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  • Alexander 9:24pm on 25 June 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , hike   

    The First Hike of the Season 

    Soaring VultureSophia

    First Hike of the Season, a set on Flickr.

    Via Flickr:
    Summer has finally arrived in California and with it comes an amazing hiking season. I had been wanting to do some hiking for a while, but work was bogging me down. Today, however, I finally found myself on a solo hike in the Sunol Regional Wilderness of Alameda County.

    I took the Canyon View Trail, because, well, I wanted to see a canyon. 🙂

    The hike up to the top of a ridge was great, not too steep and not too long. God’s beauty was all around me: California’s summer and all her golden white fields and jumping lizards and stunning red rocks and soaring vultures. It all just fit perfectly together.

    At the top of the ridge, I met a cow and her swarm of flies–her name was Sophia; her swarm had no name. We chatted for a while until she got bored with the grass in her mouth. Then I hopped off my rock and continued through the field of tall grass. The wind was blowing the grass in waves, and I was taken aback at the beauty before me.

    It made me realize how much I miss the outdoors and all of God’s creation. Then He showed me, "This is all My creation, the work of My hands. But you are My child, My son, the work of My heart." What an important lesson! Something which always needs to be remembered: we are Father’s most prized possession. None of this even compares.

  • Alexander 10:21pm on 9 June 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , NetApp   

    Evening Pondering 

    Working late is not all that bad when you get a peaceful view like this. The ducks are cool, but all the cats are evil…I will have to devise a scheme to remove them. 🙂

    Evening Pondering

    Originally uploaded by ASiderop


    • Alexander 11:00pm on 9 June 2011 Permalink

      Of course, I should probably stop working so much, regardless of how pleasant my work environment really is…okay, maybe next week.

  • Alexander 11:02pm on 26 May 2011 Permalink | Reply

    High Violet by The National 

    If you have not already heard of The National, you should check them out! They are an alt/punk, indie/alternative band (according to Rhapsody), with a great sound somewhere between Paper Route and Jimmy Eat World and Cut Copy. (More …)

  • Alexander 10:34am on 22 February 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: mathematics, Python   

    Project Euler–Elegance of Mathematics in Computer Science 

    Project Euler is a great way to introduce people to the world of programming, especially those who are more formally trained in mathematics rather than computer science. It has value for computer scientists, as well, as it presents the idea of efficiency and elegance in solutions—not just getting the right answer. The project presents a series of problems which are solvable by a program following the “one-minute rule.” That is, the solution to each problem should be computed by the program in under one minute. (More …)

  • Alexander 4:51pm on 20 November 2009 Permalink | Reply

    The Power of One 

    In these past few week I am reminded time and time again of God’s unrelenting desire to be near us, to be near His children. We think we have to clean house before we can come to God—make ourselves presentable, package up our problems into neat little bundles, polish all our lumps of coal. (More …)

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