with nature

There is an almost never ending amount of content on the internet on self-help, productivity, leadership, relationships, “alpha male-ism”, and much more seeking to tell people what they need to do with their lives. From YouTube, Medium, and many more online content platforms to physical content…


Gestalta Figurines at Ikea

Throughout the years many well intentioned rational thinkers have proposed that humans chase their passions over money, but I believe there is a major flaw to this advice. The biggest flaw stems from the fact that we humans are socialized from the time we are born to fit the mold of our local society and this greatly influences how we think and how we act. Rene Girard’s Mimetic theory states that we humans pick up our desires from seeing others want something, and in my time reflecting I noticed there is some truth to this theory. Growing up in the…


startup networking event in NY from years ago

After a long thinking session, I have realized that we humans are the most valuable asset you can acquire with capital. If you look around, billion dollar industries like the NBA exist solely on human capability, from the players over to the concession workers. The top companies of the world today from Google and Amazon, to Tesla and Space X have made its creators a fortune and its workers presumably well-off. In analyzing what has lead to the largest successes in business, I realized that allocating capital to human intellectual and physical property created the most impactful businesses. What does…


Credit to Fakurian Design (unsplash)

One of the hardest things for humans to admit in this contemporary period is also one of the most helpful things. Today there is an abundance of content seeking to tell people how they should live, think, act, and more from influencers who present themselves as experts on a subject matter. It seems that all it takes is some good marketing, a gift of gab, strong points of view, and protruding confidence for someone to become a Sheppard to the sheep. Most people want to be seen as an expert in everything and are stuck in there beliefs on what…


2001: A Space Odyssey, art credit: Hal Hefner

We members of the primate taxonomy are mostly social creatures and depend on the group and adopting its heuristics for survival. We pick up on the behaviors and habits of those around us and then imitate, only having very little if any individuality present. From the time we are young children to the time we are adults, we find ourselves emulating many things others do to survive or fit the mold of society. This behavior has largely been attributed to a type of sensory-motor cell located in the brain of primates, mirror neurons, which activate when an individual performs an…


Rubix Cube Render I Made in Blender

Over this past weekend, I began to play around with Three.js, React Three Fiber, and Blender which led me to find some cool ways to make 3D art with JavaScript. As a visual learner and a creatively inclined person, when I realized you could create artistic 3D renderings with programming I immediately became absorbed into it. Playing around with this small experimental project allowed me to go into the deepest state of flow I have ever been while programming.


Neil DeGrasse Tyson (photo by me circa January 2020 : right before covid-19 hit)

Over the past decade I have paid to see world renowned astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson speak live at New Jersey Performing Arts Center(NJPAC) twice about the universe and its endless possibilities. These talks gave me more insight into how the known universe worked and expanded my mind to things that are still a mystery to scientist studying the universe. The universe is a strange place and many phenomenon happen that simply cannot be explained yet. It has fascinated me since I was a child watching Nova on channel thirteen/PBS network(didn’t have cable then). Not to mention that astronomy was my…


Everything designed by me

Overview

A plethora of people living in Newark, New Jersey experience jobs leading to a dead end where the wages are low. A survey I sent out in late 2019 gave me crucial insights into what residents say is a lack of transparency about career training and certifications. Residents of Newark also stated that there simply was not enough careers available for them to pursue in general. Newark had a 2020 initiative which was striving to employ 2,020 people in Newark by 2020. While results of the initiative are ongoing, the training needed is still crucial. The results of the this…


Logo and screens designed by me

How can UX design be implemented to get litter off the ground?

Overview

After sending out a survey to residents of Newark New Jersey in 2019 to find out about problems being faced, one prominent issue I discovered was litter scattered throughout Newark neighborhoods. Many residents say they have frequently experienced trash littered all around their streets by those walking by and it causes a huge quality of life issue for them. One survey recipient even stated that it caused them to feel depressed about where they lived when seeing trash left all around. …

Keon Jukes

Using my finite time to explore everything, discover anything, and create many things until my inevitable death.

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