Confessions of a researchaholic

June 26, 2022

Stanford classmate

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:47 pm

My wife told me that my Stanford “classmate” (we both worked in the CS building and attended piano lessons together), who later cofounded one of the most successful companies in human history, is going through his second divorce recently.

I didn’t know about this and my wife told me that she learned about that via TechCrunch (instead of some paparazzi source).

Which made me wonder if he is happier than I am. I think it is highly unlikely, but I wish the best for him.

June 4, 2022

Personal finance

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:22 am

How much you can earn matters much less than how little you must spend.

May 8, 2022

Hershey school

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:59 pm

From Is having children worth it?

Milton Hershey and Mrs. Hershey wanted to have children. They could not, for whatever reason. And they gave all of their money – like, their entire inheritance, to a philanthropic trust – it’s not hard to make the connection here – literally to create a school for orphan children. There are all these pictures of Milton Hershey and Mrs. Hershey with these orphan boys at the time. It’s since become co-ed, and you don’t have to be an orphan, but you come from, essentially, a place where you can’t safely live, so you come to live at the Hershey school, which is a boarding school. Because Hershey has done so well as a company, and because this trust was basically built on Hershey stock, this school, I think, has the highest per-capita endowment of any institution in the world, including Harvard, Stanford, M.I.T., and Princeton. So anyway, that would just be an example, I guess, of people who don’t have children – so, who are you going to pass your money down to?

May 6, 2022

Was GitHub hinting me to take a break?

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 4:05 pm
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Cross posting from here.

March 26, 2022

Dictator meeting room

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:07 pm
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In a meeting few days ago a colleague was sitting alone in a conference room, which, due to camera angle, appeared much deeper than it really is. We joked to the colleague that he looked like a dictator sitting at the end of a long table, and he immediately moved closer to the camera.

March 24, 2022

Burnout from a thousand little tasks

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:05 pm
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A task might not seem to take much time or efforts to complete, but if we take on all of these coming our way, we will run out or bandwidth before too late.
Better judge each task as part of the whole (work-life) optimization.

March 22, 2022

I can hear you but not see you

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:49 pm
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This frog was clearly in a good mood, and, maybe also confident about his camouflage, continued his loud vocal even when I got close.

March 20, 2022


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:55 pm
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Before the industrial revolution humans got enough physical exercises in their daily routines without needing extra workouts or diets, which are signs of unnatural design for the modern environment and activities.

Should our cities be centered around driveways for cars, or walking/biking lanes with public transports?

Why are we sitting in front of stationary devices instead of walking around manipulating objects for work?

March 19, 2022


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:30 am
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At the beginning of a movie I was watching there was a scene of someone who received a surprise layoff and, after being escorted outside the office building, did not seem to have any idea what to do.
(I don’t know what happened to that character at this moment of writing as I have yet to continue with the movie.)

Which prompted me to ponder: when at last we leave our jobs, what has to be left behind and what we can bring with us? Thinking ahead of this eventuality can clarify our priority about what is really important: titles and positions we hold, colleagues/collaborators we interacted with, experiences we learned, products we built, achievements we accomplished, etc.

Now, replace job with life, and think again.

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