Make a game of active mindfulness meditation alvin October 15, 2019 - 6:35pm

The best advice I’ve gotten for practicing mindfulness meditation while not sitting in meditation – i.e., in active meditation – is to make something of a game of it. When I wash the dishes it’s like, “How deep can I get while I wash these dishes?” Or when talking to another person, you both put down the cellphones and think, “Okay, we’re both here right now, how much can we focus only on each other and be here in this moment while we talk? How deep can we go?”

I was reminded of this when I read this line recently: “Finally, I got it! The menial tasks I had been assigned to around the temple were meant to be an exercise in meditation. Whatever I was doing, my job was to try to stay in samadhi.”

(That quote comes from the book, The Science of Meditation.)

Airplane slogan: Longer, larger, wait, what? alvin August 4, 2019 - 6:05am

Looks like this airplane company might want to rethink how they place their slogan on their airplanes.

Caribou/elk at Rocky Mountain National Park alvin August 3, 2019 - 10:43am

I saw several fields of caribou/elk at Rocky Mountain National Park on July 31, 2019, a few only ~20 feet away from my car.

Two moose in Rocky Mountain National Park alvin August 1, 2019 - 1:43pm

Unfortunately this image (and accompanying video) are blurry — I didn’t want to get too close to them — but here are two moose in Rocky Mountain National Park, July 31, 2019.

Snow at the top of Rocky Mountain National Park alvin August 1, 2019 - 10:55am

I went up to Rocky Mountain National Park yesterday, and there was still some snow in the mountains. This snow is near the Alpine Visitor’s Center at a little under 12,000 altitude.

A huge federal deficit is not a good idea alvin July 31, 2019 - 9:54am

Creating a huge federal deficit during times of low unemployment seems like a ridiculous idea. It’s like racking up a huge credit card debt when you’re making good money. When times are hard, you’re not going to be able to pay off that debt and you’re going to have to declare bankruptcy.

How-to: Steps to create a Github pull request (git branch, etc.)

I haven’t worked on many open source projects, so my ability to fork a Github project, pull it down, create a branch, push that branch back, and then submit a pull request are weak, at best.

That being said, I’ve done it a few times lately, so I’m getting better at it. Today was a very smooth process, so I thought I’d make these notes while they’re still fresh in my mind.

A simulated pencil sketch of yours truly alvin July 30, 2019 - 10:00am

I reloaded Gimp with all of its custom special effects and in my copious spare time at night I’ve been working on a simulated sketch of yours truly (Alvin Alexander).

Maniac alvin July 30, 2019 - 6:42am

On the ice-blue line of insanity
Is a place most never see
It’s a hard-won place of mystery
Touch it, but can’t hold it

You work all your life for that moment in time
It could come or pass you by
It’s a push-shove world
But there’s always a chance
If the hunger stays the night

It can cut you like a knife
If the gift becomes the fire
On a wire between will and what will be

~ Michael Sembello

Trevor Bauer throws a baseball at least 340 feet alvin July 29, 2019 - 12:14pm

One thing that’s overlooked with Trevor Bauer throwing the ball over the center field fence when he was mad is that he threw it over 340 feet — more than the length of a football field.