One of my uncles was Mousey Alexander. I didn’t know him very well, only meeting him a few times that I can recall. The most I remember about him was watching him play at a jazz club in Chicago one time when I was a young teenager, and also spending a little time with him on a vacation in New York. (In particular I remember going fishing with him and my dad in New York. We caught something like 40 small fish in an hour or two. Every time we dropped a line in the water we caught a fish in a matter of moments.) I also remembered that he called a lot of people “cat” or a “cool cat.”

I was told that he played on the Johnny Carson show and also played at The White House. I think he’s most well known for playing with Benny Goodman and Clark Terry. If you’re interested you can read more about him at that Wikipedia link, and thanks to YouTube you can also find some of his performances there as well, including this Doc Severinsen “Airmail Special.”

When I first saw this photo I thought, “Those brown spots can’t be Kodiak grizzlies ... or that’s an enormous fish.” Turns out that enormous fish is just one of many whales that have died in the Gulf of Alaska this year in what is termed “an unusual mortality event.” If you read this story on the Alaska Dispatch News, you’ll see that there is a lot of bad news in the Pacific Ocean, from Alaska to California.

Pretty much everything I know about country music involves Willie Nelson, The Dixie Chicks, and a few songs by Kenny Chesney. But yesterday I had this thought in my mind about “living on borrowed time,” and I remembered the beat to an old song based on those lyrics. Long story short, after googling the lyrics for about 15 minutes I discovered that the words of the song I had been humming were not “living on borrowed time,” but “living on Tulsa time.” The song is by Don Williams, and how I ever heard it in the first place I’ll probably never remember.

Thought of the day: Every atom in your body is as old as the universe.

Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs,” updated for 2015. Image from this Twitter page.

Some of the best quotes from former football coach Bum Phillips (many of them from here):

“You fail all the time, but you aren’t a failure until you start blaming someone else.”

“Two kinds of players ain’t worth a damn: One never does what he’s told, and one who does nothin’ but what he’s told.”

“The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.”

“Coaching is not how much you know. It’s how much you can get players to do.” (The same is true for managing people.)

“Hey, I fixed your toilet paper. It was hanging upside down on the roller.” once again ranks Louisville, Colorado as a best place to live.

“Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships.” ~ Linus Torvalds

More from this link: “git actually has a simple design, with stable and reasonably well-documented data structures. In fact, I'm a huge proponent of designing your code around the data, rather than the other way around, and I think it's one of the reasons git has been fairly successful […] I will, in fact, claim that the difference between a bad programmer and a good one is whether he considers his code or his data structures more important.”

If you seem to value other people’s opinions over yours, this is another good article from How to Avoid the Empathy Trap.

These are some nice tips on how to stay mindful while at work. The image is from this article on

A cute photo of sled dog puppies at Denali National Park, from this Keys To Freeze Facebook post.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a very interesting game of adjustments. Chicago Cubs rookie phenom Kris Bryant has been going through major growing pains recently, but this image comes from this article about Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Corey Kluber, who was having a very rough 2015 season after an excellent 2014 season.

Per this article, the #1 predictor of career success is not necessarily who you know, but how many people you know. (Though I’m sure it doesn’t hurt to be born with a silver spoon in mouth.)

Alan Watts on writing: “Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone.”

“Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.” ~ Alan Watts

Here’s a link to an article titled Overhauling the Twitter experience on Android. While the article itself is very good, the ironic thing is that Twitter’s Android app is horrible, mostly because I can never get it to update my timeline. The app seems to think the data is up to date, when in fact it is not.