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Writing at the beach alvin April 4, 2017 - 6:36pm

I’ve made some good progress on the Scala/FP book recently. For whatever reason I had been having writer’s block, so I came out to the beach for a little while to help clear out my brain, and today in particular was very productive. For a while now I’ve known how the book would end, but I was having a problem getting from where I was to the end, and I got through most of that today.

In a slightly related note, here’s a blurry photo of a military ship out on the ocean.

Toxic algae blooms, from the oceans of California to Alaska

I have always said that humans aren’t smart enough to know what global warming (climate change) will result in. With warmer waters in the Pacific Ocean off of California stretching up to Alaska, toxic algae blooms have “severe consequences for the Pacific seafood industry, coastal tourism and marine ecosystems.” A short version of the story is here on ktuu.com.

Jenny Lane Cottage painting (Homer, Alaska)

This is a very small version of a “painting” I’ve been working on. It’s from a photo I took when I was staying at the Jenny Lane Cottage(s) in Homer, Alaska. I started with the photo, and have been working on it in Gimp until I finally came up with this image, which hopefully looks a little bit like an oil painting. I’ll be including the full size “painting” in a new app that I’m working on.

While converting a photo to a painting in Gimp is usually fairly easy, it took a lot of work to make sure the bench in this photo/painting came out the way I wanted it to. Even just a few months ago I wouldn’t have been able to create this the way it is. (For that matter I couldn’t have made the mountains in the background look the way they look only two weeks ago.)