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

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.

Ode to the hotel in Virginia Beach

“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.

Painting of a church, La Fonda hotel, Santa Fe, NM

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.

Painting of road, mountain, and rain, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Leaves here are already yellow, and the fireweed has died.

~ September 12, 2007, Denali National Park

Leaves are yellow, the fireweed has died

“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)

When inside and outside become one — Zen Master Seung Sahn

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.

Colorado road trip, early morning

Colorado road trip, early morning

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

~ Mother Teresa

Now you’re punching and you’re kicking
And you’re shouting at me
I’m relying on your common decency

So far it hasn’t surfaced
But I'm sure it exists

It just takes a while to travel
From your head to your fist

~ from the song, People Are People

Back in 1912, a little newspaper article warned people about global warming. Per Snopes, the original story was written a year before this one.

Global warming in the news in 1912

I wanted some specific features in a “find” utility, and when I couldn’t figure out how to get them with combinations of find, awk, and other Unix commands, I wrote what I wanted in Scala. Those features are (a) showing matching filenames, (b) showing the line that matches my search pattern, and underlining the pattern in the output, (c) showing the line numbers of the matches, and (d) showing an optional number of lines from the file before and after each match.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

~ Maya Angelou

Back when I was writing Functional Programming, Simplified I started to write a little Scala/FP “To-Do List” application that you can run from the command line, based on a similar application in the Learn You A Haskell For Great Good book. For reasons I don’t remember, I decided not to include it in the book, and forgot about it until I started using GraalVM (“Graal”) recently.

From LoriDuffWrites.com:

“One thing Scottoline is very good at, is something that many authors are not, and it is a pet peeve of mine. There is a rule in writing – if you put a gun on the mantelpiece in a scene, sometime later that gun needs to be fired. Red herrings are ok, but you can’t have irrelevant details or facts. Scottoline fires every single one of her guns, and that makes me happy.”

I didn’t like parts of Lisa Scottoline’s earlier books because she actually violated this “rule” quite a bit, but in her book, Killer Smile, she keeps the action moving and eliminates at least 90% of the “irrelevant details or facts” that I didn’t like in her earlier books. (Killer Smile is really good.)

If you know where to look, you too can find this 12,005’ altitude sign in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), in the Estes Park, Colorado area.

12,000 feet up in Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park area)

If you ever visit the Boulder, Colorado area you’ll hear of the “flatirons.” Many stores and businesses are named after them. This is them.

The flatirons, Boulder, Colorado

I just saw this scene on the first episode of Season 2 of Longmire. I felt that way once or twice in Alaska, but never did what Vic did in the second image, or what she tried immediately after that.

Longmire, Vic, and the buffalo