Confessions of a researchaholic

February 28, 2019

Reviewer toughness score

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:54 am

“Your reviewer toughness score is 20%. This means that 20% of the time you gave lower scores than the other reviewers of the submissions you reviewed. Reviewers are encouraged to maintain a toughness score closer to 50% so that they are working on roughly the same scale. You may want to update your reviews with this in mind.”

I wonder what is going to happen if all reviewers actually try to reach the 50% toughness level. Meanwhile, I will maintain my independent opinions.

February 24, 2019

Quick sketch of the Alsatian orphan by Rodin

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:53 pm

This is a very impressive sculpture, especially given that Rodin made it from memory. My drawing is far less impressive, even from my beginner standard. I plan to revisit this one again.

February 21, 2019

Quick sketch of a morning train passenger

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:44 am

February 19, 2019

Quick sketches on a morning train

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:25 am

Due to the need to ensure the dog I am sitting for a friend performed the morning biological dumps in both solid and liquid forms, I got on the train one second before the door closed.

I spotted this guy standing on the Palo Alto Caltrain station platform, and had only a few seconds to draw before the train departed.

I had a few more minutes drawing this girl sitting a few rows in front of me.

February 17, 2019

Quick sketch of Rodin’s head of a man with one ear

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:51 pm

There were less than 40 minutes until closing when I arrived at the museum, so I picked an object suitable for quick sketch.

I did not notice that the sculpture indeed has only one year until finishing the drawing and looking at the artifact title.
I plan to come back and draw from a view that show both sides of the face.

February 9, 2019

What to do during wife’s haircut

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 7:04 pm

Both took me about 1 hour before stopping for various reasons (museum closing, dinner time).
Daichi suggested me to spend more time and patience, as shown in his drawings

February 7, 2019

Imposter syndrome

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:55 am
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A colleague recently told me that he felt like being an imposter in our lab. I was surprised because in my view he has been very successful all around.

Many members of our research community feel likewise and need to shore up their facades. I guess we can all relax a bit once we realize everyone else is just like us.

Or you can be like me, too insensitive or self-absorbing to really care what others think about us. (I still pretend I do, mostly to fit in.)

February 6, 2019

What to do during train commutes

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 7:42 pm

Sighting people is a fascinating activity on public transports.
Below is my usual procedure.

Pick a subject that seems interesting and remains relatively stationary.
The subjects may move, but often come back to the original positions or cycle through a small set of configurations while sitting on a train.
Sketch as efficiently as possible without worrying about correctness.
Avoid direct eye contacts with the subjects.

This guy asked me what the train number is, and I said 193.

Sketch from memory of a toddler, whose face was partially blocked by his grandmother.

A sad-looking woman sitting with her dog looks fascinating, but the BART was too crowded for me to draw anything.
So I drew this lady with head scarf within a few seconds.

This double-chinned girl smiled brightly while typing on her cell phone, but turned back to her laptop with a grim expression.

What to do between conference meetings

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:25 pm

There were about 2 hours between my meetings in the Moscone center.
I headed to SFMOMA only to realize it closes on Weds. Fortunately, the nearby St. Patrick’s church was open, so I went in and spent about 80 minutes drawing from a sculpture.
The church was very quiet and peaceful; downtrodden people napped on the benches, tourists wandered around, and church staff cleaned the floor.
Nobody really cared what I was doing.
A girl dropped by asking me if I was drawing St. Catherine. I told her that I don’t know.

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