march

That time I ended up in Vail

On the drive back from Vegas this weekend, the road got icy in the mountains near Vail, so I decided I better pull off and stay at a hotel, or sleep in the car if necessary. I wasn’t happy about it. Even though it was after 2am, I was jacked up on Mountain Dew, and just wanted to finish the last ninety miles to get home.

I got off the interstate at the next exit. The roads were nasty slick, and I slid around the dark collection of motels and gas stations until I saw a skanky motel whose “Vacancy” sign was lit. My car couldn’t make it up the motel’s hilly entrance, so I parked in an open flat area below, grabbed a bag, and walked five minutes in the freezing precipitation to get to the motel entrance, finding footing anywhere I could.

Heart disease deaths linked to poor dietary choices

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.

Why do I keep misplacing things?

“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.)

Instructions for filing an Android bug report

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.

Seeing a therapist

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

Async is not about performance - it’s about scalability alvin March 8, 2017 - 9:00am

“Async is not about performance – it’s about scalability.”

From this tweet by Viktor Klang, Lightbend

Good news (finishing book), bad news (syncope)

March 4, 2017: I’m glad to say that I’ve found a good way to write the end of my book on Scala and functional programming, and I’m writing as fast as I can to get that completed. Unfortunately the bad news is that I started getting sick again this week (pre-syncope and syncope (passing out)), and it’s been slow going because of that. But if I can stay alive, I’m finally happy with how this book is working out.

“Wrong eyes” alvin March 2, 2017 - 10:36am

“Wrong eyes.”

(What I told myself during a lucid dream last night. I was flying, things got dark as I flew higher, so I thought “Open your eyes,” only to find myself staring at the bedroom ceiling while still dreaming.)