Al as in Alvin

“Hi, I’m Al.”


“Um, no, Al. A-L. As in Alvin.”

“Oh, we thought maybe you meant, EL. E-L. As in, Elvis.”

~ a conversation with two girls from Mississippi many years ago

Things related to being named Alvin Alexander

One thing about being named Alvin Alexander is that I’ve been called Al, Alvin, Alex, and Alexander by various people lately. I don’t mind any of them, but I laugh at Alex because I used that as a fake name when I traveled to Alaska in 2007 and 2010. (I was also known as Ken in Alaska.)

One thing about specifically being named Alvin is that when people are happy with me they call me Al, and when they’re unhappy they tend to yell, “Alvin!” I don’t know if that’s just a chipmunk thing or if everyone with a multi-syllable first name goes through it, but I’ve noticed that as well.

Java: How to get the name of the current thread alvin March 2, 2019 - 11:04am

When you’re working with multi-threaded programming in Java — such as when working with Thread, Runnable, SwingUtilities.invokeLater, Akka, futures, or Observable in RxJava — you may need to get the name of the current thread as a way to debug your code. Here’s how you get the name of the current thread in Java:

Scala: How to get the current month as a number or string

Table of Contents1 - Get the current month as an integer number2 - How to get the current month as an abbreviated string3 - How to get the full month name4 - A note about SimpleDateFormat and Locale5 - Summary

Scala FAQ: How do I get the current month as an integer or as a string in Scala?

My last name isn’t really Alexander

My last name isn’t really “Alexander.”

But it’s not a witness-protection thing or an adoption thing, it’s an Ellis Island thing.

As the legend was told to me late in my teenage years, my great-grandparents on my dad’s side of the family immigrated into the United States through Ellis Island. As they were going through the immigration process, a worker at Ellis Island asked what their last name was.