august

Getting back to work (again, again ..) alvin August 14, 2018 - 4:28pm

The first time I started to go back to work after moving to Colorado, I ended up with thyroid cancer. Then I went unconscious seven times, had two fake heart attacks, and eventually learned I have a rare blood disease that caused those problems and more. Then I had diverticulitis twice, possibly epiploic appendagitis several times more, and ended up having to have part of my colon removed. Come September I’m not going to look for work, I’m just going to be like Kramer and show up at someone’s office.

The last day the Sun sets after 10pm alvin August 14, 2018 - 12:13pm

Tomorrow (August 15th) is the last day in 2018 that the Sun will set after 10pm in Talkeetna, Alaska.

Silent Lucidity (and lucid dreams)

If you open your mind for me
You won’t rely on open eyes to see
The walls you built within
Come tumbling down, and a new world will begin
Living twice at once you learn

You’re safe from pain in the dream domain
A soul set free to fly
A round trip journey in your head
Master of illusion, can you realize
Your dream’s alive, you can be the guide but

I will be watching over you
I am gonna help you see it through
I will protect you in the night
I am smiling next to you
(in Silent Lucidity)

(I’ve been having a crazy amount of lucid dreams lately, and as a result I can’t listen to this song loud enough.)

Fireweed blooming in Alaska (and winter coming) alvin August 9, 2018 - 4:12pm

With the fireweed blooming in Alaska, summer will soon be yielding to fall and winter.

Enjoyed Cowboys & Aliens in Wasilla, Alaska alvin August 9, 2018 - 4:11pm

Enjoyed Cowboys & Aliens at Wasilla’s fancy new stadium seating movie theater. How strange to walk out of a theater and into a valley of fireweed surrounded by misty mountains.

(A Facebook post from Wasilla, Alaska, August 9, 2011.)

Domata Peko and the national anthem alvin August 8, 2018 - 3:19pm

I’m a fan of Domata Peko of the Denver Broncos. This video helps to show why I like him, he seems like a bundle of happy energy, a real positive force. (There’s also that whole war battle thing, too.)

Starting to eat solid foods again alvin August 7, 2018 - 11:32am

Six weeks after colectomy surgery I’m able to eat some solid foods for the first time since October, 2017. I also hope to start practicing yoga again in a few weeks.

Waking up in a strange bed, but with a Cinnabon

I woke up on the left side of a king size bed this morning. It wasn’t my bed, but I was blanketed in a thick, soft comforter, which felt wonderful. I looked around briefly. Wherever I was, the room seemed very nice. It was light outside.

I’m surprised when functional programmers say bad things about Scala

I’m surprised when many functional programmers feel the need to say something bad about Scala. As a community, that makes them seem like a bunch of people who aren’t very nice. There are things I don’t like about Haskell, F#, Lisp, Scala, Kotlin, Go, Perl, PHP, Python, C, C++, etc., but I don’t feel the need to take pot shots at any languages or individuals.