Confessions of a researchaholic

August 15, 2021

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.

July 31, 2021

Manga within manga

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:59 pm
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Boingo’s Tohth has such a unique drawing style that I hope it can be spawned into a manga/anime series.

June 15, 2021

Edvard Grieg

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:16 pm

During an early morning drive I heard a quiz from a classical music radio station: which Norwegian composer was born today in the late 19 century whose contemporaries included the likes of Tchaikovsky (while a representative piano piece was playing in the background).

The answer is not too difficult for anyone who likes Romantic piano pieces.

May 4, 2021


Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 4:44 pm

The best in show in SIGGRAPH 2018 electronic theater is now available online:

July 19, 2020

Mamba graduation wine bottle

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:46 pm
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This is my first graphic design, to celebrate the graduation of my last HKU PhD student who derived her nickname from the black mamba.
(I managed to help her publishing top papers but not converting her from LAL to GSW.)

Source svg file


Source graphics:
wine bottle
graduation hat
the black mamba

April 6, 2020

Virtual museum

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:40 am

I visited a few virtual museum exhibitions during the weekend.
The experiences worked better in some types of artworks, such as films, photographs, and paintings, but less so for other types such as sculptures or interactive installations.
I can sit comfortably at home without being constrained by commutes and museum hours.
But I also missed the ambient environment and serendipitous encounters beyond the individual artworks.

June 24, 2018

Perceptual reality

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 11:41 am

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.

October 3, 2017


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:32 am
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water color by my dad

July 4, 2015

Neural inceptionism art

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:10 am
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I have decided to feed the art works by (or related to) my father, grandfather, great*** grandfathers, etc., to this neural network inceptionism code.

Below are some results. Each group consists of the original image, and the results amplified for low and high level neurons.

巷尾 ~ At the end of the lane

戲院街的後巷 ~ The back side of theater street

巷弄內望見普德宮的廟頂 ~ temple top


Calligraphy, uniform font size

Calligraphy, varying font sizes


Kublai Khan

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