Confessions of a researchaholic

November 9, 2019

Practice drawing from memory/imagination

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:45 pm
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as a next step from drawing with references (including live subjects and captured photographs)

February 2, 2019

Self programming

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 12:46 pm
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Instead of the current medical technology which looks like ad-hoc hack, I look forward to the day when we could program ourselves (e.g., at a molecular or genetic level) as we could with artificial entities, so that we can adapt to any environments and resist all diseases, including aging and death.

Maybe eventually we will still die, but we can at least watch the collapse of the universe.

PS: Reincarnation is probably the best form of immortality.



December 11, 2018

Brightburn

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 1:40 pm
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If there were a superman/superwoman I would expect him/her as benign to us as we to other life forms on earth or even towards one another historically.

Regarding good versus bad aliens, one of my most favorite movies is The Thing (1982), which I found to be much more convincing than E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial released in the same year.

December 9, 2018

Time perception

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 4:54 pm
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During my dream earlier this morning, someone (God?) was telling me what time really is. It is neither a one-dimensional curve nor a two dimensional-ribbon. But the dream did not continue to reveal the rest of the answer.

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October 29, 2018

2:46 am dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:28 am
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I woke up at 2:46 am to record this dream, from which I plan to draw later before my visual memory fades.

We were attending an eye-brow party but somehow waiting at two adjacent bus stops.
One coming to my stop at 8:10 pm. The next one is 5:10 am the next day, so I hopped on.
You were still sitting at your bus stop bench.
I did not know which station to take off, so I loudly asked you, through the bus window.
You did not respond, so I yelled why you did not answer me.
The person lifted her face and turned to another person who replied that I did not ask a question.

June 24, 2018

Perceptual reality

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 11:41 am
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I am fascinated by how Rene Magritte challenged our visual perception with his paintings.
A canvas in front of a window may seem transparent, and a receding boulevard might look like a tower.



June 18, 2018

Tour of hell

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 11:54 am
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According to the guided tool of hell in SF Asian art museum, what we experienced during our journey to hell is a synthesis of our own (negative) thinking and experiences accumulated during our life time, such as desires and regrets. To get out of the hell, we need to free our own minds.

I stood there thinking what kind of hell I would go through, and I counted (1) not spending enough time with people I care and (2) failing to fully realize my abilities to benefit others.



April 24, 2018

Early morning dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:14 am
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I was taking an exam. I thought the duration is 3 hours, so I decided to finish a paper review first. The review took me about 80 minutes, but then the examiner informed me that the exam is actually 90 minutes. I tried to finish the exam in 10 minutes only to find out that the paper is made of a wet towel so I could not write anything.

January 26, 2018

Dream recording

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:41 am

My young grandfather
Looking sideways from a stand
For my legacy

October 29, 2017

OtherLife

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 11:16 am
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VR space warp is interesting and challenging enough, but VR time warp appears even more so.
At least I have no idea how to achieve that for the next SIGGRAPH project.
🙂



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