Repairing a Casio Piano Keyboard (CTK 400)

I find the finger movements of accomplished piano players to be poetic and mesmerizing. I don’t have delusions of ever reaching that mastery, but I do want to be able to play a few notes on a piano when accosted by one! So, a few years ago, I bought a cheap (but 61 key) electronic

TopCoder Quickstart Tutorial

I have passively wanted to participate in programming contests for a long time. The last I was in a contest was when I was in 11th grade. We programmed in Basic on an IBM PC-AT (yes – it had a whopping 10MB hard drive!). I solved 2 out of the 3 problems. My partners mulled

Using TopCoder to improve Programming Skills

Employment opportunities in USA are at a record low in a quarter of a century and a lot of unemployed workers are trying to shift or change careers into fields with existing jobs. Unfortunately, almost everybody is trying the same strategy, so most fields that have jobs available are going to stagnate soon. The advantage

Restaurants In Twin Cities

The food scene in the Twin Cities is surprisingly diverse considering that Minneapolis/St. Paul is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. On the other hand, most Twin Citians seem to congregate within their cliques, and stick with their known eatery choices. Recently, I faced the option of leaving Twin Cities to work somewhere else,

1st Wok Chinese Restaurant

Rating: ****. (4.5/5)                                                          Cuisine: Chinese Location: Calhoun Village Shopping Center            Address: 3236 W. Lake St., Minneapolis A general belief about Chinese restaurants is that they are only as good as their Hot and Sour Soup. That adage was proven again at 1st Wok today.

I apparently live in a clean city!

The American Lung Association just came out with its 2009 State of the Air report. Many large metropolitan areas don’t fare well on the list – including places like San Diego, Kansas City, Cincinnati (!) and Charlotte (NC). Of course, New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas shouldn’t surprise anyone by making it to the