Where I’ve been

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:

  1. 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.
  2. move on when you’re boxed in a corner, it will be easier to get out when you come back later
  3. think about the solution as much as you can before jumping in and trying to solve it
  4. 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.


About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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