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What can’t AI do?

Carte Blanche

Men who desire to become women? 

Being a man; simple, not being a woman

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Does property value matter? 

Bitcoin Powerlifting

Real men buy bitcoin *AND* powerlift —

Why bitcoiners should get into powerlifting

Some reflections:

First— the love of risk and reward. My personal definition of powerlifting is attempting a lift that you have never done before, with an imminent risk. No risk, no joy. No joy and happiness without risk.

Second— ignorance is bliss. For the most part, I avoided the whole downturn a bitcoin going from the first shipped from $60,000 a coin to around $20,000 a coin, because I was just focusing on attaining my 1000 pound atlas lift.

I watch a lot of these interviews, podcasts and whatever… I see all these guys who invest in bitcoin and speculate on crypto; they are just a bunch of skinny fat dweebs. Even the ones that do look like they have a bit of muscle on them, the way they talk is effeminate, uncertain, and they simply like to just rehash what other people have said, rather than commanding their own voice.

Testosterone & bitcoin

Another big thing; having higher testosterone is beneficial to investing in bitcoin. Why? You need to have the guts, the balls, the chutzpah to even attempt any of this in the first place.

This is where I discovered that for the most part, bodybuilding is no longer interesting to me because it is just a bunch of pseudoscience and witchcraft, supplements and steroids in order to get you to be big and muscular. But this is more of a grinding approach rather than a courage based one.

Conviction?

I think the obsession with numbers is typically bad, but at least it is a barometer. For example with powerlifting, the great upside is just stacking another 2.5 pound potato chip every single time you lift.

How to Be Ahead of the Curve

I think the real big secret here is just pursue things which interest you, things which you are curious about which have no real socioeconomic payoff —

Defense?

What is Photography, What is Street Photography?

Politics is ideology?

Monetary engineering, crypto engineering?

Rockefeller would have bought bitcoin?

Rockebitcoin

99 3/4 year old

Iatrogenic

Surgery you don’t need

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Bitrock

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How To Be Ahead Of The Curve 

Giant

I want to live in LA forever

Stature

Mobile & invisible wealth

The next 4 years

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Capital will flow into bitcoin –> nowhere else for it to flow into?

Lose faith?

Meetup of Bitcoin, meltdown of other crypto

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Get rid of flourishes

Highest form of property

Rationality?

Commodity is the dirtiest word ***

Don’t be commoditized!

Differentiated specialty is good

Anybody can make a commodity

TANK

CYBERTANK

Strike fear into your enemies?

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Commodity business is a political business

Look up!

You cannot make more of it … now it is a scarcity

Scarcity is a paradigm shift ***

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Nobody has gotten rich investing in scarcity or inheriting it

Avoid awful ideas

How to get rich?

New Paradigm

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Need –>

Refugees & Bitcoin

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Political instability benefits Bitcoin?

Speed of sound

Don’t go faster than the speed of sound

Shredding reality

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$27,000 a Bitcoin

Everyone looks the SAME?

Just wait

$270,000 a Bitcoin

Nobody will want to sell it, you won’t be able to afford it

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All in

Treat other peoples kids in which you wish others would treat your kids

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Hero’s journey?

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Take the first step

Religious conviction

We all want to go to heaven

Cyberspace

Aurelius

Soon you will have forgotten all and all will have forgotten you.

The after life

Orthogonal … different thing

No company will be around 1,000 years from now

Become like a bodyguard –> new goal?

Defense contractor

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Bitcoin will outlast us all!

Black & Yellow

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Categorical good

2009– Jan 3rd, June of 2020

I’m an early bITCOINER?

Torch bearer

Billions of people carrying Bitcoin?

Ethical Legacy

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This one thing this one opportunity

Sum total of everything you have accomplished

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Your heirs

Degens

Degenerate or not?

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Someone 1,000 years from now will benefit from what you did

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No car will last 1,000 years from now

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The ultimate

Comrade

Compatriot

Legacy bequest

Derelict degenerates

Decent life

Contribution of your life force

Incorruptible institution

Pro rata distribution to the virtuous

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The Bitcoin institution?

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Hope?

Gift to humanity?

Never stop stacking

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Lever?

All my wealth

Rather start with nothing in a new star system?

Bitcoin is a portal into cyberspace

I go to make a better place ,,, you come later

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To a better life?

What is a “better place”?

A Better Place?

Parasite? Loot your life’s work?

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Kill the parasites?

Emotional Parasites?

Engineer a better world more prosperity

Engineer a better world

Upgrade the world

Upgrade yourself

Never stop stacking your power or energy?

Energy conserve it … stack your ENERGY

stack your test

Don’t blow your semen

Keep stacking your semen

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What’s gas lighting

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Drive?

Digital Enlightenment

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Fuck the money

Let’s go!

Strong money, risk free return, 20%

Billion?

Fast.

Pro bono, ethical —

Men on average are much taller than women

why do we deny physical differences? Also hormonal ones?

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What perfection looks like?

My body is what perfection looks like

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Inventing the “individual”

Keep waiting for perfect

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Freedom of movement

New economics?

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Theft?

Romans, venetians

The parasite class

Don’t talk about other countries

Liberty, freedom

90 days before we die without food

1970–

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Before we go to outer space let’s go to cyber space! ***

–> think cyberspace

Cybertruck

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Economically indestructible and economically immortal

New cowboys ,,, new digital cowboys?

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Don’t stay and suffer

Overcome your fears

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Think anatomy

Think what matches YOUR anatomy!

For tall guys

New frontier –> take it all the way!

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Check it out?

Stealth or high key?

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Corruption?

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Cyber living

Man is rugged & rough

Shiny

Bitcoin jewelry?

Scissor doors on a Prius? 

I want something different

I am the object of fascination

I am the rarest of the rare

Wealth and riches for the sake of what?

Status symbol… why?

Autotelic

Ambitious

Becoming more ambitious 

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Play

Nobody needs 500 stone axes for themselves

Hard enough?

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Sue, counter sue each other?

Trolls don’t produce anything

If you produce anything you can be sued

Parasite, tape worms

When your body cannot replace itselves… that’s cancer

Don’t trust people on medication

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Paper money makes commerce swifter 

The purpose of currency is to change hands 

Supernotes

Money doesn’t have to be physical

Currency could become pure information

The laws of physics?

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Don’t get wiped out!

Man is rugged & rough

Shiny

Bitcoin jewelry?

Scissor doors on a Prius? 

I want something different

I am the object of fascination

I am the rarest of the rare

Wealth and riches for the sake of what?

Status symbol… why?

Autotelic

Ambitious

Becoming more ambitious 

Seeking Dominance in Every Single Shape Form And Way

2.6 seconds — the 0 to 60 speed on cyberbeast.

I think what is so fascinating about cyber truck is that it is dominant in every single shape form and way.

For example, the 0 to 60 speed for that massive is 2.6 seconds! This is much faster than almost every single Porsche 911 car.

Yeah yeah yeah, people might make the argument that a Porsche car is better on the track or whatever. But honestly speaking… Who goes to the track? Nobody.

Also, being really good at racing on the road I think is not really that impressive of a skill anyways. I think sounds fun, as it gets your adrenaline going, it etc.… But for the most part, it doesn’t really matter. Why? Any 5 foot 2 we could drive a car very well, but ultimately in real life, in embodied reality, a small or short man is not impressive.

Where do things matter?

Ultimately standing upright, in the flesh, in embodied reality is what matters the most. 

For example, I’ve been spending a lot of time in Holmby Hills, Beverly Hills, apparently the apex of society success and richness.  and a lot of these guys are actually really really short. Like 5 foot five, 5’4” tall.

I still think one of my most grateful things is that I’m quite tall, around 5‘11“ tall. I think the average man in America is only 5 foot 8 1/2 inches tall.

How and why does this matter?

First, whether we like it or not, we are so driven by our material things. For example, cars, I think for the modern day man, and also perhaps woman,  so much of our time is fixated on buying a new car. Why? Because for most Americans, you actually spend a lot of time in your car; most people unfortunately have to work or go to work, and most people drive to go to work. As a consequence, it is the transportational zone that you best prefer.

Weekend warriors

Also where vehicles are important or desired; most people do not have time off until the weekend, whether Saturday or Sunday. As a consequence, most people want to get away for the weekend, maybe go to the beach, go hiking, go to the nearby city etc. As a consequence , a lot of people also have to drive to get there.  

Your external avatar

Vehicles are interesting, because they are a true externalization who you are, your beliefs, your value systems etc.

Tell me what car you drive, and I will tell you what you value.

For example, I put zero faith in anybody who talks about value, economics, whatever, who doesn’t drive a Toyota Prius. Even a Tesla, if you are truly value oriented, Tesla is not the way. Why? It is certainly the coolest option, but actually not the most practical nor the most economical.

If you really really want to build capital, save money and wealth, and stack, the optimal path is maximum frugality, a maximum Spartan lifestyle, which means essentially just driving a used old 2010 Prius. People often ask me, and I joke… How much I spend a month on gas. I told them that I only spend $38 USD a month on gas!

Living in public takes guts

It looks like there’s this weird race towards virtual reality, augmented reality or whatever. Ultimately, nobody really cares for these things. What we really want is to flex in the flesh, in real life.

For example, this is where people would still prefer to have a real life car instead of a meta-verse car; ultimately we still love physics. This is why we love the roar of the engine, the feeling of torque and responsiveness, moving through time and space etc. For example, visual experience nerve forget is being with Dylan in his yellow Porsche 911 GT three, with a naturally aspirated V6 engine right behind us, accelerating onto the freeway, hitting around 7000 RPM. The roar of the engine is distinct loud and fun, very visceral. 

Kids

Modern day capitalistic consumer, individualistic society is anti-kids. Why? People who have a disposable income, can spend more money on superfluous things, rather than kids. Unfortunately, kids and children is a shrinking market. Let us consider the baby boomer generation in America, which people had 3 to 4 kids. Now it looks like people are having on average 1.2 kids, because people would prefer to have dogs or whatever.

And also, how and why did dogs get so popular all of a sudden? My theory is that modern day man some sort of intimacy or love or compassion or companionship or whatever, without any downside. Humans are messy complex and require courage to interact with. This is why whenever you see any sort of single guy in LA with some sort of wimpy looking stray rescue dog, it is a signal of cowardice. 

This is also how the modern day man lacks social skills; once again, to interact with real life human beings in the flesh is messy, unpredictable. This is where people are confused by me; and I break all the rules, essentially I break the simulation.

Courage is the future

I recently visited the Pacific Palisades Public library, highly recommended a great library. There we got a library card, and in the new book section and I picked up a hardcover book of a new translation of the Iliad by Emily Wilson, I really enjoy it. 

Anyways, when it comes to men, the heroes, it all comes down to courage or cowardice. The only bad or negative attribute of a man is cowardice.

This becomes interesting, because ability strength and dominance is actually not that important. Everybody already knows that Achilles is the supreme and Apex warrior, and nobody is a match for him. Even Hector knows this.

But I suppose when it comes down to it, when it comes down to battle, the question is this;

Will you cower, or confront your fate with courage? 

I suppose this is where Nietzsche gets the motto “Amor fati”– love your fate. Even when we think about when Paris went to battle in the beginning of the Iliad, The true fate should have been he should have been killed.

What is “fate” anyways?

From a truly physics based approach, there is no such thing as speech. There’s no such thing as predestination or whatever.

I don’t think there’s anything fated for you or us or whatever. However a simple observation is that if you never leave your apartment or your house and go outside, if you never adventure, if you never publish anything online, if you never take any sort of economic risks, nothing is going to happen.

Risk & adrenaline

I suppose when it comes down to it, the reason why I am built for investing because for the most part, I have strong stoic armor. I grew up poor, on the verge of being homeless, and also I’ve gone through periods in my high school college years in which I lost all my money. Therefore as a consequence, even though I still am very highly emotional to investments, losses, risk, I think I’m probably at least 30 to 80% less sensitive than average person. This is what gave me the courage and the conviction and the tenacity to invest in bitcoin, and in other crypto currencies.

Becoming?

I like this idea that we are always in a process of becoming. The reason why this is such a radical view is that with the typical American consumer self improvement thing; the generalized idea is that you’re either improving or “dis-improving”.

For example, it runs on some sort of continuum, spectrum, barometer or meter.

For example, I think people think the general idea of 0 to 10, in terms of productivity or whatever. Everyone always wants to be a 10.

However, the reason why this line of thinking is foolish is because the true reality of things is that embody reality is not a binary. Would you call a T-Rex a 10 out of 10? Or a rhino 10 out of 10? How about a chimpanzee monkey or human being?

Technically if you think about human beings, might be the wimpiest creatures on planet earth, yet humans are the Apex predator because of our higher level intelligence, of skills and cunning. For example, even if you took the worlds most dominant fighter, strongman or whatever, he will never be a match for the bull, the gorilla, etc. 

What do human beings strive for or towards?

I think we all strive towards more dominance, power, and supremacy.

For example, going to the Huntington botanical gardens, essentially the tallest trees get the most sunlight, and as a consequence, flower. Unfortunately the short, the shorty guys at the bottom, do not get any sunlight, therefore do not reproduce and do not produce flowers. 

Also at the California science center, when analyzing the biological life exhibit, one of the head scientists said something like “If you look at nature long enough, her primary goal is to procreate”.

So if the purpose or the point of life for us as human beings is to procreate, the funny thought:

How many kids (should) we have?

Back in the day, the more children you had, the wealthier you were. However nowadays, there’s a strange paradox; in the states, it seems that only poor immigrant families are having kids anymore; it is very common to see Mexican or Latino families with three or four kids, whereas the average affluent American tech person is either single, unmarried, no kids, maybe drive some sort of base level Porsche, And maybe have no intention of having any kids. Would prefer to have dogs.

I said this is fine; better for me ! When Seneca grows up, and all of these childless millennials die off, Seneca will reign supreme, and will inherit greatness, and his future progeny shall flourish. 


Courage is the future?

I think the main problem of modern day life is that there are no longer any areas for our courage. The closest thing might be intellectual or political courage, but this is also superficial at best.

I think the first practical way we could exude or exhibit or output courage is through extreme weightlifting. This is where the whole Max philosophy is interesting; until you have attempted a one repetition maximum of a given lift, you don’t know what true courage is.

I suppose other one is hand-to-hand combat; most men, myself included, either have not been in a street fight or a fistfight. I’ve done a lot of boxing when I was in high school, which was good. For the most part, modern day men doesn’t know how to fight. Thus the appeal of fight club.

Also, monitor day man is not allowed to exhibit his feelings, or get angry. To exhibit anger is considered evil in modern day society, and as a consequence you have a bunch of these resentful emasculated men, all antisocial, not sure what to do with themselves.

So what should we do?

First, it seems natural to be social. We make the wrong mistake that we think that humans desire money or whatever. Not true. We desire other human beings.

For example, no human being in his right mind would want to have all the trillions of dollars in the world, if he was forced in solitary confinement by himself.

Therefore a simple takeaway point, human beings make us happy. But I suppose the nuance is we want to interact with other human beings on our own terms?

How to live life?

I think the path to living the greatest possible light is twofold; doing physically active things, and also, being around other human beings.

For example, the reason why I think so many people love traveling is that typically speaking, most people when they are on holiday or traveling, do not just stay in their hotel room all day and just watch Netflix. No. They prefer to go see the sites, to take the subway, and to go on adventures! And meet cool people on the way. 

Also, humans are happiest when we are upright, not sitting in our cars. My simple suggestion is consolidate all that money from your car and put it into bitcoin, which will actually appreciate value overtime, and instead, invest your time energy and money for hiking, walking, taking the subway and going to the local museum, shooting street photography etc.

The last standing photographer

Am I the longest lasting photographer?

First, I still shoot on average 1000 photos a day. Actually the primary issue have right now is that I can’t keep up with reviewing my photos. I need to figure out a solution. But don’t worry, I’m working on it.

Second, it seems that I have been able to stay motivated, despite all of this ridiculous social media stuff. The first and only famous guitar for to have the balls and intelligence to delete his Instagram, at the peak. Now that I have deleted my Instagram, I can truly live forever. 

Third, intelligence with information; it seems that my open source approach has really really been the most smart approach. Why? I own it all, nobody owns it. Or in other words, I own the privilege and the right to keep it open and free; no annoying publisher has control over me. 

Still… Probably one of my proudest and most glorious and courageous decisions that I’ve made in my life, looking back I smile at it; is when I was approached by a publisher to publish my “learn from the Masters“ series, they told me to publish it. And I said only new ones that I wanted to PDF book to be 100% open and free, but they said that was not possible. I said no. Best decision of my life. 

I suppose where people get shortsighted is that they compromise their morals ethics and beliefs in order for some sort of grey notion of success, but in truth, the ultimate success is being ironclad in your own personal ethical beliefs. 

I’ve seen it all, even the death and demise of Google; now with ChatGPT, there is really no more reason to use Google. YouTube is the killer app for Google at the moment, but once PT makes the video production thing open, this will be the death of Google.

Short Google, long ChatGPT.


Now what?

Don’t buy a new car, buy a new license plate. Just order the black and yellow California drivers plates, they look super cool, like Batman.

Also, a simple modification you could do to your car is by some sort of satin paint, and just paint your rims all black. Rust oleum makes a great primer plus paint spray paint, it also looks great in gloss black.

Also, shave off your emblems– the best modification you could do to your car just get rid of emblems.  a funny recent thing that I just did is I put a NASA sticker where my old Toyota emblem used to be. 

Travel

Apparently right now is the best time to travel.  the currency is very weak in Japan, and also turkey Istanbul. If you are paid in US dollars, good for you. Also the Korean WON is weak — go to Korea!

Also, come travel with me to Cambodia and Angkor Wat. Lara Croft and tomb raider style. 

Photo futures?

The future of photography is not iPhone or iPhone Pro. A telling sign; all of the people that I know on the photos team either shoot with the film camera, Rico GR camera, Sony seven camera, a digital Leica, a digital medium format Hasselblad camera, even Olympus cameras! 

If the Apple photos team and engineers aren’t even using iPhones to take pictures, this is a telling sign. 

It’s kind of like the best question to ask whenever you go to any sort of car dealership, or talk to any sort of car salesman. Ask them what car they personally drive.

Same goes with business people and investors; ask them what they are currently investing in.

Same when it comes to meeting your doctor, or your pediatrician; ask them what they would do if they were in your shoes, or ask them what they did for their kids.

For example, a simple workflow for vaccinations and whatever; ask your pediatrician which vaccinations they did for their own personal blood children, and do all of them.

Or another one; ask your dentist what toothbrush, toothpaste they use; and just use that.

Never trust a salesman who sells a car which is contrary to the car they actually drive.

For example, don’t trust any Tesla employees who don’t actually drive Teslas. Also don’t trust any Toyota sales people who don’t drive Toyotas. 

Now what?

Just get your ass outside, make photos, travel, and live your best life!

ERIC


Do the Least Harm

Bitcoin does no harm — Bitcoin doesn’t hurt anyone?

  1. Not a jurisdiction, political thing like fiat currency (USD, US DOLLAR)— fist currency supremacy invites war violence and terror and death and killing?

Unorthodox

Wisdom

The supreme power?

The mastermind of strategy

Storm dark brows

Immortal hair, deathless head

The lord of lightning

Immortal sleep

Cunning , master strategist

The will to fight forever

Shimmering brightness of majestic bronze

The god of war

Will it last?

All or nothing; commit 

When it is a good idea to invest in old technology

What is the significance of good weather? More times spent outdoors 

Facilities Risk

Spaces, physical spaces are liabilities?

Just get rid of your liabilities

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Tech is over?

Hard to move facilities

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Ars Fotographica

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The Art of Photography

Most secure crypto asset , or the most secure asset in general?

Steel vest?

Steel ruck sack?

Steel plates?

Heaviest go ruck?

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cartel

Million employees is a liability!

More employees more risk

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Points where you can get cut off?

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Energy , more energy is the goal?

Customer risk

Your customer becomes too powerful?

Work, business philosophy?

How to build your brand

Squeeze your margin to 0

Amazon is risky

Reputational risk

The new Camry looks cool?

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14 war risk

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Tourism is fragile

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I want everyone to see and witness my glory?

Empty is Best

Also, better and more effective to get rid of stuff than to add stuff

Also ironically enough, having to empty things, get rid of stuff is actually more difficult than acquiring it.

For example, looking at the huge used inventory at the local Toyota dealership; looking at all these random cars that nobody wants… Extreme difficulty of getting rid of it.

Cheaper price is the ultimate advantage 

Economy run on information 

Upgrading or not?

Fire power

English is simpler

Marginal production costs dropped

Ghost in the machine of markets  

Portable information

Printing finally made information portable

Exhilarating sense of discovery 

Less capital is needed

Risk less

Pure information

Being naked is the best Outfit

Polarizing is good

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Spartans are all on the same side 

On the same side

Perhaps nationalism is a good thing? 

How To Transform Your Body Into a Cybertruck? 

Cybertruck Body?

A funny thought; ultimately, our bodies are supreme. But for us in our modern day capitalistic consumer society, we purchased vehicles which we believe to be an externalization of our own bodies and selves.

For example, why is it that you see so many middle-aged, or older men purchase muscle cars, Corvettes etc.? It is because they have lost their potency, their own real physiological muscle, and they convert their economic energy (money) into these cars.

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful

I suppose one of my great joys of living in Los Angeles is this idea of social theater and social performance.

What that means is this; if you live in Los Angeles, and walk around, essentially the way you walk, engage on the streets is assigned of who you are.

For example, when we think about fashion, in someways it is some sort of social armor; most people take the cowardly stance and just cover themselves up, limo tinted sunglasses, so nobody could see their eyeballs. Also, they plug up their ears with noise canceling headphones, another point of cowardice, the cover up their heads in their faces with baseball caps, another point of cowardice, and maybe where from close to hide the silhouette of their skinny fat bodies.

Stainless steel exoskeleton

An interesting thought I cleaned from Michael Saylor is that in superhero theory, the best super power is indestructibility. What that means is if your enemy could shoot to an atomic nuke at you, and it cannot kill you, in theory you could just walk around with a machine gun until everyone else dies.

I also suppose this was the appeal of Superman, not necessarily that he could fly, but that theory, he is indestructible. This is why they call him demand of steel; from a metallurgical sciences perspective, apparently steel is the apex metal.

Maybe now it is titanium, but for the most part titanium is too expensive.

Cybertruck goals

I love what cyber truck represents, I love Elon Musk and Tesla, the cyber truck is the baddest, best, most superior and supreme car on the road, may I say, car or automobile which has ever been created in all time.

First, it is practically indestructible. A car made out of stainless steel? You could probably take an AK-47 to it in the hood, people attack it with baseball bats or sledgehammers, and you and your family inside will be safe. I’m not sure what the crash safety ratings are yet, but in theory, I would feel very safe driving my most precious assets in the car inside, which is Cindy Seneca and theoretical other children.  

Second, the height. I think one of the greatest things about cyber truck is the height. First what is actually very interesting is that it is quite high up, but not that high. Not ridiculously high like some of these lifted trucks. In fact it in real life, it is quite impressive in size, but not too big. You could probably park it anywhere.

Third, the geometric shapes, the impossible angles. I think the reason why whenever you see a cybertruck on the road, the reason why it turns so many heads is that it seems to defy physics and reality. Typically in the past we have always thought that the cars were the most aerodynamic had curves, but in actuality, the most superior and the most supreme shapes are perfectly angular, pointed. 

Also a random point about cars, I think for the most part, we could think about feminine versus masculine aesthetics in cars.

For example, for guys who are into cars, they always like to talk about the “curves” of a car, likening it to a female body.  This is where the Porsche car becomes so bizarre and fascinating to me; on one hand, it seems to be a desirable body shape because it has curves that simulate a woman’s body, note that the Porsche Carrera in the car movie, was the girl/woman of the movie. Put on the other hand, it seems to be the prototypical signal or status simple of success for men in LA, to drive a Porsche 911. Not the Porsche 718, I say if you want a Porsche, either get the 911 or nothing. And none of the Porsche SUV cars, or the fake electric cars, they are all essentially fakes; rebranded Volkswagen Toureg cars, or rebranded Volkswagen ID Cars (apparently these cars suck). Volkswagen which produces Audi, Porsche, even Lamborghini… They really do not understand electric nor Hybrid. Let us also consider the whole diesel gate incident with Volkswagen; it seems that the Germans are good at doing is just taking the same old thing, and making a little better, kind of like the Japanese and the whole kaizen process. But the problem with the Germans is that they like radical innovation like their Americans; no way in hell a cyber truck been approved by the Volkswagen automotive group.

Truth be told whenever I go to Germany and Berlin; people feel a little bit stifled there, entrepreneurs hit an upper limit and upper ceiling. They would prefer to be in America instead. 

Even in Sweden, I’ve met a lot of entrepreneurs, but one thing I learned is apparently the tax structure there is too repressive, it makes it too difficult for sole proprietors and entrepreneurs to start off. 

Stainless steel

What is really fascinating about cyber truck is when you see it driving on the road, in full bright sun in Los Angeles. The way it refracts light  is really fascinating; it is really really shiny, but muted at the same time. Not like chrome which is too cheesy, stainless steel is a bit more matte, and subtle.

By the Culver City steps downtown, I actually met a dude who had a brand new cyber truck with the mat black rep street from the factory. It was cool, but I think I prefer the stainless steel;  from a Japanese craftsman aesthetic ideal; the materials must be honest. To wrap some things simply with a vinyl wrap is dishonest because the underlying nature of the material underneath is obscured. And also, the durability of even the best three vinyl car wrap is very poor; maybe three years tops. In theory with stainless steel, and the cyber truck, it will outlast you. 

The ultimate utility?

I like to troll Zillow for fun, looking at home prices, simply for fun and kicks. I don’t actually have any serious plans of purchasing any home for real.

I think a very funny thought is that in theory, cheaper and more efficient and effective to just live in your cyber truck, then purchase a home. It seems that the trunk is big enough.

 the only thing I can predict that might go bad is the battery overtime. But everything else should last practically forever.

Early adopter versus late adopter?

When is it useful to be an early adopter or a late adopter?

Well with bitcoin, or a lot of cryptocurrencies or crypto securities, having been an early adopter was a very good idea. For example, I still remember when I was in Vietnam in 2017, at one of my favorite coffee shops in Saigon; in the Japanese district, on zerohedge looking that bitcoin was $300 and $600 a bitcoin. Then I remember some funny headlines of a guy saying that he would eat his balls live on TV if bitcoin did not hit at least $1000 a bitcoin. 

I got into the game still pretty early, I think 2018, when bitcoin was still only about $6900 a bitcoin.

It’s never too late

People always be on the fact that it is too late to get into stuff; fitness, a new hobby, investing etc. But actually, today is always the best day.

For example, people now think that bitcoin is too expensive, they wish they bought it when it was cheaper. But then again, the people who bought it cheaper wish they bought it cheaper.

Health and fitness; not true. Even my 69-year-old mom started doing hard-core daily yoga with Cindy for a month, and she did it consistently every single day for 30 days straight, and it looks like my mom is not in the best shape of her life.

Also, I’m 36 years old, to my infamous thousand pound atlas lift at the age of 35; I feel like I was 100 times stronger at the age of 35, then even when I was in my mid 20s.

Apparently, when King Leonidas did his last stand against king xerxes and the Persians, he was in his 40s? 

There are also Spartan sayings, real Spartans sayings of Spartans with gray hair in their 60s, still putting on their helmet to go to war.

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Dollar supremacy?

Us technology supremacy

American Supremacy

2-3M people , 1 million people a week investing

Most popular asset ?

1/2 of American public owns Bitcoin?

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Base layer fin tech

The sentiment

Livy

History knowledge is power

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Smartphones and iPhones are useless without ChatGPT

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Make it stock again

Uncompetitive

Hypothecation

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Armored shell

693% vs 4.66 percent for gold

$1–> $136

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190% decade every year .

Sharp ratio?

Sharpe ratio?

Risk adjustment

95% of the gold was confiscated over the last 100 years

Gold slides

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Toyota sequoia?

693% in 9 months

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Binance

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Historical Performance

Objective clean slate

If bitcoin works, Gold won’t.

$4b choice –> price suppression

Rigging is child’s play

Legendary volatility

LeBron James at age 19–> more volatile, the more better

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Change your mind change your soul

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Seizure risk

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Hybrid is best?

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Independent thinking

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You buy it to hold for long periods of time

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Not running out with gold

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Only 21M!

If I have 16 bitcoin, what percentage of that is out of 21 million?
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All in

Inevitable?

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I don’t know

The laws of physics and technology dynamics

You cannot stop people using iPhones or the Internet or YouTube

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Rescue stranded energy

Never happened before in history

Global renaissance

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Follow the leader?

Borrow it don’t own it?

Bitcoin Owner

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Singapore AFFECTING America?

Innovation in other countries will drive up your property ***

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Market cap

Stock to flow goes to infinity

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Money is technology

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Technology issue

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Bitcoin is a money virus

Bitcoin is offense, 200% step

Next step is everyone ***

Strong money problem

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When Apple joins

Moral imperative

The greatest money app

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Life liberty and property

Digital transformation

Just rethink the whole thing

I think the critical fallacy here is that we are still stuck with the same old analogies of thinking.

For example, traditional K-12 education; why are we still thinking and behaving in the same way? Why these arbitrary regimented classes, with arbitrary subjects, none which I imagine will actually be useful when Seneca becomes 21.

Competing, competition is Bad

When we companies try to compete with others, we end up failing.

For example, two very bad news for Apple; first, the new Apple intelligence stuff, is trying to compete with ChatGPT, but it will end up getting destroyed.

Second, Apple Vision Pro, also very bad, it is trying to compete with Meta and the Meta quest, but Facebook and oculus had almost a seven year head start.

What Apple should be trying to do is to just focus on her core products; first, make the iPhone insanely great again. Now it sucks.

Think Your Own Mind

I believe the great tragedy that we have in the 21st-century is that people lack the chutzpah to think for themselves, by themselves, etc.

For example, if I think about traditional K-12 education, the primary focus should be teaching critical thinking, independent thinking, etc. Yet, traditional schools rather seem to be more about teaching obedience, grammar Nazi rules, etc.

For example, grammar. I think grammar is probably the biggest skins out there; some basic magic grammar is critical to just communicate basic things and ideas. Yet, when we enforce grammar for the sick grammar, we are missing the point.

For example, Seneca, at age 3 years, three months old; he knows Korean Vietnamese is in English, also Spanish. Yet, there is basic things I am teaching him like present future desires etc. These basic grammar rules are critical for higher order communication, but after that, grammar is not very necessary.

Also, street smarts, world Smarts.

What is the number one most critical thing in the child? Make sure your kid doesn’t die in a car accident, getting hit by a car, and also extreme caution while crossing the street etc.

Or when you’re babysitting or watching your nieces and nephews for the weekend; what is the number one most critical thing? Deliver them back in one piece, intact, alive. 

School?

The thing I am the most grateful for of studying college is the ability to unlearn, to challenge societal ideas. 

For example, I credit studying sociology at UCLA as an undergraduate for truly expanding my mind, and leading to almost all of my successes in my life. Why? Ironically enough, sociology is all via negativa;  sociology is all about unlearning, getting rid of nonsense from your mind, challenging traditional beliefs.

Even when I think about almost all aspects of my life, I have always pried myself in going against the green, challenging certain beliefs.

For example, all of my grand innovations in weightlifting, fitness, health, photography and open source, login, social media, and now bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

Why?

If you think about it, do you think about society as this ultra mega macro economic thing; day society isn’t about cultivating a few genuine thinkers, revolutionaries. Rather, it is all about creating mediocre, just kind of OK individuals.

For example, at Trader Joe’s the other day I saw a really funny T-shirt with an older guy wearing a T-shirt saying “the world’s okayest musician”.

Don’t be good, be great. – JAY Z

OK is bad?

What does it mean to be mediocre? Technically it just means the mean; the average, the middle. 

For example, I saw a very disturbing thing; I guess the evil Walt Disney corporation, which purchased marvel is now cobranding with the evil Coca-Cola corporation; selling your kids obesity, metabolic disease, type three diabetes (Alzheimer’s disease) and type two diabetes (purely a lifestyle thing). Essentially the new filter I have is this: 

Were your kids raised on Disney, Disney+, Netflix, Marvel superhero movies, YouTube, Bluey or not?

My greatest parent is that Seneca, ever since birth and up until now has never watched any YouTube, Netflix, senseless media or entertainment.

I often hear parents bemoan the fact that, it is so hard, everyone else is doing it. But just because everyone else is taking heroin and smoking crack cocaine, does that mean you should as well? Of course not. The best way to distinguish yourself is through what you decide not to do. 

Distinguishing yourself

The best way to proclaim who you are, or how to distinguish yourself how you are different, or how you are exceptional is through what you decide not to do, also in someways, rather than bragging about how much money you spent, it is better to brag about how little money you spend. 

For example, I’d like to brag how I have never spent more than $3000 USD on an automobile car in my entire life. My great joy, the recent 2010 Prius inherited from the family I got for free!

Also, my pride that I don’t have any sort of streaming TV services. Also the fact that I don’t use social media, and I don’t have an Instagram. My ultimate dad troll joke: 

When somebody asked me, “what’s your Instagram“? My response, in the serious voice and tone is this —

“What’s Instagram?”

I stare at people, blink, and they are not quite sure about how to respond.

Similarly speaking, your great signal of successes of photography or as a photographer is for you to NOT have an Instagram. If you could be a successful photographer without Instagram, you truly are successful. 


Bitcoin

When I purchase bitcoin for only $6900 in bitcoin, back in 2017 2018, only reason I could’ve ever invested speculated in bitcoin and cryptocurrency was that impact, I thought different. I think different,, for myself. It looks like my regulations have paid off. My bitcoin and crypto speculations have exploded; currently my net investments are easily over 1M. And looking forward, I won’t be too surprised when it is over 10M, or 100 M.

I think my big thought is thinking this:

> That thing I purchased today for $1000, could be worth 10,000 or $100,000 a few years from now.

For example, I saw that one of my neighbors just bought a new Porsche car, and I thought to myself, that 70,000 or $80,000 that you put towards our car today, could easily be worth 1 million or $10 million a few years from now.

Therefore, think an exponential; this is the true way to become rich.

Independent success 

I think and wonder to myself, true success is simply thinking different, being different, dressing different, acting different, lifting different, etc.

For example, all of my great successes in life were polar opposites to what traditional knowledge said. For example, when I told everybody that I was making all my materials available for free open source, people thought I was insane. The same goes with allowing full resolution images of all my images to be downloadable open for free.

And now, Mike grand idea of building the worlds first bitcoin based photography publishing platform; perhaps this will be my second great innovation. Email me: eric@erickim.com if you want to build the future together.


Why?

Ultimately, all thinkers, innovators, philosophers, or all centered around the same general idea of the betterment in the thriving of humanity. Everyone is doing this at a different way.

For example, Elon Musk, even though people are critical of him, ultimately what he wants to do is inject more optimism and hope into humanity. And this is a noble goal.

Steve Jobs, his ultimate vision was creating computers which became “bicycles for the mind”– essentially increasing the leverage of any human being by 100,000x.

Even more recently, my new favorite thinker Michael Saylor, I think his grand mission is economic empowerment. I am currently reading his decade old book, the mobile wave, and it looks like his primary benefit was studying the history of science as a 18-year-old at MIT; Reading the history of technology is in live and, because even for myself now at the age of 36, being born in 1988… I can very vividly see how my life was profoundly shaped by the Internet, the advent of blogging Facebook and social media, and now, my new Second Wave with cryptocurrency and bitcoin; having the privilege of Being alive and wise during the next grand uprising.

For example, Internet, blogging changed everything. It helped me build up the air Kim Empire. And now with bitcoin, cryptocurrency, Ethereum in the likes; maybe this could help me build the next true competitor to Facebook, Instagram etc —

The demise of Facebook is trying to build its own crypto lira, if Mark was really smart he would’ve just integrated bitcoin instead.

Maybe if I think even more ambitiously, I should just create the next social media platform, with bitcoin baked in.


Thinking big

I suppose the upside of living in America, or the modern day world, with the Internet and the like is the fact that there is no glass ceiling, no upper limits.

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