I'm Alex Kearney, a PhD student studying Computer Science at the University of Alberta. I focus on Artificial Intelligence and Epistemology.





For the second time this week, my commute was delayed by a “security incident” on the #yeg LRT. Three stations closed!

I really wish we had safe, predictable transit.


My bird of paradise is putting out a new leaf! The leaf large enough that it has to unfurl in segments. #plants


I'm really pleased with how much of the plant wall we were able to complete this weekend. This was my first time doing mitered corners, and they came out so clean. The sill at the base of the wall is removable to access the water... I'm actually surprised that we were able to get the tolerances right so that you can slide the base cover off.

What remains:

  1. Painting the casing to match the windows in our home.
  2. Mounting lights to the frame.
  3. Hooking up the electrical.
  4. Plants!


Cat-sitting a cutie


Catch me on the indieweb


It’s hat day in the lab.

—I made a flower crown from Caligulas in my garden.


Spring confetti 🎉


Putting out flowers for the pollinators.


Everyone is talking about finding gray hairs from the stress of 2020.

I just found a white beard hair, so maybe I’ll age into a wizard instead.


Behold the loaf


I took some cuttings before the frost and they just rooted. I feel like a plant magician.


I unit-tested a personal project and now I feel like I deserve a gold star or a cookie


Tried making some sourdough pizza. Not the best in the world, but pretty okay for a first try.


Working on the garden


I grew a rose.


More progress on the sourdough front. Ended up doing a dough-drop at my uncle’s


I met some of my Canadian neighbors on a walk through golden gate park. Seems like I’m not the only one escaping the winter in sunny California.



Me and my new twitter friends going for ice cream at Salt & Straw after work.

The ice cream at Salt & Straw is described as some of the best in North America. That may be true, but it still doesn't hold a candle to the perfection of Mary's Milk Bar.

I wander the earth in search for an equally revelatory scoop.


I'm going to go to Homebrew website club next week.

At: Homebrew Website Club

From 2020-02-19T18:00 To 2020-02-19T19:30


I’ve finally fixed my laptop 👩🏼‍💻✨


I need to pick a favourite twitter handle for my intern directory page: an unexpectedly overwhelming decision.


I accidentally said "arigato gozaimasihta" to a Korean person for taking a photo of me while travelling, and I have never been so shamefully embarrassed in my life.


Misreading some derivations you did months ago and fundamentally questioning whether or not you know what maths is feels like a uniquely grad-school thing.


It’s not inspiring when you’re stuck in an elevator and your compatriots ask if it’s your first time.


I've heard many people say they need deadlines in order to get work done. Sometimes I wonder how much of a deadline's magic is just brutally enforced time-boxing. If your project necessarily has to end in a couple days, you'll allocate your time effectively. Time is scarce; you need to make the most of it! Conversely, long projects with vague deadlines have a habit of expanding to fit the time you give them.


The neighborhood toy store where I grew up is now a vape store.

I guess communities do age with their residents.