The winter storm in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul is over. Currently there is light snow falling but the temperature is above freezing. Hopefully all the snow will melt somewhat slowly in order to avoid flooding.
It is Thursday April 11 and this area of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul has received since yesterday around noon to today around 04:00 PM about 10 inches of snow. Around noon today the snow stopped and we start receiving freezing rain. Schools are closed and there is very little traffic in the area.
According to the forecast, tomorrow will be raining during the day. Not sure if the precipitation will turn into freezing rain. One way or the other, staying home working is not a bad idea. Continue reading “ACM ICPC Team”
It seems like it is going to be a nice day in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The sun is shining and the forecast calls for a high in the mid 60s. If it remains dry my wife and I will go for a walk around 05:00 PM. Looking forward to a walk to burn some calories gained over the weekend. Continue reading “Equalize the Array”
My wife and I enjoy cooking and of course eating the food we prepare. Yesterday we decided to making from scratch empanadas. Different cultures around the world have come up with similar implementations. I am not a historian so I am not sure if all foods covered in some type of dough and then baked or deep fried, are derived from a single version or instance (the Computer Science shows up).
In the US we refer to a similar object with the name turnover. My wife’s family comes from Spain. According to this article the name empanada was mentioned in a book published in Catalan as early as 1520. It seems that one should be able to find the best recipes for empanadas in and around Barcelona. Next time we are in that area will make sure to have some empanadas.
My parents came from Italy. As a matter of fact I am first generation not born in Genoa. In Italy there are similar foods named calzone and Stromboli both of which we had on my parents table quite often while growing up.
While searching the web with Chrome, I found this site which lists some foods related to empanadas. Empanadas enclose some type of food in dough while a food that is quite common in the US, presents the food in an open face version. That is what pizzas are all about. You can read more about pizza here. The modern pizza was created in Napoli, Italy, and yes my wife and I have been to the restaurant that claims to have created the Neapolitan pizza.
So back to yesterday, my wife made about seven pounds of empanada stuffing (beef, onions, eggs, garlic, and many other spices). I made a batch of dough (flour, yeast, olive oil, and a few more ingredients) which was enough to make about 18 empanadas. While we were preparing the food, one of my wife’s nice stopped by. Apparently she was interested in joining us for lunch. While we were chatting, my son calls. One thing and the other and he (plus wife and two sons) requested some empanadas for Sunday. We where forgetting that two of my in-laws and spouses were stopping by around 02:00 PM for lunch.
Panic mode set in. We had plenty of stuffing, but not enough dough. I made a second batch. As the empanadas were taking shape, I made a third batch. Of course the dough did not have enough time to rise, but it had to be done. When all was set and done, we ended with around six dozen empanadas. We were baking them in batches so things were moving along.
Our formal guests arrived so we all had empanadas with lime, beer, and wine. On Friday, my wife had prepared a couple gypsy arms stuffed with “dulce de leche”. We forgot to serve the salad but I had more than enough to eat and drink. We did not have a chance to walk outside yesterday. That said; I checked my fitbit before going to bed. I had about 10,500 steps. I was pleasantly surprised with the final tally.
Today we are going out for Chinese food. We do not wish to cook. Continue reading “Singleton Threads”
It is a humid, cloudy and rainy day the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Probably the only redeeming feature is that the Final Four is being played at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. There are several streets closed in Minneapolis. Yesterday in the evening news you could see the amount of people eating, buying memorabilia, watching concerts, even riding a Ferris wheel built at a street intersection. It seemed that people were having lots of fun.
Yesterday morning I woke up shortly before 04:00 AM. I wanted to check on some tests running on a couple computers at home and had to write some documentation. I just got up and finished the tasks in the first 2-hour block of the day. Woke up my wife and had breakfast. She had plans with a friend to go shopping early morning. They were back around noon. We ended up having hotdogs for lunch, but what is most important, they had fun. Continue reading “Singleton Pattern”
It is Saturday and the forecast calls for the sun to shine on and off during the day. I am planning on fixing a couple pizzas from scratch. After breakfast I made the dough. It will rest for at least two hours before I make and bake the pies. My wife and I should be having lunch around 01:00 PM; at least, that is the plan.
This morning I looked at the Non-Divisible Subset challenge from Hacker Rank. Tried a couple approaches but did not submit them because they were using brute force and figured that they would not pass. There had to be a simpler approach. Continue reading “Non-Divisible Subset”
http://(https://hackernoon.com/tensorflow-is-dead-long-live-tensorflow-49d3e975cf04This morning I read the post on Medium named “TensorFlow is dead, long live TensorFlow!” by Cassie Kozyrkov who is a Chief Decision Intelligence Engineer at Google. After lunch will spend some time watching the videos embedded in the post and over the weekend will see if I can take TensorFlow 2.o on a Linux machine for a spin. I have a version of TensorFlow 1.0 installed on a Windows machine. Followed some tutorials but as Cassie puts it so expressively, it was complicated to say the least. Continue reading “Java Lambda Expressions”
Good day. It seems that temperatures in the Twin Cities will go up as high as 68 F tomorrow and then for the following 5 to 7 days the temperature will be with highs in the 30s and 40s. Most of the snow has melted. Hopefully the snow will be gone in the next week or two. Continue reading “Java Comparator”
Yesterday was sunny and all the snow on our deck has melted away, so my wife and I decided to grill for the first time this season. I believe the temperature went up to 58 F. The day was not as warm as I would have liked, but on occasions I went out just wearing a t-shirt. We grilled homemade hamburgers, potatoes, and corn. We fixed on the stovetop mushrooms with onions and garlic. All was very good and as usual we made too much food. That is fine because we will just warm up leftover today. Continue reading “Java Priority Queue”
While I was waiting for some tests to complete I checked my Gmail and found a message from HackerRank suggesting a challenge. The Equal Stacks challenge may be found under Practice > Data Structures > Stacks > Equal Stacks. I read the description for the problem and decided to tackle it using stacks; how creative of me. Continue reading “Equal Stacks”