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Qualification Round Google Code Jam 2015 – Cartesian Panca...

Qualification Round Google Code Jam 2015 – Cartesian Pancakes

I managed to find time to qualify again this year, even with taking the kids to a Lowe’s Build & Grow and later to the Fiske planetarium. They always get me wasting my time by placing one of the harder questions second. I finished the first ‘Standing Ovation’ problem both the small and large sets […]

Finally published this work from 7 years a...

Finally published this work from 7 years ago!

http://elifesciences.org/content/3/e01267   I’m happy to finally have this stuff published. The most interesting thing to me was the binning of the NRSF binding sites based on affinity when looking at the microarray results. The analysis was spurred by suggestions from Avtar Roopra and turned out to be very enlightening. http://elifesciences.org/content/3/e01267

Code Jam Round...

Code Jam Round 1A

Totally missed it Kids soccer, building a side table for my wife, community garage sale, … 1B is another soccer game, but 1C is 2am for me, so no excuses (well except for its at 2am). At least no family conflicts at 2am

Qualification Round Google Code Jam 2...

Qualification Round Google Code Jam 2014

DECEITFUL WAR!! Google declares war on coders’ free time! Finally, this year I might have the time and sleep to actually do the Google Code Jam (hoping my kids are now old enough not to wake me at random times). You need 25 points to move on. I got the first problemĀ A. Magic Trick pretty […]

New (free) Home on Azure – why do you vex me clea...

New (free) Home on Azure – why do you vex me cleardb

I lost most of my pictures in the transition over, but the new home is (basically) free with my MSDN Azure credits. One reason I lost more pictures than I otherwise would have was that I originally was using an Azure Website service (which automagically uses cleardb). Cleardb, however, then charges alot of money per […]

Another Peer Review R...

Another Peer Review Rant

This is why the better science today is actually being done in industry, rather than Academia. This is my reaction to a recent review of a paper that I saw – my tangential rant was at the end, but I’ll put it first here… Tangential rant: ‘Peer review’ is so broken and silly. Interestingly I’m […]

Project Euler Soluti...

Project Euler Solutions

For some reason, after finishing all the Project Euler problems (projecteuler.net) – my account was locked. When I asked about why, the admin who locked the account said I answered too many questions in too short of time. I would get the questions and do them offline, and then I would input multiple solutions at […]

Perfect Project Euler Ag...

Perfect Project Euler Again

Thanks to the summer hiatus on Project Euler problem creation, I was able to catch back up! Still lacking a ‘Gold medal’, but I’ve never even started a problem before at least one person had already solved it. Maybe I will try to be ready right when a problem is posted some time.   I […]

Saving for College, 3 kids – $1 mill...

Saving for College, 3 kids – $1 million

I have 3 boys – 2, 4, and 6 years old. I went to school (alot of it, too much of it), so hearing the doom and gloom stories of increasing college expenses, I thought I would check out what the ‘experts’ say that I should expect to be paying and saving in the coming […]

Google Code Jam 2013 Qualification Ro...

Google Code Jam 2013 Qualification Round

Pretty easy to pass the qualifier, I did the first problem – Tic-Tac-Toe-Tomek -. I did the small and large inputs, so I guess that alone would qualify me because it’s 10 and 30 points; and all you need is 35 I think. But who knows, maybe I made a mistake with the large input […]