If you ever wondered what happened to Dr. Joel Fleischman of Northern Exposure, here’s Rob Morrow performing a song named “Look at Me” with Carlos Calvo:

“My Guitar Gently Weeps” is played slowly by Tom Petty and others in this video, until Price walks onto the stage at 3:28 and picks up the pace with a tremendous performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. RIP, Prince, April 21, 2016.

Unfortunately there’s an animated GIF that runs non-stop on this page, but if it wasn’t for that, it looks like a really good ClojureScript interactive tutorial.

“If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.”

~ Edsger Dijkstra

A couple of years ago I was hoping the tech industry would realize that living in Alaska isn’t that bad, and it’s even insanely beautiful in the summer months. But now as I live in Colorado, with the population rapidly growing here, I hope the tech industry never discovers Alaska. There needs to be places with low population densities like Alaska, at the very least just so we can have vacations to “get away” from humanity for a while.

I’ve become a big fan of FAST Graphs over the last few months. They show a lot of good information about stocks in a compact, easy to read format. This video provides a little bit of information about how to use their charts:

A few funny tweets from the last 24 hours or so:

“I looked back, only to find that I’d moved on.” a glimmer

“I’ve talked the talk and walked the walk. Now I’m just gonna sit the sit if it’s all the same to you.” tony

“See if your child has learnt any swear words yet by turning the wifi off while they’re playing minecraft.” paul

“I bet sunsets are pretty romantic for people who don’t get anxiety about being on a planet that flies through space while it’s dark.” elizabeth is ruined

From this Space.com story, “Radioactive iron in moon rocks collected by astronauts on NASA’s Apollo missions suggests that a nearby supernova blasted Earth a few million years ago, according to a new study.”

When you have an MRI on your abdomen, the body parts that are being scanned get warm very fast. Which is kind of freaky.

If you’re ever interested in seeing the stocks that Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway owns, CNBC maintains this Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio Tracker.

The book Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street is one of the most highly recommended books by Warren Buffett. He told Bill Gates about it in 1991, and Mr. Gates calls it “the best business book he’s ever read.”

Whether you want to write basic Android applications or high-performance Android apps, you really need to know about multi-threading issues. For instance, you don’t want to block the GUI while waiting for a response from a web service. This is a good, short video about the Android ThreadPoolExecutor class:

I quit using Facebook about a month ago, and since then a few friends have written to ask why. The short story is that I don’t like seeing something in my life and then thinking, “Oh, I should post that on Facebook.” It’s like when you go to dinner with someone and you can tell that they’re itching to check their phone, or they want to take a picture of their meal so they can post it somewhere. I hate all of those feelings, and therefore I don’t use Facebook any more.

As a result of that feeling, and having been sick lately, and of having known a number of addicts during the last ten years, I appreciate what Johann Hari says in his TED Talk:

“I increasingly began to think that the connections we have are like a parody of human connection. If you have a crisis in your life you’ll notice something: It won’t be your Twitter followers or Facebook friends who come to sit with you.”

At the end he states very powerfully, and IMHO very accurately:

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection.”

Here’s his 15-minute talk:

Oh the weather outside is frightful ...

Actually, it’s not too bad, just a lot of snow, which seems a little weird for this time of year — April 17, 2016. It was supposed to end by 6am today, but it’s 10:30am right now, and it’s still coming down pretty good.

Which reminds me of this song, Like the Weather, by 10,000 Maniacs (Live, Unplugged).

Bassui wrote the following letter to one of his disciples who was about to die:

“The essence of your mind is not born, so it will never die. It is not an existence, which is perishable. It is not an emptiness, which is a mere void. It has neither color nor form. It enjoys no pleasures and suffers no pains.”

“I know you are very ill. Like a good Zen student, you are facing that sickness squarely. You may not know exactly who is suffering, but question yourself: What is the essence of this mind? Think only of this. You will need no more. Covet nothing. Your end which is endless is as a snowflake dissolving in the pure air.”

~ A story from Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

My printed book, A Survival Guide for New Consultants, has been available for a couple of years, and now it’s available in a free, online version at NewConsultantsBook.com:

As a short “note to self,” these are most of the steps I took in the last day to get my new Drupal website, A Survival Guide for New Consultants live:

Ars Technica says the HTC 10 is the best Android phone of 2016. The new design looks very nice. I like how there’s a little room under the sides when it lays on a flat surface. IMHO, that makes it a easier to pick up, whereas with flat phones you sometimes have to slide them off a flat surface to pick them up.

I don’t have much of a bucket list these days, but one thing I’d really like to do is go back to Key West, Florida and take this Stargazer Cruise. I’ve only been to Key West once, and I saw this cruise, but didn’t take it. I guess that in general, a goal of mine is to see the nighttime stars as much as possible, and this seems like a great way to see them.