Confessions of a researchaholic

March 30, 2020

The influence we have

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Both this NPR hidden brain podcast on the influence you have and this book on confessions of a sociopath point to the interesting aspects on how we know (and don’t know) about the psychological influences we can have on other people.

March 28, 2020

Social distancing

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I drew this one from a photo (taken during a hike) and a movie still (watched during a long distance flight).

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Social distancing #adobefresco

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March 24, 2020

Calming routines

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I usually found patent disclosure meetings a bit tedious. But the (remote) one held yesterday afternoon with two patent attorneys on a single-authored patent felt quite reassuring. During upheavals, routines can calm.

March 23, 2020

Networked creativity

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I used to think that individual creativity is essential to succeed in a research career, either academic or industrial, until I saw people who managed to compensate their lack of creativity (or more general talent/effort) with socializing and networking to leverage up their apparent productivity.

March 21, 2020

Watercolor wet spatter a crabapple tree

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I don’t have the skill (or, more importantly, the patience) to draw trees so I just settled for the built-in watercolor wet spatter in Adobe Fresco.

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Watercolor wet spatter a crabapple tree #adobefresco

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March 20, 2020

Shelter in place

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The neighborhood cats came around, probably looking for the recently emerging groundhogs.

I drew these two cats from two separate photos, and found the process a refreshing break from working at home.

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Shelter in place #adobefresco

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March 18, 2020

Life-long learning effects

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The best part about attending a top school is not (just) the education, research, and networking, but the constant reminder to be humble and avoid underachieving for the rest of my life.

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How to clarify technical writings

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:06 pm
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There are two ways to clarify writing: modifying existing texts, and rewriting from scratch.
These two can be combined in some way and thus not exclusive.
Sometimes, if the writing has fundamental structure issues, it could help to sketch out a fresh outline aiming for a general audience without deep knowledge of the topic.
This exercise could then provide a roadmap for subsequent steps.

March 14, 2020

Uncertainty

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In this podcast from a few days ago, Mervyn King made the point that uncertainty might cause anxiety but ultimately also makes life fun.

Drawing a sweetgum seed pod

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I spotted this spiky plant ball on the ground while hiking and brought it back as a drawing subject.

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Drawing a sweetgum seed pod #adobefresco

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