Confessions of a researchaholic

August 11, 2022

Church view from a hotel room

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:58 am

The floor-to-ceiling glass window of my hotel room provides a great view of two churches across the street, the closer one I drew after coming back from the Snap party at the Lamplighter Public House until it was too dark and continued the finish touch the next morning, as a slight change of course from the usual little time I spent with the places I stay during travels.

August 7, 2022

Arriving at SIGGRAPH 2022

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:30 pm
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I didn’t realize how much I missed academic conferences until attending EGSR earlier in the summer, so I look forward to SIGGRAPH this year. And traveling to Vancouver is much easier than to Prague.

I arrived at the flight gate earlier than usual, but fortunately spotted an excellent drawing subject while waiting for boarding.

During the incoming trip I got spotted by several folks, including one MSRA intern from eons ego (who now reports to one of my former direct reports), one Adobe intern from last year (mentored by my former office mate), and one guy who reports to one of my former (and most favorite) collaborators. I didn’t recognize any of them initially as they all wore masks, which begged the question how could they recognize me given that I wore masks as well. Maybe they have better upper facial recognition capabilities than I do?

I wonder if the pandemic would fundamentally shift how evolution shapes human facial recognition.

August 6, 2022

A flower immersed in a jam jar cap

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:09 pm
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A flower can last days, if not longer, by submerging its rear end in water.

August 3, 2022

SIGGRAPH Asia 2022 papers PC meetings

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:19 am

As a pseudo-miracle, I managed to wake up before 5 am for 3 straight days for the virtual SIGGRAPH Asia 2022 PC meetings (ending 10+ am), and set a personal record of reviewing 5 papers as an extra PC member, which, with the original 15 assignments, totaling 20, still less than like 22 I reviewed a few years back (but with fewer extra PC reviews which tend to have more time urgency).

Aaron Hertzmann has a recent post about expectation creep that is worth taking a look for future PC members.

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