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Retreat

With the Angel City Zen Center retreat beginning tomorrow, I’m feeling the need to reset, not because things are bad. On the contrary, I can’t complain about much. Resets could also be needed when things are good. I’m in need of a reset to bring me back to the present. When life veers toward nostalgia (reminiscing …

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Home

A house is not a home But home is the focus Everything felt red When you peddle absolutes Get out of the darkness by Stepping backwards And flow between hilarious and grim Nostalgia in the present tense Is when you’re in the 90s and not know it Like the sheets are on just right Like …

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Shining a Light

There is a saying: “Man stands in the shadows and wonders why it is so dark.” This saying implies that man even knows he is standing in darkness. Humankind has lived a relatively short time. We have achieved remarkable things: engineering, medicine, computers, rockets… there are many things to celebrate, for sure. However, I wonder …

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Standardization

People love to standardize everything. There are practical reasons, and good ones for that matter, when it benefits humanity. However, when standardization is used politically or as ways to exert power, then it should be protested against. Moreover, how do you standardize something that defies it? Zen is one such thing that could not and …

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Attachment to Words

Don’t be attached to your intentions for your own words, for they come with a sliver of suffering. Whether you intended for them to be very abstract or hyper specific, they are like paper mâché. They will bend and bounce and break, and might even get vengeful over time. At the same time, don’t think …

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Happy Pi Day

It’s March 14, or 3/14, a.k.a. Pi Day, which of course has nothing to do with bake goods, unless you read 3.14 backwards and use your imagination to see “PI.E” — which begets a cosmic “Aha” moment. Anyway, it’s also Einstein’s birthday, which officially makes it a cosmic conspiracy.

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Steve Jobs’s Stanford Commencement Speech in 2005

Steve Jobs’s Commencement address at Stanford University on June 12, 2005 is one of my favorite speeches of all time, up there with David Foster Wallace’s. Jobs, of course, is a larger-than-life figure who transcended the tech industry and is probably one of the most influential human beings who have ever lived. I’m typing this on …

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New Blacksparrow website

I have re-designed Blacksparrow’s website, making it more modern and responsive. Images are bigger and maximize the screen real estate. I also like the parallax effect that is trendy these days. Check it out.

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If you see something, say something

“Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the communists and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out – because I was …

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