This photo looks like a sunset to me, but it’s from a sunrise in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Alvin Alexander | Java, Scala, Unix, Perl, Mac OS X
In an effort to “Get rid of the crap,” I asked my editor if we could delete an entire chapter from the Scala Cookbook, and she said yes. I didn’t know if they’d allow that since the advance they paid me is based on a proposal of X chapters, but they’re all-in on just trying to create a good book, which is nice.
“Having a direct experience of seeing everything one looks at (including one’s own body) as moving subatomic particles alters the perception of ‘me’ and of the substantiality of what we regard as ‘normal’ reality.”
“The path is the goal.”
When life gives you cream, make a White Russian. Dude.
I’m sitting here working this morning when I start to hear that familiar scratching, crawling sound outside. In a few moments, the squirrel’s head appears from the right side of the window. He’s hanging sideways, three stories off the ground, and looking in, about twelve inches from my face. It’s cold outside so I had the window closed, but I slide it open.
“Dude, Cheerios,” he says.
“Oh shoot, I forgot,” I say.
By the time I walk to the kitchen, get the box of Cheerios, and open the door to the deck, he’s already there, waiting.
A short review of the Wizard of Oz.
I have this “Doorbell broken, yell ‘Ding dong’ really loud” doormat. My neighbors seem to enjoy it.
Um, I’m pretty sure he plays tight end ...
“Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.”
~ Dr. Seuss
Since my MCAS/MCAD symptoms got worse over the last few years, I’ve had several weird skin reactions to different things. This image shows a reaction I had to some tape after giving blood yesterday. The tape was on for about thirty minutes when I noticed it felt weird, and then I saw this when I took it off. It’s similar to another skin reaction I had to wearing a mala/bracelet back in March.
As a brief note, I knew that the
sum function I wrote in my book on Scala and functional programming would return a wrong value if the sum of the integers in a list was greater than
Int.MaxValue, and I was curious how the built-in
sum method on lists handled the same problem. It turns out that it works in the same way.
So, if you need to sum a list of integers that may exceed
Int.MaxValue, you might need to write a sum function that calculates and returns the sum as a
Long. (The same is true for
defenseone.com reports that the CIA has at least 137 AI “pilot projects” in the works.
The first snowfall of the season is underway here in Broomfield, Colorado.
Sometimes I think working with LaTeX is like sitting at the controls of the Nebuchadnezzar in The Matrix.
The first snowfall in the Boulder/Lousiville/Broomfield, Colorado area is expected tonight and tomorrow.
In general I try to avoid swearing these days, but sometimes you just need to get your point across. Meditate, let it go ... forgiveness is good for your heart, and good for your soul.*
* Forgiveness doesn’t mean you should be a carpet for others to walk on.
One thing I learned about being a full-time, at-home writer: people don’t respect your time. It’s like, “You’re a writer? Haha, that’s funny. Why don’t you come over and help me paint my house? I’m counting on you.” That sort of thing.
On this day a few years ago, when I first moved to Colorado, I was living in two hotels and an apartment, a by-product of moving here from Alaska, with all of my belongings in my car. (Little did I know it, but I would move again a month later.)