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

This is a postcard I picked up one day from the Talkeetna Roadhouse in Talkeetna, Alaska.

Talkeetna Roadhouse (postcard)

A “Love” sign you might find at a rest area somewhere in Virginia.

Love (a Virginia rest area sign)

My main project right now (through Valley Programming of Broomfield, Colorado) is porting my Just Be app to run on both Android and iOS. Hopefully I’ll have the initial add/edit/delete functionality working tomorrow, and then I can start on notifications this weekend.

Just Be app (iOS and Android)

Sometimes when I embark on little projects like my Scala file-find command, I think, “This is a waste of time, the existing tools are good enough.” But then, if I’m motivated enough — if I really want something — I think, “But I can use this better tool for the rest of my life...”

I just released the file-find command four days ago, and I use it almost every day while learning Flutter and Dart, so I think it’s going to be well worth it.

I’ll write about this a little more when I’m awake, but here’s a little look at ADTs implemented in Scala 2 (with traits and case objects) and Scala 3 enums.

ADTs is Scala 2 and Scala 3

“I though it was obvious, but apparently it's not. FP is not about not having side effects at all, otherwise it would be useless. It's just about deferring them for as long as possible, that's all.”

~ Alessandro Lacava, in this tweet

“You go through more iterations until you can simply deliver your message in a very concise way, and that is true to the Apple brand and everything we do,” recalled one person who took the course.

~ From this NY Times article on how Picasso’s The Bull helps Apple teach their style.

This article contains a fair balance of pointing out the good and bad of design at Apple under Jonathan Ive. Most people know the good parts, so this image shows a discussion of just two of the worst design decisions made by Apple’s design team. Other bad designs under Apple include pretty much every mouse ever made, the horribly infamous butterfly keyboards, and the trashcan Mac Pro design.

It seems like at some point every design quits thinking about what’s the best for the customer and succumbs to something that looks pretty. As the old saying goes, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Good and bad design at Apple under Jonathan Ive

“Always kiss me goodnight. Always kiss me goodmorning, too.”

~ as seen in a house in Florida

Always kiss me goodnight

I’ll guess that I’ve spent at least two or three months of my life living in a particular hotel in Virginia Beach (including finishing the Scala Cookbook there), and this photo/painting is an ode to that place.

Ode to the hotel in Virginia Beach

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

As I continue to work through photos, this is a photo of a painting of a church, which I believe I saw in the lobby of the La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Painting of a church, La Fonda hotel, Santa Fe, NM

I don’t remember exactly where I saw this painting, but I know it was somewhere in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Probably inside a large hotel I can’t remember the name of at the moment.

Painting of road, mountain, and rain, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Leaves here are already yellow, and the fireweed has died.

~ September 12, 2007, Denali National Park

Leaves are yellow, the fireweed has died

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

~ Pablo Picasso

“Meditation practice brings our neuroses to the surface rather than hiding them at the bottom of our minds. It enables us to related to our lives as something workable.”

~ Chogyam Trungpa

“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 alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

~ Mother Teresa

Here are a few images from a road trip I started on September 10, 2018. These are pictures from eastern Colorado early that morning, taken probably anywhere between Limon and western Kansas.

Colorado road trip, early morning

Colorado road trip, early morning

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

~ Mother Teresa