Confessions of a researchaholic

October 9, 2023

Katalin Kariko on perseverance

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Very inspirational story on how to deal with setbacks (focus on what is next and do not hold grudge).
Comparatively I have had a much easier career.

October 8, 2023


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Inspired by some squash arrangements I saw in a company cafeteria, I realized that I could draw a few individual squashes and rearrange them later for different compositions.

Cafe Zoe

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Visited this local cafe for a photography exhibition and drew some patrons sitting outside afterwards.

October 6, 2023

Waiting in line

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As long as I have a drawing surface with me (e.g., a sketchbook or a smart phone with a drawing app), I can observe people around without getting bored during idle times.

September 27, 2023

Snacks after a flu shot

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September 26, 2023

Road accident

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This is an imaginative drawing inspired by a real event.

I tried to finish it within the time constraint at the end of a long day so I did not spend much time on the less important details, such as the dent at the front of the car that would add more dramatic effect.

September 15, 2023

Met invitation envelope

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:36 pm
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I don’t know why a museum in NY would want to invite someone living in CA to be a member – maybe there are CA folks who spend weekends in NY?
But the photo on the envelope did give me some visual idea about how things might move there.

September 6, 2023

Visual field test

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After conducting some research in visual perception I went to an eye institute for potential bugs in my visual system.

August 11, 2023

Acquitting myself fromContinuing review duties for a venue

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During a recent gathering people have talked about how some of my works have been unfairly treated.
Beforehand I was actually not aware of the situation, in any case these are already published works for everyone to judge, and I don’t see how it could have any tangible impacts on my life and career at this stage.

However, since now it has been brought to my awareness, I feel that I should do something about it for the sake of sportsmanship, as it does not seem proper to leave it as is.
Thus, I have decided to stop reviewing duties for that venue until the situation is remedied.

As far as I remember I have never turned down review/committee requests (aside from potential conflicts) and I am pretty sure I have done my fair share of services for that venue even if I stop right now.
If I want to continue volunteering my time for a cause, I need to know it is at least fair.

Update: I realized that the decision was made by a few individuals who do not necessarily represent the whole community, and in any case this event seems quite insignificant in retrospect. Plus I still enjoy reading and discussing about research, so I have yet to turn down any paper review and committee invitations so far.

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