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

The first snowfall of the season is underway here in Broomfield, Colorado.

First snowfall, Boulder, Colorado, October, 2017

Sometimes I think working with LaTeX is like sitting at the controls of the Nebuchadnezzar in The Matrix.

LaTeX and The Matrix

The first snowfall in the Boulder/Lousiville/Broomfield, Colorado area is expected tonight and tomorrow.

First snow, Boulder, Colorado, October, 2017

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.

Let it go (meditate)

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.)

Denver Broncos’ linebacker Von Miller helps out at a restaurant that’s been across the street from Texas A&M forever. (Image from this Twitter page.)

Von Miller at the Dixie Chicken

No telling what I was doing, but I just found my toothbrush with the silverware in the dishwasher.

“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.

It couldn't be done ~ Poem by Edgar Guest

“Sooner or later, we all go through a crucible ... Most believe there are two types of people who go into a crucible. The ones who become stronger from the experience and survive it, and the ones who die. But there’s a third type. The ones who learn to love the fire and choose to stay in their crucible because it’s easier to embrace the pain when it's all you know anymore.”

Sebastian Blood, Arrow

“It’s going well. It’s a difficult case, though, to give a man back his heart.”

A quote from the movie Michael

In case you missed the news, after that drawn-out legal battle about Java and Android, Oracle doesn’t want Java EE any more, and it was adopted by the Eclipse Foundation. has an interesting inside story of how the Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around “duet” came to be. According to the studio engineer, it wasn’t a duet at all.

And to all a good night ... a photo of a sunset over the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado, October 4, 2012.

“Real marriage is when two individuals share the same goals in life, and want to help each other attain those goals.”

~ Swami Satchidananda

While I’m on the treadmill, an extremely large, muscular guy walks into the fitness center. He looks at the big-screen television, which is currently playing a commercial, and then looks at me. “You watchin’ this?,” he asks forcefully.

As he turned to look at me, the show I was watching came back on. I catch my breath, point at the tv, and say, “The Princess Bride.”

He turns and looks back at the tv for a few moments. “Cool,” he says, and begins to lift some weights.

I don’t know the original source of this image about “delegation” in computer programming (starring Inigo Montoya of The Princess Bride), but I like it.

Delegation, by Inigo Montoya of The Princess Bride

This is a small image of a painting I bought a few years ago in Santa Fe, New Mexico, called “Starry Night Over Santa Fe.”

Starry Night Over Santa Fe

From the Georgia O’Keefe museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.