[NOTE: This article was originally published by SODB.com on MAY 19, 2010]

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO BOND, OR INTEGRATE TIGHTLY, SOFTWARE TO HARDWARE, SOFTWARE TO OTHER SOFTWARE, HARDWARE TO OTHER HARDWARE, AND THE RESULT OF ANY BONDED COMBINATIONS TO ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE OR ADDITIONAL HARDWARE.



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[NOTE: This article was originally published by SODB.com on DEC 17, 2007]

Inspired by: http://www.brain-fun.com/Brain-Teasers/EinsteinsRiddle.php

Einstein’s Riddle: Einstein believed that 98% of people could not solve the following logic riddle. Wouldn’t it be interesting to use this as a hiring tool, not so much to make sure your candidate has the answer – although it would surely be nice – but to see how they will approach solving a problem. Here’s the riddle: There are 5 houses each with a different color. Their owners, each with a unique heritage, drinks a certain type of beverage, smokes a certain brand of cigarette, and keep a certain variety of pet. None of the owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigarette or drink the same beverage. Clues:

  • The Brit lives in the red house.
  • The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
  • The Dane drinks tea.
  • The green house is just to the left of the white house.
  • The green house’s owner drinks coffee.
  • The person who smokes Pall Malls raises birds.
  • The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
  • The man living in the center house drinks milk.
  • The Norwegian lives in the first house.
  • The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
  • The man who keeps a horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
  • The owner who smokes Bluemasters also drinks beer.
  • The German smokes Prince.
  • The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
  • The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.

Who owns the fish? <- – - end of riddle – - – > One way to arrive to the solution is to find those absolute statements that give the most significant information. I re-wrote the statements as follows:

  1. The Brit lives in the red house.
  2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
  3. The Dane drinks tea.
  4. The green house is just to the left of the white house.
  5. The green house’s owner drinks coffee.
  6. The person who smokes Pall Malls raises birds.
  7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
  8. The man living in the center house drinks milk.
  9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
  10. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
  11. The man who keeps a horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
  12. The owner who smokes Bluemasters also drinks beer.
  13. The German smokes Prince.
  14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
  15. The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.

Also, I called the the first house 1, the second 2, etc. . . we have that:

  • Statement I tells us the Norwegian lives in house # 1
  • Therefore according to statement N, house #2 must be Blue.
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Blue
Norwegian
  • Statement H tells us the house # 3 drinks coffee;
  • Let’s combine statements D and E. D tells us that the Green house and the White house are next to one another, with Green being on the left, and Green drinks coffee. The only possible location that fits these criteria is Green on house # 4 and White on House # 5.
1 2 3 4 5
Blue Green White
Norwegian
Milk Coffee
  • Now the easiest next step is to complete the color allocation, we have only Red and Yellow to assign, and only house #1 and #3 without color assignment. Statement A tells us that the Brit lives in the red house. Since we already know that the Norwegian lives in house # 1, house # 3 is the only one who can satisfy statement A.
  • Conversely House #1 must be Yellow and according to Statement G, the owner must smoke Dunhill, and statement K tells us that house #2 has a horse.
1 2 3 4 5
Yellow Blue Red Green White
Horse
Norwegian Brit
Milk Coffee
Dunhill
  • By combining statements J and O, we can see that the person who smoke blends can only be living in house # 2 or # 3. While looking at statement L, we can see that whomever Smokes Bluemaster and Drink Beer can live either in house #2 or house #5, and the only combination that satisfies J, O, and L is for the owner of house # 2 to smoke Blend (and therefore the Norwegian in house #1 to drinks water), and the owner of house #5 to smoke Bluemasters and drink beer.
1 2 3 4 5
Yellow Blue Red Green White
Horse
Norwegian Brit
Water Milk Coffee Beer
Dunhill Blend Bluemaster
  • The easiest set to complete now is the “drink” set, with house # 2 being the only one that can accommodate statement C.
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Yellow Blue Red Green White
Horse
Norwegian Dane Brit
Water Tea Milk Coffee Beer
Dunhill Blend Bluemaster
  • House #4 is the only one that satisfies statement M of the relationship between nationality and cigarette
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Yellow Blue Red Green White
Horse
Norwegian Dane Brit German
Water Tea Milk Coffee Beer
Dunhill Blend Prince Bluemaster
  • Let’s now complete the cigarette set by applying statement F
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Yellow Blue Red Green White
Horse Birds
Norwegian Dane Brit German
Water Tea Milk Coffee Beer
Dunhill Blend Pall Mall Prince Bluemaster
  • Having placed “birds” in House #3, we can now apply statement J
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Yellow Blue Red Green White
Cats Horse Birds
Norwegian Dane Brit German
Water Tea Milk Coffee Beer
Dunhill Blend Pall Mall Prince Bluemaster
  • We are now left applying statement B
1 2 3 4 5
Yellow Blue Red Green White
Cats Horse Birds Dogs
Norwegian Dane Brit German Swede
Water Tea Milk Coffee Beer
Dunhill Blend Pall Mall Prince Bluemaster
  • Leaving only the German who lives in the Green House #4, smokes Prince, and drinks coffee as the only possible owner of FISH!
1 2 3 4 5
Yellow Blue Red Green White
Cats Horse Birds FISH Dogs
Norwegian Dane Brit German Swede
Water Tea Milk Coffee Beer
Dunhill Blend Pall Mall Prince Bluemaster

Al, eat your fish out!

P.S.: solved using the classic whiteboard and color markers

Using the Einstein’s Logic Riddle to find good (and smart) people?

How to make “my limoncello”. Lorenzo’s way

On November 5, 2013, in Art, by lor3nzo

"MY" Limoncello

Limoncello is good! It’s a “social” drink, at the end of a meal in Italy, either with friends or at one of those restaurants where everyone knows your name you can rest assured that after the meal, after the cheese platter, after the fruit course, after espresso, a bottle of limoncello makes its way to the table.

But wait! It gets even better!  Many people in Italy make their own limoncello too, and home made-anything is always better than anything commercially produced: home made has a soul.

Personally I like the social aspect of Limoncello but I often find it either too strong, or too sweet, nonetheless I like the ritual of the Limoncello, a multi-sensory social experience where friends gather together to savor it one little sip at a time while chatting the night away.

A while ago as I was planning a party, I thought it would be fun to make and serve some home-made Limoncello.  So I started not from Google, but from Yahoo.it, looking at all the Italian recipes (in Italian), all of the variations were pretty much straightforward and very similar, but they used Alcohol Buongusto, the Italian equivalent of 95% (190 proof) pure alcohol, which would then be diluted with water to achieve a final 30%-40% (60-80 proof) liquor.  Unfortunately it’s hard to find pure  alcohol in the US, so searching in Google.com I came across a lot of the US recipes that were similar to the Italian but used Vodka (40% / 80 proof).

The process sounded easy and fun, so I embarked in making my own Limoncello.  A couple of trials later, some experimenting and test-tasting at 2 parties;  this is the final version of MY Limoncello, which is:

  • less alcohol content than your usual Limoncello (about 25% /50 proof)
  • A LOT less sweet than your commercial Limoncello

Ingredients:

  • 1 750 ml bottle of your favorite smooth vodka.  It has to be smooth so that it won’t overpower but enhance the aroma of lemons
  • 6 lemons
  • Spring water
  • Sugar

Tools:

  • Vegetable peeler
  • Glass jar with lid (if no lid, use plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and a rubber band

Procedure:

  • Step 1: wash  and dry your lemons thoroughly
  • Step 2: wash and dry the glass jar thoroughly
  • Step 3: with the vegetable peeler peel the lemons and put the peels into the jar (the lemons per se are not needed to make Limoncello)
  • Step 4: pour the vodka
  • Step 5: seal the jar, and position it in the back of your refrigerator.

The waiting game:

After about 1 week you will be able to see that the vodka has turned into a nice pale yellow tint. You can sample the mixture and you will be able to taste a nice crisp natural lemon taste.
Be patient.
Wait at least one more week, in my experience there’s no noticeable difference between 2 weeks and 2 months, so, why wait?
After 2 week do the following:
  • make a simple syrup by dissolving 6 tablespoons of sugar into 2 cups of spring water, why ruin the limoncello with tap water?).
  • The purpose of the water is to lower the alcohol content, this dosage will bring the alcohol content to about 25%/50 proof
  • The purpose of the sugar is to balance the tart flavor of the Lemon with the sweetness of the sugar.  This is A LOT less than any of the recipes out there which call for about 1 lb of sugar!!!!

Remember that food preparation is Art, and Art is not paint-by-numbers, please do experiment by making smaller batches and adding less water or more sugar, in order to attain the flavor that appeals to your palate.  Keep in mind to taste it and serve the Limoncello chilled from the refrigerator.

Enjoy making it, enjoy it sharing it with friends. Party on!

 

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This is H2O

On July 14, 2013, in Art, by lor3nzo

Top of the morning to you.

David is one of the most underrated content artist of our generation, and this is the outmost underrated treatise on Art & Life [1]

Twenty two minutes and forty four seconds:  I wonder what would happen if every morning your average high school would pipe in through the PA system This is Water. Would Davids’ words start to sink in and permeate the thick crust of idiosyncratic BS [2], then again, what if we started our day with a commencement speech, David’s a great one, and then there are many more.

Just like the great classic writers used to call out to their Muse at the start of a book in order to tap into the divine creativity, how do we commence our day?  With a grande latte and a double dose of opinionated regurgitation formerly known as news? Is that the best day to start our daily journey?

This is David:

[1] I am sure David would enjoy the hyperbole.
[2] BS = Belief System

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Maslow’s hierarchy of needs [corrected]

On December 12, 2012, in Life, by lor3nzo
Maslow's hierarchy of needs, as revised

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, as revised

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