Zen selfie stick alvin June 16, 2018 - 5:28pm

I don’t remember the original source of this Zen selfie stick image, but I like it.

If at first you don’t succeed ... alvin June 9, 2018 - 11:23am

I was reminded of this “If at first you don’t succeed, call it Version 1.0” saying this morning. You can find this t-shirt on Amazon if you’re interested.

Paraprosdokians alvin April 23, 2018 - 7:35pm

From a recent email:

Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. Winston Churchill loved them.
1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
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Every young person’s worth nightmare alvin April 12, 2018 - 10:11am

Mark Zuckerberg is now living out every young person’s worth nightmare: Trying to explain how tech stuff works to the nation’s elderly.

~ someone on twitter yesterday

Scala/FP: I can’t believe I used a var alvin April 3, 2018 - 9:21am

As part of the illness stuff I went through in 2014-2016, I have absolutely no memory of creating this Scala/FP “I can’t believe I used a var” image, but as I just ran across it while working on this website, I thought it was funny. Apparently I created it when I was writing about How to create outlined text using Gimp. (I do remember that someone else created an image of Martin Odersky with the same phrase.)

Don’t move or observe the coffee machine alvin April 1, 2018 - 8:23am

I don’t know the original source of this “Please don’t move/observe the coffee machine” image, but I just saw it here on Twitter.

Funny tweet alvin March 31, 2018 - 9:00am

“Rip our your heart and throw it in the bin.” A funny tweet from BBCBigField.

The phobia every writer experiences alvin March 1, 2018 - 10:16am

I went through this several times when writing the Scala Cookbook and Functional Programming, Simplified. In the end I just tried to think of myself, and write a book that would have been helpful to me five years earlier. (Image from this Twitter page.)

Asked for a book on Pavlov’s dog and Schrodinger’s cat alvin February 20, 2018 - 9:52am

I went to the library and asked for a book on Pavlov’s dog and Schrodinger’s cat. The librarian said it rang a bell but she didn’t know if it was there or not.

Zen koan: It would be better if you died

Zen koans often turn into humorous Abbott & Costello skits. For those new to Zen, the “It would be better if you died” reference just means that you should meditate like you’re in your coffin, which is further embodied in the Zen phrase, “Dead men have no desire.” (As long as you have desire, Zen will keep its distance from you.)

~ From the book, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones