Confessions of a researchaholic

February 11, 2024

Murakami monster drawing experiment

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 6:47 pm
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Based on a (human-sized) monster sculpture by Takashi Murakami that I saw in a recent exhibition I did a quick rough drawing via Fresco with outlines and color-fills in separate layers, and then fed the outlines-only and color-fills versions to an image-to-image ComfyUI workflow. The results are very interesting and capture the style of the original artist quite well.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/191299777/TakashiMurakamiMonsterSculpture

January 30, 2024

Group urban hike

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:27 pm
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As part of the lab offsite, we took an urban hike between 601 Townsend Street and the Mission-Dolores Park. The weather was unusually nice for January in San Francisco, and this is actually the first time I walked through the neighborhood between Mission and SoMa which has this interesting industry-under-the-highway feel.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/190359367/ExteriorMotoGStylus/modules/1076608513

January 28, 2024

A beautiful day

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:20 pm
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After finishing a demo in the morning, I drove to San Francisco, listening to Edvard Greig’s piano concerto (A minor, opus 16) on the way, and went to the Legion of Honor to see Boticelli’s drawings, which I finished on time by avoiding reading all the descriptions.

It was a beautiful day, with the sun shining and Golden Gate bridge visible from the museum.

January 20, 2024

Sleeping profile

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:54 pm
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Rainy Saturday, writing, drawing.

https://youtube.com/shorts/JWvLbMC-kI4
https://www.behance.net/gallery/189507309/SleepingProfileSofa

January 17, 2024

Learning addiction

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:18 pm
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I avoid Duolingo Pro so that I won’t have enough hearts to to too many exercises.

January 14, 2024

Chewie

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:53 pm
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The dog slept a lot and thus remained stationary for a good drawing subject.



January 7, 2024

Embodied computing

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:17 pm
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I spent the evening on some manual household installation/repair tasks and felt a visceral sense of satisfaction of using my body, which tends to be missing for sitting in front of a computer all day.

Given that our bodies are designed (or more precisely, evolved) to be moving around, I wonder if there are ways to structure our work routines so that we can use our bodies more.
The existing design for “spatial computing” is mostly for content consumption and authoring tasks that are inherently spatial (e.g., 3D modeling).
How to extend that for more abstract tasks (like programming) is an interesting question (personally I doubt if spatial manipulation of node graphs or the like is the right answer).

January 4, 2024

3-hour PhD defense

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:54 pm
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This is by far the longest PhD defense I have ever attended, and I have attended many.

The first half was spent on the presentation, with the second half on discussions (among thesis committee members and later the candidate) about how to deal with the lack of publications.
I enjoyed the first half much more than the second.

December 31, 2023

Buffet

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:47 pm
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Is buffet an expression of gluttony, aside from catering for workspace events which can be more convenient than sit-down meals.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/186107513/PortraitsMotoGStylus/modules/1062082245

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