Good morning. It is Sunday again. I woke up around 05:00 AM and the outside temperature was -17 F. We are finally experiencing cold winter days in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. An added bonus for football fans is that today is Super Bowl LV. My wife and I are not sports fans. We like to bike and walk and occasionally scuba dive. Up to a couple years ago we would watch the half time show. We so not watch TV any more. Perhaps we will find the half time show on YouTube. Continue reading “Sort the Matrix Diagonally in Java”
This morning talking with one of my sons on Skype, I mentioned an article which I rewetted titled “China’s push to control Americans’ health care future”. My wife and I used to watch 60 Minutes every Sunday evening. About a couple years ago we stopped watching TV. It appeared to us that there was not much to watch. I liked the article. I agree with the points presented. To me the best part is the moneys offered to several states in the USA for a Chinese company to be allowed to offer COVID-19 services. My question is: Where are the funds coming from? Stop for a moment and think about it… OK, now let’s move to a different subject.
Then the pandemic came. With it we started watching more content from Amazon Prime, Netflix and YouTube. In the past year it seems that two or three times Netflix has increased the price for their base tier by $1 each time. Yesterday I read the article “Why I’m canceling Netflix in 2021” which provides some reasons why you should be dropping Netflix. My wife and I seem to always watch YouTube and in addition Netflix or Amazon Prime. In these days we are favoring movies from Amazon Prime. They seem to have a larger and better selection and the service is part of Amazon Prime. Continue reading “Shuffle the Array”
Today I woke up a little earlier than usual. I have my alarm set for 06:00 AM, but I was up around 04:45 AM. Read for a while, prepared breakfast and woke up my wife. After breakfast showered and was in my home office by 06:00 AM. I typically work in 2-hour blocks. Break for about 15 minutes and then repeat. For lunch I break for about an hour depending if I need to help my wife with lunch. Typically I help grilling on the deck, but the temperature has dropped and there is snow so I think there will be no more outdoor cooking until next spring.
I have a lot of things planned for the workday. Hopefully I will be able to get most of them done by 06:00 PM. Continue reading “Java Functional Programming – 2 of n”
It is Wednesday in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. My wife and I spent most of the morning dealing with health insurance. Hopefully all will be done in the next few days. I am in the process of changing health insurance companies. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic everyone is using some type of video application to communicate. The proposed application was Zoom, but due to the security issues, we prefer using Jitsi. It did not take more than a minute to switch applications. It is interesting that video on Jitsi was working great but one of the participants decided to use our cell phones for voice because he did not have a camera or microphone on his computer. The cellular signals were not that great, but we managed. Continue reading “Using with in Python”
!!! UPDATE !!!
Sorry for the formatting issue on most screen captures. Not sure what happened. I went back and pasted the same text as before. It seems to be fine at this time. Not sure what is causing this to happen. Perhaps it is time to look for a better plugin :o(
Unless something changes in the next few days, MN should enter Phase One in the process of “Opening up America Again” next week. Hopefully all will go as planned.
I am not sure if there is something on my Windows computers, but one of the first things I do every day is to power each computer up and log on into Gmail. Most of the times I just click on my user name and my password and I am in Gmail. Now and then, I get prompted to enter a code which is sent as a message to my phone. I have a checkbox selected which should tell Google not to use 2FA on this computer, but it ignores my wishes and requests me to enter the code. Not sure why this is happening. It cannot be so difficult to Google to write such code. If you have comments on this subject please let me know. Continue reading “Object Oriented Programming in Python”
It is a rather cold spring day in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. I believe there is a winter storm warning for today all day. This morning when I got up, there was a thin coating of snow on roofs and lawns. The roads seem to just be wet. One way or the other my wife and I are not planning on going out. We are under lockdown due to the Wuhan virus (also known as COVID-19) pandemic.
Besides work I have been taking a few courses, reading technical documents, reading non-technical stuff and watching the news. As of today April 12, 2020 in Dakota County, MN (I live in the city of Apple Valley which is in Dakota County) the total number of deaths attributed to the pandemic in
Dakota County is 4 which represents 0.001% of the population. The previous count of 3 held for several weeks. In the USA the total number of deaths is 20,411 which represent 0.006% of the population of about 330 million. Seems like in this area we are doing well. No matter which city or country you live in, please keep social distancing and do not leave home unless it is needed. In order to beat the pandemic we all need to follow social distancing until a vaccine is available or until the CDC (do not trust unofficial sources) informs us that it is safe for people that have antibodies for them to resume normal activities. Continue reading “Compose Ranges”
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”
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”
Over the weekend I watched the YouTube video “Dealing with Negative Comments | AMA #3 – Ask Me Anything with Lex Fridman”. I have watched a few of his videos. I do enjoy them to the point that I have subscribed to them. There is one in which Lex interviews Donald Knuth and other where he interviews Andrew Ng. Both videos are over an hour so I will watch them over the weekend.
I picked the challenge “A or B” from HackerRank after receiving an email message. I guess that if you solve a few of their problems they like you to continue visiting their site and solving additional challenges. I like to work on one or two a week. I believe it is the only way to learn and / or refresh material. Continue reading “A or B”
A few minutes ago my wife called me up to the kitchen to help her. She needed Grand Maniere for an Italian nonna’s apple cake she was making. In addition to the apples, she likes to add raisins soaked in liquor. She decided to use Grand Maniere because she found a large bottle in the liquor cabinet. She could not remove the cork so she called me for help. As I was attempting to open the bottle I asked if she remembered when we got it. It seems that we bought the bottle when we lived in Maryland; that was many years ago.
The cork disintegrated when I was opening the bottle. The bottle was standing up and with the years the cork dried up. We keep our wines in an angle in our cellar, but the hard liquor in our cabinet is standing right side up. We seldom consume hard liquor. The Grand Maniere smelled fine and my wife was able to soak the raisins. Each time she fixes this dessert she tries to make it a little different. In my opinion, apples, raisins and walnuts go very well together. Will let you know in my next post how this cake turned out. Continue reading “Java Streams”