Confessions of a researchaholic

May 30, 2022

awb SF

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:48 pm

Walking by this sports bar whose logo inspired this motion graphics design in my mind.

May 29, 2022


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:18 pm

Did some quick sketches following some interesting photography in WPA exhibition in SFMOMA.

May 27, 2022

Sketching SF financial district

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:29 am

I sketched on my moto-x4 phone a few scenes while walking around the financial district, and another one back home based on my visual impression of a cross-dresser.

May 25, 2022

A chair that flows

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:55 pm

I noticed a bus stop bench while driving by and this visual image popped up in my mind.

May 22, 2022

Wool cap

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 4:50 pm
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This sketch was inspired by a face of similar style I saw today.

Apollo 10½

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 11:16 am

I watched Apollo 10½ thinking it was a science fiction only to find out the story is even more interesting.
The animated actions looked lively, which turns out to be based on a type of rotoscoping-over-live-action that the director also employed with his prior works such as A Scanner Darkly.

May 20, 2022

Creative block

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:59 am
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In Concept Art: Break Artist’s Block with Emergent Design – L410, conceptual artist Sam Nielson talked about the common causes and remedies for creative blocks, which I found to be equally applicable to scientific research (or any other creative fields):


Not enough or the right kind of input
, such as visual inspirations for art or the current problems and progresses in research.
Not having anything to say
, which is related to the above about not having the right kind of input as well as not thinking enough about what one wants to do.
Fear of poor performance
which can cause actual poor performance.


Study everything and anything
, including books, papers, and artworks.
Live life a little (outside work)
, which is not just about work-live balance but also about enriching one’s creative horizon.
Give yourself permission to suck
to increase the chance not to suck.

I followed the suggested process (about using chunky oil brushes for iterative ideation) to create the visual impression I saw earlier about two white chairs inside woods.

May 19, 2022

The great replacement theory

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:08 pm

So the Europeans came to the America, committed genocide against the natives and brought slaves from Africa, and centuries later, made up the conspiracy theory about being replaced by these very people they victimized.

May 17, 2022

Executive compensation

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:34 am

I takes a special kind of arrogance for the current Intel CEO to think that he deserves to earn more than 1700 times of a typical employee.

I voted yes to executive compensations for NVIDIA, AMD, and Microsoft because their CEOs are truly transformative, but would not do so for Intel until it can compete with TSMC and Samsung as a global foundry.

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