Confessions of a researchaholic

December 1, 2021

Sinkhole tasks

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:08 pm
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Certain activities tend to drag me in and hard to get out, such as debugging and prototyping. To avoid crowding out other tasks, I try to schedule these sinkholes later in the day and start with these that I might skip over.

This is an orthogonal dimension with respect to the importance x urgency matrix.

November 29, 2021

After a circus

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:38 pm
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This motion drawing is inspired by a girl holding a bundle of balloons at the end of the circus show that I saw the day before.
The animation export gave me a little bit of unexpected trouble due to very high spatial resolution (4K+) caused by importing an earlier vector drawing from Ai.

November 27, 2021

Zoppe circus

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:10 pm

This is the first circus I remember I attended, during which I did some very quick sketches.

November 26, 2021

Idea, execution, and persuasion

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:06 am

Having good ideas is important, but to carry them out one needs to either execute by oneself or convince others to join the efforts.
This is why I believe a top research scientist cannot hurt to have top engineering and leadership skills.

November 25, 2021

Visual impression of a druggie

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:48 pm
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A few years back while walking to work from San Jose Diridon station I saw a guy sitting on the ground jerking his head with eyes and mouth wide open, in some drug-induced trance.
This is an attempt to depict what I saw that day.

November 24, 2021

A Veblen check

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:21 am

This restaurant bill can double as a Veblen bookmark.

November 22, 2021

Dinner sketch

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:11 pm

Instead of carrying a large drawing pad (analog or digital) around, an alternative is to draw multiples on a small surface (e.g., a pocket sketch book or a cell phone like a moto-x4 I currently have) and assemble them together later on a large surface (e.g., a large canvas or an iPad).
The initial small sketches can serve as a visual memory in the minimum, and may constitute a significant portion of the final composition.

November 21, 2021

Judy Chicago smoke performance

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:50 pm
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I visited the de Young Museum for the first time to see the Judy Chicago retrospective.
She has worked on a very diverse set of mediums, such as drawings, paintings, glasses, ceramics, fabrics, smokes, and her messages are quite clear/direct compared to other modern artists’.

Random encounter of a photography collection in a physical bookstore

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:57 am

Physical, especially boutique, bookstores are a rare species nowadays, and I am glad to walk into one today and serendipitously browsed Impossible is Nothing: China’s Theater of Consumerism.

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