Confessions of a researchaholic

August 22, 2021

Problem with online reviews

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:24 am

There are a few main reasons behind the problem with online reviews.

It is easier to choose a differentiated product as consumers will more likely to deduce if that will fit their needs. But less so when there are many similar products (like cereals) for which people will need a mental shortcut, e.g. random choice from a physical grocery shelf or reviews from an online marketplace. More personalized recommendation might help but it will not work for homogeneous products.

It is harder to evaluate a product virtually than physically, particularly so for stuff like clothing for which the sense of touch or smell is important. The advances of mixed reality technology may help reduce this gap, but it remains wide so far.

August 21, 2021

Garbage escape dream

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 9:21 pm
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It felt very fun and liberating to hide inside a recycle bin and ride away with a garbage truck (at least in that dream).

August 20, 2021

IIII break

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 9:41 pm
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This dream is probably a reflection of my use of eye-protection programs (e.g., eyes guard).

August 19, 2021

Abstract portrait

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 11:05 pm

I have been thinking about drawing an abstract self-portrait for avatar before realizing that others can probably see me more objectively than I can see myself, so I vector-drew over a paper portrait that Yilan did at the end of her Adobe internship.

August 18, 2021

How to schedule meetings

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:36 pm

First, ask whether a meeting is really necessary. More often than not, the discussion can be better conducted asynchronously via other means.

Then, schedule the meeting to be as short as possible. Some people have the tendency (or the desire) to talk as mush as possible to fill all the allocated time. I schedule most, if not all, my meetings to be no more than 30 minutes, and found that works well so far.

August 17, 2021

Lemon tart

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:26 am
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I drew from memory this post-dinner dissert.

August 16, 2021

Afghan head wrap

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 9:14 pm
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Afghanistan 2021, Vietnam 1975, China 1949

August 15, 2021

Impression of JFK towers SF

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:46 pm

I walked by this building and was struck by its unique shape and color.

The doubtful guest

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:42 pm
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I spotted this palm-sized book on a shelf in Kinokuniya San Francisco, and managed to read it in a few minutes. When the book is open, you will see a few (usually two) lines of rhymed texts on the left and an meticulously hatched illustration on the right. Both the story the art have a very interesting style.

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