Saturday, August 02, 2008

Random mutterings

Well, it's been a few weeks since I posted, and nothing really significant has happened, but I though I'd post anyway. It's been a warm few weeks - in fact last week was somewhat unpleasantly muggy (I guess like Durban but 10 degrees cooler). Of course, I then made the mistake of suggesting that friends from London should come to visit, and it promptly started poring with rain, and the train lines closed for maintenance.

After getting back from Cape Town, the next weekend was a mad one in London with Carl for the 72-hour ICFP programming contest. This year the problem was to control a Martian rover as it navigated around boulders and craters and 14-fingered Martians. It was a great time, although I didn't enjoy the problem as much as last years, and there was absolutely no feedback on how we rated compared to other teams.

Since then it's mostly just been slogging away at work (although I did get promoted) and doing programming contest stuff. The Google Code Jam is running at the moment, which is an interesting new format.