Confessions of a researchaholic

July 9, 2024

Bad reviews during a rebuttal are like bad calls during a game

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:51 pm
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By “bad” reviews, I meant those that are short or unclear/uninformative, which is different/orthogonal from “negative” reviews which criticize or reject the work.

If a review is bad because it is too short, it wouldn’t bother me at all. I can write a correspondingly short portion of my rebuttal addressing that review, or even ignore it altogether.

If a review is bad because it is unclear, I can ask for clarification in the rebuttal, and make a few educated guesses about the exact questions or criticisms followed by my answers.

The last thing I would do is to complain about the bad reviews in the rebuttal, or (worse) contact the paper chairs/committee. These are like complaining about bad calls during a game. What would you expect the paper chairs/committee to do? Ask for an additional review or the bad reviewer to submit a better review? That would take time, and even if you receive an updated review, it might be too late for you to address it before the end of the rebuttal period.

July 7, 2024

Focus time during shutdowns

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:34 pm
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Adobe has week-long (or longer) shutdowns around early July and late December every year, which are often good opportunities for traveling (e.g., vacations, family visits, or conferences).
To me these are also often golden opportunities for focused work, such as reading papers, thinking about research problems, and conducting exploratory experiments, which are often hard to come by during the regular work days with frequent distractions (often fulfilling coworkers’ requests).
I have found such focus time incredibly productive and satisfying, and wonder if I could continue the effect outside shutdowns by trying to reduce distractions, at least those self-induced.

June 30, 2024

Purple and orange flowers combination

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:34 pm
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Saw this nice combination of coastal pig-face and African flag plants a few weeks earlier and finally managed to draw my impression with vector brushes.

June 23, 2024

Pholcidae (cellar spider) geometry

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:37 pm

Spotted this dead cellar spider which folded itself in an intricate geometric shape.

June 22, 2024


Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 7:48 pm

June 18, 2024

Cherry twig

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:10 pm
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Spotted this cherry twig on the sidewalk and decided to draw it.

June 2, 2024

Rock rose custom brush

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:52 pm

From the rock rose photo I created a custom brush via Adobe Capture, which automatically goes into my Creative Cloud library and can be used in Fresco.
It felt satisfying to roll and drag the rose brush around.

May 24, 2024

Leg cramp exercise dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:49 pm
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I dreamed about doing some footwork exercises on early morning in May 23 2024 and ended up waking up with a severe leg cramp.

May 17, 2024

Plestiodon barbouri

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:46 pm
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Spotted this blue-tailed skink around my neighborhood that is supposed to be endemic to the Ryukyu Islands in Japan.

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