February 24, 2020: Per the Anchorage Daily News, Donald Trump, Jr. has a license to kill grizzly bears in northern Alaska.
Alvin Alexander | Java, Scala, Unix, Perl, Mac OS X
FATHER, TALKING TO HIS SON: Life is a pain in the ass. I’ll tell ya’, you know. You work hard, try to provide for the family, and then for one minute ... everything’s good. Everyone’s well, everyone’s happy, and in that one minute you have peace.
SON: Pop ... this isn’t that minute.
~ from the movie, While You Were Sleeping
Happy Twin Peaks Day! (February 24th)
When I first looked at the
sortInPlaceBy method that was introduced on mutable sequences in Scala 2.13, I couldn’t figure out exactly what it was supposed to do.
Unable to find any examples of “scala sortInPlaceBy” on planet Earth this evening (February 23, 2020), I had to resort to some actual work, and looked at the Scaladoc.Back to top
Reading the Scaladoc
This is what I see when I look at the Scaladoc for
sortInPlaceBy on the
def sortInPlaceBy[B](f: (A) => B)(implicit ord: Ordering[B]): ArrayBuffer.this.type
You can’t see by looking at that method what
A is, so I scrolled up to the top of the page and saw this at the beginning of the Scaladoc:
“His name’s Chappy.”
For me, seeing the University of Louisville (UL) and Texas A&M play this afternoon must be how it feels to see two of your kids fighting. When I went to UL I lived in the basement of the house on the left, and when I went to A&M I lived in that brick and cinder block place on the right.
As George Costanza would say, “An Al divided cannot stand.”
According to the City of Boulder, Colorado Government Facebook page, this photo from 1866 is one of the oldest known photos of Boulder, Colorado. As someone commented on that page, there are no trees shown in the area. I’m told that pretty much every tree you see in Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Broomfield, etc., was planted by man.
The “Nome National Forest.” The Iditarod race ends in Nome, Alaska, somewhere near here.
If you didn’t realize it, this is actually a joke. What you’re seeing is a bunch of Christmas trees shoved into the snow on top of some sea ice.
The image comes from this Twitter page.
Nansen and Joshu teamed up for some of the best stories in Zen literature. I’ve seen this exchange many times, but this particular translation comes from the book, Making Zen Your Own.
This is the church for the children (el ninos) next to El Sanctuario de Chimayo, just north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Seeing that we had another snow storm here in Colorado, I thought I'd share another photo of El Sanctuario de Chimayo in the winter. (El Sanctuario de Chimayo, near Santa Fe, New Mexico)
As I continue to work through photos, this is a photo of a painting of a church, which I believe I saw in the lobby of the La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Famous presidential quotes:
Kennedy: We choose to go to the Moon ...
Reagan: Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall.
Trump: Do I look like a guy who needs hookers?
“Always do what you are afraid to do” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
A great Harley-Davidson motorycle ad: “If you didn’t have to answer to anyone, what would you do?”
“One woman can make you fly like an eagle, another can give you the strength of a lion, but only one in the cycle of life can fill your heart with wonder and the wisdom that you have known a singular joy.”
The Flying Squirrel Bakery/Cafe in Talkeetna, Alaska opened right before I moved away from Talkeetna. I used to go there for a cup of coffee while I was writing, and they also served some excellent brick oven pizza. It’s one of the rare restaurants that isn’t in the downtown Talkeetna area. If you’re leaving town, it’s a few miles down the road on your left hand side.