[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on August 8, 2016 at 12:02 am. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]
[Migrated from a personal Evernote entry from 8/7/2016.]
I just listened to an hour-long NPR podcast on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510298/ted-radio-hour). I spontaneously started listening to it on a subway ride back home, as I was kind of getting sick of listening to the same saved songs on my phone over and over again.
I eventually got really into the podcast and what they were talking about, so decided to take a walk around the Union Square area while listening. I ended up circling the square twice and walking up to the Flatiron district before finally coming back to the apartment on 10th. The whole experience took 1 hour, and tbh it was a really refreshing/pleasant experience. I got to block everything out and appreciate the environment more (took a bunch of pictures of beautiful buildings and the skyline). I decided to do this exercise much more often from now on, and bake it into my lifestyle as a routine (listening to a full podcast while taking a long walk in the city). …
[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 27, 2016 at 6:40 am. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]
Yesterday I bought Peter Thiel’s book Zero to One per my friend’s (strong) recommendation. Thiel certainly spews a lot of cool insights in it, and one of his most interesting points from what I’ve read so far is this:
The only true way to succeed as a business is to achieve monopoly (contrary to basic economics, which states that the ideal situation for any business is absolute competition/equilibrium).
This goes along very well with my recent HUGE (re-)realization that the only way a startup can succeed is by SOLVING PROBLEMS for people (which led to my “3 F’s of Entrepreneurship”: Fucking solve Fucking problems Fucking fast). It’s such a simple concept and one that’s been repeated in basically every single book there is about entrepreneurship, but not really relevant until you come to the realization by yourself organically from experience (at least for me — this hit me so hard). …
[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 18, 2016 at 7:10 am. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]
Today I got in a car accident. I was stopped at a stoplight in downtown Chicago with my whole family in the car when an SUV blindly hit the back of our sedan. It wasn’t a huge accident and didn’t cause too much car damage, but it was enough to give my mom a whiplash and hurt my back.
What happened next was incredibly frustrating. We both pulled to the side and got out of the car, and took pictures of the scene. Clearly the SUV was at fault and the lady even admitted it, and so I asked to exchange insurance information. …
[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 16, 2016 at 10:20 pm. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]
One of the most memorable things that I learned from Psych 1 class my freshman year was the concept of perception and how our brain manages to turn everyday sensory input into thoughts and emotions. If I were to take whatever I learned and try to fit it into a new (probably not, but I’d like to think so haha) context of objectiveness and subjectiveness, we get the following:
Our memories and emotions are the result of raw objective sensory input (sight, sound, touch, etc.) after they’ve been processed through a subjective perception filter. …
[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]
Sometime last November, I got unusually high off caffeine while at work, and somehow had this epiphany / crazy idea: What if for one of my art projects, I created and lived as a completely different identity — an alter ego as a canvas? Basically, what if I tried to live two completely different lives at once? Haha..
To give some context, I’ve been doing some art projects here and there since last May when I took a printmaking class at Stanford and realized just how easy it is to “do art,” or do something and just call it art. I found this concept very funny and exploitable yet interesting, and started making “anti-art” for the sole purpose of making fun of art. This gradually turned into satirical art (like my “Drowning Student” piece or “Stanford’s Soup Cans” piece), and eventually I (ironically) found myself legitimately labeling my works as “art.” …
[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]
[Migrated from personal Evernote entry from 12/13/2015]
It’s quite hard to express in words, but I just want to do so many things. I have so many ideas that I want to execute on and so many things I want to make and try but I only have so much time in my day/week/month/life. With that said, I’m still going to try to create/do/experience as many things as I can in my lifetime before I die as a mere mortal (or will we?). …
[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 14, 2016 at 8:59 pm. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]
[Migrated & extended from a personal entry in my Evernote from 12/23/2015]
I believe that the average human has the ability to learn and do anything in the world. It’s uncommon for people to fully exercise this power and truly learn anything (skills, etc.) …
[This post was originally published on my self-hosted blog on June 14, 2016 at 3:57 pm. Migrated to Medium on Jan 6, 2020.]
I’ve been getting into writing (essays, journals, random thoughts) for a while now, but haven’t really published anything publicly. I’ve found that writing is a great way to record memories/emotions/thoughts/goals/etc in a way that pictures or even videos can’t.
Anyways, I wanted to start an actual public-facing blog to dump some of my thoughts and musings onto. To start it off, I’ll just migrate some of my previous essays from my personal Evernote as individual posts.
It was partly inspired by recent events when I stumbled upon other people’s blogs and realized I could learn so much about that stranger through their writing. …
I love making things. I’ve been doing it my whole life and I find genuinely indescribable joy in creating new things. Websites, apps, robots, products, businesses, writing, art, film — I’ve made a little bit of everything and constantly strive to explore more.
Being a maker myself, I’ve always appreciated things we use every day that were once someone else’s creation. It’s a strange feeling to describe, but I just feel so content and delighted when I see or use a well designed/engineered product (like my MacBook Pro, the Airbnb iOS app, even my Tuft & Needle mattress).
More than anything though, what really excites me are creations that subtly cloak great technology with effective design. Technology and engineering are what propel humanity forward, yet no matter how advanced, they’re useless until effective design renders these things practical for everyday people. …
“Rap game, crack game ain’t that different ya know?
-Drake, Come Thru
It’s 2016 and unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of brands like Vizio, H&M, Zara, and Xiaomi. They’re very successful companies that make billions of dollars every year.
What about Blue Magic — does that ring a bell? It’s a brand of heroin created and sold by drug kingpin Frank Lucas, who amassed a fortune in the 70s selling heroin to all of New York City. His prosperous career and eventual demise was chronicled in the 2007 blockbuster film American Gangster.
These brands may seem incredibly disconnected, but there’s no doubt that they all share one characteristic — massive success. So how did they do it? And what can we learn from them? …