Thursday, July 17, 2008

A failure in the codejam or how I blew up my brain

Thursday morning, I saw the problems and took a printout of the Flyswatter. Then I spent about 3 hours figuring out the right area calculations, without success.

Then I tried hacking away at the other 2 problems for a total of 1.75 hours. Again failed.

Result: A total brain burnout

Feeling: Really down for my not so leet algorithmic skills.

Lesson learned: I seriously need 4 years of formal computer science education.


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