Alvin Alexander | Java, Scala, Unix, Perl, Mac OS X

The “TMS For A Cure” website has this great page on medications to treat mast cell disorders.

2017 Iditarod: “The 57-year-old musher from Sterling won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, shattering the speed record by nearly eight hours to steal the title of fastest Iditarod musher ever from his much-younger son, Dallas. ‘Fifty-seven used to be old, and it’s not anymore. I’m just letting you know that,’ Mitch Seavey said.”

See this Alaska Dispatch News story for more information and a nice video.

I just saw this video for LiquidText. It made me think that this is the sort of functionality I always wanted from Amazon Kindle. More accurately, I knew I didn’t like how Kindle worked, and LiquidText makes you think, “See, there it is, that’s what I want.” (I’ll know it when I see it.)

espn has a nice story on how teammates of Jose Fernandez dealt with his death.

How teammates dealt with the death of Jose Fernandez

From this NY Times article: “But when it comes to the burden of disease,” he added, “some of the leading risk factors are not high intake of unhealthy foods, but low intake of healthy foods.”

As one example, I read in a book about food-related diseases that red meat isn’t necessarily bad for people, it’s just that people in the U.S. tend to eat red meat without eating anything healthy along with it.

Heart disease deaths linked to poor dietary choices

I was surprised to see that Deshaun Watson’s max football throwin velocity was only 49 mph at the 2017 NFL Combine. (Image/data from Dane Brugler.) As Benjamin Allbright writes, “Over 55 mph doesn’t guarantee success, but under it pretty much guarantees failure.”

Deshaun Watson's football velocity

I see this morning that people are referring to the proposed 2017 healthcare plan as the Republican Insurance Plan — R.I.P., for short.

If you want to turn off the Android haptic feedback vibration setting on Android 7, I just found that you have to follow these steps:

Settings > Sound > Other sounds > Vibrate on tap

It feels odd that the setting is buried under the “Sound” setting, but there it is.

How to turn off the Android haptic feedback vibration setting

“I don’t understand, why do I keep losing things?”

“This is a dream,” Bec said. “Things have a way of coming and going.”

“Oh yeah, right, right,” I said, gently poking the chair next to me like Monk. “It always seems so real.”

“Do you need to get some sleep?”

“No, I’m good now. I just got lost in it for a moment. Let’s do something.”

“Like what?”

And thus the adventure began ...

(A little story based on a dream from March 12, 2015.)

When Mrs. Albert Einstein was asked if she understood her husband’s Theory of Relativity, she replied, “No ... but I know my husband, and he can be trusted.”

As a quick note, if you need an example of how to write a Scala shell script that reads from STDIN (standard input) and writes to STDOUT (standard output), this code shows a solution:

#!/bin/sh
exec scala -savecompiled "$0" "$@"
!#

import scala.io.StdIn

var line = ""
while ({line = StdIn.readLine(); line != null}) {
    println(line)
}

From what I can tell by the interactions on the The Mastocytosis Society group on Facebook, there is at least a 10:1 or 20:1 ratio of women to men who have mast cell diseases. Or, more accurately, those are the ratios of people who (a) know they have mast cell diseases and (b) interact in this group on Facebook.

Lisa Klimas at MastAttack.org has a nice mast cell disease fact sheet, including the information on the image shown.

Mast cell disease fact sheet

My immune system has been struggling the last two weeks since I had some bad Kroger yogurt. (The yogurt didn’t taste bad, but I got very sick within an hour of eating it.) Today I put a mala on my wrist like I have 10-15 times this year, and after a little while it felt like it was itching and burning. This is what my skin looked like almost half an hour after I took it off. I’m assuming that this is a result of the mast cell disease (MCAS).

MCAS skin reaction

As a quick note (circa March 10, 2017 and Android 7), I filed an Android bug report recently, and when I did, one of the Android developers asked if I would file an Android bug report. To do so, they gave me these instructions:

“After reproducing the issue, navigate to developer settings, ensure ‘USB debugging’ is enabled, then enable ‘Bug report shortcut’. To take bug report, hold the power button and select the ‘Take bug report’ option. Note: Please upload the files to google drive and share the folder to android-bugreport@google.com, then share the link here.”

I thought that was interesting, I had never seen the “Bug report shortcut” approach before.

If you ever want to write your own book as an Amazon Kindle book, here’s the Kindle “supported formats” page.

Android 7 comes with a cool new “split screen” feature where you can look at two apps running at the same time. This little pictorial/tutorial shows how to use this split-screen feature.

Per this article on healinghistamine.com, some natural mast cell stabilizers are: Khellin; Quercetin; Epigallocatechin gallate (a green tea compound); Silibinin (from milk thistle); Ellagic acid; Reservatrol; Curcumin; Garcinia mangostana (mangosteen).

The author further states, “Also in the bioflavonoid family are luteolin and apigenin, the latter of which can be found in parsley, celery, rosemary, oregano, thyme, basil, coriander and artichokes.”

I’ve been seeing a therapist for the last several years. With all that I’ve been going through, it’s been nice to have someone to talk to.

When I got to her office last night there was nobody else there, so we just sat in the lobby and started talking. But after a while some other people came in, so we had to move.

When we got up to move I used telekinesis to move some of the chairs and our things. “How .. how .. how are you doing that?”, she stammered.

“Well, I guess I think about the objects, and I kind of ask them if they’re okay with moving, and then I kind of create my own gravity, or maybe something like a tractor beam, and well, then I move them.” Nobody had ever asked me that before, so my answer wasn’t very well thought out.

Anyway, she said I’m doing fine, but she took a couple of pills herself.

#dream