Alvin Alexander | Java, Scala, Unix, Perl, Mac OS X

This is the church for the children (el ninos) next to El Sanctuario de Chimayo, just north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The church for the children next to El Sanctuario de Chimayo

Seeing that we had another snow storm here in Colorado, I thought I'd share another photo of El Sanctuario de Chimayo in the winter. (El Sanctuario de Chimayo, near Santa Fe, New Mexico)

El Sanctuario de Chimayo, candlelights in winter

As I continue to work through photos, this is a photo of a painting of a church, which I believe I saw in the lobby of the La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Painting of a church, La Fonda hotel, Santa Fe, NM

Famous presidential quotes:

Kennedy: We choose to go to the Moon ...

Reagan: Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall.

Trump: Do I look like a guy who needs hookers?

“Always do what you are afraid to do” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Always do what you are afraid to do

A great Harley-Davidson motorycle ad: “If you didn’t have to answer to anyone, what would you do?”

Harley Davidson motorcycle ad: What would you do?

“One woman can make you fly like an eagle, another can give you the strength of a lion, but only one in the cycle of life can fill your heart with wonder and the wisdom that you have known a singular joy.”

~ Twin Peaks

The Flying Squirrel Bakery/Cafe in Talkeetna, Alaska opened right before I moved away from Talkeetna. I used to go there for a cup of coffee while I was writing, and they also served some excellent brick oven pizza. It’s one of the rare restaurants that isn’t in the downtown Talkeetna area. If you’re leaving town, it’s a few miles down the road on your left hand side.

The Flying Squirrel bakery/cafe in Talkeetna, Alaska

This is a terrific photo of the Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe in Talkeetna, Alaska. The photo comes from this Facebook page, and their website is

Entrance to the Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe in Talkeetna, Alaska

Way back in my first year of college I went to Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. A teacher at the school named Gary Bielefeld created the mosaic mural of mirrors shown in this image on the side of a building in the downtown area, using two tons of glass. Per the video, more than 9,000 drivers see the mural every day when they go over the blue bridge that’s just to the left of this parking area. For more information, see this story.

Owensboro’s mosaic mural of mirrors getting an update

It was an interesting afternoon to watch a Wikipedia entry. With the University of Colorado looking for a new head football coach, I saw this tweet saying that someone changed Steve Sarkisian’s Wikipedia entry early this afternoon (2/20/2020) to show that he was the new head coach at Colorado.

When I looked up the IP address at the bottom of that changelist — — I saw that it was a University of Colorado IP address. But later in the afternoon it was reported that Sarkisian was staying as the offensive coordinator at Alabama and getting a raise, so his Wikipedia entry was reverted about 2.5 hours later.

Steve Sarkisian, University of Colorado football coach (or not)

Today (2/20/2020) was a bit of a milestone in that I was able to walk for 15 minutes straight before I got the first twinge in my heart. This was the first day I was able to walk that long without pain since the pericarditis episode of late 2019.

When I saw this image on Netflix I immediately thought that a story that might be interesting is about a soul who is both a man and a woman at the same time. At the moment it seems like an interesting idea for a book, movie, or series, a way to explore all sorts of concepts related to “gender identity.” Parts of it could be like In Your Eyes, and it could be a little like Cloud Atlas, but it would also be very different from those movies.

A soul who is a man and a woman at the same time

This is another “sketch” of Luke Skywalker from whatever the last Star Wars movie was called. I started with this earlier image I created, then converted it to a Gimp life sketch by going to Beautify > Beautify > Art > Life Sketch > 100%.

While I’m in the neighborhood, I also created this fake Luke Skywalker “hoodie” oil painting.

Luke Skywalker black and white sketch

Ah, the Chicken Oil Company ... once I discovered it when I went to school at Texas A&M, I ate quite a few Deathburgers. I’m glad to see that they’re still in business. (Image from this link.)

Chicken Oil Company, Bryan, Texas

Photos of mom and cub polar bears. I hoped O’Reilly would use these for the cover of the Scala Cookbook — because of the whole “scalable” thing, and to help raise awareness about climate change — but whoever puts images on their book covers had something else in mind.

Polar bear photos (mom and cub)

Back in July, 2017, a bear walked into a liquor store in Juneau, Alaska. On the video it seems to be trying to decide which candy bar it wants.

A bear walks into a liquor store in Juneau, Alaska

February 19, 2014: I passed out for the first time. Before then I knew I was sick, but that was the first day I went down.

*three years of hospital visits and dozens of doctors*

February 19, 2017: For the first time in many years I’ve been able to practice yoga on a daily basis. As usual, during the first several weeks it was difficult and I was sore, but these days all is well. Soon this body will be rock hard and incredibly limber. :)

I'll be back, I am back

Today (February 19th) is an anniversary of sorts for me. After knowing “something” was wrong for a long time — I used to tell doctors it felt like I had been poisoned or was experiencing the symptoms of anaphylaxis or sepsis — I went unconscious for the first time on this date in 2014.

While that in many ways was a horrible event — if I had fallen to the right instead of the left when I blacked out I probably would have cracked my head on the bathtub and died right then — in the end it was necessary for doctors (and I) to take things more seriously, which resulted in seeing a total of 26 doctors to learn that I have MCAS, a rare but treatable non-contagious blood disease (something I was born with).

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

~ Ben Franklin