7 Things I Didn’t Know Last Month… (August)

September 1, 2007

…about me.

  1. I cope with failure pretty easily. Too easily perhaps. Getting over the muckup at the IOI and the shattering of 1.5 of my dreams took no more than strong music and a few hours alone. No suicide thoughts, no depression like I had before…
  2. I have strong opinions on some subjects, sometimes so strong that I stubbornly continue to support them against all valid arguments. In other areas I let myself “go with the wave” and can switch sides in a heartbeat.
  3. Sometimes I ask people things which either (1) I know they will agree out of politeness; or (2) I know they will not let me do for them out of the same stupid politeness. I guess I ask just to feel secure myself. How egoistical.
  4. I give a ‘Thank You’ too easily sometimes, and at other times I seem to forget how to pronounce the words.
  5. I envy some people which are better than me in certain areas, instead of letting them serve as examples and ideals for my own actions. Stupid!
  6. I have a problem with self-discipline and procrastinate easily. When I finally finish something minor I tell myself that I did enough for the day, and waste the rest of it. I get distracted a lot.
  7. I listen to a lot of audio-books. I only noticed this when I had to burn some on DVDs in order to free disk space. The time interval between finishing one audio book and starting another may be anything between 1 minute and 1 day.

Hmm. Only ~1.5 of these are positive traits. But at least I know them now! Awareness is the key to success… Bla-bla-bla you know the story. I encourage you to keep an eye out for such observations and try to do a similar exercise monthly. If you have a blog and like to share, drop me a link!

Good luck at school, everyone!


IOI2007 Afterthoughts

August 24, 2007

First off, I haven’t managed to rise above the medal threshold. I had (10+16+0) + (92+50+0) points, whereas the first problem in the first day was so easy that I can’t believe I blew it. So writing this now is not exactly delightful, but here goes…

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Riddle of the Day (5)

August 13, 2007

OK, try this:

What is wrong with discreet math?

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Riddle of the Day (4)

August 10, 2007

This one won’t be so easy, I suppose:

What is the WTF on this page?
http://www.maxdsl.md/ctd/online_support.php
PS. Bonus points for two WTFs detected!

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Riddle of the Day (3)

August 9, 2007

After a long silence, the riddles are back:

How can one legally enter Croatia through the city of Zagreb, which is not on the country border?

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Riddle of the Day (2)

June 22, 2007

Let’s move on to this day’s puzzle:

What is the name of Egroeg Nilrac’s dog?

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Riddle of the Day (1)

June 21, 2007

unknown128.pngToday I’m starting a series of posts dedicated to puzzle-solving. Every day (if possible), I will come up with a new riddle and post it on my blog, asking you to answer via comments. The “official” answer will be disclosed the day after.

So here’s the first edition of the Riddle of the Day:

What is the shortest language in the world?

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