not a beautiful or unique snowflake (nothings) wrote,
not a beautiful or unique snowflake
nothings

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dfan, inkylj, and I were working this morning on our entry for the ICFP competition. It was due at noon today, and since I tend to sleep late, I figured I'd stay up late last night, get done what I could, go to bed, and dfan on the east coast would get up and put the polishing touches on it.

Instead, the thing I was working on took longer than expected, and I was finding and fixing bugs in other people's code, and the next thing I knew it was 6:30am. So I figured at that point, with dfan due at 7-ish, I'd stay up and, even if I was too tired to code, I could give dfan feedback and explain my code and suchlike. Instead I actually ended up doing a fair amount of coding right up to the deadline. I haven't done 24 hours straight coding in a long time. The occasional all-nighter, sure, but without any significant breaks? No. (Remind me someday to tell you about the time Doug Church and I spent 40 continuous hours without sleep trying to fix a bug.)

At around ten or eleven pm last night, I realized I was at the 12 hour mark, and I was staring at code and not actually getting anything done, and I said, I should take a break, maybe for an hour or two. But then I came up with a really neat idea, and my teammates were enthusiastic about it, and so my not-quite-up-to-par performance was forgotten as I struggled through. Something around 2am I got a second wind and my productivity grew. From 6-8 am I didn't do much but stare at the code and review.

It may be a month before we hear results. We're not expecting to do particularly well, because we chose to use a programming language (Ocaml) that none of us were very familiar with. But it was fun.

Now I have ten million other things needing doing. But for now I'm trying to stay up so I don't horribly night shift. I have 5 DVDs piled up; two down and three to go.
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