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Sup y'all

Repar T here to answer your frequently unasked questions. This is the definitive source for arcane, esoteric trivia of the most obscure sort. If you have a question you’d like to see added to this page, use the form below to ask it.

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Repar T

T stands for Toscanini. My parents didn’t have a name ready for me when I was born and actually waited a couple of weeks to come up with a name for me. During that period, my father could only get me to go to sleep by playing one of Toscanini’s recordings. Apparently only Toscanini music would put me to sleep. So, to honor Arturo Toscanini for his heroic contributions to household tranquility, my middle name became Toscanini. Hence, Repar T.

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Repar T

Like a lot of things these days it is completely meaningless. My father wanted me to have a name that I could make my own, one no one else had, and one that had no baggage or expectations associated with it. Legend has it that Mom wanted to call me Robert. Mom and Dad discussed it for days before deciding. In the end, they played ‘rock, paper, scissors’ for the privilege of naming me, and Dad won.

Your pen pal,
Repar T

You never see super heroes put their hands in their pockets. They don’t seem to have allergies or sneeze. Don’t have to shower. Don’t get poison ivy. They never seem to ever have to clean their house like the rest of us. How do they get away with that? At my house dirt just seems to materialize out of thin air.  When was the last time you heard of a super-hero sweeping their kitchen? That’s another thing. None of them cook. Have you ever seen a vegan super hero? Can you imagine what a nightmare that would be?

Actually, I don’t refer to everyone as my pen pal. I refer to myself as ‘your pen pal.’ And that’s what I am. You can write to me anytime and I’ll write you back.

Your pen pal,
Repar T

I don’t think they’re outrageous considering the value, but that’s a fair question…

I had a number of options to choose from for pricing. Naturally I asked My Billionaire Pen Pals first. None of them could relate to paying anything less than $300-$400 dollars per shirt. But, since billionaires don’t buy their own clothes, I moved on to my next option, (recommended by one of My Billionaire Pen Pals oddly enough), an astrologer specializing in customer relations.

The problem with this approach is that I had to record the exact time each design we ‘birthed’—that was her word—so I moved on to my next option which was to stop fucking around and factor in all the costs involved with delivering great value—better-than-average infrastructure, excellent software, exceptional materials, reliable logistics, bulletproof security, impeccable privacy, and the resilience to deal with all the unexpected crap that happens whether you want it to or not.

So that’s what I did.

Somewhere along the way I decided not to become a bargain basement business. There are plenty of those out there.

You may have noticed that prices are going up, up, up, these days. Your best option is to get a great value today before prices go up and a great value costs a little more tomorrow, cuz from where I’m sitting, that’s what will happen sooner than anyone wants it to.

But, more importantly, here’s what’s really going on out there. When you buy a shirt that has the name of your favorite band on your chest, you’re paying your money to advertise that band on your body. When you wear a reparTEE, you’re sharing something more personal about yourself and connecting with people, even strangers, on a more personal level. We need more of that in our world, and you can’t achieve that with a bargain basement generic whatever.

Your pen pal,
Repar T

Sup y’all-

Repar T here to tell answer your question about the Law of Unattraction.

The Law of Attraction gets a lot of attention these days, but you’ve probably never heard of the Law of Unattraction. Unattraction is not pushing things away. Unattraction is just kind of ignoring things and allowing yourself to be indifferent to them. There’s nothing more unattractive than indifference.

It sounds simple, and it is, but for some reason, humans have trouble with this one.

There’s a trick to it.

Turns out you have to be indifferent to the whole process of Unattraction, too.

Technically, attraction is the same way. You have to care a certain amount, but not too much. If you do, the ego tries to take charge and run the show.

With both attraction and unattraction, you have to unfocus on it while still being aware of it. It can actually lead you to a very spiritual approach to life. It’s like you’re not trying to not try to do something you want to do, but can’t care about it and actually do it, because if you do you’ll screw it up. Quantum entanglement looks like a boring sermon compared to this shit.

The closest we have to language for this approach to things is the Taoist concept of wu wei.

It helps to think of it as a minimalist approach. You get rid of stuff that doesn’t matter to make more room for the stuff that really does matter. Getting rid of stuff you don’t want or is in the way is just a good way to stay in practice.

Oh, yeah… You have to practice to get good at it.

Humans invariably make the law of attraction about wanting. That’s not what attraction is. Gravity doesn’t want anything, it just is. Love doesn’t want anything, it just is. Magnetism doesn’t want anything, it just is.

When it comes to attraction, the ego gets excited and gets involved, and messes up the ‘just is’ balance and starts wanting more. For some reason, the ego doesn’t understand the concept of enough.

Just think of all the shit you can unattract.
– Mediocrity
– Stress
– Anger
– Bullshit
– Arrogance
– Cruelty
– Stupidity

This list is truly infinite when it comes to humanity.

The law of unattraction is scientifically based on the Newtonian physics principle that nature abhors a vacuum. Eliminate one thing, and something will fill the void created.

With the law of unattraction, you have some say in choosing what that is, you just can’t be attached to exactly what it will be, and when it might be fully present. With the law of unattraction, expectations screw up the outcome just like they do in every other instance they’re involved with.

Once you master the law of unattraction, you will never even miss the law of attraction. It’s way easier to unattract than it is to attract. Leave attraction to gravity and magnetism and sex, they’re already good at it, and don’t need to learn it.

It’s really easy to get started with the Law of Unattraction. Just stop wanting stuff you don’t need. That’s all there is to it. You should give it a try. It’s the perfect hobby for an Unfluencer.

… and the perfect Unfashion gift for the Unfluencer who has everything.

Your pen pal,
Repar T

Sup, y’all-

Repar T here to answer your question about why I’m in favor of AI.

It’s pretty simple really. It’s just a matter of playing the odds. Let me break it down for you.

At least with AI, there’s a chance AI can outwit humanity and do things in a sustainable way that is in sync with nature. Without AI, there is no chance in hell humanity will get its shit together in time to prevent us from fucking everything up for billions of years.

At the same time, these are pretty long odds because any AI would have to be created by humans or derived from an AI created by humans, so there’s plenty of opportunities for humans to screw this option up, too.

But there’s a chance AI could outwit us and convince us to do the right thing. It’s our only hope, as a species.

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Repar T

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