While this photo looks like a sunset, it was actually a sunrise. I took it in Virginia Beach on April 17, 2017.
Two years ago today I saw this sunrise when I stayed in Virginia Beach for a few weeks. No filters have been applied, that is what it looked like.
The funny thing about writing the Scala Cookbook is that it started as a whim. I was just about to leave for a vacation at the beach, and right before I turned off the computer, a thought flashed in my mind, “I should contact the people at O’Reilly about writing a cookbook for Scala.” I then had a doubt that they would actually do it, but I applied the “What the heck” rule — i.e., “What the heck, what do I have to lose?” — and sent the email.
I dug around the internet for a few minutes, found the correct O’Reilly email address, sent them a message, turned off the computer, and drove to the beach. While I was at the beach the publisher wrote and said, “Love it, send me a full proposal!”
So if you’re thinking about doing something, but are afraid or uncertain about doing it ... apply the “What the heck” rule, and give it a shot. :)
I don’t have a camera to do it justice, but the moonrise is pretty tonight.
I’ve made some good progress on my new book on Scala and functional programming recently. For whatever reason I had been having writer’s block, so I came out to the beach for a little while to help clear out my brain, and today in particular was very productive. For a while now I’ve known how the book would end, but I was having a problem getting from where I was to the end, and I got through most of that today.
In a slightly related note, here’s a blurry photo of a military ship out on the ocean.
This is a view of the rivers in Talkeetna, Alaska from the railway bridge. The town of Talkeetna is to the left in this view, as is the Talkeetna beach area. The bridge is over the Talkeetna River, and the much larger Susitna River is crossing from right to left in front of me.
If you ever hear about a beach in Talkeetna, Alaska, this is the entrance to it. At some point I’ll add a map to the beach here, but in short, if you’re walking through town, keep walking to the end of the town, and go through a narrow entrance. You’ll then start walking on sand and rocks, and if you walk through a narrow walkway/entrance, you’ll come to the beach in just a few hundred yards.