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Postmortem about the 24h livestream

Since you’re here, you probably heard about the 24h livestream (YT mirror) that I did. In short, I was unofficially participating in Marathon24 finals. During the contest, finalists had no access to the internet, so I was able to freely stream my performance without worrying about that someone will freely watch it and use any of my ideas.

I decided to write a short postmortem in order summarize how did it go. If you’re trying to decide if it’s worth watching it, this thing might help you. And if you’ve seen it (or some parts of it) already, this will give you much more insight into all of the problems that I encountered.

The TL;DR version is: I was very distracted throughout the whole stream and overall my tempo was rather sluggish. Despite all of this, I still performed quite well and commented on all of my actions.

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Educational 24h livestream during Marathon24 finals

It just struck me that I posted everywhere about the 24h livestream that I’m doing, except my very own blog.

Since there are so many details already scattered around the web, I’m just throwing the important links:

  • Date – 28/11 Saturday 9:15 AM GMT+1 to 29/11 Sunday 10:15 AM GMT+1
  • Twitch Stream – streaming will happen here
  • FB event – save the event date, invite people, etc
  • Twitter – I’ll use twitter for major announcements; you can also tweet me during the stream if you have any questions (apart from using chat of course)
  • Boring Interview – honestly, it’s not that interesting

And if you need a little bit more convincing in order to see the livestream. Mimino wrote 5 pretty solid reasons why you should seriously consider doing it.

Status Update

And yet another post not related to programming.

Some loosely-related stuff about my laziness:

  • I wrote a short story about myself for TC. It’s supposed to be fun to read, rather than being informational. I believe I actually made a pretty good job with that, although my standards for such things are set quite low. So don’t expect too much :)
  • I still remember about the tutorial for simulated annealing. I actually started writing it a long time ago. I had everything planned out, but in the middle I decided to make it a bit bigger. And add some pictures. And add some animations. And add some code specifically written for the tutorial. And add some analysis about the temperature scheduling. And add a ton of examples from the past contests (i.e. working examples, no theoretical bullshit). And then I searched for some comprehensive articles about SA. But there are none. Literally nothing that I would find good enough to recommend. To anyone. So I’m still doing it (yay), but it will take quite long to write (boo).
  • In fact I have several drafts in a near-finished state, so you may expect something posted soon.
  • At the same time I’m going to compete in World Puzzle Championship next week (where I once again will fail to place in the top ten), and then I’m going to Japan for some sightseeing, so probably the above point is false.
  • But I love working during traveling, so maybe it isn’t!
  • I also have a plan for a series of articles about competitive contests (summary of different programming competitions, what’s the point of them, what skills do they develop, etc.)
  • More stuff that I forgot about.
  • Oh, I updated “About” section, but if you really want to read anything interesting, better read that TC story (the link at the top).