Alvin Alexander | Java, Scala, Unix, Perl, Mac OS X

A friend of a friend posted this false image on her Facebook page, and several people responded with profane comments about AOC. Finally someone else who actually put some thought into it posted this Snopes page showing that AOC never said anything like this. The fact is, the entire commentary was fabricated. Per Snopes:

“The source of the fabricated article, Taters Gonna Tate, is part of a network of sites and social media accounts operated by Christopher Blair, who produces a high volume of junk news and misinformation, much of it inflammatory, which he presents as ‘satire.’”

The sad thing is that some people don’t think, and they seem to want to believe propaganda like this. Two things are going through my mind after seeing this racism and hatred. First, we really need to focus on the state of education in the United States, both IQ and EQ. Second, I think a lot of people have pent-up anger because no matter how hard they work, they don’t have much money, because in America the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and the middle class is disappearing.

Disinformation, and the people who believe it

This photo shows the size of our teeny weeny little Sun compared to a few other stars. From the excellent web page, "The Scala of the Universe 2".

The scale of the universe (our sun compared to other stars)

One of my favorite road signs in Alaska - “Caution: Yield to All Aircraft.” Seems like great advice. You can find this sign somewhere around Lake Hood, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Yield to aircraft sign in Anchorage, Alaska

This article contains a collection of quotes on design from Apple designer Jonathan Ive (or “Jony Ive,” as Steve Jobs called him). (Note: He prefers to refer to himself as a “builder” or “maker” as opposed to a designer.)

For those who don’t know of him, Jonathan Ive is credited with designing almost every Apple product since 1997. Given that very long string of success, I became interested in what Mr. Ive has to say, and to that end, here’s a collection of Jonathan Ive design interview quotes I’ve gathered over the last few years.

Summary: How to create a public and private key pair to use ssh and scp without using a password, which lets you automate a remote server backup process.

Over the last two years I've ended up creating a large collection of websites and web applications on a variety of Linux servers that are hosted with different companies like GoDaddy and A2 Hosting. I recently embarked on a mission to automate the backup processes for all these sites, and as a result of this effort, I thought I'd share what I've learned here.

vim colors FAQ: Can you provide details on how to control/configure colors in the vim editor (vim color settings)?

When using vim syntax highlighting, a common complaint is that the default color scheme is a little too bold. In this article I'll try to demonstrate how you can change the colors in vim to be a little more pleasing, or at least be more in your control.

As I’ve learned over the last several months, getting Thyrogen for thyroid cancer treatment can be extremely hard, if not impossible or incredibly expensive. These nine pages of notes to my doctor, my insurance company (Blue Cross/Blue Shield), specialty pharmacies like AllianceRx (Walgreens), Accredo, CVS specialty pharmacy, and the Thyrogen manufacturer, over a period of five weeks demonstrates how hard it is to get Thyrogen when you need it.

After going through all of this, my best suggestion is that if you’re having a hard time getting Thyrogen for your thyroid cancer treatment, call the people at thyrogen.com (ThyrogenOne). Because a lot of patients have a hard time getting Thyrogen, they seem to understand the process better than anyone, including my doctor’s office and my insurance company.

Getting Thyrogen is hard (if not impossible)

Sadly, this tweet about the president, sexual assault, concentration camps, racism, and the state of America in 2019 is all too accurate.

The state of the United States of America, 2019

If you work with the vi editor a lot, you'll find yourself tinkering with various vi configuration settings from time to time. Many times you'll want to modify the configuration of your current vi session, and to do that you'll use one of many available vi set commands. In this vi (and vim) tutorial, I'll share the vi set commands I use most often.

Nagley's Grocery Store — the grocery store — in Talkeetna, Alaska.

Nagley’s Grocery Store in Talkeetna, Alaska

The cabin I lived in, in Talkeetna, Alaska.

The cabin I lived in, in Talkeetna, Alaska.

A photo of my old RAV4 in Coldfoot, Alaska, on the Dalton Highway, on the way to Deadhorse and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, back in August, 2007.

The RAV4 on the Dalton Highway, Alaska (Coldfoot)

A photo of me (Alvin Alexander), after coming inside from a cold, Alaskan winter night in 2010-2011.

Alvin Alexander, cold Alaskan winter night

I guess I still don’t understand women.

This morning one of my doctors kept saying, “Is there anything else you’d like to ask me?”

After the third time she asked that question I thought, “I’ve seen this in the movies, I know what she’s really asking,” so I replied, “Do you want to come over and bake some cookies?”

Everything after that was a blur ... I think she said, “What?”, and then I think I said, “What??” ... now I don’t know if I need a new doctor or some cookie dough.

~ a Facebook post from July 15, 2014

This medium.com article contains a fair balance of pointing out the good and bad of design at Apple under Jonathan Ive. Most people know the good parts, so this image shows a discussion of just two of the worst design decisions made by Apple’s design team. Other bad designs under Apple include pretty much every mouse ever made, the horribly infamous butterfly keyboards, and the trashcan Mac Pro design.

It seems like at some point every design quits thinking about what’s the best for the customer and succumbs to something that looks pretty. As the old saying goes, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Good and bad design at Apple under Jonathan Ive

The Arctic Caribou Inn, aka, the “Hilton” of Deadhorse (Prudhoe Bay), Alaska. I drove up there once upon a time in early August, 2007.

The Arctic Caribou Inn, Deadhorse, Alaska

A curious wolf I came across one time in British Columbia, Canada.

A curious wolf in British Columbia, Canada

“Live the life you love.” As seen in Estes Park, Colorado.

Live the life you love shirt

The Welcome to Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna (Alaska) sign.

Welcome to Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna