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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 easy, that’s a gimme I think. 6 points So [...]

New (free) Home on Azure – why ...

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 month to use it’s My [...]

Another Peer Review Rant

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 noticing BETT [...]

Project Euler Solutions

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 once. It’s not lik [...]

Perfect Project Euler Again

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 thought I would brush up on my Pytho [...]

Saving for College, 3 kids – $1...

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 decades. Well… The average annual expense now: Ivy Le [...]

Google Code Jam 2013 Qualification Ro...

Google Code Jam 2013 Qualification Round
Fair and Square 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 (which doesn’t get checked until [...]

Our (short sale) Home Buying Timeline

Our (short sale) Home Buying Timeline
Just thought I’d post this up, since I was always wondering/searching the internet for timelines and things that were/weren’t normal. Who knows if our experiences were actually normal, but here is what it was: OUR FIRST HOME ~10/19/2012 – Decided to start actually going to look at houses, so that we could get a feel for what [...]

gpodder Error Fix/Workaround: Runtime...

gpodder Error Fix/Workaround: Runtime error R6034 when launching
This error has vexed me for awhile now.   Bug 1489 on their site. https://bugs.gpodder.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1489  One fix I was using for awhile was to reboot in safe mode and run gpodder to update my podcasts Luckily someone came up with a way to get gpodder to run from the command line after resetting the PATH. I’ [...]

Demand Congressional Term Limits?

Demand Congressional Term Limits?
I don’t buy the arguments against congressional term limits. The big one is that if representatives know they don’t need to get re-elected then they won’t care about what their voters think and thus will not represent their electorate… umm, they don’t currently care a great deal about their electorate except fo [...]