Karma goes on for generations alvin September 2, 2017 - 1:06pm

I don’t know how my father was raised, but at times he could be domineering, mean, and negative. That has created a “cause and effect” karmic ripple that continues to influence people generations later, and long after his death.

(To be clear, he wasn’t all bad.)

The karma of a pessimist alvin August 1, 2017 - 12:30pm

“You will not be punished for your anger.
You will be punished by your anger.”


As you can tell from this book, when I was young, I was a pessimistic person, but as I grew older, I worked hard to change my attitude into a positive, can-do person. If you think you can’t change your attitude, I’m living proof that you can.

How complaining rewires your brain for negativity alvin June 14, 2017 - 11:16am

I’ve read before that practicing attitudes like gratitude and humility can help re-program the brain in a positive way. Conversely, you (or your toxic parents) can also train the neural network in your brain to tend towards negative thoughts. I thought of this when I saw this article by Annie Wood titled, How complaining rewires your brain for negativity (and how to break the habit).

Some people are hard to love

Thought of the day: Some people are hard to love. I’m sure there are more categories than this, but the people I’m thinking of today are either mean, negative, self-pitying, or in other cases, they just don’t give you anything to love.

An important part of this thought for me is that none of this has to do with what a person looks like, it’s all about their attitude.

A Scala 'signs are opposite' function (positive, negative) alvin March 22, 2012 - 11:54am

Here's the source code for a Scala function to determine whether signs (positive, negative) of two values are opposite:

Consulting advice: Keep it positive alvin July 13, 2009 - 5:23pm

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I hope you enjoy my book, and more than that, I hope it helps you have a very profitable and rewarding career.