If you want to discover more inspiration and motivation, you need some sort of visual distractions (in embodied reality) via human beings, random textures, variation of environment.Continue reading “Visual Stochastic Resonance”
The art of coming up with new ideas.
Why ideation? Why ideas? A world and society without any new ideas is a society on the decline.Continue reading “Ideation 101”
What is the purpose of food?Continue reading “On Food”
‘Adrenaline in me like I got injected (BIG SEAN).
The more we can live with adrenaline, the better.Continue reading “ADRENALINE.”
No deadlifts, no life:Continue reading “SUMO DEADLIFT GYM”
Our mood is mostly hormonal. Thus if we can identify the specific activities, substances, or lifestyle things which affect our hormones in a certain way… then it means:
Continue reading “ON MOOD AND HORMONES”
Our moods are easily within our control!
Ever since Covid hit, I’ve been gymless for many months. Just got a new membership, and hit the deadlift, squat, heavy dumbell press. After quarantine my strength is still surprisingly good! Max 455 deadlift before COVID, and I just did 415 (pretty easy), squatted 3 plates and a 10 on each side (felt easy), and 100 pound dumbell with good effort.
Since this week powerlifting again, I’m less agitated easily. My mood is far more balanced and zen-stoic calm.
I read a theory from Nassim Taleb about testosterone:
The higher your testosterone, ironically your mood is *less* variable, and cortisol (stress) affects you less.
Then the theory:
If you desire to have a more stoic and zen calm in life, increasing your testosterone (via natural methods like powerlifting and consuming more fatty red meat like beef) is massively advantageous!
The better we understand *why* we make photos, the more motivation we can give ourselves to actually shoot!Continue reading “What Motivates Me to Shoot?”
In fact, your life is great. And you feel deep gratitude for the greatness in your life.
Your life is actually quite shitty, but you play the ‘sour grapes’ idea in your mind, trying to trick yourself into thinking that your (really bad) situation isn’t *that* bad.
Why is this difference important?
Well, let us say you’re in an abusive relationship. To simply say ‘oh my situation isn’t that bad, he doesn’t beat me *THAT* bad’ is unacceptable. We must not be fooled. And to have false gratitude will prevent us from actually changing our real life situation for the better.Continue reading “FALSE GRATITUDE vs REAL GRATITUDE”
The simple goal in life:
Continue reading “HOW TO LIVE MORE”
How can we live more?
When I am looking out, and I see some of these things, it motivates me to shoot photos:
- Juicy colors
- Interesting or novel scenes
- Interesting looking people
- Witnessing a scene which is unfolding before my very eyes, and within a few seconds I can make a certain photo composition which “completes the frame”.
Life with photography is far richer, more vibrant, more joyful and superior to life without photography.
If your goal is to augment your happiness in life, deeper integration with photography is supreme!Continue reading “Happiness and Photography”
Simple personal truth I’ve discovered for my self:
Continue reading “GYM LIFE”
A life with a gym has made my life 1000x happier, more interesting, and great than life without a gym.
What do we desire out of life? To live well. To live maximally well.
What does this mean?Continue reading “The Art of Living Well”
Like seeing a guy squat 405+ at the gym (ass to grass) and making it look easy (no belt). It gives me confidence I can do the same!
So why make it more complicated than it needs to be?
There are many things which are unlimited and many things which are limited and having bounds.
Limited and bounded: the maximum extent of human life (maybe 130 years?)
Things which are unlimited: digital things, energy (in a practical form), etc.
Then the question arises: how to maximize and leverage things which are unlimited while being mindful of what’s bounded in our life?
In life, your basic needs will be met. Also, even if you acquire all the best tools, fashions, equipment, clothes, cars, watches, homes, etc … what is the end of all of it?
To me, it seems the best strategy in life is this:
Harness your body, mind, and gut as a tool to create new art works, to discover new truths which will have positive utility for mankind, and to help evolve humanity forwards and upwards!
There is no such thing as “good” breathing and “bad” breathing, and we also don’t need to force ourselves to breathe.
So why judge our photos in a similar vein? Why not enjoy photography as seamlessly and effortlessly as we approach breathing; subconsciously, unconsciously, and without force and effort?
The best photos are effortless. You shoot as you see things, with no hesitation, self censorship or judgement.Continue reading “Photography is Like Breathing”
The best entertainment is challenging, enthralling, dangerous, cruel, tragic and beautiful all in one.Continue reading “The Best Entertainment”
Disregard notions of having to make a “good” photo. Better to take a “bad” photo than no photo!Continue reading “A Bad Photo is Superior to *No* Photo”
Certainly there is no such thing as ultimate truths, but it seems that our attempt to seek *some* interesting personal truths (which can be applied to a sub-section of society) is very interesting and important!
And if you cannot seek your own equals or find your equals, just go at it alone, and find your equals as you go along!Continue reading “WHY SEEK YOUR EQUALS?”
With us men, there seems to be some sort of male hierarchy based on physical strength.
For example at the gym, the question is:
Can you deadlift over 4 plates? Can you squat over 3 plates? Can you bench over 2 plates?
This seems to be the very basic bar in terms of strength. Either you are above it, or under it.
If you are over it, you become part of this elite club. If you cannot, you are just another ‘rando’ (random) individual who is just sort of a hobbyist.Continue reading “Strength Respects Strength”
Gym as a great zen temple. Also a great place to socialize, meet new folks, shoot the shit, walk around in big areas when you’re trapped at home all day, and getting a great gym pump.
Photograph really up-and-close macro photos of food.
Food is insanely interesting to photograph, to see all the valleys, shapes, textures … especially in porous materials like bread.
When looking at sourdough bread (high contrast monochrome) up close and personal, think about the fractal pattern:
Continue reading “FOOD DETAILS”
Bread up close and personal is no different than a Rocky Mountain cliff from afar!