Confessions of a researchaholic

May 20, 2023

Wig materials the top export item from China to North Korea?

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:20 am

I was surprised to learn that materials used in wigs are the top export item from China to North Korea according to a recent Reuters report.
I thought it would be something like food, fertilizer, or petroleum.
Or maybe the materials are used for something other than wigs?

November 20, 2022

Bring-your-kids-to-work day

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:05 pm
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I wonder what kinds of father-daughter conversation topics they had during these visits.

October 23, 2022

The 20th national congress of the CCP closing

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 9:42 pm
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Inspired by some recent news, I drew a quick motion graphics and shared it when the events are still fresh.

June 24, 2022

American exceptionalism

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:25 am

America considered itself such an exceptional country that it decided to take some steps backwards so that other countries can have a better chance to catch up.

May 19, 2022

The great replacement theory

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:08 pm

So the Europeans came to the America, committed genocide against the natives and brought slaves from Africa, and centuries later, made up the conspiracy theory about being replaced by these very people they victimized.

September 8, 2021

Claiming ignorance

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:29 am
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A founder/CEO who claimed to have no knowledge of whether the technology of his/her company is actually working is either lying or grossly incompetent.

July 20, 2021

CEO pay fairness

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:29 am

I think if you define fairness by “fair market value”, then C.E.O.s are paid fairly. I think if you define fairness by how you think society should value people, then I think C.E.O.s are paid too much. – Dara Khosrowshahi, the C.E.O. of Uber, in an interview.

If every new hire is paid an above average market value (as likely in the senior executive job market), that will lead to an exponentially higher growth of compensation than otherwise (e.g., the minimum wage job market).

July 8, 2021

Home demolition

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:51 am

Astonishing photos from AP of Israel leveling family home of an alleged Palestinian attacker.
Justice and human-rights issues aside, wouldn’t it be more economical to repossess the home and such?

July 7, 2021

Cannot afford to help 扶不起的阿斗

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:48 am

A corrupt, incompetent national government lost to a popular local militia as the foreign supporter leaves; Afghanistan in 2021, China in 1949, etc.

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