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Deciding to Go Nomad

The blog started right after we got to our first stop here in Panama, but the dream and the planning of going nomadic began about six months prior.

I think Todd's reasons for going are similar to mine, but I'll speak for myself for now.

Traveling has always been one of my favorite things. Ever since I was fortunate enough to go to Taiwan when I was 13 (Thanks Charlie!), I had the bug. Not only to travel, but to go off the beaten path. Honduras is more appealing than San Francisco.

Notes for Sept, 13

On Luqi's Blog

I feel that I'm kinda getting sense of the PL course. Which helps me gain confidence about studying here. It seems not to be a problem to follow up with both Algorithm and PL during lecture for now. But the really hard part is assignments I think. After all, we've got only less than 3 hours per week for listening to class but we are expected to spend at least 10 hours on assignments each course per week. So it's really important that I try my best doing all the assignments.

So, let's talk about assignment. Right now the assignments for PL seems not to be overwhelming, but I think things are going to be complicated as this course going. If we're going to construct a whole new programming language, then the workload should be hard. So I'd better pack myself and prepare for it.

As for Algorithm, it's really a course that provokes a lot of thinking. And the mechanism of pair assignment is very helpful. I learned a lot during my first assignment working with Michael. And he's only an undergrad! So it really makes me stressful that undergrads here are very creative and outstanding- they even take more classes per semester than I do!

Also, during working for the assignment, Michael have some ideas that is really cool. I never thought of making the string reverse for Problem 3. But it's really what we ought to think- the sub-string must look the same backwards and forwards, so when in original order, we're looking at the string forwards. How to look the string backwards- just reverse the string, right? Pretty simple if you get here. But I was kinda fall into a hole and couldn't notice the whole outside world. And I have a feeling that I've seen some problem like this before, but I still can't remember how to do it this time. This is a little bit sad for me.

Another problem is that I easily fall into the misunderstanding of sub-sequence. I was just thinking that sub-sequence is the same as sub-string but actually they have radically difference! This also leaded me to thinking the Problem 3 wrongly. A little bit more sad~!

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