Okay, so I’ll try to make this short, since I’m trying to write two entries tonight. Anyway, this past weekend (May 23 – May 25), I was in Anaheim, CA for the 2002&ndsah;2003 ACSL competition. We ended up being directly across the street (no joke) from Disneyland, so we got to see the fireworks both Friday and Saturday.
We flew out Friday morning, and had basically an entire night to prepare for the competition on the next day. So that’s what we did all night, until about 11PM. We prepared as best we could for the following morning.
So the next morning I had breakfast at McDonalds and we went to Troy High School to set up computers and get registered, which happend at about 7:30. The competition started at 8:30 when we were given the programming problems. I took the easiest one (took about 30 minutes, tops), and the other people divided up the other easy ones (we only had 3 computers, but 5 people). I also did about 2/3s of the solving on the hardest one, where we had to write out the result of a truth table for a boolean algebra infix expression. It involved expression trees (which I’d never done before), and then an evaluation algorithm. Recursion was our friend. So we solved all of our problems, and were one of the few teams to get a perfect programming score.
Then we had the written part, on which I guessed for several problems (since I’d run out of time). I only missed 1 problem. Our team, as a whole, only missed 6 points, leaving us with a total of 114 points.
So we played frisbee for about an hour and a half after the written portion (I did omit lunch between the programming and written parts). That was a lot of fun. Whee!
So we went back to the gym after that, and sat through the awards ceremony. My entire team got books of some sort for getting 10’s and higher on the written part. I got some C++ algorithms books. They’re semi-neato. But the best part was waiting for the team standings to come out. 2nd and 3rd place differed by only a point. But we had tallied up our points, and we creamed 2nd place by 7 whole points. (in this tough competition, 7 points is a lot). Needless to say, we were extremely happy, since Enloe hasn’t won any division in quite a long time.
So then we came home on Sunday. My bad storytelling skills are showing, but that’s about the extent of the trip. I could say a lot more (we saw The Matrix: Reloaded at 10:30 Saturday night, so we didn’t get to the hotel until 1:30, but it was fun), but I don’t have the time.
And until later, I’ll just say it was great fun, winning was just a plus, and I’ll talk to you all later! Bye!