I don’t know the original source of this image, but a friend posted it on Google+.

I’ve read this statistic several times, and it’s shocking every time I see it.

A woman in a bar in Nome, Alaska challenged female Iditarod sled dog racer Aliy Zirkle to arm wrestle her. As they arm-wrestled, the woman’s arm broke. Lesson learned: Don’t mess with Alaskan sled dog racers. The story is here on adn.com.

“The true practice of meditation is to sit as if you were drinking water when you are thirsty.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki

One thing I learned on vacation this week: It doesn’t hurt to ask for the “biggie” hotel room. Turns out they had a really nice discount on this nice size suite, which was much more comfortable than the usual little hotel room. (This room is a “mini suite” at The Lodge at Santa Fe, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.)

As a relatively short note today, you can display an HTML string in an Android TextView. However, this approach has severe limitations, and you’ll probably want to display your HTML in a WebView instead.

To display an HTML string in a TextView, you need to use the Android Html.fromHtml() method, as shown in this code:

I just read that there is land available about 23 miles south of Socorro, New Mexico for about $700/acre. That’s incredibly low to me, as land costs about $20,000/acre in rural Kentucky, and is much, much higher than that in Boulder, Colorado. The image shown comes from this website, which is selling the land.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about managing pitcher Kyle Hendricks. His style is 180 degrees opposite of a guy like football coach Chip Kelly, who seems to want to control everything. (Image from the Chicago Tribune.)

I was reminded of “Imposter Syndrome” yesterday. (Image from Wikipedia.)

“What is past is prologue.” An entrance to a government records building in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I was struggling to figure out how to add simple animations to an Android app while still trying to remain compatible with Android 4.1 until I just found this line:


Just add that line of code to the root container of your layout, and it will add a little animation to your view widgets. It may not be exactly what you want, but hey, it’s better than widgets just appearing and disappearing without any transition at all. If that isn’t exactly what you want, there’s another LayoutTransition technique shown here on SO that may help. See the Android Animation and Graphics Overview for even more approaches.

Dallas Seavey won the 2015 Iditarod race in Alaska, finishing the race at about four o’clock this morning in Fairbanks. He finished the race in eight days, 18 hours, 13 minutes and six seconds. The story is here at the Fairbanks News-Miner.

As we grow older
The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated
Of dead and living. Not the intense moment
Isolated, with no before and after,
But a lifetime burning in every moment
And not the lifetime of one man only
But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.

Old men ought to be explorers
Here and there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion
Through the dark cold and empty desolation,
The wave cry, the wind cry, the vast waters
Of the petrel and the porpoise. In my end is my beginning.

T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

“I didn’t really know how to write songs. I knew I wanted to write songs, but I didn’t know exactly ... you just wait around for inspiration? What was the deal? I learned through Jackson’s ceiling and my floor exactly how to write songs ... (he’d practice over and over and over again) ... and I thought, so that’s how you do it -- elbow grease, you know, time, thought, persistence.” ~ Eagles singer/songwriter Glen Frey, talking about Jackson Browne and learning how to write songs

Here’s some source code that shows how to add an Android OnClickListener to a CheckBox:

Bob was the first guy that wrote his own songs and recorded them that I had ever met. He said, “You know, if you want to make it, you’re gonna have to write your own songs.” And I said, “Well, what if they’re bad?” He said, “Well, they’re gonna be bad. You just keep writing and keep writing and eventually you’ll write a good song.” ~ Glen Frey, talking about Bob Seger and writing music

Earlier this week, seven of the top twenty mushers (racers) in the 2015 Iditarod race were women.

Net Neutrality explained by a nine year old child. From this Reddit page.

While almost all of the other sled dogs are sleeping, this one doesn’t seem to want to sleep. Photo from this Twitter page.

This is a little unusual for me, but I'm putting the following code here so I can remember how I implement a ViewPager in my current Android application. I want to put this code out here in its current state before it gets more complicated. In fact, I only wish I had copied it out here earlier, before I made it as complicated as it is.

The only things that are important to know are: