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

This is the first tutorial in a three-part series on getting started with Scala.js. This tutorial will demonstrate the proverbial “Hello, world” introduction. After this “Hello, world” tutorial, the next two tutorials will show some more powerful things you can do with Scala.js.

When you are able to stay perfectly clear by cutting off all thinking and yet not falling into a trance-like sleep, this is sitting.

When inside and outside become one, and no circumstances can hinder you, this is Zen.

~ Zen Master Seung Sahn (image from the Kwan Um School of Zen Twitter account)

When inside and outside become one — Zen Master Seung Sahn

“I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned.”

~ Richard Feynman

I’m surprised that nobody I know knows the story Tiger Eyes, either the book by Judy Blume or the movie based on the book.

Probably the main theme of the book is about people who are afraid. Presumably they’re afraid of dying, and the result is that they’re afraid of living. Meanwhile, a teenage girl who has good reason to be afraid encounters these people who are afraid of life, and eventually realizes that a fear of life is no way to live. Despite a horrific thing that has happened in her recent past, she makes a conscious decision to live her life.

The Rocky Mountains this morning (June 16, 2019) when I was out looking for a new place to live in Colorado.

Rocky Mountains between two trees

To love the right,
Yet do so wrong.

To be the weak,
Yet burn to be so strong.

Go rider, although your ride has been through lies.
Go rider, see your soul through the devil’s eyes.

True confession: My signature looks like my dad’s because I used to write my own notes to skip high school (and I did that a lot).

(Probably inspired by Juan Epstein.)

Two horses in Kentucky, June 1, 2019.

Two horses in Kentucky

“If you have contact with pure consciousness even for a moment, you are liberated.”

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

“The real does not die, the unreal never lived. Once you know that death happens to the body and not you, you just watch your body falling off like a discarded garment. The real you is timeless and beyond birth and death. The body will survive as long as it is needed. It is not important that it should live long.”

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

At some point somebody was like, “Let’s get a mast cell — a type of white blood cell — from a bone marrow biopsy, magnify it 1,000 times, piss it off, and see what happens.”

The result? Ka-boom! It looks like a little firework went off when it released its histamine, tryptase, serotonin, superoxide, heparin, thromboxane, PGD2, PAF, and other granules.

That’s pretty much what it feels like, lol. I used to tell doctors that it felt like I had been drugged, and indeed, I was.

(Image from this nih.org research paper.)

MCAD: What an activated mast cell looks like

“To have never taken a solitary road trip across country? I mean, everybody’s got to take a road trip, at least once in their lives. Just you and some music.”

~ Claire in Elizabethtown

I’m so glad I listened to The Book Thief on my recent travels. The movie is okay, but the book is 100% better.

You’re not an official geek unless you’ve watched Firefly.

Firefly: Stop her from being cheerful, please

“Half of writing history is hiding the truth.”

~ Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity

Here’s a photo from Virginia Beach at sunrise in late May, 2019. I used a dark black and white filter when taking the photo, but everything else is natural.

Sunrise at Virginia Beach, May, 2019

While traveling recently for a niece’s wedding, I saw that John Cusack will be at the Louisville Palace on August 1, 2019. I was tempted to buy a ticket (or two), but managed to control myself. :)

John Cusack at the Louisville Palace (August, 2019)

“When I observe myself, I am really forced to admit that every day I am a prisoner of a thousand unsatisfied desires, or desires whose satisfaction brings me no permanent bliss.”

“So it seems that instead of endless running from one desire to another, it would be better to stop and examine the true nature of desire. If this investigation is successful, you will penetrate the nature of the true aim of all desire. What any desire really aims at is a state of non-desire.”

~ Jean Klein

Ben Evans has an interesting article from 2015 titled, Mobile is not a neutral platform. Here’s a good quote:

“Of course, all this sort of stuff is a big reason why Google bought Android in the first place — Google was afraid that Microsoft (it was that long ago) would dominate mobile operating systems and shut it out. The obvious fear was around things like preloads, and the justice of that fear was proven right with Maps, where Apple Maps now has 2-3x more users on iOS than does Google Maps, despite being a weaker product — the ‘good enough’ default wins and the platform owner chooses what that is.”

I drove through St. Louis this past weekend, and made this 96-second video of the St. Louis Arch, more properly known as the Gateway Arch.