You might have noticed I haven’t done any posts for a while. This doesn’t mean I’ve given up and will soon return. Instead I’ve just been obsessed with solving a bunch of totally useless but interesting math/programming problems over at Project Euler. Some of these go smoothly for me and a few are maddeningly frustrating as either wrong assumptions or stupid programming bugs get me the big red X when I enter my enter instead of the much friendlier green check mark.
But I’ve about reached my limit. It staggers me that a few people have done all these problems, some of them are insanely hard (at least for me). I’ve learned (mostly relearned) a couple of things:
- go to sleep, banging your head trying to find that last bug at 3:30AM is terrible. Sleep on it and the answer might be immediately obvious the next morning.
- move on when you’re boxed in a corner, it will be easier to get out when you come back later
- think about the solution as much as you can before jumping in and trying to solve it
- and lots of little math details I’d forgotten and some programming tricks I’ve never used before.
So if you like hard-to-solve puzzles, head on over and try a few.