Confessions of a researchaholic

August 30, 2021

Aunts asking me to check email dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:23 am

I have 4 aunts from my mother’s side, and they were telling me to check my emails in my dream earlier this morning.

August 29, 2021

Philosophy for a happy life

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:46 pm

I stumbled upon this video; highly recommend!

Focus on what we can do (and have) instead of what we cannot (and have not).
– I think this is the most important one; how often people switch jobs or relationships because they overweigh negatives of the current ones?

Surround ourselves with the right people.
– This is not entirely under our control (e.g., the family we are born with), but we can strive to associate with the right type of people.

Have something to look forward to.
– Like mint chocolate? 🙂

August 28, 2021


Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 5:49 pm
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I learned that the popularity of chocolate-mint rises with the temperature in Japan, and drew this one inspired by some #chocomint visuals I saw.

August 27, 2021

You look fine

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 2:55 pm
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For some reason I don’t tend to look at mirrors as often as other people do, and thus sometimes walked around with chocolate on my face without realizing it.

August 26, 2021

Cannabis smell in Palo Alto

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:46 pm

I was surprised by the strong cannabis smell in downtown Palo Alto on Saturday August 21 2021 late afternoon.

August 25, 2021

VR poker

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:44 pm

In this podcast, Peter Jackson, CEO of Flutter Entertainment, said that some people prefer to play poker in VR so that they can wear virtual avatars. I was a bit surprised to hear that as I thought online poker can be perfectly played on 2D displays, including the cards and the virtual avatars of the players.

August 24, 2021

Peeled mango

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:14 pm
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This is another drawing from visual impression.

August 23, 2021

The past future

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:13 am
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I found science fictions from the recent past (like Star Trek and Dune) very interesting in that they envisioned alternative futures that are mostly extrapolated from the science technology around their time (e.g., talking computers hosted in giant mainframes and inter-galactic messages sent through physical tubes), serving as a reminder that our future may turn out to be very different from what we can possibly imagine today.

August 22, 2021

Goat milk cheese

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:02 pm
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How to depict smell, taste, and touch, which are beyond words and pictures?

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