Confessions of a researchaholic

August 6, 2021

Broken jam jar

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The jar arrived broken; fortunately I could salvage the jam inside and draw the container.

August 4, 2021

Early morning dream that probably only MSRA folks around my time there would understand

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Initially I thought (in the dream) that the session was named so because Qiming Hou was on the author lists of all the papers, but closer examination revealed otherwise.

I usually don’t have time to draw my early morning dreams until later in the evenings, and thus need to consciously retain the visual memory in-between.

July 31, 2021

Flower head baboon face

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I am starting to experiment with augmenting sketches with real objects.

July 25, 2021

Baron of Dune

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If I ever go to a movie theater this year it would be for watching this one on a giant screen.

July 24, 2021

Beach chairs cloth bag dream

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I was sitting alone among rows and columns of chairs on a beach, with only a sling bag of cloth with me. The sky was grey, the air had a gentle breeze, and I felt very calm.

July 9, 2021

Dream recording

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After a semi wake-up earlier this morning I recalled a lot of interesting thoughts going on during my dream, including two research ideas (one shared with my collaborator right before writing this and another needing more thinking), a visual image of an abstract cabinet drawer, and a scene of my mother at a bus stop seeing me off to a military service.

At that moment, I pondered whether I should write these down with potential sleep disruption or continue lying down with potential risk of forgetting everything later.
Apparently this pondering made enough imprint in my memory so that, even after opting for the latter, I could still recall everything.

Most of my ideas came from my day/night dreams, apparently during relaxed rational inhibition.
Thus I always try to keep healthy and consider stress a risk factor for both my life and work.

June 20, 2021


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I am always fascinated by, but do not yet have the patience and/or skill to create satisfactory pencil drawings.

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