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

The thing I don’t understand about modern-day republicans is that back in the day they were known as being fiscally conservative, but these days, especially with Trump and McConnell in control, they are racking up insane levels of debt.

I can seeing racking up debt during a time when the economy is down, but racking up debt when unemployment is at all-time lows is like creating enormous credit card debt while you have a huge income, i.e., you create credit card debt that exceeds your income, no matter how high your income is. It makes no sense, and it puts a horrible burden on the future United States economy.

For more information, see this Washington Post story.

U.S. budget deficit up 26%, nears $1 trillion

I was going to write more about this, but instead I’ll just share this link to RamDass.org related to a soldier asking him, “What are you, some kind of yogurt?”

My main project right now (through Valley Programming of Broomfield, Colorado) is porting my Back To Now mindfulness reminder app (formerly named Just Be) to run on both Android and iOS. It’s great to have a toolkit where I can write an app for Android and iOS using one set of code.

Just Be app (iOS and Android)

Donald Trump wants to build a wall in Colorado ...

Trump wants to build a wall in Colorado

My free Back To Now app is now available for iOS and Android devices. For more details, see our blog post on the Valley Programming website.

Hatcher Pass, Alaska, October 20, 2010.

Hatcher Pass, Alaska

“Train people well enough so they can leave; treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

~ Richard Branson

“Better to be on the edge of a party, don’t you think?” Good line, great movie.

Better to be on the edge of a party, don’t you think?

ADN.com has this nice list of things to do in Anchorage, Alaska on New Year’s Eve.

Back on December 31, 2010, I was trying to make my way to Seward, Alaska, but had a problem with icy roads, and couldn’t find chains to fit my tires, so after a few hours I finally gave up on the trek and stopped in a hotel in Anchorage. They started the fireworks at 5 or 6pm (because of the whole darkness thing), and various shows went on all night, which was pretty cool. Happy New Year’s Eve!

I worked on some tools and processes today, so sometime soon we should have PDF, EPUB, and MOBI versions of “Scala Book” available.

Linux/Unix FAQ: Can you share some Linux find command examples?

Sure. The Unix/Linux find command is very powerful. It can search the entire filesystem to find files and directories according to the search criteria you specify. Besides using the find command to locate files, you can also execute other Linux commands (grep, mv, rm, etc.) on the files and directories you find, which makes find extremely powerful.

Amelia: How do you feel about me now?

Nick: I fell in love with you the first time I saw you — that’s crazy. I didn’t even know you, it was just this idea of you. And then ... it just wasn’t what I thought.

[Then he says something about the way she kisses, and she slaps him.]

Amelia: Hey. I’m not an idea of a person. I’m an actual person.

[She walks away.]

~ from New Girl

Season 2, Episode 3 of New Girl is titled “Fluffer,” and without getting into the details, it reminds me that I ended two friendships for the same “fluffer” reason, I just didn’t know there was a name for it.

When watching the Limitless tv series, I always wondered what the CJC was. I knew it’s supposed to be some sort of FBI office in New York, but I thought they never explained what “CJC” stands for. Then today, when I had the fourth episode playing while I was doing dishes, I saw that CJC stands for Cross Jurisdictional Command, as shown in this image.

Update: After some more googling, I’ve read that the CJC is a fictional office, meaning that there really is no such thing as a CJC office in New York city. So, that case is solved. :)

(In slightly-related news, Limitless is also one of my favorite tv series that lasted only one season.)

Limitless tv series: What is the CJC?

The best advice I’ve gotten for practicing mindfulness meditation while not sitting in meditation – i.e., in active meditation – is to make something of a game of it. When I wash the dishes it’s like, “How deep can I get while I wash these dishes?” Or when talking to another person, you both put down the cellphones and think, “Okay, we’re both here right now, how much can we focus only on each other and be here in this moment while we talk? How deep can we go?”

I was reminded of this when I read this line recently: “Finally, I got it! The menial tasks I had been assigned to around the temple were meant to be an exercise in meditation. Whatever I was doing, my job was to try to stay in samadhi.”

(That quote comes from the book, The Science of Meditation.)

“The whole essence of Zen consists in walking along the razor’s edge of Now.”

~ Eckhart Tolle

Having lived with many great dogs (and a couple of cats), I just orded this book by Eckhart Tolle. The few pages I can see on the Amazon preview look great. It looks to be more about “mindfulness” and “spirituality” than “religion,” which suits me well. I’m looking forward to it.

Eckhart Tolle, Guardians of Being: Spiritual Teachings from Our Dogs and Cats

The bad news is that I have the flu. The good news is that I’ve watched the first 25 episodes of New Girl (though I wasn’t conscious for all of them, and I’m not sure what happened to Coach).

I haven’t binge-watched anything like this since I had a bad infection after having my gallbladder removed.

One small step for me, and I don’t know if it will help mankind at all. But Hello, Scala is now called Scala Book, and you can find it here on scala-lang.org.