Travel Planner System

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Good morning. It is Sunday May 24, 2020. The world is struggling with different plans on how to restart their economies due to the COVID-19 pandemic that started in a lab in Wuhan, China. It seems like most of the day today is going to be overcast with rain sprinkled here and there. The high temperature in the area I live in is going to be around 76 F. By the way, tomorrow is Memorial Day 2020!

Since I took a Data Science course a couple years ago, I have been talking about a system that would help planning a recreational trip. I have been lucky enough to have traveled for work and holiday reasons in the USA and different countries in North, Central and South America, Western and Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Continue reading “Travel Planner System”

Python Tutorial – CS50

It is Thursday April 23, 2020 and in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul we are still in lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic, but with some eased restrictions. The Federal Government has defined a very specific set of steps to gradually lift the quarantine in the country. Now it is up to the different States to apply the rules as they fit. If there is a recurrence then the state MUST go back to square one (full quarantine) and repeat the process somewhat slower in order not to overtax the healthcare system. Continue reading “Python Tutorial – CS50”

Contains Close Numbers

It is another COVID-19 (Wuhan virus) pandemic day. Seems like the stats for Minnesota and Dakota Country, the county I live in, are not increasing out of control. As a matter of fact they might be in a plateau. As we speak Minnesota has 34 total deaths which represents .001% of the population, and Dakota County continues to have 3 deaths which represents .001%. Best wishes that things are getting better where ever you are.

Italy is already talking about different ways to get people back to work. Hopefully they can do it in the near future. The United States will hopefully also get back to normal in a month or two. Failure to get the economy up and running will have very bad repercussions. Let’s continue to keep social distance and slow down new COVID-19 cases. Continue reading “Contains Close Numbers”

Graph Breadth First Search

I had to add a few paragraphs before finishing this post. My wife called me to go up to have lunch. During the COVID-19 pandemic, during the workweek, I help my wife with some lunch items just like I do on weekends. Today I made open face toasts with avocado; simple and delicious.

First take a couple ripe avocados, cut them in half and remove the pits. Then peel them. Leave them alone until the toasts are ready (about 3 to 4 minutes).

Today I used four slices of brioche bread that we purchased at Trader Joe’s a week ago. If you are not familiar with brioche, it is fluffy and somewhat sweet. Our bread loaf has been used and is still sitting in the refrigerator.

I pulled out our panini press (a.k.a. Breville Smart Grill & Griddle) and set it to start warming up to 400 F. Any electric grill, waffle maker or plain pan can be used as a substitute for a panini press. Continue reading “Graph Breadth First Search”

FFT – Business After COVID-19

This is the first post of a set which I am calling “Food for Thought”. The main idea of this blog is to describe and possibly discuss things of interest to computer scientist and software developers. Occasionally I run into topics for which I would like to generate a post. You should be able to identify them quite easy for the first three letters “FFT” which I will include in all the titles lacking technical content. Continue reading “FFT – Business After COVID-19”

Sherlock and Anagrams

The news is full of articles and posts about the corona virus. Before getting in panic mode, stop by the CDC “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” web page and get informed.

My wife and I follow and watch several YouTube channels. We are mostly interested in foods to prepare and consume and places to visit on our next holiday. Yesterday we watched a new episode on one channel that deals with food and travel in Sicily, Italy. The channel is hosted by a couple of Americans that have roots in Europe and Italy.

They had some interesting facts about how to make a disinfectant using alcohol, aloe vera and some scents. I was not going to mention the specific video, but as I am going over this post, I feel that it is missing. The video is named “SPECIAL EDITION: Coronavirus update from Sicily!”. Quite appropriate for the times we are living in. Continue reading “Sherlock and Anagrams”