This is a postcard I picked up one day from the Talkeetna Roadhouse in Talkeetna, Alaska.
Alvin Alexander | Java, Scala, Unix, Perl, Mac OS X
A “Love” sign you might find at a rest area somewhere in Virginia.
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.
“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
This medium.com 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.”
“Always kiss me goodnight. Always kiss me goodmorning, too.”
~ as seen in a house in Florida
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.
“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.
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.
Leaves here are already yellow, and the fireweed has died.
~ September 12, 2007, Denali National Park
“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)
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.
“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
~ Mother Teresa