Race and ethnicity

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Race and ethnicity have been on my mind a lot lately. And it’s not just because of the recent tragedy, but largely because I had a DNA test done to identify my genetic heritage. Most of it came as no surprise.  The largest percentage was Italy/Greece (36%).  The second largest was Western Europe (33%) and then… Read more »

Italy, my Italy

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This week I got notice from Peter Farina, who runs Italy Mondo.  It seems our application for Italian citizenship have been approved, and we now have Citizen Recognition forms. While we’re not at the end of the process, we’re in the home stretch. I expect by January that my dad and I should both have… Read more »

Morning Travel

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This mornings amusing moment while buying coffee…    Mom to her daughter who took my $2. “I was just checking to see if you gave him the right amount” Me to earnest 5 year old. “Say Mom, I know what I’m doing.” Daughter to Mom in somewhat stern voice: “Mom, he knows what he’s doing!”

Wood fired Pizza

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When I was a kid, the choice for pizza in my home town was big round cheese New York style pizza with lots of cheese and sauce and it was yummy, but it was plain simple comfort food. Now, people have found the beauty of Neapolitan style wood fired pizza.  This pizza is very different but oh… Read more »

Simple tests

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The thing is that sometimes you want URLS that look “pretty”. They don’t have dates or other odd ball urls that really are there to make the programmer happy. You want a URL that is SEO friendly. This post is part of the work I’m doing to generate enough new content to examine how wordpress… Read more »

Giaccone.org is back…

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I had some problems previously with my blog. Strange things where happening, and I’m not sure what caused them. Because of these problems, I had to bring down the last site rather hurriedly. So this is my new blog, with a theme based on bootstrap. I’ll be porting over the content from my previous blog over… Read more »