About Daniel SW Kim

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Daniel likes:
Illustration, Coffee, City Life, Zen Paintings, Instrumental Music,
Strolling Streets, Chatting with friends in Coffeeshops, Cityscape
Hiking Deserts and Canyons. Nature Photography. Visiting Museum

On Life:
(1) Now or Never! (to get a chance)
I "ask" or "consider" only once on the same subject.
Don't expect a second chance from me, and
Seize the moment given to you at the time.

(2) I try only once, dearly and diligently!
Trying once is enough:
Don't expect a second chance from me and
I don't look for a second chance either.

(3) Enjoy the moment!
Now is the time.

(4) I believe only in myself.
I work really hard to make it.

(5) Just Do IT!
Let's see how it goes.

Reflecting on Daniel's Past:
There's too much to tell you.
No regrets of any kinds from my past decisions :-)

Daniel's Life So Far:
In his teens, he lived the way as others mapped for him;
In his 20's, he lived as if he would die at 30;
In his 30's, he lived as if he would die at 40; and
In his 40's, he lived as if he would die at 90
(which's my life's expectancy by statistics);
but as he turned 50,
he would live as if he would die at the end of each year until he turn 90.

Current Hobbies:
Hiking deserts, canyons and mountains of American Southwest
Taking Digital Pictures of Daily Life Around Daniel
Collecting Miniature Cars
Building Scaled Models of Buildings and Houses
Searching Application of Geometries in Arts

?of my life:
What is there at the end of the Universe?

Formal Education:
Altaic and Tibetan Languages (Mongolian, Manchu, Uyghur and Tibetan)

Secondary-Formal Education:

Non-Formal Education:
Computer Science

Informal Education:
Reading Novels, Guitar, Graphics, Paintings, and Illustration

Semi-formal Education:
Associating with People

Desired Education:
Studying only what I'm interested in.

Unexpected Education:
Trial and Error in associating with people.
You won't know someone until you hang around with them for a while.
Looks and presentations are frequently misleading.

Quasi-Real Education:
Mathematics and Physics classmates at Caltech.

Real Education:
I have been attending the "Library" University where I've learned most of the the knowledge, skills, and wisdom mostly through readings and musings.

Practical Education:
Talking to people and learning from them.

Learned Survival Skills:
Always survive with enemies.

Desired Survival Skills to Learn:
Learning when to retreat without giving up or surrendering

Motivation for Commitment:
I want it.

Hardest Lesson:
Learning not to do what I don't like doing
even when I'm good at it.

Harshest Lesson:
If you doubt it at any moment along the way,
Pull yourself out right away to protect yourself.

Costlest Lesson:
Where you are is more important than
who and what you are.

Things I've learned on life:
You have to decide on either
Risky or Boring.
There's none in the middle.

Measuring on my suceess:
(1) My enemies become my friends and
(2) my enemies provide critical information with me.

Measuring on my failure:
(1) My friends treat me too nicely
(as there's somthing sneaky going behind my back) and
(2) my friends don't share important information with me.

Favorite Sayings:
(1) There'll be time enough for rest in the grave!
(2) If it ain't broke, then don't fix it.

I don't believe in:
"Just go with the flow and
See where it takes you."

I do believe in:
"Destiny is no matter of chance.
It is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for,
it is a thing to be achieved."

Recent Interests:
Hiking Deserts, Canyons and Mountains of American Southwest
Streaming Multimedia and VOD
3-D Illustration, 3-D Modeling and Animation
Geometry and its Applications in Arts

Interests I can't give up:
Virtual Reality

What I achieved recently:
I survived today.

What I failed recently:
Making a decision a step late repeatedly.

Short Term Plans:
Keeping the weight at 185 lbs.

Mid-Range Plans:
Keeping the weight at 170 lbs

Long Term Plans:
(1) Not making plans (to make life simpler);
(2) Enjoy the moment.
(3) Keeping the weight 160 lbs

What I want to achieve (which is feasible and being prepared):
(1) Writing a book on the history of geometry and its application;
(2) Writing a book on the language of symbolism and communication (covering graphics for visuals, mathematics for sciences, computer for synthetic language, and human language for verbal communication).
(3) Making a 3-D computer generated animations. (I've finished 18 scripts already and am merging into just one major one script and am working on storyboards).
(4) Writing a book on facial images of Stone Buddhas in China and Korea.
(5) Writing a book on the history of illustration

What I want to achieve (which I don't know how to):
Making this Planet Earth the best place to live

What I want to achieve (which is impossible in my ganeration):
Travelling to Mars and Jupiter

What I want to achieve (which seems impossible):
Travelling to the end of the Universe, and
describe here how it is like there.

How do I wanna be remembered for by my peers?
"He really enjoyed his life."
"Yes, he really did."

Physical Dimensions:
Ethnicity: Korean
Height: 5 feet 8 inches (173 centimeters)
Weight: Overweighted
Eye sight is very weak
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black
Pants size: 33 x 30
Shoe size: 9
Favorite color: Green
Favorite food: Noodles

Impressive Places Visited:
FaMenSi, XiAn, Shaanxi, China (Spiritual experience)
Gold colored Buddha of MaTiSi, Gansu, China (Spiritual experience)
Arahans of DaFoSi, Zhangye, Gansu, China (Spiritual experience)
Lanzhou, Gansu, China (Extotic environment)
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Utah, USA
Death Valley, California, USA
XuanKongSi (Hanging Monastry), Datong, Shanxi, China
Koyasan, Wakayama, Japan

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in English
in Korean
in Mandarin Chinese
in Japanese
in Mongolian
in Manchu/Sibe
en Francais
auf Deutsch
en espanol
in italiano
en Quechua

What else do you want to know about Daniel?
My life is still very much in progress.

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Inspirational Books
Falling Waters by Frank L. Wright
Experiencing Architecture by S. E. Rasmussen
International Style by Philip Johnson
Pioneers of Modern Design by Pevsner
Polyhedron Models by M. J. Wenninger
The Non-Euclidean Geometry by Bonola
What is Mathematics by R. Courant
Goedel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
Geometry and the Imagination by D. Hilbert & S. Cohn-Vosson
The Infinity and the Mind by Rudy Rucker
Mathematical Introduction to Logic by Bertrand Russel
Physics and Philosophy by Werner Heisenberg
Time and Method by Hans-Georg Gadamer
Process and Reality by Alfred Whitehead
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
Chance and Necessity by Jacques Monod
Mathematics in Western Culture by Morris Kline
The First Three Minutes by Steven Weinberg
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte
Greek and Roman Mythology
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maughm
A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by G. R. Gissing
The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Good Bye Mr Chips by James Hilton
Detective Stories of Arthur Conan Doyle
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
SF Stories of Issac Asimov
SF Stories of Robert Heinlein
Ringworld by Larry Niven
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Peoms by Heinrich Heine
Poems and Malte by Rainer Maria Rilke
Narziss and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse
Demian by Hermann Hesse
Under the Wheel by Hermann Hesse
The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Momo; Never Ending Story by Michael Ende
Budenbrooks by Mann
Novels of Hans Carossa
Deutsche Liebe
Novels of Honore de Balzac
Little Prince by Saint Exupery
Nausation by Jean Paul Sartrre
Red and Black by Stendhal
Plague; Stranger by Albert Camus
Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne
Childhood, Boyhood, Youth by Leo Tolstoy
Poems by Omar Khayaam
Novels of Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Lives by Plutarch
Autobiography of Bertrand Russel
Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Syntactic Structure by Noam Chomsky
Language in Thought and Action by S.I. Hayakawa
Being and Time by Heidegger
A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russel
Democracy in America by Alex de Tocqueville
Hebrew: the eternal language by William Chomsky
A Study of History (2-volume version) by Arnold Toynbee
The Story of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant
The Story of English (PBS Series and a book)
Papillon (Butterfly) by Henri Charriere
The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin
The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski
Works of Andre Maurois
Hidden Dimension by E.T. Hall
Poems & Stories by Lee Sang (Kim Hae Kyong)
Ugly Korean by Kim Jin-man
Saranggwa Youngwongwaui Daehwa by Kim Hyung-Suk
Poems of Cho Byung-Hwa
Essays of Lee Yang-Ha
Yukio Mishima's novels
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
ChuangTzu by Chuang Tzu
Hsi Yu Chi (Journey to the west) by Cheng-en Wu
Shui Hu Chuan (Water Margin) by Nai-an Shih
Shih Ji by Su Ma-Chien
The importance of living by Lin Yu Tang

Keywords in Daniel's Life

Alain de Botton is favorite contemporary English language author
Albert Camus is a favorite French writer.
Altaic Languages is where my interests in Linguistics grew from.
Andres Segovia is a classical guitar legend.
APL motivated me in joy of computer programming.
Antonio Gaudi motivated me in architecture.
Astronomy was not star-gazing-at-night.
Bach's keyboard works are masterpiece.
Bauhaus motivated in graphics design.
Berkeley is my college-home-town.
Bertrand Russel was a mathematician I wanted to follow his steps.
Buckminster Fuller invented Geodesic Dome.
C got me thick paychecks.
CAD is where I had a giant leap in career.
Caltech is where I learned how to think.
Chet Atkins motivated me to pluck guitar.
Chuck Jones became my business model.
Chuck Mangione is a trumpet player.
Classical Mechanics made me re-define engineering itself.
Combinatorics was what I wished to take more.
Configuration is a word what I do at work all the time.
Convex Geometry was too difficult.
Cray was my first computer to play with :-0
Crystal Gale is a country singer.
Cybernetics of Nobert Wiener motivated me read scientific journals.
de Chirico's futuristic paintings helped me to fuse the past and future.
Deep Purple is a rock band.
Dennis Hopper inspired me to work on California style.
Diagram is what I do well.
Differential Geometry was my favorite topic at college.
eMail redefined my relationship with friends.
Egon Schiele's sketches are what I try to imitate.
ElectroMagnetism made me redefine physics.
Elton John is a rocker.
Eric Clapton is a rock guitar legend.
Fractals stimulated me mathematical knowledge is important in programming.
Franz Kafka is a favorite German language writer.
FreeBSD alerted me that idealogy can be practical.
Giuseppe Caspar Messofanti spoke 72 languages.
Geometric Modelling got me thinner paychekcs than expected.
Greene and Greene helped me redefine architecture.
Group Theory was not what I expected as a math student.
Guitar was a good starting point as a hobby.
Hard Rock and Heavy Metal are my favorite genre of music.
Heinrich Heine is a favorite German poet.
Heinrich Schliemann excavated Troy from dreams and legends.
Hermann Hesse is a favorite German writer.
Jean-Francois Champollion deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Kim HongDo is a folk painter in Korea.
Korea is my native country.
Kurt Goedel proved The Completeness and The Incompleteness Theorem.
Led Zeppelin is a rock band.
Lee Sang is a poet and write from Korea.
Liner Algebra was what I did well to take on next step in mathematics.
Linux awakened me that reality and idealogy can be friends.
LISP made me thick paychecks.
Los Angeles is where I lived in my 20's and got matured.
Lovachevsky is my favorite mathematician in Non-Euclidean Geometry.
Martin Schecter taught me how to think mathematically.
Mathematical Logic is what I did well at school, but didn't make a living out of it at all.
Matthew Arnold wrote beautiful essays.
M.C. Escher's graphics inspired in Geometric Modelling.
Mussorgsky composed the Pictures at the Exhibition.
Natural Language Processing was my subject at college.
Non-Euclidean Geometry motivated me a career in Mathematics.
Oh Yoon is a woodcut artist from Korea.
Ordinary Differential Equations was easy for me.
Otto Wagner's draftings are my tutors in drafting.
Pacific Coast Highway 101 is my favorite driving course.
Partial Differential Equations is what I missed to take more.
Perspective is what got me a reputation as an illustrator.
Pictures at the Exhibition inspired me make indy animation.
Poincare 's work spans many areas.
Projective Geometry is for Perspective and Isometric Drawing.
Quantum Mechanics was a subject I gladly took.
Rainer Maria Rilke is a favorite German poet.
Recursion Theory was a challenging subject for computer guys.
Richard Neutra got me interested in comtemporary architecture.
Richard Stallman initiated GNU project.
Riemann is my favorite mathematician in Non-Euclidean Geometry.
Rolling Stones is a rock band.
Scientific Programming got me thick paychecks.
Semantics was what I gonna majored in Linguistics.
Seoul is where I was born.
Set Theory discouraged me becoming a mathematician.
SQL got me a status in IT and computer industry.
Systems Integration boosted and shaped my career track.
Techno Trance music is what makes my friends re-evaluate my taste.
Tim Burton's animations motivated in animation producting
Tommy Emmanuel is one of my favorite guitarist.
Topology motivated me to study mathematics.
Turing Machine is what every computer programmer models of.
UCBerkeley is where I relearned life.
UCIrvine is where I learned to learn selectively.
UCLA is where I enjoyed college life.
UNIX is what I have been using for 20 years now.
UPenn is where I learned people prefers someone with a style.
USA where I've been living since 1980.
Vincent van Gogh is an impressionist painter.
Virtual Reality is what I enjoyed but failed in.
WEB got me a career in Information Technology.
X/Motif is where I considered making a living in development.
Zamenhof invented Esperanto.
Zen Painting is where I get calmness and experience reality.

My MBTI (taken in Korean)

My MBTI (taken in English)

What has gone, has gone forever!

- Alfred Whitehead


To you: (2)
Don't look back in anger,
Nor forward in fear,
But, just around in awareness.

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