“I’m like a neurotic shark. If I stop worrying, I’ll die.” ~ Richard Lewis on the tv series Anything But Love

I just started reading the book 10% Happier by Dan Harris. Mr. Harris worked at ABC News when he suddenly had a panic attack on television in front of more than five million viewers. This is the story about how that incident led to him discovering meditation, and how meditation helped him become “10% happier.”

One of my nieces got marries recently, and I created this “cartoonized” image from a wedding photo using Gimp. It probably took about ten steps in this case, but I had to significantly reduce the light coming in the large window behind them; pump up the color a lot; apply several “artistic” filters to it (Van Gogh and Oilify, several times each); and then kept applying different levels of the “cartoon” effect. I didn’t really want a cartoon image, but I couldn’t get the Oilify image to look the way I wanted in the time allotted, so I applied the Cartoon filter, and I was happier with it.

I don’t know the original source of this image — I just saw it on a friend’s Facebook timeline — but it’s a clever way to demonstrate that fonts matter, that they can help to show feelings or emotion.

As a quick note today, the following Scala function is more or less the same as the Unix cat command:

I was curious about how the “input redirection” program on page 170 of Learn You a Haskell for Great Good (LYAH) worked, so I typed it into a file named do1.hs, with one additional line:

import Data.Char

main = do
    contents <- getContents
    putStrLn "dude"
    putStr $ map toUpper contents

The line I added is the putStrLn "dude" line.

I compiled it like this:

In case you wondered where Kotzebue, Alaska (population ~3,300) is, I hope this map is helpful.

One point worth mentioning is that there are no roads on most of the west side of that map. For instance, there is no way to drive from Fairbanks to Nome, Talkeetna to Nome, Fairbanks to Barrow, Nome to Kotzebue, etc. There is one road from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, and it’s called the Dalton Highway. That’s where the “Ice Road Truckers” drive.

Also of interest is that President Obama is nowhere near Alaska’s state capitol. In fact, Alaska is so big, Juneau, Alaska is not even on this map. It’s off the map to the lower-right.

Map courtesy of Google Maps.

I spent quite a few hours with someone recently who said things like, “I’d like to do this,” or “I’d like to do that.” These things were said in the context of helping other people, so that part was good. But then this person never did anything. They talked a good game, but when it came time for action ... nothing. This morning this reminds me of the phrase, “Deeds, not words.

When I had a medical procedure done a couple of weeks ago, the person who stayed with me watched the movie The Bucket List while I slept after the procedure. That made me think of coffee, both the coffee that is, ahem, produced by the cats, and the “Chock full o’ Nuts” cans. I decided to see if the “Chock” coffee was a real thing, and indeed it is. I ordered some on Amazon, and I have to say, it is very good. You can make it as weak or as strong as you like, and it’s very mild either way.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday. I like this quote from him about doing what he has to do to be consistent. (The quote comes from this espn.com page.) I see that he also talked about consistency when I posted this quote about ‘routines’ last year.

Instead of “officially” being named for a U.S. President who never visited Alaska, Denali finally has the correct official name. Politics and politicians, yeesh.

Without much discussion, here is some source code for a Scalaz 7 “Hello, world” example, using the Scalaz putStrLn function:

It’s official: Termination dust has appeared in Anchorage, Alaska. (Image from this Twitter page.)

After scoring a lot of runs during a 19-day homestand, the Chicago Cubs went on the road, and in back-to-back games they got to face Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw, and scored two runs in two games. Other Cubs teams may have panicked at this point, but this Cubs team seems to have a good attitude about the experience. Image from this mlb.com article.

This is an except from a story titled, The Taboo of Enlightenment, on Tricycle.com.

When I was 20-23 years old, I lived in this apartment building in Texas. I’m not sure about that red/brown tree in the foreground, but the big green tree in the middle of the building was there way back then. Thank you Google Maps for the opportunity to look back in time (without having to travel 1,000+ miles).

Acting is something I do,  but it’s not who I am.” ~ Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman, speaking to Darren Burrows off-camera on the Northern Exposure set.

Mr. Westerman played “One Who Waits” on Northern Exposure, and Mr. Burrows played Ed Chigliak. I found this quote in Mr. Burrows’ book, which can be found on the ReturnToCicely.com website.

I don’t mean to brag, but if you have the mug ...