Gray Code

Yesterday it rained all day and night. Today when my wife and I woke up the outside temperature was 58F. Not that cold but it called for long sleeve t-shirts.

Last night rain did wonders for lawns. They are starting to look very green and lush. It seems that on Friday we might get some additional rain which is good for farmers and lawns.

Over the long weekend my wife and I prepared bruschettas. Coming from Italian parents, while growing up, I consumed my fair share of this antipasto.

In the past few years we have prepared them now and then. This past long weekend my wife and I decided to prepare different flavored bruschettas before lunch. They were simple to prepare and we had them with beer, red and white wine and Prosecco. Prosecco is the champagne of Italy as Cava is the champagne of Spain. The change in names was required after the French patented the name champagne only to be used for sparkling wine produced in some parts of France.

You can use any bread, slice it and toast it until it gets a light golden brown color. We prefer to use Ciabatta or Focaccia bread. Yes, my family comes from the Ligurian region in Italy.

We get packages of four Ciabatta rolls at Trader Joe’s. We keep them in the fridge. With a serrated knife we slice them diagonally with a thickness of ½ inch or so. We put them in a convection oven at 450F until they turn light golden brown. My mouth is starting to water thinking about how good these things are.

We also get at Trader Joe’s a variety of jars of tapenades. They are reasonably priced and the flavors are incredible.

Once the bread is done, we pull it out of the oven and moved the pieces to a serving platter. We get a couple jars of tapenade and two spoons that are used to get about a full spoon of tapenade on to a piece of bread. Open your mouth wide and place the bruschetta in it. If you try them, please leave me a comment. I think they taste extremely good!!! Continue reading “Gray Code”

The Number of Full Rounds You Have Played

In a previous post I mentioned that I was planning on an elective surgery on my left knee. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I had to postpone the procedure. Finally I had it done about three months ago. The procedure took about an hour but no matter how much I have done to get back to pre surgery, I feel I am about 95% there but there are a few things that are not there yet. Next week it will officially be three months since surgery so I am hopping to be 98% to 99% healed.

I have mentioned that I might switch to C++ for a while. Based on the progress on a set of books that I am reading, I might switch to Python for a couple months and then to C++. Continue reading “The Number of Full Rounds You Have Played”

Add Two Numbers – Revisited

It is Wednesday morning in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The temperature should go up to 60F. The forecast for this Saturday calls for 80F. It seems that Saturday will be a great day for grilling some steaks. Our freezers at home are currently full with chicken and pork. The mix changes during the short summer months when we tend to favor beef. My wife suggested for us to stop by Costco in Minneapolis Saturday to see which beef cuts are available. We ill just get enough for the day. Continue reading “Add Two Numbers – Revisited”

Producer and Consumer – Part 2

Yesterday the temperature in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul reached 72F which is quite pleasant for this time of the year. Today we are expecting 42F for a high. That is a drop of 30F! At least the day is forecasted to be sunny.

I also received a message from Gleves48061@hotmail.com regarding my post Revenue Milestones in Java. Not sure what it was all about so I will not comment on it at this time. If I could get an updated comment, I will review and reply as needed. Thanks. Continue reading “Producer and Consumer – Part 2”