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A view from the mountaintop

tcr! · Mar 8, 2019 at 9:00 am

Roads to Memphis on the TV

Whenever I’m in the kitchen cooking I always turn on the television. The TV gets a bad rap but there are good things on, it just depends on what we watch. Believe it or not television is filled with spiritual insights, spiritual motivators, spiritual empowerment.

So then a couple nights ago I was watching a documentary on Martin Luther King Jr. The documentary was more about his assassin, the racial tension, and the like. The whole vibe of that era was unnerving my kitchen as I cooked up the French Toast.

Sprinkled throughout, though, were snippets of speeches and conversations with MLK Jr. And for that I am grateful. It kept the world from going too dark.

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Shawneemicks · Mar 8, 2019 at 6:50 pm

Dude, you blow my mind sometimes. Total respect for Ya.

tcr! tcr! · Mar 8, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Thank you!!

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Positioning the center

tcr! · Feb 12, 2019 at 10:17 am

Maria Spelterini at Suspension Bridge

Tightrope walking - Wikipedia

Acrobats maintain their balance by positioning their centre of mass directly over their base of support

#advancedsoul

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Does the path have a heart?

tcr! · Jan 16, 2019 at 10:48 pm

Does the path have a heart?

From the intro to Tao of Physics. When books start with such I know they’re gonna be good.

Follow the ❤️ peeps.

#photos #literature #advancedsoul

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Kelly K · Jan 16, 2019 at 11:08 pm

I am not good at this practice. Not only do I not just ask myself, I don’t even ask others the one question, I just assume they have already judged me negatively.

Kelly K · Jan 16, 2019 at 11:08 pm

🤔 Something for me to work on…

tcr! tcr! · Jan 17, 2019 at 8:39 am

It’s not always to change course, even more so in front of others but sometimes that’s what we got to do!

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sinceresarcasm · Jan 17, 2019 at 2:01 am

I read that as Taco of Physics. A painful reminder that I didn’t eat dinner and I should really go to sleep.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 17, 2019 at 8:44 am

I think you have the title to your next book 🔬🌮

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Ryan Waters · Jan 18, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Thanks Don Juan for this!

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Don’t expect people to change

tcr! · Jan 11, 2019 at 10:50 am

Ask any diehard Bears fan to watch a Packers’ game. They might amuse you and watch and listen but inside they’ll be uneasy and resistant. And then next Sunday the TV will have players on Solider Field. Because Bears fan.

People don’t change” has become one of my personal mantras for the last few years. A scorpion is a scorpion and a dog that bites will sink its teeth. That bomb will blow up. And alcoholics will drink.

People will continue to be who they are until their California falls into the Pacific by way of San Andrés. And it won’t be just because of the earthquake. It’ll be because the aftershocks rattled them for months on end afterward. Every day. Ten miles deep.

I don’t really see this personal mantra as pessimistic. My seismograph is valid. For better or worse people are humans and we’re all designed to fail. That’s the biology in the pudding. The good news is that the Cosmic Spirit or the Holy Ghost or God or Ditka or whoever you pray to can fundamentally change who we are. At the atomic level. But only after we’re broken.

But I don’t want to talk about the cosmos making us better people. I want to talk about another well accepted mantra. The one about “expectations” being bad. I don’t buy that any more than I buy that everything is an illusion. Expectations are indifferent on their own. Just like outcomes and assumptions.

My point is that if I expect somebody to be any different than they are, that’s a loss. If I expect somebody to be exactly who they are, that’s a win.

It’s my job to manage expectations in ways that make sense. Dynamite is for big holes kinda thing. I’m not an ace at this by any means being more of an emotional firecracker, but knowing which road to take is still a good thing to write down when I’m not sure.

And then the magic of expectations is really the things in life that I don’t expect to happen. The things without seismometer blips.

The sudden sunshine after a Thursday thunderstorm. A favorite can of soda forgotten and found. A four leaf clover on February 14th. Alanis Morissette on the radio after a shit day at work.

Those are the phenomenons worth paying attention to. The miracles and blessings that I never knew were coming. Those open my eyes to a way of seeing the universe like I hadn’t before. To a way that I didn’t even know that I didn’t know about.

To tie it all together with a hopeful plaid bow, let people surprise you with their change. It’s not our job to manage that. It’s theirs.

Skeleton at Von Maur

And then thank Horace Walpole.

#advancedsoul

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Developer laments, a Cobain quote, and more!

tcr! · Jan 10, 2019 at 12:46 pm

Being a dork web developer who:

  • loves code
  • is forced to use WordPress to manage a client’s hideous content
  • because the client sends me mangled rich-text emails
  • loves the WP theme devs who hard-code sort columns and orders in their PHP

Well, I guess all of that combined makes me want to punch myself in the face.

#devhell

See also:

“I have a request for our fans. If any of you in any way hate homosexuals, people of different color, or women, please do this one favor for us — leave us the fuck alone! Don’t come to our shows and don’t buy our records.”
Kurt Cobain

While I’m here, I might suggest you watch this ten minute video of Jackson Pollock. He’s one of the few heroes of mine who I could actually pull of his hair style. The cigarette dangling out of his mouth is most appealing.

And finally, as a note, if you jump off the deep end I’m probably not going to follow you.

#advancedsoul

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Frosty mini pumpkin

tcr! · Dec 10, 2018 at 9:44 am

Frosty mini pumpkin

Please note: everything’s not as bad as it seems.

#photos #advancedsoul #pumpkins

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sara sara · Dec 10, 2018 at 11:55 am

You sit on a throne of lies.

fiatlux423 · Dec 10, 2018 at 12:00 pm

I just watched that last night.

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I gradually lost sight of her

tcr! · Oct 30, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Fall driving

I was driving to work this morning as I do. A black Honda Civic sports car pulled up alongside me, a lady about 10 years older than me behind the wheel. When we got to the next stop light she continued to inch her Honda closer and closer toward the intersection.

I said to myself, “You wanna race? I’ll give you a race. I’ve got a 1999 V6 that runs good on regular gas.”

I didn’t have my racing gloves with me but that didn’t matter. And then I couldn’t go full balls when the Christmas lights lit up anyway. With the other cars in front of us and all.

So then as we barreled north, she in her black car and me in my black truck, she continued to apply horsepower. As did I. As the traffic would allow.

But then I had thought that wasn’t my own.[1] Here’s this little old lady in a sports car, probably having the time of her life. Roaring around like Thelma and Louise and then here I am wanting to take that away from her, not even attempting to be my best self.

And then I slowed down.

Let other people win, peeps.

#trafficnews #advancedsoul


  1. Because my best ones are never mine

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Oct 29th, 2018 at 6:33:33 pm

tcr! · Oct 29, 2018 at 6:33 pm

I can’t subscribe to the gospel of any one book. I believe God is bigger than that.

📜 #advancedsoul

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Oct 25th, 2018 at 9:04:32 am

tcr! · Oct 25, 2018 at 9:04 am

Maggie: that’s a whole lotta crazy.

You maybe wondering what’s crazy. And rightfully so.

However, what I’d hopefully like to infer is that if a 13-year-old is declaring crazy, then that’s all you really need to know. 😉

#maggie #advancedsoul

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SQLite — Code Of Conduct

tcr! · Oct 24, 2018 at 11:48 am

If you have a smart phone in your pocket most likely it’s using SQLite to store your data. It’s public domain software that any body or any company can freely use.

Most free or open source software is written by a team of developers from all over the world. Most of these development groups have a code of conduct.

This is SQLite’s: sqlite.org/codeofconduct.html

53 is my favorite: do not love much talking.

#advancedsoul

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