2017

The Internet is broken (Evan Williams) alvin May 20, 2017 - 10:15am

“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Mr. Williams says. “I was wrong about that.”

~ Evan Williams, in a N.Y. Times article, The Internet is broken.

Snow alvin May 17, 2017 - 1:05pm

wunderground.com says we might have 1-3” of snow on Friday. I think that would be the latest snowfall we’ve had at ground level (not in the mountains) since I moved to Colorado.

Learning Functional Programming in Scala alvin May 15, 2017 - 4:18pm

Table of Contents

  1. The changes
  2. The plan
  3. Download
  4. Updates
Table of Contents1 - The changes2 - The plan3 - Download4 - Updates

Dateline May 15, 2017: Version 0.1.1 of my new book, Learning Functional Programming in Scala, is now available. Please read below for more details.

Some people are hard to love

Thought of the day: Some people are hard to love. I’m sure there are more categories than this, but the people I’m thinking of today are either mean, negative, self-pitying, or in other cases, they just don’t give you anything to love.

An important part of this thought for me is that none of this has to do with what a person looks like, it’s all about their attitude.

More of my Scala/FP book (free), coming soon alvin May 14, 2017 - 8:58pm

I was hoping to release the next version of my book on Scala and functional programming as a free PDF download tonight, but I ran into a couple of problems that I want to fix before I release it, and I’m too tired to do that tonight. I hope to release it tomorrow (Monday), and it should include over 600 pages, with 54 chapters and two appendices.

How far my diet has come

To show how far my diet has come, on May 13, 2013 I wrote this on Facebook: “Huh, the doctor was right. They do have vegetables at my grocery store.”

These days (May, 2017), 80-90% of my diet is organic vegetables.

1-800-NO-Flowers

1-800-Flowers should be renamed to 1-800-NO-Flowers, because an order I placed on the Tuesday before Mother’s Day — which I paid extra to have delivered on Friday — won’t be delivered until after Mother’s Day. Either they or FedEx screwed up the delivery, and now FedEx won’t deliver the order until next week, so with 36 hours left before Mother’s Day, 1-800-NO-Flowers-For-You! won’t do anything to correct the problem.

Set theory explained with southern colloquialisms alvin May 11, 2017 - 1:46pm

A visual image of the mathematical concept of “sets” using southern colloquialisms.

(I found this image on Twitter, but since I didn’t “like” it at the time I can’t find who created it, but I’ll link to them if/when I ever find the page again.)