Confessions of a researchaholic

May 24, 2024

Leg cramp exercise dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:49 pm
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I dreamed about doing some footwork exercises on early morning in May 23 2024 and ended up waking up with a severe leg cramp.

May 17, 2024

Plestiodon barbouri

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:46 pm
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Spotted this blue-tailed skink around my neighborhood that is supposed to be endemic to the Ryukyu Islands in Japan.

May 15, 2024

Newspaper photo of Genghis Khan

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 3:47 pm
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I hypothesized these newspaper “photos” of Genghis Khan via a IP-Adapter ComfyUI workflow that combines the structure of his portrait and the style of a real newspaper photo of my late grandfather.
(Their ancestral relationship could lend to some credibility of this experiment.)

May 8, 2024

Clover mites

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:38 pm

I noticed these tiny red creatures crawling around on the concrete tiles, too tiny to be photographed by my cell phone camera. This is my attempt to draw and animate their appearances and motions.

May 6, 2024


Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 7:37 pm
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She bought some ice cream and ate it in front of a grand view behind the Ferry Building on a gorgeous sunny Sunday afternoon, and somehow I felt a bit impatient at the moment.
I realized what I had missed the next day and captured my feelings into this imaginative vector drawing.

Life is too short and time does not flow back; I should be more patient and present to enjoy every moment.

April 28, 2024

Cotton candy grapes

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:43 am
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This is my attempt to visualize the taste upon the first bite of these grapes.

April 25, 2024

Crazy motion graphics

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 6:37 pm

These are some (accidentally interesting) results produced as part of my day job.

April 24, 2024

The tall blonde man with one black shoe

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 5:23 pm

This is an attempt to visualize the original sound track heard on the radio a while back via a combination of Adobe tools: rough sketch by Fresco serving as structure reference with cubism/surrealism styles for Firefly followed by layer editing via Photoshop and audio-driven animation via After Effects.

April 19, 2024


Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:38 pm

佛曰: 一花一世界,一木一浮生, 一草一天堂,一葉一如來。

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