direct reports), one Adobe intern from last year (mentored by my former office mate), and one guy who reports to one of my former (and most favorite) collaborators. I didn’t recognize any of them initially as they all wore masks, which begged the question how could they recognize me given that I wore masks as well. Maybe they have better upper facial recognition capabilities than I do?

I wonder if the pandemic would fundamentally shift how evolution shapes human facial recognition.

August 6, 2022

A flower immersed in a jam jar cap

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:09 pm
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A flower can last days, if not longer, by submerging its rear end in water.

August 3, 2022

SIGGRAPH Asia 2022 papers PC meetings

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:19 am

As a pseudo-miracle, I managed to wake up before 5 am for 3 straight days for the virtual SIGGRAPH Asia 2022 PC meetings (ending 10+ am), and set a personal record of reviewing 5 papers as an extra PC member, which, with the original 15 assignments, totaling 20, still less than like 22 I reviewed a few years back (but with fewer extra PC reviews which tend to have more time urgency).

Aaron Hertzmann has a recent post about expectation creep that is worth taking a look for future PC members.

July 24, 2022

Lufthansa inflight snacks

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:26 pm
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A 1-hour flight between FRA and PRG would naturally not provide much food or drink, but I like the quality and simplicity of a bottle of water and a piece of chocolate.

July 17, 2022

Moving around at work

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:58 pm
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After my turn of presentation in a recent intern seminar about how to write research papers, I took a break mandated by the eye-break program installed in my computer. Instead of moving around elsewhere as I would usually do, I stayed in front of my computer to attend the next presentation, but moved a bit to avoid staring directly into the display. Later I got a message from the meeting host reminding me that everyone can see me stretch in the virtual meeting, which I replied that everyone should do that during a long meeting!

A related thread from Cornell about the importance of moving around during work instead of just standing or sitting (or remaining in any other stationary poses).
I think knowing how to take care of our body is more important than knowing how to write papers.

July 16, 2022

John Wick

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:03 pm

While waiting for boarding at FRA I downloaded John Wick 1 + 2 in Netflix in anticipation for the need of some stylish actions without complex plots during a long flight, but did not manage to watch them until coming back home. I kept my device in airplane mode meanwhile as I am aware that these two movies are not available for streaming in the US.

July 15, 2022

James Webb

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:58 pm

The astonishing beauty of the images captured by the James Webb space telescope is a reminder that we are capable of extraordinary achievement, amid all the economical, political, biological, and environmental chaos.
The fact that the telescope almost did not make it (delays and over-budgeting) is also a lesson all by itself.

July 9, 2022

EGSR in Prague

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:16 pm
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I have thoroughly enjoyed the EGSR conference and the Prague visit, and wish to have more time to explore this fantastic city.

I did not have time for drawings aside from a few very quick finger sketches on my small mobile phone, but plan to draw some from visual impression later.

July 4, 2022


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:28 am
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Upon arrival at FRA I learned that my connection flight to PRG was delayed to the next day, so I took Lufthansa’s offer for free taxi rides and hotel stay in Kronberg, which turned out to be a very nice town with a historical district (including a castle) and nice restaurants.

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