Confessions of a researchaholic

October 13, 2023

Flip hair style

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 10:37 pm
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During a dream on Oct 10 2023 morning I saw a guy with a hair that can flip open from the back like a carpet to reveal his scalp.

January 21, 2023

Dream on January 19 2023

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 5:02 pm
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This is the second dream I had (or remembered) after 4:40 am and I already forgot the first one.
Found myself sweating and heart pumping fast both times.
Seeing this Behance project for images and captions, or the Instagram link below.

May 16, 2022

Chairs-and-tables puzzle dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 3:52 am

I dreamed about this math/algorithm puzzle earlier this morning.

There are N tables and M chairs on an infinite plane for a class, which consists of group discussions and individual works.
During the group discussions, each student can move his/her chair towards a table.
When the discussions are over, each student will need to move his/her chair to an individual table without sharing with other students.
What is the optimal transport for this transition from a given group discussion configuration to an individual work arrangement?

September 17, 2021

Daydream while driving on a highway

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 3:09 pm
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While driving on 101 south-bound at 2021-09-05 17:26:02 and listening to Shostakovich piano concerto 2 in the radio, I imagined being engulfed by sticky black liquid, and reproduced the visual effect afterwards via Adobe Ae.

August 30, 2021

Aunts asking me to check email dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:23 am

I have 4 aunts from my mother’s side, and they were telling me to check my emails in my dream earlier this morning.

August 21, 2021

Garbage escape dream

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 9:21 pm
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It felt very fun and liberating to hide inside a recycle bin and ride away with a garbage truck (at least in that dream).

August 20, 2021

IIII break

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 9:41 pm
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This dream is probably a reflection of my use of eye-protection programs (e.g., eyes guard).

July 19, 2021

The feeling of predestination

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:48 am
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[I thought about this earlier this morning during a dream, which I happened to wake up and managed to memorize.]

Do you ever have the feeling of predestination, of meeting someone, being in some place, or going through some events?
I wonder if that is some kind of mental post-processing that tries to fit a narrative to a past event.

July 9, 2021

Dream recording

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:53 am
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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.

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