Confessions of a researchaholic

December 31, 2020

Install IPA file on iOS devices

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:54 pm

After hours experimenting with macOS VM I found that I can install .ipa files on an iPad from a Windows machine (e.g., AnyTrans).

Fire hydrants

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:49 pm
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The fire hydrants can have various sizes and shapes even in a nearby neighborhood:
flat head
large head
sharp head

December 29, 2020

Stolen package

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:45 pm

I noticed a missed delivery slip near my front door. As before, I filled it out for redelivery without requiring signature, but the package never came and the staff could not find it in their office. Due to its content, I guess the package has been stolen. I did not keep a copy of the delivery slip since the process has worked before a few times.
Lesson learned: keep the due diligence and never let my guard down.

December 27, 2020

The 99% invisible city

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:54 pm

This is a fascinating collection of short articles about how people build and interact with our environments. Initially I wondered why the book used illustrations instead of photographs, but as I read on I realized that this choice better fits with the design of the book, set in beautiful yellow-black color scheme and typography.

December 25, 2020

Practice drawing basic shapes

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:04 pm

Fundamental exercises are worth repeating.

Need to finish what I started

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December 23, 2020

Unnatural selection

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:28 pm

One day, we will be able to program genomes for purposes good or bad.

December 22, 2020

Common law versus civil law

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 12:12 pm

Quote from here:

The main difference between the two systems is that in common law countries, case law – in the form of published judicial opinions – is of primary importance, whereas in civil law systems, codified statutes predominate.
But these divisions are not as clear-cut as they might seem. In fact, many countries use a mix of features from common and civil law systems. Understanding the differences between these systems first requires an understanding of their historical underpinnings.

So, common law is data-driven while civil law is procedural.

December 21, 2020

Winter solstice

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:06 pm
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Portrait sketch from a reference photo, third attempt, which finally started to look satisfying.

December 20, 2020

Instagram embed for WordPress

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:53 pm

Apparently Instagram embed for WordPress stopped working around October 24, 2020 due to an API change from FB, so from that point now readers will see the raw Instagram links (example) on my posts instead of the image posts (example).

There are workarounds such as use the embed code, but that looks too long and I prefer to keep the post sources simple and clean.

December 19, 2020

Memory of a tree pod

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I saw this tree growing pods among tiny leaves and drew one pod from memory afterwards.

December 17, 2020


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December 16, 2020

Profile of a deer group

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I unintentionally captured an intriguing profile view of a deer group and drew from the video reference afterwards.

December 15, 2020

Email gift link

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December 14, 2020

Home desk worker

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:05 pm
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Avoid continuing the day work into the night.

December 12, 2020

A glass of diluted juice on the kitchen counter

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:12 pm
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The refraction and caustics of the drink on the checkered counter top made a perfect scene for drawing.

December 10, 2020

Mondrian cake dream

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Mondrian-themed cake,
in an early morning dream,
cut but not eaten.

December 9, 2020

Broken bowl

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:24 am
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Never waste a disaster.

December 7, 2020

Eyeglass case

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:22 pm

This is a minimalist attemp to depict a simple smooth shape.

December 4, 2020

Fortune cookie

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A fortune cookie has an intriguing exterior shape and interior content.

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