ICPC World Finals: Day 4

Adjectively Speaking

Because it’s already 1:15am as I start this, and we have to get up early tomorrow to pack up and get to the airport, I’m going to try and cut back on my usual excessive verbosity.

This morning, before the contest

  • confident
  • anticipatory
  • nervous
  • excited
  • hungry

During the contest

  • dwindlingly confident
  • increasingly apprehensive
  • frustrated
  • cranially sore
  • agitated


  • unsuccessful
  • disbelieving
  • extremely frustrated
  • angry
  • embarassed
  • disappointed

Afternoon and recuperation

  • contemplative
  • reflective
  • better-humored
  • resigned
  • accepting
  • comfortable
  • content


  • surprised
  • initially disappointed
  • reconsiderative (I damn near made that word up)
  • competitive
  • excited


  • tired
  • content
  • satisfied

As you may have surmised, the competition went poorly. All in all though, it was a great experience, and I don’t have any regrets. I didn’t have the time to devote to studying more beforehand, largely because I chose other priorities, and I felt we did the best we could given our level of preparation. Plus, we achieved two of our goals for the competition: 1) We beat the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who beat us in the regional contest, and 2) We beat the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, which is a) my dad’s alma mater, and b) the other team that beat us in the North Central North America region.

Hooray for Team Amphisbaena!

One thought on “ICPC World Finals: Day 4

  1. Pablo


    I was googling to see if IBM had already released the environment to this year’s Java Challenge, and found your blog.

    Just wanted to say hi from Argentina. You may remember me from the ass-kicking we gave you in the foosball table during last day’s celebration 😉 (or maybe they were your teammates). Would’ve been the other way around if we’d played chess, I guess.

    Anyways, your description of emotions during the competition day fits my team as well. Glad to see we were the only ones dissappointed, though we recovered quickly with all the eating and stuff.

    Hope to see you next year as well.



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