Confessions of a researchaholic

July 19, 2021

The feeling of predestination

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:48 am
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[I thought about this earlier this morning during a dream, which I happened to wake up and managed to memorize.]

Do you ever have the feeling of predestination, of meeting someone, being in some place, or going through some events?
I wonder if that is some kind of mental post-processing that tries to fit a narrative to a past event.

July 9, 2021

Dream recording

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:53 am
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After a semi wake-up earlier this morning I recalled a lot of interesting thoughts going on during my dream, including two research ideas (one shared with my collaborator right before writing this and another needing more thinking), a visual image of an abstract cabinet drawer, and a scene of my mother at a bus stop seeing me off to a military service.

At that moment, I pondered whether I should write these down with potential sleep disruption or continue lying down with potential risk of forgetting everything later.
Apparently this pondering made enough imprint in my memory so that, even after opting for the latter, I could still recall everything.

PS:
Most of my ideas came from my day/night dreams, apparently during relaxed rational inhibition.
Thus I always try to keep healthy and consider stress a risk factor for both my life and work.

May 3, 2021

Spiral tower dream

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 9:42 pm
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One main reason I wanted to practice drawing is to show you my (often vivid and unusual) dreams.

January 16, 2021

January 14 2021 3:15 am dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:01 pm
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I tend to have very vivid dreams (David Lynch plots combined with George Lucas visuals), at least for these that I woke up to remember, which I tried to depict to the extent possible within my visual memory and artistic skill without much sleep disruption.

January 14, 2021

When technology becomes like science

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 10:38 am
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I was having a dream in which one day our technology becomes so complex that we lose track of how things work and have to approach them like how we study nature in science.

December 10, 2020

Mondrian cake dream

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 10:30 pm
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Mondrian-themed cake,
in an early morning dream,
cut but not eaten.

September 27, 2020

Feetcopter dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 7:10 pm
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I had this dream half a year ago on on March 27 2020.
Upside down helicopter man fly over a city.
Rotor stopped and dropped to the ground, captured by a GoPro camera.
Rescue workers brought a big net rushing towards the camera view, which I replaced by an ambulance view for easier drawing.

September 26, 2020

A day of several drawings

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:29 pm
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I remembered 3 weird dreams earlier at around 4:30 am and 6:00 am this morning, and decided to draw them out.

Before that, during an eye break, I spotted a rooftop worker.

This is the first dream, about an eel tank.

This painting is inspired by the name of a prior intern who is still collaborating with me.

March 8, 2020

Mongolia trip dream

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 1:06 pm
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I was flying to Mongolia (world map with fly route and Mongolia border).

Upon arrival at the airport, I looked for gate 20 for bus exit (looking at the terminal map).

Somehow, I went to south gate 8 for Eva lounge filled with hello Kitty stuff (casino like setup).

I went back to terminal, trying to print my photo from a computer as required to board the bus, and found out it is 11:35 am so missed the hourly bus by 5 minutes (computer terminal on the right, terminal window on the left with the road and bus stop visible).

I then woke up at 5:27 am (March 5 2020).

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