Confessions of a researchaholic

November 27, 2020

Basic exercises in drawing box-shaped objects

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I have the tendency to draw for fun instead of practicing the fundamentals.

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What I most want to know about but is least described in research papers

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How people came up with their ideas!

November 26, 2020

Rock debris load

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I guess I just wanted something to do while bathing under outdoor sunlight.

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November 24, 2020

Takeout box

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I drew this common and yet intriguing object as a memoir of a short conversation with the restaurant owner during my pickup.

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November 22, 2020

Coffee pouch

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I meant to draw this used coffee pouch a while back until I recalled its existence after dinner.

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November 21, 2020

Lotus root peeler

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I stood around drawing her peeling the lotus root to cook with jujube, longan, and sticky rice.
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November 20, 2020

How to deal with randomness in life

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[This is my reply to a co-author who expressed concerns about the randomness in peer reviews.]

During my military training, a saying went like 散彈打鳥不死也傷, which roughly translates to “if one shoots enough bullets into a forest eventually a bird will be hit”.

(There are others related quotes such as “the best way to have a great idea is to have a lot of ideas” by Linus Pauling, but shooting bullets feels more concrete/visceral.)

Other things being equal, more attempts tend to reduce statistical variance and increase the numbers of success.

November 15, 2020

Edgecliff and Far creek

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Neighborhood drawing
Outside a sunny winter
Sunday afternoon
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November 14, 2020

The Queen’s Gambit

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:45 am

This show is popular probably because it depicts an idealized version of America: people idolize intellect, compete fairly, act and dress elegantly, and treat each other with courtesy.

November 12, 2020

Rick retiring

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I received an announcement earlier today that a prominent member of our research community is scheduled to retire next month, which made me think about what it means for a research scientist to retire.

To me, it means all the extra time and freedom to do whatever I want, such as single-author a SIGGRAPH paper in an exotic topic that I wouldn’t be able to find support from funding agencies or company managements. (I used to joke with my students that I plan to single-author papers when I am 88 years old.) But I have yet to reach that biological and career stage, so I cannot predict what I can or want to do then.

Maybe I will write a follow-up post when I turn 88.

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