Confessions of a researchaholic

July 31, 2023

Why and how

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:35 am
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Saw these two cars damaged and piled together inside a cordoned parking area, and wondered how they ended up in such a configuration and why.

July 29, 2023

Confidential shredding

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:50 am
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The other day while sliding a document into a confidential shredding slot in the office, a thought came to my mind that a shredding bin might be the most likely place that people want to peek into.

July 25, 2023

Training weak muscles

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:47 am

For physical exercises we were told not to hurry through difficult parts as these indicate our weak spots that we need to work on more thoroughly.

This applies to mental exercises as well.
I used to avoid tasks that I don’t like, but now I reflect on the underlying reasons and do these for the sake of training my mental weak spots.

July 23, 2023


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:36 am

From a podcast I bumped into this paper about the economics job market rumors (EJMR) forum, which is a place for anonymous discussions about the job market for economists.
I was initially interested in the methodology (in particular reverse hashing) and results in the paper, but then I found the EJMR site itself to be even more fascinating as it sheds more light on human nature than economics (which is already a relatively “well to do” branch of social/political science).

July 22, 2023

Bugs are unintended consequences

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:30 am

I joked that the world needs computer scientists because only they can fix the bugs they created.

Bugs are basically intended consequences of the code originally wrote.

But then I realized that unintended consequences apply to all human creations, such as technology (e.g., carbon emission), economy (e.g., globalization), policy (e.g., communism), and culture (e.g., feminism).

July 21, 2023

Know what you want for your life

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:32 pm

A friend of friend, asking for career advice, said that he/she knows only what he/she does not want to do but not what he/she wants because he/she is used to do what being told.

If you do not know what you want for yourself, nobody else is going to figure that out for you. And even if they tell you, it is for them, not you.

Our education system is focusing more on technical than the much more important life skills, such as how to interact with other people, how to live a happy life, how to manage emotions, etc., which we tend to learn in an ad-hoc way.

July 19, 2023

Everyone has talent at 25, the difficulty is to have it at 50

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:09 pm
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I am not sure about the first part, but I do agree with the second part.

July 17, 2023

Faces in the waiting area

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 7:44 am
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The blood test center is full of people born in the 1930s during an early Monday morning (which I try to avoid except for fasting). I wonder if it would be full of vampires at night.

July 11, 2023

Back to Caltrain rides

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:48 pm

Car back from the body shop, but I opt to take Caltrain for some commutes to save time and mileage for driving.

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