How to Live a Better Life 

People have the wrong thought and assumption that somehow… having more money will make them live a “more” better life. This is not the case.

Here this is where critical thinking, physiology, practical thinking comes into play. I think if your true goal is to live a better life, you gotta think about physiology, environment, life in general, not money. 

The sun?

Probably the greatest realization and discovery that me Cindy and Seneca had recently was the discovery of the California science center, taking the metro, and being able to access it all simply while jumping on the metro, not having to drive at all. The reason why this is such a big deal is that Truth be told, this life workflow has brought 1 million extra joy to my life.

Why?

First, there is all this talk about cities of the future etc., and the truth is taking the metro, will indeed provide you with a “better” life.

How and why? 

First, contrary to the traditional antisocial behavior modernist line of thinking, the truth is people are actually much happier when they are kind of surrounded by people, or at least adjacent to other people.

For example, when you’re on the metro, being able to just be surrounded by other human bodies is actually strangely comforting, fun, and even the last few times that we have all taken the metro together, we had discovered some really cool people! Small talk, meeting new folks has been extremely uplifting.

Second, physiology. Thought to myself; we know that is bad, and that is good… I thought of this invention of a standing car. We have standing desks, walking treadmill desks, why not the equivalent for transportation?

Surprisingly, it exists! The metro!

When you’re riding a metro, you could be straight up, and even walk around the cabin. The reason why this is so useful is that your physiology has improved by 1 billion x.

Also, thinking about your kids; kids love the metro! Actually which is funny; adults, we all dream about owning a certain type of car, but, kids don’t really care about ownership; they care more about experiences.

For example, the first time we jumped on the metro from the Culver City station, it was probably the most joy I’ve ever seen in Seneca’s face and his life.

Why? When we are walking around the metro, he always sees the metro going around, but I don’t think he actually really knew you could actually go on it. And once he is on it, it is so exciting and fun!

First, it is actually really really fast. A lot faster than driving, even if there is no traffic, which is an impossible in Los Angeles, even on Saturdays and Sundays.

Second, you get a really really cool elevated view of Los Angeles. I find it actually really exciting to jump on the metro, because what we have going for us in Los Angeles, is that our metro is above ground, which means that we are not trapped underground like the mold people in New York City. I think the reason why people don’t like the metro in New York City is that you have to go underground, in Los Angeles, it is all above ground, which means that you get lots of natural light, and great view of the city.

what is the purpose of human beings?

I think this is the question which has pled flossers for thousands of years. The truth is that we are here, this is a fact. Now what?

A lot of these loser existential philosophers wonder, why are we here? 

I believe that this line of thinking is a waste of time. Much more productive to consider, now that we are here, what should I do with my life?

I think most people approach life the following way:

How do I progress through life with a minimal amount of pain, sorrow, and suffering… and maximize my base pleasures? 

For example, people do the pain in the sorrow of modern day living with painkillers, antidepressants, marijuana, television and media, music, podcast, going to festivals, going to burning man, psychedelics, alcohol, drugs etc. Modern day soma. 

Ideas

First, the simple thought is in regards to transit, getting around, tried to figure out whether you could do it all while standing, or walking, etc.

Even my critique about riding a bicycle is that it forces you to sit. Anything which forces you to sit is bad. 

Second, think the sun. I watched this insanely inspiring IMAX film at the California science center with Santa and Cindy, called deep space, and the general thought about it was that the sun was the epicenter of all life at least in our galaxy.

And then the turbo thought I had:

Think Heat.

We also saw the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit, and he attempted to create a perpetual machine, but as we all know, it is impossible and it doesn’t work and it feels because much of motion is actually lost to heat.

Which made me think, is motion, power, life, just heat?

Even one of the easiest modern day ways to make your life better is to crank up the heat! I find that people have this foolish optimization in life in which they subject themselves to terrible cold in order to “save money”. But don’t these fools realize that converting your money into heat, for your home is probably the wisest trade?

Therefore, ways to heat up your life include creaking up the heat at your house, doing hot yoga, or investing in insulation for your home, or just wearing insulated clothes. For example set up buying a new BMW or Tesla, just buy a brandnew Canada goose jacket! 

Food?

The difficulty with prices is that it is all framing.

For example, the big issue with apps, digital things that nobody wants to pay money for an app. Or a game. Because it is digital, we all think and hope and wish that it should be free. Why? The reproduction of digital things are technically free, but The big issue here is that the cost of production and maintenance is high. As a consequence, nobody likes to pay for digital things.

This is here where the subscription model has become interesting; I think people are actually more willing to pay for a subscription than to actually pay for a digital good.

The halving!

The bitcoin halving is happening very very soon, on April 20. Don’t be left behind.


Finance thoughts?

What is it that people in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, California, or whatever like to complain about or comment on? The cost of living.

For example, rent, rent prices, as well as buying a house, homeownership, single-family homes, condos etc.

As of now, I still think it is wiser to rent a more expensive place in an insanely desirable neighborhood, with the ultimate 100% walk ability score, then on a home, even a very good home in a non-walkable area.

Why in terms of your personal happiness, walking is insanely positive for your happiness. The more you walk the happier you will be.

Food

Grass fed beef, grass fed ground beef, they sell them at Costco for really cheap! Get the grass fed ground beef patties, in the frozen owl at Costco. Probably the best deal on the planet. Why breast fed beef? From a practical perspective, naturally cattle consume grass, not corn. Therefore, the real thought is if you consume cattle that was naturally fed grass, as nature intended it, shouldn’t it have superior nutrition, which will better nurse issue in terms of your overall health, well-being, how will you sleep, your energy levels etc.? Don’t be like one of these foolish people “calories “, consuming 2000 cal of Twinkies is different than consuming calories of ribeye steak or bone marrow.

Scientism

True science is critical thinking and first principles thinking.

For example, a true scientist is not foolish enough to believe calories in calories out, the insanely foolish idea that somehow the average human being “burns” 2000 cal a day, and if one keeps their calorie consumption to below 2000 a day, somehow he or she will not get fat.

The reason why most scientists are foolish is that they think scaler, numbers in numbers out, rather than dynamics.

The truth about that, getting fat, pudding on post fat tissue is it has to deal more with hormones, insulin levels, sugar and starches then it does with calories.

Also, I think the whole thing about protein overblown. I think actually, if you’re true goal is to put on muscle mass, and to become more muscular and dominant, the true goal is actually cons more dietary cholesterol, and beef liver, organ meats, etc.

 For example, loser Bill Gates is trying to get all of us to eat less meat, to consume more of a “plant based” diet“. But let us consider what he looks like, just google it, Google images what Elon Musk tweeted “the quickest way to kill your Boner”– (picture Bill Gates, with his obese morbidly obese stomach jutting out. )

Sleep

What is my definition of maternity, or the modern day man?

Somebody who trades his or her health for money and productivity. 

For example, anybody who sacrifices their sleep in order to finish their work relay tasks, or to be more productive, is a slave to this system.

My very very very simple suggestion is when you get home after work, or when the sun goes down or whatever, turn off your devices 100%. Turn off your phone, all the way off, turn off the iPad etc.

Instead, the best way to wind down in the evening is take a really really hot bath, or take a really really hot shower, read a book or whatever. Try to hit a new meat PR, a new meat personal record, how many pounds of grass fed ground beef can you consume in one sitting? 

Media is toxic

I’ve also found that one should have a strict cut off time for consuming media. My funny thought is actually the best time to consume me any sort of media, watching a movie or Netflix is actually first thing in the morning. Why? Media is insanely stimulating, and will disturb your sleep, Because a lot of these plot lines in these shows and boobies keep your brain running even late at night.

If you want to watch a movie or show, do it while drinking or consuming your morning coffee.

Anti screens?

The other day Cindy Seneca and I visited the Tesla store in Santa Monica, and some thing I never realized:

Looking at the touchscreen LCD display in a Tesla at nighttime really hurts your eyes.

That alone made me think, because sensitive to light, never buy a Tesla. 

Even one surprising thing that I personally love about my 2010 Prius is that there is no glaring LCD screens. And also you could easily turn off the display if you want to. I am a tech whiz, but I couldn’t intuitively figure out how to dim the screen of the Tesla LCD screen; Not good.

iPad is bad for kids?

Send because now three years, one month old, and I am actually very very happy that ever since he was born, he has never watched YouTube, any of these dumb shows or whatever. As a consequence, he is not subjected to any media.

The only apps I consider good for the iPhone or the iPad is GarageBand, switch playgrounds on the iPad, and more recently, I’m a big fan of the poly bridge 2 app; Seneca loves the physics. 

However ultimately, at times I’m considering just throwing away my iPad Pro in the trash. Why? Even when he is doing something “educational”, like learning about physics on the iPad, he is static and still, and actually a big problem about kids on an iPad is when they are so focused on it, they will often pee in their pants, they forget their bodily controls.

Airport, my suggestion is if you’re going to be a new parent or whatever, the simple thoughts:

  1. Never buy your kid an iPad, a stupid Amazon tablet, whatever.
  2. on your iPhone, never install the YouTube app, uninstalled it immediately. It is like giving your kid heroin.
  3. On the iPhone, the only app you should let them play with is GarageBand.

The real world

At the age of 36, looking back at my childhood, my only regrets is how much time I wasted watching TV, and playing video games. The truth is only reason why I played so many video games to watch so much TV was that my mom was at work all day, and my dead dad was just watching TV all day, so I had no parental supervision, overseeing, Nobody to guide me in real life.

As a consequence, my number one tip is the best way to be a good parent is when you’re with your cat at the park, turn your phone all the way off, and just lock it in the glove compartment before you go out to play. Or when you’re at home, once again turn your phone all the way off.

One idea I am actually very committed to is I will never buy Seneca an iPhone, not even in high school. If you ever wants one, I’ll just tell him to get a job and buy one himself.

Maybe if he somehow doesn’t need a phone down the line, I will buy him a phone. Or just try to schedule in such a way that he doesn’t need a phone.

The future is physical

 whenever Seneca plays well at the park, is running around good, going on hikes with me etc.… I feel overjoyed. The days I feel bad is when it is raining outside, and we can’t go out.

Ultimate privilege of any child or human being or adult is the privilege of being physical. The privilege of walking 30,000 steps a day, the privilege of interacting in the real world. Let us think, if you’re real life was an RPG, would you want to be stuck in your apartment all day, or conquering the real world?

ERIC


The Bitcoin market

Demand shock, supply shock

Borrow money buy Bitcoin

Bitcoin long investors

Pursue more Bitcoin

Volatility & opportunities

Digital Money

Think Digital

Unlocking value

I don’t want my thoughts to be derailed


I think the reason why I like to wake up early, before anyone else does, and then drink coffee, thing, walk around, either Vlog or jot down notes is because I don’t want my thoughts to be derailed by an external issues at hand.


You know best; never do anything to just make other people happy or make them feel at peace or restful;


Financial Thoughts 

Some finance, financial thoughts on my mind; how and why does finance matter?

What is the etymology of finance?

First of all, it seems that the etymology for the word finance is centered around the notion of a fine, the end, “finis”–

If you take this metaphorically, maybe finance, personal finance is all about the banks, these credit unions, issuing debt, and if you don’t pay the monthly payments, the ransom, the settlements, you will be charged a penalty.

Also taken more artfully; perhaps we should consider the end of finance, the end of money etc.

Money for the sake of what? 

Recently I listened to the interview of Michael Saylor with Lex Fridman, I both watched the video YouTube podcast recording, and then ultimately I just read the transcript. One of the big takeaways was this:

Money is solidified labor, solidified energy and power.

For example, all of the money value that created over the last that give herself, traveling the world doing workshops, creating and selling products etc., ultimately all this money end up becoming solidified and codified into money.

Bitcoin as the most exciting thing since PayPal?

The reason why I have been very grateful to be alive at the time that I was, when I first started teaching workshops, I was easily able to create a PayPal payment by it now, in order to collect money from teaching workshops. The very very nominal 2.9% transaction fee to me was nothing; Essentially if PayPal did not exist, I would collect zero dollars, 0%. So 2.9% out of 100% to me is nothing. As long as the fee is less than 10%, I am happy.

One thing which is really cool about Coinbase, and I suppose a lot of these mainstream crypto market fund platforms is that you can easily purchase corn or whatever crypto with your US dollars or traditional bank account money, and also if you wish to, cash it out back into Fiat currency, if you want.

Even more interesting is the new Coinbase debit card visa card, in which you could essentially just use it to draw from your crypto reserves, to buy groceries at Costco or whatever. I think that I have yet been able to do is figure out a workaround or hack to have the Coinbase debit Visa card pay for rent; but beyond this, it is pretty phenomenal.

Why is it so damn hard to move money?

OK, some simple things; if I want to send money, either to myself from a different bank account, a simple wire transfer, whether domestic or international, why does it require me talking to a bunch of random people on the phone, wasting about 3 to 5 hours of my life, sometimes on the phone or sometimes in person, and sometimes having my money stuck in arbitrage, with some random person in the Back door of an office in the Philippines in Manila, “reviewing” my case, ensuring that my wire transfer is not a scam or fraud, before the transaction actually goes through?

Banks are the new gatekeepers, the new DRM digital rights management

OK, I have always been passionate about this open source notion, open source information, open source knowledge etc. Even what Saylor.org — Michael Saylor is doing with his open source information knowledge wisdom, is very admirable.

I think a huge point of enthusiasm and reinvigorated passion that I got from the Michael Saylor Lex Fridman  interview is Moores law, the immense power of the dematerialization of things. 

For example, when it comes to aviation, rockets to the moon, whatever… Why is this all the same same? The fundamentals materials of aluminum hasn’t changed for almost 40 or 50 years, in the general shape of airplanes have not changed at all either. The only really big innovation that I think we’ve had during my lifetime is Tesla, and electric vehicles; but still if you think about it, the overall shape of cars, even the Tesla cars are pretty similar to what we already got, albeit much better. 

Also a grand dismay that I have in regards to homes, real estate, etc.; why is it that homes have not really changed, even the new constructed ones? Maybe the only big innovations I’ve seen in house and home design is having your kitchen door patio thing open up directly Into the backyard or whatever, maybe have a pool or whatever, but that’s it. Why not any sort of Buckminster Fuller, geodesic, or even my own personal vision, a glass cube on top of a hill?


How bitcoin benefits from Moore’s law

I think a really big thing about bitcoin and Moore’s law is that anybody with the $50 smart phone or device can handle it, storage, in essentially the custody or the ownership of your money or your keys or whatever is a simple password that you can memorize in your brain. Or another thing which is good with Apple ID, your thumbprint, biometric data is that it is pretty difficult to fake a thumbprint; iron vision that a thumbprint is actually more secure than Face ID ID.

For example, I currently have an iPad Pro M1 chip, and already, the Face ID is busted. However compare this to my $299 iPhone SE; the thumbprint is secure. So even as much as I like to like the new iPhones, maybe just sticking to thumb ID is a better idea in terms of security. 

Once again, digital property, materials cannot increase at a rate of 2X year over year or whatever more law is. Yet, bitcoin, crypto, digital money can.

Or even some other basic good things; crypto could be treated every second, every day, doesn’t matter if weekend or weekday. Isn’t it strange that even in 2024, today’s capital markets, the markets are closed on Saturday and Sunday? Come on, we live in the world of self driving cars, robots, Artificial intelligence, ChatGPT etc.; why are we still in the stone ages in terms of finance?

Are you going to use your gold bars to buy a home?

It seems that one of the great real assets that people eventually aspire to have our own or procure is a home, property, ideally a single-family home. It also seems the truth is any people whose first homes a condo, secretly hopes that they had bought a single-family house, or they’re just saving up more money in order to buy a single-family house.

Owning a condo is like glorified renting 

I suppose one of the benefits being raised the way I was, I never was really into this idea of owning a house or owning home. Maybe this is because my family and my mom only ever rented our whole lives, part of it is that we were just broke, And part of it also, we moved around too much.

It seems that currently the American dream is all about owning a home, owning a single-family home. Perhaps this was just the postwar ideal or something; but maybe the new dream, the new Millenial dream should be to own (at least one) Bitcoin?

My simple math behind it is I equate one bitcoin to only one single-family house, or one piece of property. But the great upside of bitcoin and digital property is that I don’t have to maintain it, I don’t have to check for mold, I don’t have to worry about changing the roof, I don’t have to worry about bad tenants up the house, etc. And also, a big scam I think I’ve discovered about homeownership is property taxes;

Even if you buy a $3.5 million house all in cash, into perpetuity, you got it paid like $3000 a month in property taxes alone? That is essentially free money that you’ll never ever see again, that goes straight to the city and the government.

Even if I was worth 100 M, maybe because the way I was raised, I wouldn’t want to pay $3000 a month Justin property taxes, indefinitely? Especially considering that my rent is only $3200 a month right now, if the price of property taxes is equivalent to the price of renting, real estate really makes no sense.

The future of bitcoin and digital property?

Also another reason I found an interview with Michael Saylor and Lex Fridman so enlightening was not even the bitcoin stuff, but, how Michael Saylor cross pollinate his genius in sciences, history of science, engineering, mechanics and applies it to money finance in the world in general.

Especially the notion of energy.

For example, the reason why I am so grateful every single time I have a good cup of coffee is that there are people in Vietnam, in the Highlands, growing your coffee, tending to it, eventually picking it and sorting them, then you have an expert person like Hana Choi from 96b coffee roaster in Saigon Vietnam roasting it, and then ultimately delivering some great product like 100% fine robusta, ERIC KIM OMAKASE COFFEE, delivered straight to you.

What is a college degree, a PhD, a masters or a bachelor is worth today anyways?

If I think about it, if I think about it, cart blonde, Sukha today, if you didn’t want to go to college, or get a higher degree, I wouldn’t really mind too much. Why?

First, his parents, a.k.a. me and Cindy are already super educated. We both went to UCLA is undergraduates, Cindy got her PhD at Berkeley, and now is a full-fledged professor.

So why do we need more education in the family?

What is education for anyways?

Assuming that your family already has wealth, having a higher degree is only a legitimacy thing.

For example, if your family empire is already worth $500 million, and you have a bunch of kids, you just want them to graduate with at least the bachelors degree to “prove “that they’re not dumb.

If you’re doing any sort of business transactions, or just networking in general, eventually someone’s gonna ask you where you went to school, a.k.a. where you went to college.

Even now when I meet people, and ask them why they went to school or whatever, and they say UC Davis or something, I think that it is OK, and I tell them that I want to UCLA, I can already see their face and countenance change, That they feel a little bit made small by the fact that I went to UCLA and they went to a second tier school.

However, the reason why this is so bad is that why would you take your own self-esteem based on an institution?

This is also where brands, are so silly. For example everyone is so gaga over Louis Vuitton, but just Google image the actual founder of Louis Vuitton, a fat obese man with a funny mustache and beard; do you want to look like that guy?

Building the future, upgrading the planet?

The final words of Michael Saylor was quite poetic interesting and simple; “upgrade the world“, upgrade the planet, upgrade the human race.

“Uh-up-uh-upgrade complete!” – StarCraft

What does it mean to upgrade things, the planet, the human race?

First, maybe it is to first apply a fresh, gigabit Internet like mentality to our brains. For example everyone is so quick to just upgrade their iPhone or devices or their car or whatever, isn’t the more important fact to upgrade your mind?

For example, I just got rid of loser spectrum Internet, they still don’t get them, and upgraded to team gigabit fiber Internet which is 1 trillion times better. Even when trying to cancel my old spectrum thing on the phone, it was so damn annoying, just like trying to cancel your AWOL membership back in the day.

Anyways, maybe we gotta think about this like gigabit Internet Wi-Fi. Upgrading your mind is like going from 56K dial up modem to gigabit fiber Internet.


Grand Visions

I follow the Peter Thiel model here:

Better to risk boldness than to risk triviality. 

Or another words, better to go insanely bold and big, and fail, rather than two go and bet same same, and succeed.

Even one of the random things that I am insanely proud about myself, is successfully lifting 1000 pounds; the infamous ERIC KIM Atlas lift. 

I think it is more interesting to lift 1000 pounds, my unorthodox way, which is 10 plates of 25 and I think a five and a 2 1/2 are on each side, rather than even squat five or six plates the standard way, or even dead lift seven or eight plates the standard way.

Bigger always wins.

Once again, the ultimate flex in the ultimate interest is how many plates you have on the bar. When you stop counting, that is when you know you are strong.

For example, typically the reason why people like to dead lift, or do sumo deadlifts or whatever is that you could put more plates on the bar. For example a reasonably strong person can let’s say squat for plates, but for dead lift do five or six plates. And the upside to switching to sumo dead lift is that you could go from 5 to 6 plates pretty easily; if you’re doing conventional, Because the biomechanics are not as efficient, you cannot lift as much. 

Lifting more is more important

Once again, to lift more is more impressive.

To do things, the conventional or standard way, is boring.

Or even taken into a greater extreme; what is more impressive, to lift 2000 pounds, or two benchpress 300 or 400 pounds? Lifting 2000 pounds is far more interesting.


Bitcoin developer

The funny thing is with real estate, your $1 million house cannot certainly become $100 million house in 10 years. But you’re $1 million worth of bitcoin can become $100 million a bitcoin in 10 years.

A funny rebuttal that people say about bitcoin is that it is not “worth” anything; but then again, owning property is not really “worth“ anything either; to own a few square meters of concrete somewhere is not as glorious as you might think it is, especially considering you got a pay property taxes etc. Not only that but maintenance cost, hidden cost, things breaking things gotta be maintained etc.

Even simple things, like gardening, cleaning up dead tree leaves etc.; then all of this additional labor.

Even if you hire somebody to do it, you still gotta put in the labor to manage them.


What new innovations have yet been created?

Bitcoin is interesting because it is still in the early infancy.

First, people have no idea what it is. Even amongst the bitcoin and crypto maximalists, nobody has anyone unified idea on what it is or what it should be.

For example, some people think that bitcoin should be digital money, other think that it should be digital property, other people think it should be digital gold. But maybe because there is not a consensus on what it should be, this is a feature, not a bug. 

In terms of what technology you could build on top of bitcoin, it seems that the level 2 layer — the bitcoin lightning network is probably the most useful innovation thus far, that which Jack Dorsey has integrated into the cash app, and let us not forget that Jack Dorsey who is a huge bitcoin advocate also owns and runs square, the infamous and notorious little card reader thing that you use to buy your $10 cappuccino at any hips or coffee shop.

The philosophy of money and finances

I think money and wealth is all an attitude thing, which means wants to feel rich, to feel strong, to feel abundant. Nobody wants to feel broke, and poor.

Even Aristotle written in his economics, Oeceonomia in Greek said the very powerful and simple thoughts, which still rings today:

One’s expenditures should never exceed one’s income.

Live like a very poor person

Even now that I am super rich, I still use the cheapest iPhone, an iPhone SE. Why? Even though I could afford thousands of iPhone pros?

I think the simple heuristic that I’ve learned is that irregardless of how rich you are, it is always better to live like a very very poor person. Why? Honik and lifestyle creep; sure you make a little money here in there, and get some gains, get a bonus or whatever, you buy the Tesla, buy more expensive things, etc.… But the problem is that often, we think we are much richer than we actually are. The same thing with gains;

We always overexaggerate our gains, we always underplay our losses. 

Additional things which are worthy of consideration include having to pay taxes, capital gains taxes, etc. Therefore, if you think about things a little bit more critically, always best to think and act rich, but live poor.

How does one live poor?

  1. Don’t drink or purchase or buy bottled water or filtered water: just drink tapwater, or filtered water at home
  2. Don’t drink alcohol, don’t consume alcohol, whether at home or at the bar, don’t smoke weed, waste money on weed and drugs
  3. don’t go to festivals, don’t go to Vegas, don’t listen to EDM music, a funny thought: has anyone ever gone to an EDM concert or gone to burning man and enjoy themselves sober? Without taking drugs? No.
  4. For a car, the best car is just a 2010 Prius; I love Tesla, I love Elon musk, I own a lot of Tesla stock, yet I don’t really want to buy one right now, yet. If I were to buy a Tesla, I might hold out for the cyber truck. And actually, in LA, the greatest flex is to drive around in the cyber truck; even more than driving a Ferrari or a Lamborghini!
  5. Never buy any new clothes
  6. Build your own home gym, work out at home: or just buy a 60 pound weight vest, and just go walking or hiking in the nature areas, in the woods etc.  For example in LA, I really love this Baldwin Hills hiking area stairs area.
  7. The best entertainment and leisure activities are free! Nature, hikes, state recreational parks etc.

Now what?

I always find the quote now what”? Question the most fascinating. Why? After all of this, what is the point of it all? What should I do with my life and time?

A very simple one is exercise fitness and health. Movement, exercise, fitness is the ultimate leisure. There is no greater leisure than the human body.

Second, there needs to be some sort of creative output publishing that you do. I think this is the best way we could enact an impact on the planet; information, it is universal, a random person in a small village in India on the $50 android device could easily access your website and blog, or even a random kid in the Philippines.

Third, think technology, Moore’s law and scale: once again, I think the problem why real estate, land development, construction is so tapped out is that it is still so inefficient, and it does not follow more law. In the year 2024; why can’t I just 3-D print a house in an hour? Why does it still require a litany of annoying contractors, hold ups, and trillions of other problems?

Building digital properties

Maybe it is best that we think about websites and digital properties like real estate.

Something that nobody appreciates is that you could erect a website in 30 seconds, good luck doing that with the skyscraper or even a single-family home.

Second, domains, domain names. This is still a field which is very very important and untapped.

For example there is this thing called ES, Ethereum name network or system or something, owning your own crypto address in cyberspace seems like a good idea.

For example, currently playing around with a new Coinbase web3 wallet, and there is an ability to create your own username on it. Kind of like Venmo. Or PayPal. This is interesting and useful because if I want to just send bitcoin or crypto to somebody, rather than having to copy and paste a really really long Crypto address, it is easier to just punch in their “@“ user ID– it is easier to remember, much more secure etc.

Why Coinbase?

Coinbase is the goat. The most beautiful UIUX, it feels the most ethical, and it just works insanely good. Coinbase is like the new paypal for crypto. 

You can just buy $100 worth of bitcoin

Everyone wants to own at least one bitcoin, but the beauty is you could just buy $100 worth of bitcoin, you could just do it in the cash app, or on Coinbase or whatever. An exchange I don’t really trust, but at least it is mainstream is crypto.com, I think they are Singaporean based, And they bought out the name rights for the Los Angeles Lakers Staples center, and it also looks like they are doing a good job marketing across sports and television channels.

Finance also looks pretty good, but I would still kind of stairway from it, because of the old controversies with the ex founder, CZ.

Now what?

I think the beauty of bitcoin, crypto is that we can all get rich together. Assuming that the value of it all collectively goes up, if I buy bitcoin, and you buy bitcoin, the value of all of it goes up. Only people who “lose”, are people who get into the game too late.

Rethinking economics, money and wealth

We humans are bad at metaphors, math, digital thinking, etc. As a consequence, it seems interesting to try to upgrade your mind, or rethink things from a blank state.

For example, being born in 1988; the idea of having to pay for information and knowledge always seemed ridiculous to me. But to the old-school people, the old guard, it seemed natural.

Even in the world of Atari, film photography, doing exhibitions and shows, printing out hardcover books, these are all old antiquated Parisian notions which must be re-examined especially in the year 2024; in which I could design and create a PDF photo book in minutes, publish it for zero cents, and essentially share it to all 8 billion people on the planet for nothing.

Consider the typical artist who has to sell out $20,000 of their own money, in order to print their book, and attempting to sell it, and eventually not being able to do so, still having hundreds of copies and storage, unsold.

The great upside of digital products and digital books is that there is no such thing as “stale“ inventory, no such thing as dead stock, or unsold inventory.

Think Digital!


Bitcoin is the Internet 2.0?

Bitcoin as the most important thing since the advent of the internet?

Right now in 2024– moving money, wire transfers are even 1000x *slower* than an AOL 3.0 38.8k dial up modem. Bitcoin is like upgrading to cable internet .,, early days of Comcast,,, a big deal!

Lightning Network, like a ghetto early gigabit fiber internet connection?

Long Bitcoin, Short Dollars:

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Brave new world for photographers and crypto:

  1. ALL BITCOIN EVERYTHING
  2. Self-Custody
  3. HOLD OR CIRCULATE?
  4. BITCOIN OR BUST
  5. BITCOIN THOUGHTS
  6. Bitcoin is Sexy
  7. Fuck the Banks!
  8. Ethereum?
  9. Why Chainlink?
  10. BIG AMOUNTS, SMALL AMOUNTS?
  11. CRYPTO, CRYPTOCURRENCY THOUGHTS.
  12. The Philosophy of Crypto
  13. BITCOIN SHALL BE THE LAST CRYPTO STANDING.
  14. Bitcoin Price Prediction
  15. Trust chainlink for the most accurate prices for bitcoin or any other crypto
  16. BITCOIN
  17. There is No Web 3.0
  18. 2 cents to 2 dollars?
  19. Crypto.com?
  20. Speculation vs Investing
  21. Building with Bitcoin
  22. DYNAMICS VS STATICS.
  23. How Do You Know if the Timing Is Right?
  24. BITCOIN IN THE NEWS
  25. BITCOIN & UNCERTAINTY
  26. Fake Money
  27. Why I Bought More Bitcoin (Again)
  28. How I Made Money with Crypto
  29. Better to buy Dogecoin then buy a Tesla
  30. NO LIMITS.
  31. ALL DIGITAL FUTURE.
  32. Digital over Physical Possessions
  33. DIGIBYTE.
  34. CHAINLINK.
  35. The Excitement of Starting from Zero
  36. HAPTIC INDUSTRIES NOW ACCEPTING CRYPTO AND BITCOIN
  37. In Praise of Crypto
  38. JUST BUY IT.
  39. Why I’m So Bullish on Bitcoin
  40. Bitcoin as the Simplest Cryptocurrency
  41. Why I bought (more) bitcoin
  42. Once You Become a Crypto Billionaire, Then What?
  43. Why Crypto is Under-Hyped
  44. The Joy of Speculation
  45. BITCOIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCY FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
  46. Why I Bought Bitcoin
  47. Crypto Photography
  48. Crypto Thoughts
  49. On Making Money from Nothing
  50. BITCOIN THOUGHTS
  51. Bitcoin is Sexy
  52. Fuck the Banks!
  53. Ethereum?
  54. Why Chainlink?
  55. BIG AMOUNTS, SMALL AMOUNTS?
  56. CRYPTO, CRYPTOCURRENCY THOUGHTS.
  57. The Philosophy of Crypto
  58. BITCOIN SHALL BE THE LAST CRYPTO STANDING.
  59. Bitcoin Price Prediction
  60. Trust chainlink for the most accurate prices for bitcoin or any other crypto
  61. BITCOIN
  62. There is No Web 3.0
  63. 2 cents to 2 dollars?
  64. Crypto.com?
  65. Speculation vs Investing
  66. Building with Bitcoin
  67. DYNAMICS VS STATICS.
  68. How Do You Know if the Timing Is Right?
  69. BITCOIN IN THE NEWS
  70. BITCOIN & UNCERTAINTY
  71. Fake Money
  72. Why I Bought More Bitcoin (Again)
  73. How I Made Money with Crypto
  74. Better to buy Dogecoin then buy a Tesla
  75. NO LIMITS.
  76. ALL DIGITAL FUTURE.
  77. Digital over Physical Possessions
  78. DIGIBYTE.
  79. CHAINLINK.
  80. The Excitement of Starting from Zero
  81. HAPTIC INDUSTRIES NOW ACCEPTING CRYPTO AND BITCOIN
  82. In Praise of Crypto
  83. JUST BUY IT.
  84. Why I’m So Bullish on Bitcoin
  85. Bitcoin as the Simplest Cryptocurrency
  86. Why I bought (more) bitcoin
  87. Once You Become a Crypto Billionaire, Then What?
  88. Why Crypto is Under-Hyped
  89. The Joy of Speculation
  90. BITCOIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCY FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
  91. Why I Bought Bitcoin
  92. Crypto Photography
  93. Crypto Thoughts
  94. On Making Money from Nothing

What is Bitcoin?

Upon much thinking and consideration in terms of what bitcoin actually is; my personal thought is bitcoin is solidified energy.

For example, I find the economics on my name insanely fascinating. Basically you have a bunch of nerds with super computers, consuming lots of electrical energy and power in order to solve mathematically very difficult equations, to be rewarded with bitcoin per block.

As a consequence, this computing power, and electrical energy power is then converted and solidified into bitcoin.

***

Is Bitcoin bad for the planet?

No this is the annoying question that everyone asks, whether it is bad for the planet or not. People talk about all of the Chinese producing cheap energy through coal power plants, in order to mind these bitcoins. Yet nobody seems to have any problems talking about how the same mainland Chinese companies like Foxconn also burn through cheap sources of energy like Cole in order to make your iPhone Pro. 

Also, the lithium batteries in your Tesla are bad for the planet. Your Amazon prime subscription is bad for the planet. You streaming Netflix and Spotify all the time is bad for the planet.

Therefore I feel like this question of whether something is good for the planet or bad for the planet is the red herring. Which means, it isn’t really a significant question.

In fact, who knows maybe all this desire to mind more bitcoin or crypto will encourage more innovators and industrialist to perhaps invest in solar power. Truth be told there is no power more powerful than the sun. Even for myself is a human being, biological human being, I drive the most car in energy when I am in the direction. In fact my idea a paradise, or a perfect house or a home is a house or a home that gets sunlight, From sunrise to sunset. Kind of like a panopticon of the sun.

 This is where Elon Musk and Tesla is so genius; if you end up getting the Tesla solar roof, and getting a Tesla vehicle, in theory you can become your own energy producer your own utility, and to some extent, create your own grid.


What is the point of bitcoin anyways? 

This is where we have to delve into a more critical line of inquiry about the purpose of wealth and money in general.

For example, some things that money is good for include paying for airline airplane airline tickets, paying for rent, maybe paying your mortgage, buying a car, buying meat food and groceries at Costco, etc. 

Also money is good for paying for your Internet connection, preferably a gigabit fiber optic Internet connection, I just got thing.com connected at my apartment and I love it, and also using money to buy your digital camera, your iPad Pro or whatever.

So basically, the purpose of money is on one hand to acquire beneficial tools for you and your thriving.

As a creator, innovator, artist, certainly you need some tools. You need some sort of camera digital camera, some sort of computer laptop or iPad device, some sort of Internet connection or Wi-Fi network somewhere. And also you gotta eat; so certainly you got to spend some money on groceries food and meat, once again, Costco is a good bet because Costco doesn’t make a profit on their proceeds; they just make profits off of their membership. Therefore as consequence, you know that when you’re buying anything at Costco, you’re essentially paying rock bottom prices. 

STONE OF JORDAN & BITCOIN

For those of us who played Diablo II, one interesting micro economy that happened and occurred was this notion of a SOJ, or a stone of Jordan; the general idea was that certain items were worth X amount of stone of Jordans (SOJ’s for short).

This becomes very interesting because I almost wonder, maybe we could use the stone of Jordans, SOJ’s as an analogy for bitcoin.

For example, if you wanted the lightsaber, the mythical sword I actually wanted for my paladin in Diablo II— which never missed, let us say it cost maybe 5 SOJ’s. I actually wonder if down the world, people will trade their rare Ferraris for bitcoin as well.

For example, let us say you have a very rare Ferrari F40, maybe they will trade it for 3 bitcoins or something.

or another thought; thinking more long-term; my personal vision is that I will purchase my first house or property for 1.3 bitcoin. For me the current analogy is that one bitcoin is worth $1 million dollars USD.

For example with houses, especially here in Culver City Los Angeles etc.; you cannot find a single-family house for less than $2.3 million. That is $1 million a bedroom — for just a generic 2 bed, maybe 1 bath maybe 2 bag.

THE HALVING

The reason why the impending halving for bitcoin is such a big deal, is that with any big technological shift or happening, it will stimulate interest, news reports, social media whatever, which will drive prices up.

Or in other words, start hoarding your bitcoin right now!

CRYPTO BY KIM

Bitcoin Spartan deadlift Eric Kim ai Dall e 3
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Brave new world for photographers and crypto:

  1. ALL BITCOIN EVERYTHING
  2. Self-Custody
  3. HOLD OR CIRCULATE?
  4. BITCOIN OR BUST
  5. BITCOIN THOUGHTS
  6. Bitcoin is Sexy
  7. Fuck the Banks!
  8. Ethereum?
  9. Why Chainlink?
  10. BIG AMOUNTS, SMALL AMOUNTS?
  11. CRYPTO, CRYPTOCURRENCY THOUGHTS.
  12. The Philosophy of Crypto
  13. BITCOIN SHALL BE THE LAST CRYPTO STANDING.
  14. Bitcoin Price Prediction
  15. Trust chainlink for the most accurate prices for bitcoin or any other crypto
  16. BITCOIN
  17. There is No Web 3.0
  18. 2 cents to 2 dollars?
  19. Crypto.com?
  20. Speculation vs Investing
  21. Building with Bitcoin
  22. DYNAMICS VS STATICS.
  23. How Do You Know if the Timing Is Right?
  24. BITCOIN IN THE NEWS
  25. BITCOIN & UNCERTAINTY
  26. Fake Money
  27. Why I Bought More Bitcoin (Again)
  28. How I Made Money with Crypto
  29. Better to buy Dogecoin then buy a Tesla
  30. NO LIMITS.
  31. ALL DIGITAL FUTURE.
  32. Digital over Physical Possessions
  33. DIGIBYTE.
  34. CHAINLINK.
  35. The Excitement of Starting from Zero
  36. HAPTIC INDUSTRIES NOW ACCEPTING CRYPTO AND BITCOIN
  37. In Praise of Crypto
  38. JUST BUY IT.
  39. Why I’m So Bullish on Bitcoin
  40. Bitcoin as the Simplest Cryptocurrency
  41. Why I bought (more) bitcoin
  42. Once You Become a Crypto Billionaire, Then What?
  43. Why Crypto is Under-Hyped
  44. The Joy of Speculation
  45. BITCOIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCY FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
  46. Why I Bought Bitcoin
  47. Crypto Photography
  48. Crypto Thoughts
  49. On Making Money from Nothing
  50. BITCOIN THOUGHTS
  51. Bitcoin is Sexy
  52. Fuck the Banks!
  53. Ethereum?
  54. Why Chainlink?
  55. BIG AMOUNTS, SMALL AMOUNTS?
  56. CRYPTO, CRYPTOCURRENCY THOUGHTS.
  57. The Philosophy of Crypto
  58. BITCOIN SHALL BE THE LAST CRYPTO STANDING.
  59. Bitcoin Price Prediction
  60. Trust chainlink for the most accurate prices for bitcoin or any other crypto
  61. BITCOIN
  62. There is No Web 3.0
  63. 2 cents to 2 dollars?
  64. Crypto.com?
  65. Speculation vs Investing
  66. Building with Bitcoin
  67. DYNAMICS VS STATICS.
  68. How Do You Know if the Timing Is Right?
  69. BITCOIN IN THE NEWS
  70. BITCOIN & UNCERTAINTY
  71. Fake Money
  72. Why I Bought More Bitcoin (Again)
  73. How I Made Money with Crypto
  74. Better to buy Dogecoin then buy a Tesla
  75. NO LIMITS.
  76. ALL DIGITAL FUTURE.
  77. Digital over Physical Possessions
  78. DIGIBYTE.
  79. CHAINLINK.
  80. The Excitement of Starting from Zero
  81. HAPTIC INDUSTRIES NOW ACCEPTING CRYPTO AND BITCOIN
  82. In Praise of Crypto
  83. JUST BUY IT.
  84. Why I’m So Bullish on Bitcoin
  85. Bitcoin as the Simplest Cryptocurrency
  86. Why I bought (more) bitcoin
  87. Once You Become a Crypto Billionaire, Then What?
  88. Why Crypto is Under-Hyped
  89. The Joy of Speculation
  90. BITCOIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCY FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
  91. Why I Bought Bitcoin
  92. Crypto Photography
  93. Crypto Thoughts
  94. On Making Money from Nothing