Confessions of a researchaholic

May 28, 2023

Layered motion path experiment

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:19 am

Since each motion path is on a single layer, I created two separate paths, one in front and another behind the character, to approximate each circular path.

May 25, 2023

When a programmer needs an extra break

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:07 pm
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// when a programmer needs an extra break
// inspired by real code I saw
  case "Mon":
  case "Tue":
  case "Wed":
  case "Thu":
  case "Fri":

It took me a few days later to realize how to achieve this effect via motion graphics.

May 20, 2023


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 7:44 pm

This work is inspired by this funny scene from the replay of a recent NBA playoff game.

Given that a headbutt would expose both parties to a very vulnerable physical configuration, I guess evolution-wise it signals pure posturing without the intention of getting into a real fight (yet).

May 12, 2023

Dying squirrel

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:50 pm
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Dying squirrel, road side, blinking eyes.

May 7, 2023


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:15 am
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Giant tree uprooted got chopped away.

May 4, 2023

Squid back brain

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 4:04 pm
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This is a story-let inspired by real-life events.

He likes to work out at the start of every day, without which he would could not ignite the engine of this body and mind and feels awful throughout the day.

Later last year, he started to notice some soreness at his lower back when he was dead-lifting.
He thought that was caused by misaligned posture, or maybe he is just getting old.

One night, while tossing and turning in bed, he accidentally felt a small lump at his lower back.
He went to see a doctor, who told him that it was a benign nerve tumor and he could either live with it or have it removed.

Later that night, he dreamed about the back lump trying to tell him that it was not an ordinary nerve tumor but an extension of his brain, which was formed after he ate some san-nakji (live octopus) during a recent trip to an Asian country known for that cuisine.
Specifically, since octopus was eaten a live, parts of the genes encoding distributed brains was spliced into his DNA along with his recent mRNA covid vaccination, which he injected per requirement just prior for the trip.

After some pondering, he opted to remove that lump, brain or not.
To the chagrin of the surgeon, he asked to take the lump home after the surgery, and ate for dinner, but cooked in a tako-yaki style, not raw like san-nakji.

As to whether the nerve tumor is really a brain, he does not know yet, but will see if he will become more or less creative and productive, especially for his lower body movement.
For now, at least he no longer feels the squeeze of the lump.

April 30, 2023

Magnolia cone

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:26 pm

Found in a two-mile walk in Palo Alto.

April 21, 2023

Office virtual background

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:50 pm
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Empirical evidence suggests that the best background for virtual meetings is a photo of my office taken at exactly the same camera view of my office webcam so that I will appear to be joining meetings from my office regardless of my actual physical location.

April 9, 2023

Compsite sketch

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 7:59 pm

After two quick pencil-on-paper sketches around the de Young Museum I came back home later to draw a digital composite.

Left: attempt to draw a sculpture in the Kehinde Wiley exhibition but it was too dark for me to continue

Up: quick sketch of a Mayan effigy vessel

Right: quick sketch of a guy sitting on the grass inside the Shakespeare garden

Bottom: attempt to draw a dog near the guy above but had to leave

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