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

Another cross-country move, another bean bag chair left with Goodwill.

~ September 1, 2011

Back in 2009 I went on a yoga retreat in Sayulita, Mexico, and thanks to a glitch in the scheduling, I stayed in this muy expensivo honeymoon suite on the top of the mountain.

Yoga retreat in Sayulita, Mexico

A young girl working in a doctor’s office was kind enough to refer to me as an “old guy” a few days ago. Yesterday I watched the first Firefly episode and laughed when I saw Shepherd Book referred to as “grandpa” several times. (“I never married,” he muttered in reply to Kaylee.)

~ March 27, 2014

Oooh, grandpa

While the Super Bowl was a disaster (from a Denver, Colorado, perspective), I’ll try to remember February 2, 2014, as the day I watched Love Actually. Still a favorite quote:

“Okay, dad. Let’s do it. Let’s go get the shit kicked out of us by love.”

Let’s go get the ---- kicked out of us by love

This photo was taken somewhere in British Columbia, Canada. I know where, but I’m not telling. :) The thing I don’t know is whether these trees are Aspen or Cottonwood or White Birch. I suspect that they are White Birch or Paper Birch, but I could easily be wrong, as I haven’t looked into it much, and didn’t ask any of the locals.

Aspen or Cottonwood trees, somewhere in Canada

My disability fraud neighbor finally got a job. I'd like to think it had something to do with my motivational speaking, but I think what really happened was that he needed some money to go on a date.

~ a note from Wasilla, Alaska, August 31, 2010

“Encourage the quest for happiness in your children, even if it takes them very far away from you.”

~ I don’t remember the source of this quote, but I like it

Here’s a little view of a road in the mountains of Hatcher Pass, Alaska.

Road in the mountains, Hatcher Pass, Alaska

It's a little disconcerting to walk up to the car repair shop and see some dude driving down the road in my car, window down, sipping a 32-ounce drink from a straw, and generally looking comfortable. They really took my “drive it as much as you need to” comment seriously.

~ Wasilla, Alaska, August 30, 2010

Here’s a quick example of how to use Scala 3 (Dotty) enums, including using them as constructor and method parameters, and in a match expression. First, some Scala 3 enums for a pizza store application:

Here’s my latest favorite coffee mug, given to me by a friend, and filled with some organic espresso this afternoon.

(And if you like coffee mugs, you might also like my article, How to design products people love.)

Latest favorite coffee mug (squirrel)

When I woke up last night it was a little windy outside, so I decided to unplug my MacBook Pro because the power tends to flicker here. When I picked up the MacBook I noticed that it was very warm, even though the lid was closed and it was in sleep mode. This morning I decided to dig into the “Why is my MacBook hot even though the lid is closed and it’s in sleep mode” question.

CNBC has a good YouTube story about why Tim Horton’s struggles in the United States (despite great success in Canada).

Why Tim Horton’s struggles in the United States

“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.

Havana