Posted by mike d. Filed in House of Rock

The Kitchen of Rock has been undergoing a significant transformation as it prepares for its life-transition to rental property.

1. Cabinets: painted
2. New Hardware installed
3. Counters removed
4. New Counters installed
5. Backsplash installed

Today, we look at the cabinets and the hardware. Check it:

Before:
Kitchen1
Note: 80′s wood colored cabinetry. Also, we’ve removed all the drawers and a few of the cabinets. Ignore that. Also, we removed the hardware prior to this picture. It was overly ornate.

In Process:
Kitchen2
So… much… painting…

After:
Kitchen3
Oooh! Classy.

Jun
12

Binoculars

Posted by mike d. Filed in A Day In The Life...

My in-laws, in support of my growing bird watching fascination, graciously purchased for me a set of binoculars for my birthday.

I have never owned binoculars.

All of my historic magnification viewing has been through telescopes or camera lenses. When I first tried out my new binoculars I was stunned! Depth! There was depth!

I agree that this is really obvious and something I probably should have anticipated. Still, this fascination got me wanting to learn a bit more about the history of Binoculars.

Without looking, take a guess as to when Binoculars were invented! Once you make your guess, proceed to the comments where the rest of this post pans out.

Posted by mike d. Filed in A Day In The Life...

Singular masculine Italian words often end in the letter ‘o’. When you pluralize those words the ‘o’ is switched to an ‘i’.

For example, Concerti would be the Italian pluralization of a Concerto.
Nonno (grandfather) becomes Nonni (grandfathers, or grandparents).

Presumably then I am a DiDonato but together my family are DiDonati

Extra credit: Feminine words end in ‘a’ and their plural end in ‘e’. That means you might have a pizza tonight, or you might have four pizze tonight.

Double extra credit: Why is the word ‘beer’ feminine and the word ‘wine’ masculine in the romance languages? This seems backwards to stereotypical beverage choice.

Italian:
Birra
Vino

Spanish:
Cerveza
Vino

French:
Biere
Vin

Other language varieties don’t contain the same gender choices, for example I think Irish languages have both beverages as masculine.

There’s a pretty good wikipedia article on grammatical gender that explains some forms of gender origination, but as to how these particular words claimed their gender? I haven’t a clue.

Jun
3

Car Game

Posted by mike d. Filed in A Day In The Life...

I invented an awesome car game!

Name: Person, Place and Thing
Recommended number of players: Any number that is not divisible by three
Game structure: Letter shift
(Letter shift is a classic car game structure that uses the last letter of a word for the start of the next. This game plays off that general concept, but with a unique twist.)

Game play: Players alternate naming a person, a place and a thing. The last two letters of the previous provided answer must appear in sequence anywhere within the following word.

The following string of words would be acceptable:

Person: Mick Jagger
(letters to use: er)
Place: Nigeria
(letters to use: ia)
Thing: Kia Sorento
Person: Tom Waits
Place: Botswana
Thing: Sonata
etc…

The two letters are allowed to span a space between words.
As with nearly any letter shift game, repeated words are not allowed.

For the more advanced game the group must work together to try and use all the of the letters of the alphabet at least once as the shifted letters. What makes this extra fun is that the easiest words with which to generate crazy letters are the Things. Unfortunately, this will leave the individual who has to come up with a Person’s name (the hardest of the bunch) with the most challenging letters.

Jen and I tried this over the weekend. In a 45 minute drive we could not complete the alphabet. We also had a few stump words, specifically names with J’s: LL Cool J. and Robert Downy Jr.

Can anyone think of places with an LJ and JR sequence?

Posted by mike d. Filed in Food

If you haven’t tried the Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, I strongly recommend them if for no other reason than Tessellation Nachos.

TessNacho

Nachos

Still, it’s not quite perfect. There are chip gaps through which errant melted cheese oozed.

My idea: Nacho sheets – Perforated nacho chips for perfect baking pan coverage. The logistical challenge of shipping these would certainly add some cost so perhaps the better solution is a baking sheet sized tortilla with a perforation pizza cutter. You cut your perforations, bake the tortilla for crispage, add the toppings, broil for cheese meltage and Ding! Perfect Nachos.

Who’s in on this masterful plan?

May
28

Photobooth

Posted by mike d. Filed in Quickthoughts

This past weekend was Kelly and Jay’s wedding.

They had a photobooth.

With props.

photo (5)

Jen’s wearing Giraffe ears.

Posted by mike d. Filed in family

Fabio
My sister, my niece, and Fabio.

Posted by mike d. Filed in Quickthoughts

Before and After! Boom!

Deck

Aside: Do not underestimate a staining event. This took the two of us 4.5hrs to complete. The spindles felt like a marathon.

Please note: Not only did we stain the deck, we spray painted our grass a gross yellow color. Awesome!

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