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


Me during quarantine: I should make sourdough bread.

Everyone else on twitter: I should make sourdough bread.


Looking for a quarantine activity? Try selling tarantulas to the raccoons that live down the street.


It's amazing how things have changed over the weekend. On Friday I boarded a plane in San Francisco---an area with a covid outbreak---and was only asked if I'd been in contact with people traveling in Italy/China/Iran. Today the border is closed to everyone except Canadians and Americans. People who cross the border are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.


I’m on my way home a bit early from my internship. I’m truly fortunate my team was flexible in letting work from home in my real home.

Going to isolate myself for two weeks just to be safe.

It feels so good to be on a plane.

San Francisco International Airport → Edmonton International Airport


When everyone was scrambling buying beans and pasta, I bought a little extra toilet paper. I feel like a prescient crisis champion.


Today in corona WFH: matcha custard bun and a toasty pourover. All with a view of some fresh roasting.


I've been quarantined. To stop myself from going stir-crazy I took a walk.


Went to Tartine and got a big loaf of crusty country bread.


This painting isn’t just colourful: it’s an also an optical illusion. If you stare at it, it looks like there’s grey dots in the intersections.


Dylan and I walked up to the Japanese gardens and meandered around. It's still early in the year, but there was an abundance of blossoms opening up to the world. We sat and had tea next to the wet gardens, where a hummingbird joined us.


At Baker beach eating a bar of chocolate and watching the sun set over the golden gate bridge.


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.



  • Aandered around my neighborhood
  • Almost destroyed my blog... twice
  • Went to the exploratorium after dark
  • Abandoned an application (!)
  • Dylan arrived for a visit
  • Went to the MoMa, again
  • Went to Zuni, again





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 at my first Homebrew Website Club in three years, and It's the San Francisco Meetup in the Mozilla office! I feel like I've made a pilgrimage to a spiritual centre of the indieweb.

All of us indie-folks are really fortunate that the indieweb is such a warm and welcoming community.

At: Homebrew Website Club

From 2020-02-05T18:30 To 2020-02-05T20:00


Moved to San Francisco for three months. I'm ready for a little bit of a PhD break and a lot of adventure :)

Edmonton International Airport → San Francisco International Airport

At: Twitter Internship

From 2020-02-02T17:00 To 2020-04-27T17:30