Confessions of a researchaholic

April 26, 2021

Red-ringed moon

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:39 am
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My camera couldn’t capture the effects so I drew instead.

April 25, 2021

Masked identity

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 9:06 pm
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I never understand why some people crave for attention; isn’t it more liberating to be able to move around undetected?


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:30 am

So the Oscars were invented to glamorize the movie industry when it was looked down upon during its infancy, which begets a question: is it wise to care about awards, especially in our own professions?

April 24, 2021

Battered box

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:07 am
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The shape of this box reflects its international journey.

April 21, 2021

Furry slippers

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 7:32 pm
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Drawing some ordinary objects.

April 18, 2021

Evening fence

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:51 pm
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I have more ideas than the amount of the time I have, for both research and creation, and ended up spending time to figure out what to do.

April 17, 2021

Good charts

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:53 am

This is an excellent practical guide to information visualization, with three main parts: a theoretical background including a brief history, perceptual mechanisms, and types of visualizations; a workflow part of chart design and prototype; and finally how to present and read charts. The book concludes with the observation of upcoming interactive visualizations enabled by computer programs beyond traditional static charts for print mediums.

In addition to the technical content, the book has beautiful layout and examples, with pointers for further readings.

April 16, 2021

Associative memory

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:12 pm
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Looking at this dithering technique today brought back memories of my previous work on blue noise sampling and the associative life, almost like traveling back in time.

April 15, 2021

SIGGRAPH versus CHI versus UIST

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:09 am

Here is my (somehow tongue-in-the-cheek) comparison of the 3 venues:

SIGGRAPH – this paper presents the best invention since the fire, the wheel, the electricity, the internet, etc.

CHI – 2 pages of technical content + 8 pages of user study.

UIST – somewhere in between, no time for conducting/claiming too much user study or technical novelty.

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