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

To whoever wrote the anonymous comment a few nights ago, “I love you,” thank you, I appreciate it. Odds are, I love you, too. ;)

“Don’t worry, it’s just marketers collecting our personal data so they can create more relevant advertising for us.”

~ from @marketoonist

Don't worry, it's just marketers collecting our personal data

“May those who dream, lead.”

~ A character in a dream this morning

“The best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are ... good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the Sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.”

~ from the movie Juno

I watched The Time Traveler’s Wife for the first time tonight (I think). It was very good, but I wish he could sing.

Version 0.1.4 of “Learning Functional Programming in Scala” is now available. The latest changes are:

- 13 new chapters on the StateT monad and monad transformers
- Ten new chapters on Domain Modeling
- Two new chapters on ScalaCheck
- New appendices on Anonymous Functions, and using def vs val in traits
- The PDF now has small 113 chapters, four appendices, and is 983 pages long

To accompany this latest update, the book is on sale for a few days.

“You process things a little better when you put pen to paper.”

~ Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos QB on something he learned from Peyton Manning (and something a professor told me in college many years ago)

If you haven’t seen the movie I.Q., it’s a cute love story. This line in particular reminds me of a few people I’ve known who have great minds, but don’t seem to trust that.

I.Q., I have a great brain, and I should trust that

“The brain is the hardest part of the body to adjust in asanas.”

~ B.K.S. Iyengar

The brain is the hardest part of the body to adjust in asanas

A black bear walked into the Breeze Inn in Seward, Alaska, but was encouraged to leave.

Bear walks into the Breeze Inn, Seward, Alaska

Just found a checkbook from the college years. Balance peaked at $271, almost half of the “balances” were below zero.

The next release of Learning Functional Programming in Scala should be available by the end of the day (my day here in Colorado) Tuesday, September 12, 2017. If I add everything in, it will contain over 30 new lessons.

When I was a freshman in college I ended up spending a lot of days (and nights) in one of the girls’ dormitory buildings. My girlfriend shared a two-bedroom suite in a two-story building with another girl, who I think was at least a year or two older than I was.

There are only a few things I remember about the other girl. The first thing is that she was an extrovert and liked to have a good time. A second thing I remember was the time one of her relatives was going to come for a visit (her grandmother), I think, and she was vacuuming the apartment while smoking a joint to help her relax.

The third thing I remember is that she had a boyfriend at home, about 500 miles away, but after a while she also started seeing another guy at school. One day — I don’t remember the exact circumstances — I was standing in the doorway to her bedroom and she was sitting up in her bed, with her covers pulled up. I think her “school boyfriend” had just left the apartment, and I was either walking in or walking out at that time. I said hello to her, intending to keep moving on, but she said something I can’t recall that made me stop there in the doorway.

We usually only talked about “fun” things, never schoolwork or anything like that, but this time she seemed very serious, something was clearly on her mind. After a while she said, “Please don’t think less of me because of this (her relationship with this other guy). I ... I just don’t like to be alone.”

On other occasions she would joke about the song, Love the One You’re With, but on this rare occasion we had an honest moment.

This is an image from a calendar I found in Boulder, Colorado a few years ago. Each month had a different “peace” or “love” image like this one.

Calendar art: Go Places

The thing I like about my dreams is that they’re a great form of escapism/fantasy, like reading a great book or watching a movie. Last night, a long day in France.

Still a favorite quote from an all-time favorite movie, Peaceful Warrior.

You need to start asking better questions

Here are a few notes about using Scala traits as mixins, specifically:

- The order in which mixed-in traits are constructed
- The order in which overridden methods in traits are called when multiple traits are mixed in

Lessons on how to act, by Steven Seagal. :)

Steven Seagal

A “Luke/Vader” light switch. Clever. Geeky.

Luke/Vader light switch

I don’t know the original source of this image, but I’m going to take it to my surgeon next week and see if he gets a laugh out of it.

Husky with tennis ball in car