I don’t always get sick, but when I do ... it’s nice to find other people who are going through what I’ve been going through, and they still have a sense of humor about it. If you have a Pinterest account, this “My Mastocytosis” page is great.
Alvin Alexander | Java, Scala, Unix, Perl, Mac OS X
I think I originally saw this “kindness changes the brain” quote in a pschologytoday.com article titled The Positive Psychology of Kindness.
Started the drive back to Colorado at 5:50am EST Tuesday in Kentucky. Waited out the morning’s nasty snowstorm with some old-timers and truckers at a McD’s in Georgetown, Indiana.
Got tired of waiting, so when the snow let up a little I got back in the car. Maneuvered through snow-and-ice induced wrecks between Corydon and Evansville. Wanted to kiss the ground when it finally got dry after 11am. Drove through the sunset in Kansas, then followed the truckers, the Moon, and stars across the rest of Kansas and Colorado, arrived home at 12:20am MST Wednesday. Looking forward to seeing if the mountains are white whenever I wake up.
I call this image, “Purple sky, with sunrise in the side view mirror.”
Sunrise on the road, December 10, 2013. Somewhere in Kansas.
Farewell! If ne’er I see thee more,
Though distant calls my flight impel,
I shall not less thy grace adore,
So friend forever fare thee well.
Farewell, alas, the tragic sound,
Has many a tender bosom torn,
While desolation spread around,
Deserted friendship left to mourn.
Alas! and if we sure must part,
Far separated long to dwell,
I leave thee with a broken heart,
So friend forever fare thee well.
~ part of a poem i heard on Northern Exposure
Scala problem: You want to be able to read configuration files that are written in the Lightbend “Config” file format.Back to top
Lightbend — initially named Typesafe — created a configuration file format named HOCON, which stands for, “Human-Optimized Config Object Notation.” As an example, a small HOCON configuration file looks like this:
In Anchorage, Alaska, Walmart has apparently trained the ravens to help with the return of carts. If you look carefully you’ll see that there are at least five ravens in this photo.
Almost every product on this 1991 Radio Shack ad is now on your cellphone (sans the scanner and radar detector).
“What if I never find out who’s a good boy?”
As a brief note, if you ever need to use a different column separator when creating a table in Asciidoc, you can do so by specific the
separator field in the table preamble.
For example, in the following Asciidoc table I can’t use the default pipe character
| to separate the table columns, because I need to use that character in the content inside the table, so I set the separator character to be
<<methods_to_combine_cmds>> lists the ... .Methods to combine external commands [[methods_to_combine_cmds]] [cols=",",options="header",separator=:,] |=============================== :Methods :Description :`cmd1 #| cmd2` :The output of the first ... :`cmd1 ### cmd2` :`cmd1` and `cmd2` will be ... :`cmd1 #> cmd2` :Normally used to write to ... :`cmd1 #&& cmd2` :Run `cmd2` if `cmd1` runs ... :`cmd1 #|| cmd2` :Run `cmd2` if `cmd1` ... :`cmd1 #&& cmd2 #|| cmd3` :Run `cmd2` is ... |===============================
I shortened that content so you don’t have to read through all the non-essential text, but the image shows the actual resulting Asciidoc table.
In summary, if you needed to see how to create an Asciidoc table with a non-default table column separator, I hope this example is helpful.
Little drops of rain whisper of the pain
Tears of loves lost in the days gone by
My love is strong, with you there is no wrong
Together we shall go until we die
My, my, my, inspiration is what you are to me
Inspiration — look, see
And so today, my world it smiles
Your hand in mine, we walk the miles
Thanks to you it will be done
For you to me are the only one
Happiness, no more be sad
Happiness — I’m glad
~ Lyrics from the song Thank You, by Led Zeppelin, possibly my favorite band of all time. This is one of those songs where I can work while listening to it, no matter how loud you play it.
And the Earth just keeps getting hotter ... the image comes from this tweet.
As a brief note to self, if you ever want to write some code using Scala that recursively descends through a directory tree, here’s a solution that uses the Java
Files.walkFileTree method. First, here’s a skeleton class for the
SimpleFileVisitor part of the solution:
A tub of applesauce exploded when I returned to higher altitude (driving back to Colorado from Kentucky). I’m always surprised when that doesn’t happen to my brain.
~ December 7, 2017
“She seduced me with baked goods.”
~ Walter talking about Fauxlivia (alternate universe Olivia) on Fringe
“It Couldn’t Be Done,” a poem by Edgar Guest. Former Broncos head coach Red Miller passed away recently, and he said that this became his motto.
If you like signs, this signpost on the corner of 4th and F streets in Anchorage, Alaska shows the distance to many other cities in the U.S. and around the world.
A lot of people don’t believe it when they come to the Boulder, Colorado area, but there were very few, if any, trees in Boulder and other towns like Louisville naturally. As you can see in this image from the 1800s, there are a few trees on the left side of the image, which is west, and closer to the mountains. Louisville, Colorado is east of here.
This image comes from the City of Boulder Facebook page.