Confessions of a researchaholic

September 29, 2009


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If I were a character in The Matrix, I want to be Anti-Neo who drags everyone from the real world back into the matrix. The synthetic world is so much easier to manipulate than the real one.

Inspirational day

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:51 pm
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Not sure if it is the ideas that are good or it is just the cocoa I drank.

September 26, 2009

ACM multi-media acceptance rate

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:24 am
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I was browsing the MM papers and found the following statistics very amusing. (See here for the original source.) Notice the unusually low submission (and high acceptance) rate in 2009. What is causing this? A natural explanation is that the recession prevented many people from attending (and thus submitting) to a conference held in a relative remote place like Beijing. Anyone else has better ideas?

MM: Papers Acceptance Statistics
Year Submitted Accepted Rate
2009 32 22 69%
2008 308 56 18%
2007 298 57 19%
2006 292 48 16%
2005 312 49 16%
2004 331 55 17%
2003 255 43 17%
2002 330 46 14%
2001 61 18 30%
1997 142 40 28%

September 23, 2009

Life and Monte Carlo sampling

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:47 am

I spotted this very interesting article today from a friend’s facebook posting.

I thought about this very similar issue before, and I could not resist the analogy between life and Monte Carlo ray tracing: each individual is a like a stochastic ray that samples a particular path, and in the end a grand entity (e.g. God for the creationists or natural selection for the Darwinists) renders the future by summing up all our individual contributions. In both cases each individual is allowed to sample only one path; there might be imperfections for each individual path but the grand entity only cares about the soundness of their joint statistics.

September 21, 2009

Square word calligraphy

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 5:39 pm

I spotted these unique calligraphic works by Xu Bing in Stanford museum a few days ago. These are quite amusing works. When I first saw these, I had no knowledge about the artist’s method, and thus the art works present an interesting puzzle for me.

But eventually I figured out what is going on, via the “hint” provided by the way the artist expressed his own name:

Little spinning top

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:13 pm

I start to feel that Big Head is like a little spinning top in action when she becomes angry. Strangely, when that happens, I become amused rather than affected, much like a father playing with his daughter.

September 2, 2009

Bolivian red quinoa

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:25 pm
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I had this special kind of grain for lunch in the company cafeteria today. The Bolivian red quinoa is mixed with roasted vegetables, and sided with corns plus carrots.

The red quinoa is crunch and delicious. It is also entirely vegetarian.

I am impressed by the creativity of the cafeteria in my current office building.

Bolivian red quinoa

September 1, 2009

Waltz with Bashir

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 4:48 pm
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The phrase “animated documentary” may sound like an oxymoron, but that is exactly what I would use to describe Waltz with Bashir. I was originally attracted to this movie due to its graphics effects, especially on the masterful use of large regions of monotonic colors. What I did not expect was thought provoking storytelling, and I was thrilled to find plenty in this movie.

I highly recommend this movie, as well as the behind the scene bonus features on how the movie is made.


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