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ERIC KIM

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Podcast on photography, philosophy, and entrepreneurship.
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A Risker Life is a Better Life

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Every Photo You Shoot is in a Stream of Becoming
Photo by photo — each photo as part of a particle steam or wave. This means: It isn’t about a single photo, single moment, or even a contained photo “project” or set. All your photos as part of one continuum or stream: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2021/02/20/each-photo-you-shoot-is-part-of-a-stream-of-becoming/
02:33
February 21, 2021
The Photographer as Story Teller
As photographers we don’t just make photos, we make stories: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2021/02/17/the-photographer-as-story-teller/
02:31
February 17, 2021
WHY YOU MUST BUY RICOH GR III
I am convinced: if you desire to maximize your photographic ability, you must get RICOH GR III. Why? Let me outline some thoughts: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2021/02/15/why-you-must-buy-ricoh-gr-iii/
05:43
February 15, 2021
The 90%/10% Principle in Entrepreneurship
Simple principle and idea: Focus 90% of your strength on your ‘archimedes lever‘ (what you are insanely good at, and what you *already* are doing to maximize your impact) and then use your superfluous 10% of energy and focus on very risky, uncertain entrepreneurial ventures to expand yourself. This seems to be the optimal way to leverage your strengths, while still allowing yourself the opportunity to explore NEW ventures outside of your ‘domain expertise’. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2021/02/15/the-90-10-principle-in-entrepreneurship/
01:45
February 15, 2021
Why I Photographed the Birth of My First Child
On Feb 6th, 2:04am after an insane 52-hour labor from Cindy, Seneca Thiên Anh Kim was born into this world: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2021/02/13/why-i-photographed-the-birth-of-my-first-child/
08:55
February 15, 2021
How to Motivate Yourself to Photograph Again
No life without photos: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2021/02/01/how-to-motivate-yourself-to-photograph-again/
06:02
February 1, 2021
When in Doubt, Just Shoot It.
The more uninhibited you can shoot as a photographer, the better: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2021/01/28/when-in-doubt-just-shoot-it/ Simple idea: When in doubt, just shoot it. Also: When in doubt, shoot lots of different iterations of the same photo. You never know what a photograph will look like until after you’ve shot it. Thus, shoot things as a way to fulfill your own personal curiosity: I wonder what this will look like photographed, or as a photograph?
02:48
January 28, 2021
In Praise of Creative Repetition
Eternal creativity is the goal
06:29
January 19, 2021
MASTER MONOCHROME LECTURE PRESENTATION by ERIC KIM
MORE > Google Drive DL (mp4): https://drive.google.com/file/d/15DvU_NWPEubqEQpQ3hvBzGpuhVVwBPvM/view?usp=sharing PDF SLIDES: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MhYJmg-tWiut6KeciyRUW_J-l89TMgnt/view?usp=sharing ZIP of JPEG SLIDES: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1StQ9nSTavXZVNYGcL-xi3OKcerzOY--4/view?usp=sharing KEYNOTE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wt9ZhF3C3rVXAnEY56X2kltpzC7fYdD1/view?usp=sharing PPTX: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cCXhAsVz2mS9XRhEo38u7zUg8TfQm8Ap/view?usp=sharing
22:36
January 12, 2021
What if the Sole Purpose of Existence is to Be Creative?
Assuming that meeting our basic human needs is easy, then perhaps the best way to harness our human metabolism is towards artistic and creative ends? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2021/01/10/what-if-the-sole-purpose-of-existence-is-to-be-creative/
03:59
January 11, 2021
HOW TO CREATE MORE
Real ideas >
07:27
January 11, 2021
THE INTRINSIC JOY OF PHOTOGRAPHING
To photograph simply for the sake of it; this is sufficient! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2021/01/10/the-intrinsic-joy-of-photographing/
03:10
January 11, 2021
Why 2021 Will Be a Great Year for Your Photography
YOU GOT THIS > Dear friend, 2020 was a hell of a year. My deep optimism: 2021 will be a great year for your photography. Why I'm so optimistic Many reasons to be optimistic. Looks like we have produced a COVID vaccine much quicker than expected. I already know 3 people personally who have gotten the vaccine. I look at my photography, and have figured -- Even though I prefer to travel and make photos, I have been able to make very interesting photos while NOT traveling, or being in other 'exotic' places. The upside of monochrome A new realization: The joy of shooting monochrome is that it opens up more photo opportunities for us. What I mean is this: Because our lives have become more 'boring' and more 'normal' ... it is hard to find new visual stimuli or sources of things to photograph. But in monochrome... we can transform even the boring and normal things into interesting things to photograph. Monochrome is magic. I see a lot of normal 'boring' mundane things, and when I look at it and hold up my Ricoh GR III in high contrast monochrome mode, it transforms the thing into something far more interesting. It is almost like using a blacklight on normal surfaces. We take a common thing, and make it ultra-common (extraordinary) through photography. A chance for you to 'pivot' your photography To use Silicon Valley talk, the notion of 'pivoting' is good. Too often in photography we become trapped into a singular, reductive way to approach our photographic artwork. My optimistic thought: 2021 can be a great chance for you to 'pivot' your photography, and switch things up. For example, let us say that travel/street photography is your thing. But certainly your ability to travel in 2021 (with COVID) is greatly impacted. Thus, rather than bemoaning reality and complaining ... best for us to exploit our ('bad') situation to the maximum advantage. This means: Given my poor circumstances ... how can I best transform these 'downsides' to upsides in photography? For example, let us say you're stuck in quarantine at home, or just restricted in your small boring city or town. Perhaps use this to your advantage: It takes more skill to photograph really boring things and to transform them into interesting photos. Treat this as the ultimate 'creative constraint'. Or -- If you're stuck at home all day with your partner, kids, roommates, etc ... use this chance to start a 'quarantine' photography project of your family and/or loved ones. Time with loved ones is the ultimate non-renewable resource. To use 2021 to focus on family/friend photography is great. Creative photographic flourishing There are a few thing which bring me as much joy in life as photography. Simple things which have been incredibly fun for me: Designing more new e-books of my photos in Adobe Indesign, exporting the e-book into a PDF and sharing it with others. Using this chance to buff up my 'books' section. Chance to deep-dive into new photo books. Huge thanks to my buddy Mark for sending me a photo book on Gabriel Cuadallo (feels like a more poetic Henri Cartier-Bresson), which infused me with new photographic motivation in monochrome. If you're stuck in quarantine investing in new photo books is a great opportunity for you. For me in photography, buying books is th
03:52
January 3, 2021
New Year, New Photos
Great new photos await you >
08:56
December 30, 2020
LIFE IS INHERENTLY GOOD.
I'm glad I was born >
04:59
December 30, 2020
What Do You *Really* Want in Life? // Thoughts on Creativity
Don't get suckered >
16:06
December 23, 2020
CREATIVE OPTIMISM
Witnessing your growth as a creative >
11:47
December 17, 2020
BEATS by KIM
Open source beats >
04:35
December 15, 2020
Photography is Visual Poetry
Why photography? To me, photography is visual poetry. Visual poetry — visual sublime. Elevated mood, heightened joy and delight in life!
03:10
December 8, 2020
How to Become a More Optimistic Photographer and Human / Why California is Overrated
The thoughts of the day > In my opinion, I believe it takes more skill and courage to be hopeful, joyful, cheerful and optimistic than pessimistic and nihilistic. Our goal as photographers is to have motivation to shoot until we’re 120 years old. So how does one do this?
15:37
December 7, 2020
How to Make More Meaningful Black and White Photos
The goal ... to make more personally meaningful photos. Monochrome/black and white is an effective way. Learn More >
05:01
December 5, 2020
On Discovering Your Style as a Photographer
Your style in photography is always changing and evolving. As Heraclitus would have said: Your photos and style and creative/artistic vision is always in a stream of becoming. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/12/04/on-discovering-your-style-as-a-photographer/
04:38
December 4, 2020
How to Gain More Physiological Energy and Power
Not more 'happiness' or even more 'joy' in life ... more physiological energy, power, and force! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/12/04/how-to-gain-more-physiological-energy-and-power/
11:02
December 4, 2020
The Purpose is to Create
The end of life is to create >
00:57
December 2, 2020
Reality for the Sake of Photography
If reality existed simply for the sake of photography ... it is worth it! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/12/01/reality-for-the-sake-of-photography/
00:55
December 2, 2020
PRIDE IS A VIRTUE
The more pride you have in your self, and the more pride you exhibit, the better: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/11/29/pride-is-a-virtue/
01:58
November 29, 2020
ERIC KIM LIFE AND ARTISTIC PHOTO TURBO THOUGHTS: 30 minutes
To cross-pollinate and find inspiration in *everything* and anything ... isn't this the goal? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/11/24/eric-kim-life-and-artistic-photo-turbo-thoughts-30-minutes/
29:45
November 24, 2020
When is Stoicism Good? When is Stoicism Bad?
Long story short, stoicism is good for us right now:
02:56
November 19, 2020
WHAT IS YOUR END-GAME IN LIFE?
What is your end-game in life?
05:21
November 16, 2020
THE GLADIATOR MAKES HIS PLANS ONCE HE ENTERS THE RING
Words of wisdom from homeboy Publilius Syrus on 'planning'.
04:01
November 13, 2020
ATTACK
In life, best to attack than to just stay back. 
01:10
November 11, 2020
Physiological Joy, What is the Purpose of Photography, Money as a Tools for Artistic Experimentation
TURBO THOUGHTS GALORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/ 
20:08
November 10, 2020
GOLDEN UDDERS
Suck the golden milk of life.
02:01
November 3, 2020
Why Come Up with New Ideas?
No new ideas, no new life. 
02:44
October 29, 2020
WHY SEEK YOUR EQUALS?
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!
04:30
October 26, 2020
STRONG VS WEAK SOULS
Strengthen your soul. 
04:57
October 25, 2020
1 HOUR: ERIC KIM TURBO THOUGHTS AND PHOTO MOTIVATION
TURBO PHOTOS AND THOUGHTS. 
56:54
October 24, 2020
The Camera as a Totem for Power
The camera augments your own personal power.
06:06
October 22, 2020
Why Become Your Own Hype Man?
Hype yourself up!
07:50
October 22, 2020
HOW TO MOVE AND MOTIVATE PEOPLE
My greatest power and strength– having the ability and skills to motivate others. How does one motivate and move others? My thoughts: First strive to un-censor yourself to the maximum. Also strive to figure yourself out, and figure out how to motivate and move yourself to the maximum. Then once you are in an extremely strong and robust position, then use your superfluous energy to motivate and empower others. Share your thoughts widely on your own personal website-blog, your own YouTube channel, your own podcast, etc. Digital publishing is king.
03:47
October 20, 2020
SEEK YOUR OWN PERSONAL MAXIMAL BENEFIT INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING
A thought: In life, we have the option to complain or to NOT complain, especially when it comes to certain matters (within our power) and certain matters (outside of our power). Then it seems the most intelligent thing to do is this: Identify clearly what you can change in life (and change it), and ignore what you cannot change. The stoic-entrepreneurial idea!
01:07
October 20, 2020
MOTIVATION.
What is motivation? Moving people.
03:47
October 15, 2020
Manifest Your Destiny
This is what you were made for:
07:03
October 9, 2020
BUILD.
Just build it.
07:50
October 9, 2020
MORE PHYSIOLOGICAL POWER!
The goal -- not more money and resources, but more physiological power. How to gain more physiological power? More extreme intermittent fasting during the day No sugar, no carbs, no alcohol, no weed Eat more meat when you break your fast at night When you’re tired, just take a nap with eye mask Lift weights and become physiologically stronger
08:03
October 9, 2020
ADVANCE THE HUMAN RACE FORWARD
Are you dominant or submissive? If you desire to advance the human race forward ... you must be dominant.
09:37
October 7, 2020
CREATIVITY IS METABOLIC
To become more creative, focus on optimizing your human metabolism: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/10/06/creativity-is-metabolic/
06:31
October 7, 2020
DON'T LOSE MONEY!
The first principle rule to freedom and maximal joy, happiness and flourishing in your life:
08:36
October 7, 2020
VIRTUAL REALITY PHILOSOPHY
Virtual reality -- a great philosophical tool.
05:19
October 7, 2020
WHY I HAVE ZERO INTEREST IN HOME OWNERSHIP
The more things you own, the more things own you.
05:26
October 7, 2020
Supreme Repose
Via negativa bullshit from your life, as well as distractions, superfluous stresses; anything you can control.
11:52
October 6, 2020
SERVE YOURSELF
You are your own master:
09:03
October 2, 2020
Quarantine Creativity
Whether we like it or not, quarantine is the new way of life:
06:41
October 2, 2020
ERIC KIM VR THOUGHTS
Virtual reality -- good if we can use it as a philosophical tool to better understand and *AUGMENT* our humanity! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/10/01/eric-kim-vr-thoughts/
09:31
October 2, 2020
Future Creativity
Brave new world of future of creativity:
05:56
September 30, 2020
BRAVE NEW WORLD OF VIRTUAL REALITY
The future is already here:
07:15
September 29, 2020
Visual Entrepreneurship
Towards a brave new future of visual entrepreneurship:
03:02
September 27, 2020
ERIC KIM ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION FEEDBACK WORKSHOP - Photo Critique
A quick behind-the-scenes peek of how I give feedback on photos (online using ZOOM, and using the iPAD + Lightning to USB-C adapter to my MacBook Pro laptop):
01:03:18
September 27, 2020
Don’t Go to Photography School
Do not go to photography school. Serious waste of time and money. Better to just learn for yourself via trial and error, by experimenting by yourself, watching YouTube videos, and reading websites blogs and forums than to waste serious $$$ (and time) to go to photo school. I used to think: If you get a full ride, or you can go to photography school for free… it is a good idea. Now I take that back. Even if your photography education was fully-paid for and free … photography school is bad because: Waste of your time (4 years you can rather do something more interesting … Industrial Design major at RISD seems like a ‘real’ major you can actually learn true technical skills like 3D, etc). Your photos become generic. If you go to photo school, what will happen to you? You will become indoctrinated with the boring type of photo — apathetic, bored, and dis-interested photos of miserable people looking miserable. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/26/dont-go-to-photography-school/
06:54
September 27, 2020
CREATE THINGS YOU WISH TO SEE MANIFESTED IN THE WORLD
Perhaps this is what drives us as entrepreneurs and creators: What we currently see existing in the world is kinda lame, or ‘meh’ and we desire to create our own idealized things which we wish to see manifested in the world and in reality! Just make it!
03:31
September 26, 2020
DON’T BUY IT, BUILD IT!
We all like great designed things. Fancy watches, sports cars, bags, clothing, cameras, gadgets, tools, etc. But this is the problem with modern day capitalism-consumerism: We think we are artists when we select our own aesthetic tastes by going online or to the mall, and buying things which we think represents us as people, artists, and individuals. This ain’t good. Why? It limits you. This means your artistry or artistic self expression is limited by the things which already exist out there. But if you truly want to be a creator, innovator, or to push the needle forward … you gotta build it. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/26/dont-buy-it-build-it-2/
06:48
September 26, 2020
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE? According to ERIC KIM
Thoughts on life.
02:32
September 23, 2020
How to Maximize Your Archimedes Lever in Life
Simple: focus 90% of your energies on what you truly care for and you are passionate and good at, and invest the other 10% on other 'side projects' or 'side interests' which might become your strength! MORE >
04:57
September 23, 2020
ERIC KIM HACKER ETHOS
Just hack it.
12:51
September 22, 2020
What Improves Over Time and What Gets Worse Over Time?
What Becomes MORE Valuable Over Time, What Becomes LESS Valuable Over Time?
02:20
September 19, 2020
How to Transcend Your Sense of Self
The gist: Don't concern or worry too much about your own personal needs. Meet the bare minimum for your basic human needs, and devote the rest of your intellectual and creative metabolic energy towards greater ends! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/19/how-to-transcend-your-sense-of-self/
05:39
September 19, 2020
In Praise of Play
In life if you approached it like it were all fun and games ... wouldn't you be happier, more productive, more creative and more passionate about living? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/16/in-praise-of-play/
08:26
September 16, 2020
How To Make Photography Fun Again
Photograph like a child!
02:55
September 16, 2020
In Praise of Playing with Kids: Play Time with Zania and Anave - Park and Home Pillow Fort
In Praise of Playing with Kids For the most part, I FAAAR prefer interacting and playing with kids than adults. Why? We have soooo much more to learn from children: Their phenomenal sense of creativity, disregard for rules and ‘social tact’. They speak what is *really* on their mind. I wonder if children (if we observe their thought patterns and behaviors, etc) are the more *true* form of human being. The modern adult as simply a castrated, domesticated (herd) animal. Children are like wild beasts; is this our primal nature?
06:11
September 16, 2020
The Whitewashing of Society
First of all I don’t believe in “white” people. This makes no sense. I’m actually more pale and more “white” in skin tone than many Caucasian people (the more accurate term for a “white” person) as a Korean. So when I talk about “white washing”, what do I mean? I mean it is like applying bleach to anything which is saucy, interesting, enjoysome and “racy” and “inappropriate” in life to make it acceptable and “wholesome” to essentially placate over-protective parents, paternalistic members of the elite intelligentsia, and also to placate advertisers. MORE >
15:34
September 15, 2020
Change.
Why is change so scary and difficult? Why are we so reticent to change? My thoughts: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/15/change-2/ To change things or to change ourselves means: I must take some sort of real life risk and have some sort of ‘skin in the game’ in regards to my personal actions in embodied reality. It is safer to complain. Talk is cheap. Action is expensive. Expensive meaning: If you fuck up in real life, there are real consequences. However when you just complain, there is really no downside. Even when you complain, nobody will punish you for complaining. Actually it seems that 99% of social circles are just complaining parties. People come together, and love to complain about x, y, z. This is why I hate talking politics; it is all about complaining, no changing.
11:11
September 15, 2020
The Effort is the Reward
No effort, no reward.
08:50
September 14, 2020
What’s Overrated, What’s Underrated?
A thought the other day: What’s underrated in life, and what’s overrated in life? My thoughts: Sleep is underrated. Productivity is overrated. Cars are overrated. Walking is underrated. Shooting film is overrated. Shooting digital is underrated. Bench press is overrated. Deadlift is underrated. Leica is overrated. Ricoh is underrated. Tesla is overrated. Toyota is underrated. iPhone is overrated. iPad is underrated. Sunlight is underrated. Indoors is overrated. Email is overrated. Phone calls (audio only) are underrated. Merino wool clothing is underrated. Cotton is overrated. Sneakers are overrated. Barefoot is underrated. Reps are overrated. One rep max is underrated. MORE >
12:20
September 13, 2020
ERIC KIM AESTHETICS
My personal aesthetics.
07:13
September 10, 2020
THE FUTURE OF MONEY
The future of money is a question on the future of human trust and cooperation.
16:38
September 9, 2020
WHY WATER YOURSELF DOWN?
Would you mix a $10,000 bottle of wine with water? Of course not. So why water down your thoughts, your being and your own soul? THE COURAGE TO DECIDE.
04:23
September 9, 2020
Why is it so hard to meet others who have an opinion?
You must decide for yourself.
05:34
September 9, 2020
DECIDE.
The courage to decide.
05:13
September 9, 2020
BE A KID
In praise of child like thinking: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/08/be-more-like-a-kid/
05:33
September 9, 2020
DECIDE.
What is the most difficult thing in life? To decide. To put your foot down, and to take extreme culpability and extreme responsibility for your self and life. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/08/decide/
05:13
September 8, 2020
CREATE BEYOND YOURSELF
Simple thought and idea: Once you’ve made your own needs and wants uber-basic, then you can devote all your energy, time, mental space, mental power, and human metabolism on creating things *beyond* yourself. Note arsbeta.com (crowd sourcing real photography feedback). Why App — philosophical reflection tool. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/06/create-beyond-yourself-2/
08:24
September 6, 2020
On Leaving a Legacy
The best way to leave a substantive and enduring legacy: Don’t devote any of your life doing anything you hate for. Also … only doing that which you truly love and care for. And when you do what you do, share it openly and freely with others! In praise of OPEN SOURCE. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/06/on-leaving-a-legacy/
05:35
September 6, 2020
WHY JOBS?
Of course we need jobs to pay rent, feed ourselves, etc .. but with today's brave new COVID world, what is really the purpose of a job? For example for a lot of people, a job is their external identity and sense of self. For others it is a monetary thing; they have too much debt (debt is the devil) and cannot afford *NOT* to work (they are dependent on their job to pay off their bills, credit card debt, mortgage, additions to their house, car payments, etc). READ: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/06/why-jobs/
06:34
September 6, 2020
BUILD YOUR OWN EMPIRE OF YOURSELF.
You are the platform. You are the end goal. The goal ain’t to build some external empire in quick sand. No. The end goal is for you to build your own personal self to the max. More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/05/build-your-own-empire-of-yourself/
07:19
September 5, 2020
In Praise of Having Unrealistic Ideals for Yourself
Better to aim high and fail (and hit a higher mark) than to set a lower goal and hit it!
03:17
September 3, 2020
The Ethics of Self Esteem
Let us think beyond 'self esteem'. I feel the notion of 'self-estimate' as far more robust and accurate.  MORE
06:08
September 3, 2020
Advertising
Advertise yourself or die. 
05:00
September 3, 2020
Energy Vampires
READ > ENERGY VAMPIRES: people who TAKE and sap away more energy than they give you. Let us not be fooled: our energy (and life) is limited. Therefore be very very very very very choosy on who you decide to give your energy to (or not):
10:13
September 2, 2020
Individual Economics
An individualistic economics perspective: Don’t worry about world global and macro economics. Focus on your individual economics. Let us remember the first notion of “economics” is actually regarding home economics (Aristotle on Home Economics [Greek is Οἰκονομικά and Latin is Oeconomica]). “Oikos” as referring to “home”. Also Hesiod on home economics (Works and Days, and his theories on household management— like starting your own farm, getting a woman maid, getting an ox, etc). How to manage yourself, your household, etc. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/31/individual-economics/
10:49
August 31, 2020
WHAT DO MILLENIALS WANT?
From a millennial perspective: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/31/what-do-millenials-want/
05:53
August 31, 2020
On Discovering Your Own Voice
Your voice is your own voice and cannot and *should not* be changed. 
08:27
August 28, 2020
THERE IS NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE HUMAN BODY AND THE HUMAN FORM
When in doubt, prioritize your own body and personal form, physique and bodily composition above all.
04:43
August 28, 2020
Is it the Duty of the Strong to Help the Weak?
Why help others? Certainly it is not a universal 'rule' or duty for everyone. When it comes to duties, I believe all duties should be self-imposed. You only pursue a duty because you personally care for it, or because you personally have dictated to yourself: This is a worthy and worthwhile goal for me. I shall pursue it because I deem it worthy for me. For myself it has been simply a matter of my personal ethics: So many people have helped me get to where I am today and thus I feel it is my duty to also give back and pay it forward. Or in other words: Help other kids who were once in a position like me!
06:03
August 27, 2020
You're the Judge
To be 'critical' comes from the Ancient Greek 'kritikos' which literally means "to judge". Thus when it comes to any knowledge, informations, opinions or ideas... go to the source (primary documents, not human-centipede secondary documents) and judge for yourself. Think more >
09:41
August 26, 2020
Why is Laziness Seen as a Vice?
A further inquiry on why we think laziness is a vice: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/26/why-is-laziness-seen-as-a-vice/
09:37
August 26, 2020
Why Seneca
Seneca -- the ultimate doer-and philosopher. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/25/why-seneca/
05:42
August 26, 2020
The Anti-Meat Conspiracy
The Anti Meat Conspiracy Read Here I am convinced -- One of the worst ills in modern society is this vehement anti-meat bias. For example, ask yourself: If you are an intellectual, are you allowed to go to a dinner party and tell everyone outloud that "I love to eat meat!" No. You would be seen as a monster, someone who is killing the planet, etc. The more 'virtuous' thing is to be either vegetarian, vegan, or perhaps someone who only eats 'pasture-raised grass-fed humanely slaughtered' meat, preferably from Whole Foods or a farm, "once a while". Even more virtuous to "give up red meat"-- because it is 'bad for the planet', 'bad for your health' and 'inhumane to animals', etc. Why do I care about this? Now if you have a Netflix subscription you've probably seen one of the anti-meat propaganda films. I am not going to argue the ethics of meat eating in terms of environmental reasons (yet), but I desire to explore the contours of our strange new society which is profoundly dog-and-pet friendly, but anti-human? Are animal lives EQUIVALENT to human lives? First question. I say easily: No. No matter what, a human life will ALWAYS be infinitely superior to an animal life of any kind. If I had a choice of saving a stranger's baby's life or the life of my (beloved) dog, I would always choose the life of the human being ... even if it weren't my own kid.
09:44
August 25, 2020
ERIC KIM RANDOM TURBO THOUGHTS
The best thoughts are random, unfiltered and raw: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/25/eric-kim-random-turbo-thoughts/
13:33
August 25, 2020
Just Say What is On Your Mind
The best life: Maximal freedom of speech, activity and thought. What should we atone for most? Self-censoring ourselves … lacking the courage to say what is *really* on our mind: More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/25/just-say-what-is-on-your-mind/
09:15
August 25, 2020
WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT OUT OF LIFE?
We are being distracted to death which prevents us from asking the simple (yet essential) question: What do I really want out of life? More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/25/what-do-you-really-want-out-of-life-2/
08:47
August 25, 2020
The Philosophy of Conspiracies
Why do some people soooo badly want the conspiracy theories to be true? Because it gives them some sort of comfort knowing that they can scapegoat someone else (Peter Thiel, Rene Girard) for their own suffering, pain, and existential dread: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/25/the-philosophy-of-conspiracies/
08:41
August 25, 2020
Bodily Eumorphia
You must first love your body before you begin to love yourself. Also — Your body *IS* YOU! Also: No matter how rich or powerful you are, you can never transform your body to be anything else but what it is. Also: I have never met any person who loves their body, face, or look. More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/24/bodily-eumorphia/
20:56
August 24, 2020
Ethics.
The sad reality: Nobody cares for ethics because it doesn’t make money and isn’t lucrative. But just because it ain’t lucrative doesn’t mean that it is not important or illegitimate! More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/23/ethics/
03:37
August 23, 2020
Money Moves You
Money: Codified human-metabolism-movement power. If money can be used as a tool to motivate people to do x, y, z for you … it is good. It is true that money makes the world go round Or better said: Money moves people. More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/23/money-moves-2/
07:13
August 23, 2020
Balance isn’t the Goal
If we were perfectly balanced, technically we are stuck in a state of stasis. Progression movement and growth only works if we are unbalanced … leaning towards a certain way! An anti-hippy, zen-Buddhist-Taoist modernistic notion of “enlightenment”. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/23/balance-isnt-the-goal/
05:02
August 23, 2020
Become Rich
The simplest guide on becoming rich and wealthy: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/22/become-rich/
05:20
August 22, 2020
How to Retire
Personal thoughts on retirement, the philosophy and how to do it
08:12
August 21, 2020
Life After Retirement
What is a life post-retirement? A life which is more carefree, less busy. Slower. Only pursuing what you care for. No need for a monetary incentive to do ... anything!  Contrary to popular belief ... after you retire you can actually become *MORE* creatively productive with your own personal interests and passions in life!  More >
05:38
August 21, 2020
Work Flow
My philosophy on work flow: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/20/work-flow/
03:24
August 21, 2020
ARE COMPUTERS MADE FOR HUMANS OR ARE HUMANS MADE FOR COMPUTERS?
Let us not get suckered. Computers should be 'bicycles for the mind' (Steve Jobs). Don't think that humans can be made redundant. We can get rid of all computers with zero downside. But can we get rid of all humans with no downside? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/20/are-computers-made-for-humans-or-are-humans-made-for-computers/
03:51
August 20, 2020
Skepticism.
To become wiser, become *MORE* skeptical of everything. Also — know that ‘absence of evidence isn’t absence of evidence’ (Nassim Taleb). There is much hidden information unbeknownst to us. Hidden facts which are hidden from us. “The truth is hidden deep, otherwise it wouldn’t be the truth” (Heraclitus) MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/20/skepticism-2/
09:13
August 20, 2020
What Do You Really Want Out of Life?
Nobody really knows what they want out of life. Some people want to be 'happy' or to maximize their hedonic pleasure. But ... shouldn't we think *BEYOND* these base pleasures, and towards something deeper and more profound? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/20/what-do-you-really-want-out-of-life/
07:07
August 20, 2020
Only Create What You Care For
Towards a more autotelic (self-driven) approach to life: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/20/only-create-what-you-care-for/
04:25
August 20, 2020
Why it is Better to Beg for Forgiveness than Ask for Permission
‘Top Off’ JAY Z song.“I see the po-po behind me, I ain’t ‘gon stop!'” (JAY Z) 99.9% of the time you ain’t gonna get ‘in trouble’. Also — most people are too slow. Don’t let anyone slow you down! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/20/why-it-is-better-to-beg-for-forgiveness-than-ask-for-permission-2/
06:36
August 20, 2020
Just Share Your Own Personal Truth with Others
In life there ain't no right and wrong. The best goal is to simply share your uncensored personal truths with others. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/19/just-share-your-own-personal-truth-with-others/
04:04
August 19, 2020
ERIC KIM WORKOUT MOTIVATIONAL TALK
I think perhaps my Archimedes lever is motivating others and of course my self. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/19/eric-kim-motivation/
21:03
August 19, 2020
Why Am I So Unmotivated?
Because I need a reason to move ... if I do not have a reason, I will not move! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/19/why-am-i-so-unmotivated/
07:33
August 19, 2020
SELF RESPECT
SELF RESPECT is the most robust (and only form) of respect you need. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/19/self-respect-3/
06:44
August 19, 2020
All News is Fake News
Let us not get suckered: All news is fake news. What do I mean by this? Well– All news is cherry picked and taken out of context in order to maximize clicks and advertising revenue Often we cherry pick what people said rather than what they *meant to say*. More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/17/all-news-is-fake-news/
09:38
August 17, 2020
Could Nationalism be the Solution to Racism?
My thoughts: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/16/could-nationalism-be-the-solution-to-racism/
09:49
August 16, 2020
How to Effectively Administer Propaganda
You cannot get a certain message to spread or stick without propaganda: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/16/how-to-effectively-administer-propaganda/
07:19
August 16, 2020
Bitter is Better
In life, foods, and almost everything in life … bitter is better. For example coffee is sweet and enjoyful to us because it is bitter (small dose of poison, hormesis). Also, bitter greens (kale, collard greens) are only “healthy” to us because it is bitter (bitter substances stimulate our body’s physiological response). Similar in real life, it is the bitter experiences which make us better and improve us. A life with no bitterness, sadness, sorrow, pain or suffering isn’t a life worth living.
09:29
August 13, 2020
So What?
Let us say all the hoaxes, conspiracy theories or whatever is true. Then what? Like Andy Warhol said: Whenever I was criticized in life, I would just ask myself: “So what?” This fixed a lot of things. This is my point of interest. Let us say all the isms which exist in America and beyond are true and irrefutable. Then the question comes: So what are you gonna do about it? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/13/so-what/
07:55
August 13, 2020
How to Thrive in Today's Brave New Covid World
In times of extreme stress are the best opportunities for you to thrive: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/13/how-to-thrive-in-todays-brave-new-covid-world/
05:54
August 13, 2020
Rich Photographer, Poor Photographer
To be rich and poor is mostly a mindset thing: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/12/rich-photographer-poor-photographer/
08:15
August 12, 2020
Why Monochrome is the Future
Why I'm betting big on monochrome: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/11/why-monochrome-is-the-future/
04:11
August 11, 2020
Greedy for the Gains
Why I’m so greedy for the gains: 1. ‘Greed’ is subjective The big problem: People tend to think that ‘greed’ means “evil”. But this is nonsense. Any human being who doesn’t want more is either mentally or physiologically sick. A human (and life in general) is about growth, augmentation, becoming bigger, better, and more. More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/11/greedy-for-the-gains-2/
07:18
August 11, 2020
The Future of Lifestyle
hat is the future of lifestyle? My thoughts: No travel More time stuck indoors The importance of mental and physical/physiological health Money as less important (why save up for a home, if you know that staying home all day sucks?) Existential dread — more people trying to find a purpose or direction in their life More people who want to be creative while stuck in quarantine A great chance to start blogging, vlogging, and just sharing whatever interests you.
05:49
August 10, 2020
Purposeful Productivity
The goal ain't work for work sake. The goal is to only work on things you truly care for (what you got your heart in). The goal is purposeful productivity: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/10/purposeful-productivity/
01:58
August 10, 2020
The Psychology of an Internet Troll
Contrary to popular belief, most of the (good) internet trolls are actually highly intelligent, motivated, smart, and educated individuals. But why do they troll? Some of my thoughts: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/10/the-psychology-of-an-internet-troll/
06:23
August 10, 2020
How to Work More
How I do it: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/10/how-to-work-more/
09:14
August 10, 2020
Movement is Motivation
Movement is the goal. To move the human mass. Movement should better be thought of as “motivation”— the initial motive force that gets us humans moving and going! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/10/movement-is-motivation/
05:02
August 10, 2020
Why I Don't Read Comments
I don't think I've ever read a comment online (or even in real life) which has personally benefitted me -- whether it be a positive one or negative one. No great ideas are created via committee. Avoid the trap of trying to placate others. Have extreme faith in yourself, your own ideas, and propagate them widely: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/09/why-i-dont-read-comments/
03:16
August 9, 2020
All Press is Good Press.
How did Trump win? Easy; the liberal media gave him probably $1 trillion dollars worth of free marketing and advertising. Humans aren’t rational or objective. We are emotional beings. This means: As as long you’re in the media spotlight, you will win. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/09/all-press-is-good-press/
07:51
August 9, 2020
In Praise of Productivity
Towards a 'via negativa' notion of productivity: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/09/in-praise-of-productivity/
04:01
August 9, 2020
BITCOIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCY FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Why I bought Bitcoin (BTC) and Digibyte (DGB) and think cryptocurrency (and other forms of crypto, like digital ledgers) are the future for photographers and this brave new digital economy: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/08/bitcoin-and-cryptocurrency-for-photographers/
09:21
August 8, 2020
Happiness 101
Happy hacks: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/08/happiness-101/
04:27
August 8, 2020
The Future of Living
The brave new world of (future) living: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/08/the-future-of-living/
11:37
August 8, 2020
PUT YOUR FACE ON IT
No real identity, no real opinion:
03:29
August 7, 2020
Why Blogging, Vlogging and Internet Media is More Important than Ever
Or in other words: Yes, your opinion is valuable! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/07/why-blogging-vlogging-and-internet-media-is-more-important-than-ever/
03:54
August 7, 2020
Why I Don't Schedule
To schedule is less wise. Better to takes a 'Bayes' approach -- a combination of tinkering with your schedule, going with the flow, following your gut (and legs) and not putting yourself into a 'Procrustean bed' of a (boring and rigid) schedule. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/07/why-i-dont-schedule/
05:42
August 7, 2020
Real Life is the Ultimate Video Game!
We all love video games. But ... life (real life, embodied reality) is *THE* best video game! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/07/real-life-is-the-ultimate-video-game/
04:08
August 7, 2020
Photography Marketing 101
No marketing, no future: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/07/photography-marketing-101-2/
04:10
August 7, 2020
WHY IS EVERYONE SO FAKE?
Because most people are either cowards (no skin in the game), or their opinion (online) depends on advertising, revenue, sponsorship, etc: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/06/why-is-everyone-so-fake/
01:35
August 6, 2020
Why I’m So Suspicious of Everyone Online and on the Internet
My thoughts: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/06/why-im-so-suspicious-of-everyone-online-and-on-the-internet/ As long as someone monetizes their YouTube channel with advertising or their own website-blog with ads … don’t trust them. Why not? They cannot truly be 100% free with their thoughts, in fear of losing sponsorship or advertising revenue. More trust of people who are either independently wealthy, have a random side-job (plumber, janitor, cleaner, construction worker) than someone who is employed with the aesthetics of their body composition. No trust in ‘fitness experts’ who hasn’t publicly admitted to steroid usage. This is why I trust CALUM VON MOGER more than other guys, because he has openly admitted to steroid use! Or in other words: Only trust assholes. Don’t trust ‘nice guys‘.
08:16
August 6, 2020
Workout in a Spirit of Fun!
There is No Proper Form
09:01
August 5, 2020
Why I Love Working Out
I would PAY MONEY for the *PRIVILEGE* to workout. To me, human grandeur and apex happiness is not possible without working out and eating lots of delicious meat: MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/05/why-i-love-working-out/
02:16
August 5, 2020
In Praise of Masculinity
If you're a man, it is good to be masculine. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/05/in-praise-of-masculinity/
08:27
August 5, 2020
What Are Your Life Goals?
And even once you achieve your life goals, then what? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/03/what-are-your-life-goals-2/
02:48
August 4, 2020
JUST FOLLOW YOUR GUT.
More wisdom in your stomach, legs, and intuition than your 'brain'. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/02/just-follow-your-gut/
03:56
August 2, 2020
How I Talk with Strangers
I love talking to strangers. Why? And how do I do it? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/01/how-i-talk-with-strangers/
02:29
August 2, 2020
Social Fear Aversion Therapy
One of the worst ills of ‘Gen Z’ kids: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/31/social-fear-aversion-therapy/ They cannot make eye contact, have poor social skills. Even us ‘Millenials’. We cannot make eye contact. We always got our AirPods in. It is not considered ‘cool’ to talk to strangers. Worse yet, most people don’t got the guts (or social skills) to talk to strangers. But what is the real problem here? Twofold: Modern society doesn’t encourage talking to strangers or interacting with strangers (stranger danger) Technology and our phones make us socially averse to other people.
02:43
July 31, 2020
Why the Truth is Overrated
Instead of seeking the 'truth', better to pursue just having the power to create art!
03:31
July 30, 2020
Consistency.
I have high expectations of others. A big one: One’s back-stage self should be the same as one’s front-stage self. In other words: Don’t talk a certain way behind the scenes and talk a different way in front of the camera. Make it the same. Make yourself consistent: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/30/consistency/
07:06
July 30, 2020
Mental Hygiene
We talk much now about physical hygiene (in today's brave new COVID world), but how come we never talk about *mental hygiene* -- in the context of mental health?
01:55
July 30, 2020
Fear Marketing 101
The general gist of fear marketing: More effective to drive people towards certain decisions and behaviors based on fear, rather than praise-reward-encouragement. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/29/fear-marketing-101/
08:29
July 30, 2020
Ideologies Are Prisons
Avoid all ideologies and "-isms"; they all tend to be a trap. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/29/ideology-is-a-prison/
02:48
July 29, 2020
Fear Marketing
https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/28/fear-marketing-is-the-most-effective-form-of-marketing/
02:02
July 29, 2020
Why I Don't Trust the Internet
There will always be implicit bias on the internet; just follow the money! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/26/why-i-dont-trust-the-internet/
06:43
July 27, 2020
True Friend
True friend: someone who legitimately wants what is best for YOU, not for them. 
04:09
July 26, 2020
In Praise of Capitalism and Consumerism
Everyone has told us that capitalism and consumerism is evil. But truth be told, capitalism and consumerism and international trade/finance has probably led to more tolerance as well as more peace. As a pacifist (I am anti-war), I prefer a world with more tolerance and mutual peace. As unjust and cruel as capitalism is, it seems to be the least bad system to promote global tolerance and peace. More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/26/in-praise-of-capitalism-and-consumerism/
06:48
July 26, 2020
Anti Body Body Shaming
If you got a great body, share it! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/25/anti-body-body-shaming/
03:23
July 25, 2020