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

“You want to know what your life will look like a year from now? Listen to what you’re saying when you talk to yourself. Your self-talk determines your future.”

~ from the book, Relentless Optimism

An “Alaska Stud Muffin” coffee mug. Back in the day I bought fine coffee mugs like these for friends and family.

Alaska Stud Muffin coffee mug

Less than 24 hours back in Colorado, and I made a woman cry today.

But it was a good thing.

We were talking and I mentioned something we had talked about previously, and she said, “I can’t believe you remember that,” and started crying.

Just like someone lifted my spirits back in December of 2005 (a story I wrote about recently), never underestimate the effects of a kind word.

~ August 29, 2018

I took this photo one day while driving back from the grocery store. When I lived in Talkeetna, Alaska, I would go to the grocery store in Wasilla, then take the back roads of Hatcher Pass to get back to Talkeetna, typically eating lunch at Summit Lake in the mountains. This is part of the dirt road I drove on.

Driving back from the grocery store (Alaska)

The green water of Summit Lake, at the top of Hatcher Pass.

Summit Lake at Hatcher Pass

Motivated by GraalVM, I rewrote my sbtmkdirs command using Scala. Here’s a link to the new Scala `sbtmkdirs` project on Github.

Havana, with Robert Redford and Lena Olin, is an underrated movie. It’s only rated a 6.0 on IMDB, but I’d give it more of an 8.0 or so.


I learned about “visual notes” as a way of capturing presentations last year, and I really like the technique. The image shows the visual notes from a talk titled, “Build Your Dreams”. The drawing/artwork is by Lynne Cazaly.

Build Your Dreams - visual notes

A little Iditarod humor in honor of the race starting today in Anchorage, Alaska. Photo from the Seavey family Ididaride website.

A flat tire in Alaska

I’m told that last August I drove from Kentucky to Colorado.

August drive from KY to CO

“Morbid and creepifying, I got no problem with, as long as she does it quiet-like.”

Thought of the last day or two: "Don't let what you don't have keep you from using what you do have." (Lou Holtz) Or in my case, "Don't let what you can't do stop you from doing what you can do."

Which reminds me of the song, Use What I Got, by Jason Aldean.

A famous and funny, “If you watch, if you help,” web design cartoon. From the book, The Non-Designer's Design Book.

Web design: If you watch, if you help

If you ever drive south out of Anchorage, Alaska to destinations like Seward and Homer, this is what you'll see as you exit Anchorage, due south.

The road south out of Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska travel tip: When the choice is a hot dog or reindeer sausage, go with the hot dog.

Alaska travel tip: Go with the hot dog (hot dog stand, Anchorage, Alaska)

Nagley’s Store, in beautiful downtown Talkeetna, Alaska.

Nagley’s Grocery Store in Talkeetna, Alaska

There was a time when I had the misconception that yoga is only about exercising the body. Then one day my wise teacher (who studied directly under Iyengar) told me, “If you aren’t paying attention to your actions, all you’re doing is stretching.”

[Dateline: The evening of May 5, 2007, On The Border restaurant, Louisville, Kentucky, after several pitchers of margaritas and beer, and three days before I would leave for Alaska.]

Brother-in-Law: Seriously man, I want to thank you.

Me: For what?

Brother-in-Law: You inspired me to start my business.

Me: That’s great, how did I do that? (Now I’m all geared up to hear a motivational story of how I inspired him.)

Brother-in-Law: I figured if you can start a business, anyone can.

I haven’t read this article yet, but it comes highly recommended: Quantum computing for the very curious.

“We don’t take any days for granted,” said Pagano, 58, whom the Bears hired in January. “Every day that we get, we try to kick its ass, take full advantage of it. If you get another one, we’re going to do the same thing the next day.”

“‘Live full, die empty’ is the motto now.”

~ from this story on Chuck Pagano