Confessions of a researchaholic

January 1, 2021


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December 15, 2020

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September 30, 2011

Last official day with Microsoft

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I have a tremendous 6-year with MSR. I would like to thank all my friends who helped me become a better person. Fortunately, we can continue our friendships due to the nature of my next job. In fact, I can finally work with anybody without any legal restrictions.

MSR is a great place to be, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in computer science research.

I also have a tremendous job hunting process in the past several months. I interviewed with a variety of sectors (technology, finance, research, and education) over different continents. I would like to thank everyone who helped me during this process. For those of you who kindly gave me job offers that I could not take, I would hope to collaborate in alternative fashions. For those of you who turned me down, I would like to thank you for helping me fulfill my destiny.

November 6, 2010

Looking for intern: somatic computing in MSR SF

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Jaron Lanier and I recently started a new project termed “somatic computing” in Microsoft Research San Francisco. We are looking for an intern who would be interested in working with us. For more information, please take a look at our project page.

June 7, 2010

Crouching tiger, hidden dragon

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There is this guy who I regularly bumped into around my office building as well as the nearby bus stop.

From the way he talked and walked it appears that he has suffered from some kind of strokes and/or autism/Asperger syndromes. I regularly saw him during holidays and weekends in our office building. Often, he just sat in the corner of a conference room table without seeming to be doing anything else. I can also detect certain stale smells on him through my somehow sensitive olfactory system (a main reason that I do not eat meat). All in all, he appears to be a strange guy, even in my standard.

But my experience also told me that a seeming eccentric guy in MSR is probably famous or important or both, so the day before I chatted with him while waiting for the bus together, got his name, and looked it up online. Well, he is obviously famous enough to have a Wikipedia page, and according to that he has made fundamental theoretical contributions to cryptography. He also has an Erdos number of 1 and received several major awards.

I wonder if I will be (or already am) considered eccentric by other people around me. But honestly I do not think I care. I plan to chat with that guy more next time I bump into him.

September 2, 2009

Bolivian red quinoa

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I had this special kind of grain for lunch in the company cafeteria today. The Bolivian red quinoa is mixed with roasted vegetables, and sided with corns plus carrots.

The red quinoa is crunch and delicious. It is also entirely vegetarian.

I am impressed by the creativity of the cafeteria in my current office building.

Bolivian red quinoa

April 19, 2009

Patent cube

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Once in a while the company gave me a little granite (?) cube for a filed patent.

patent cube

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