Confessions of a researchaholic

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

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 26, 2023

Sketch creativity

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 7:30 pm
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It was told that I would be too run down to have meetings after the surgery, but I managed to come back 10 minutes prior to the start of the seminar and gave a live talk without any issues.
But just as a back-up plan, I also pre-recorded a rehearsal.

April 22, 2023

Happiest moments of the day

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:48 am

My happiest moments of the day are when I finished my physical trainings, especially at weekend mornings, which made me realize that physical, mental, and relationship health are the most important things to me and everything else is icing on the cake.

March 26, 2023

Optometry visit

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:58 pm
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I manually traced the vector contours over the photographs captured by my mom to highlight the cute hand gestures and facial expressions of my niece performed during an optometry visit.

February 20, 2023

Chewing sound from crawl space

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:32 pm
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Reading at night I
heard animal chewing sound
from crawl space below

February 12, 2023

Homeless hand

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:23 pm
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While waking by the Moscone Center garage I heard some shuffling sound and saw a hand ruffling from a temporary shelter built on a row of bike racks.

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