Confessions of a researchaholic

April 13, 2020

Church-state separation

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:48 am
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Why the US is celebrating Easter, a Christian holiday, but not holidays of other regions or cultures, such as Holi, Ramadan, or Passover?

What does it mean for a non-Christian to put her hand on a holy Bible in a state ritual like court oath or citizenship ceremony?

National holidays should be centered on nations (e.g., Independence Day), not religions.

April 6, 2020

Pay for individual articles instead of whole publications

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:35 am
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Recently I noticed a few interesting articles that I would like to read but are behind paywalls that asked me to subscribe to the encompassing publications.
Since not all articles of a given publication are of sufficient quality or interests to me, and different readers can have different preferences anyway, I wonder if it would make more sense to pay for individual articles instead of entire publications.
The publishers may be able to charge more per article and yet readers can choose to pay what they need.
The readers, writers and even advertisers can be better aligned, rewarding good individual writers and articles over bad ones.

Unbundling is already happening for music and academic papers, and could be more prevalent for news.

April 3, 2020

The pandemic world war

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:21 am
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When this is all over,
The disease will dissipate,
The economy will recover,
But the world order will be very different.



April 1, 2020

Peak Asian American

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:14 am
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This is the best time to be an Asian American.
Half a century before, it was better to be an American.
Half a century after, it would better to be an Asian.

December 28, 2019

Analogy of blog versus social network

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:01 am
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Social networks are like loud parties, blogs are like quiet libraries.

June 8, 2018

Satoshi-Nakamotoism

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:54 am
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Aside from rare exceptions like Steve Jobs or Albert Einstein, people usually do not care who is behind an invention or discovery.
(As a quick experiment, can you name the Nobel Prize winners in the most recent year, especially if you are not working in the related fields?)

Thus, I would prioritize our outcomes over our egos for publicity.

September 17, 2017

Devil in the house

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 2:39 pm
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You brought a devil into the house
It wants to leave
And takes your flesh

So just let it go

Teach yourself and your offspring well
So that none would not be fooled by the devil

Exercise your discipline
To await the devil to destroy itself

If you want to lure it back
Better yourself is the only way

July 21, 2017

Khan’s grave

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:19 am
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He is neither nice nor stupid.

Why would he want to put himself in a situation where he has no control and subject to humiliation from his enemies?

You cannot find something that does not exist.
What you can find are probably some decoys or (worse) booby traps.

April 17, 2016

Hiring mistakes

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:43 pm
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Hiring PhD students is even harder than hiring employees because younger folks have more potential to grow.
And unlike an industry researcher who can let interns come and go, a university professor sticks with the students.

Two prior PhD applicants to HKU whom I passed on have turned out with outstanding performance.

One of them is still collaborating with me, so I did not regret as much. Actually, if he had not gone to another school we would not have access to some crucial hardware environment for our project, and his adviser might not have warmed back to SIGGRAPH. So I probably still made the right call.
🙂

I clearly have a lot to learn, and will have hundreds of cases to practice every year.

March 27, 2016

Equality versus fairness

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:05 am
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A CEO gets paid 100 times the average employee salary. It is definitely not equal. But is it fair? The answer depends on whether the CEO has contributed 100 times than the average employees.

It is not always easy to tell fairness from equality, but it is important not to confuse the two.

Fairness should be maintained, but it is unfair and counter-productive to enforce equality.

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