Confessions of a researchaholic

December 27, 2023

Mental accounting

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:46 pm

When I go through repetitive exercises (e.g., swimming laps), I often group the repetitions via integer factorization, such as 6 by 6 for 36, with a little voice in my head saying something like: 6 times are easy, and you just need to do 6 of these.

So psychologically I perceive the repetitions differently even though they are all the same.

December 25, 2023

2023 academic volunteering hours

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:07 pm
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Since my company allow us to report academic services as part of our volunteering hours for matching donations*, I have been keeping track of mine in a spreadsheet (down to the levels of the hours/minutes spent in each paper across different stages of the review processes).
According to the spreadsheet, so far this year I have spent 190+ (!) hours in total, including TVCG AE and paper committees in SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia, EG, EGSR, HPG, etc., mostly during my “spare time” in the evenings and weekends.
I won’t be able to serve for SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia next year, so hopefully I can get back some time for other activities.

* For Adobe folks: remember to report your volunteering hours before the end of the year.

December 16, 2023

Home alarm

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 4:30 pm
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Experiment with Ai generative vector graphics to produce a simple graphical novel.

December 11, 2023

Colorful socks, playful minds

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:35 pm
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Does wearing colorful clothing inspire playful minds?

December 8, 2023

Lunch order 666

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:04 pm
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I guess 666 is a suitable number to pick up an order from hell’s kitchen.

December 6, 2023


Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:15 am
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I have a collaborator whose name has the letter Z as the initial for all parts, and thus shows up as ZZZ, which seems sleepy, in our shared documents.

November 24, 2023

Thanksgiving dinner sketch

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:41 pm
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Familiarity brings comfort, including holiday meals.

November 19, 2023

Closed streets

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:53 pm

Due to the APEC summit, the streets around SoMA were closed and it was quite interesting to see all these empty streets that were usually full of cars and people.
Later I heard that Xi Jinping was living in St Regis even though I did not walk towards that direction.
I wonder where leaders from other nations stayed and how the arrangements were decided.

November 7, 2023

Stuck in traffic

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 6:38 pm
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I tried to take bus 281 from Palo Alto transit center to SJC18 and the bus got stuck in traffic on university avenue near highway-101 for more than an hour. (It took me about 40 minutes to walk the same trip.) I got a chance to draw a painful facial expression of one of the passengers.

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