October 22nd, 2005

color cycle (slow)

ACM, etc.

So in a weekend of frantic e-mails, the details of the ACM contest have been ironed out- two weeks from today (technically speaking), It Begins.

Washington University could send six people, so we've got WUSTL-0 and WUSTL-1. It worries me that only WUSTL-0 is listed in the registration page for Webster University, our selected venue... James says he got confirmation for both, and the checksum matches (they'd be the 12th team in a twelve-team site), but still... I'm in WUSTL-0, though, so the only thing I have to worry about is that I'm expected to show up by 9:30 AM. There's nowhere to even eat breakfast on this stupid campus on a weekend before 11:00 in the morning. "Continental breakfast will be provided", sure, but that is usually donut-driven and that does Very Disgusting Things to my digestion. Maybe if I ask the manager at the Village Grill reeeeeal nice, he'll have someone in two and a half hours early to make six omelettes... nah, doesn't sound very probable to me either. I'll ask anyway. (Mmm. Omelettes.)

The team split is high-low, not even- James, Albert, and myself are WUSTL-0, with Tom, Mike, and Zhen on WUSTL-1. (At least one of these people other than myself regularly reads my LiveJournal, and I have my suspicions about a second...) Team 0 has veterans- James and I were in last year, and Albert has had more experience than myself with TopCoder and is, in my opinion, a much better programmer overall. Tom and Mike are, I believe, new to this, while Zhen was going to be on our secondary team last year but was left out in the cold when Charlie bailed out. So in short, it'll be really embarassing if our team scores lower than WUSTL-1... No offense, person who reads my journal!

Anyway, this should be interesting...