We have all heard the saying, ‘Fortune favors the brave.’ I like the saying, but it ain’t accurate or specific enough for me:
I’m pretty excited for the new VENOM movie, and started to do a little philosophical musings on the concepts of:
- Symbiotic relationships
- Parasitic relationships
I have been studying a lot of algorithms, AI, etc — and came across this concept of ‘naive’. For example in machine learning, there is a concept of ‘naive bayes‘. Now how can a concept in machine learning be ‘naive’ (like a un-wise and silly human being)?
I’m an Elon Musk fanboy until I die. Here are some practical lessons I learned from him, from his recent interview with Joe Rogan:
Disrupt normal, be unique
Be you and smile, cheek to cheek
A simple and funny idea:
Why have a brain?
In simple words: why have humans evolved to have a brain? And what is the best way we can use our brain?
A practical idea: In order to become the most epic you, play against yourself!
Steve Jobs: one of my heroes. He has taught me the importance of staying true (and stubborn) on your creative vision, the importance of combining the liberal arts and engineering, and the importance of following your own gut and intuition.
To live a better life, embrace the extremes. Avoid the boring middle– either relax 100%, or go hard 100%. “Sleep hard, or work hard”. In this essay, I will try to combine personal thoughts on living, photography, working out, health, and diet (with this embracing the extremes strategy):
A practical idea I have for you:
Treat your photography like a blank slate (tabula rasa). When you start off in photography, be totally ignorant of the outside world, and learn on your own (don’t enroll into photography or art school). Then use this chance to build your own unique vision, and as you get more experienced, THEN learn some theory and outside concepts and ideas to challenge your pre-existing ideas, then decide through dialectics (testing two contrary opinions) what best works for you.
My buddy Nassim Taleb posited a question in his book, ‘Antifragile’ that regarded ‘post-traumatic growth’. I think I’m one of the lucky few who was actually made stronger because of trauma– not weakened. I want to use this essay as a chance to share why I think I was able to grow from trauma, and some practical ideas on how we can help our future children thrive from stress and trauma.
Wipe the slate clean
What new ideas can you glean?
Set the bar higher, high-flyer
Don’t mind if you don’t reach the top— just keep hustling hard, and don’t you stop
Check out the Stanford ‘Image Painting‘ demo to see how AI and deep learning can re-construct your photos; helping you better judge your own picture compositions!
I’m studying a lot of AI, and have been philosophizing (my entire life) about technology-human integration.
A realization today:
We are seeking to ‘augment our intelligence’ with technology, yet what I think we really want to do is to augment our wisdom!
Whatever life has given you, you’ve been blessed with
What if we lived a life without fear and anxiety — how much more of our potential could we reach?
To live a more epic life — go hard, and supersede (your self-perceived) limits
What is your dream in life, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it?
Some practical ideas on realizing your potential (recognition of your talents), as well as having the strength to turn these skills into reality!
Should we augment reality?
A lot of us want to be “motivated” (Latin means, ‘to move’). Some of us are self-motivated, and some of us lack motivation (the energy necessary to work, or act).
In this essay, I want to share some practical ideas on how you can self-motivate yourself.
Do you remember when you were a kid, and you had to deal with ‘lag’? To me, lag (or latency) is one of the worst things as a gamer. But how can we use this analogy of ‘LAG’ in real life?
Something I realized– it ain’t enough just to shoot nice compositions of things. More importantly, we need to know how to recognize potentially interesting scenes BEFORE we shoot them. Or in more simple words,
“How do we know if a scene is interesting enough to photograph in the first place?”
I think I am currently one of the most productive bloggers on the internet (and the world). I want to share how I do it– and perhaps a little on why I do it.
“I’m an alien.” – Elon Musk
Philosophical question — why do so many of us want to be ‘normal’? Wouldn’t it be more fun and interesting to NOT be normal? Wouldn’t it be better to be a mis-fit than a “square”? Wouldn’t it be better to be an alien than a “normal” human?
I got a question I want to work out with you: what is visual intelligence, and what does it teach us about being human?
To impress… literally means to IMPRESS (leave an indentation) upon someone else. I think what we are trying to do as photographers is to impress our viewers. Not necessarily to “show off”– but we are trying to make an impact on our viewers. Therefore it is essential for us to impress our viewers with our photos. But how do impress others with our pictures, and make a meaningful impact on our viewers? Some simple ideas:
I just watched the 2006 Werner Herzog documentary on the origins of the internet (“Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World“) and found this concept of a “log” interesting– specifically the concept of an “internet log” — nowadays we say “vlog” (video log) or “blog” (weB + log). And what are we as photographers in today’s world? PLOGGERS (photo-loggers); we use photographs to log and record our lives.
A philosophical epiphany I had:
We need friction in life in order to do or accomplish anything.
Why is this? Let me explain.