Thursday, February 24, 2011

Crusader Challenge explained (spoilers)

If you haven't read it, you should go to First Crusade Challenge - My Life in Code first, or this will just confuse you to pieces. I will break to down to the requirements:

1. The secret is that I know pi to 26 decimal places. I will leave it to you to figure out why I specifically memorized that many.
2. The lie is in the comment (in green) that I will go back and provide documentation in the code once the code works. Programmers often promise it, but virtually never do it.
3. My quirk is in the whole post, in that I really do tend to think in code (and sometimes have vivid dreams in code - nightmares with infinite loops on occasion).
4. My annoying habit is that if asked an opinion, I tend to go on and on.
5. One of my strongest character traits is a willingness to stretch the boundaries.
6. One of my very favorite things in the world is Pie, and another is math, but particularly Pi. Makes March 14 a real celebration in our household (if you don't know what I mean, think about the date).

And just in case I haven't sealed my identity as too geeky for words, I should point out that I added a couple of tricks into the code as well. For example, the test If Trim(filiguline) = slim_waterfowl fails in code, but is true in the reading.

This was a lot of fun, as were many of the challenges, but probably you learn the most about a person by how they approach the challenge, not the words they use.


  1. Ha! I knew you liked pie! So, this was a fascinating entry. I'm not good at coding...although I've made huge strides at teaching myself the basics of HTML, and some (very little) CSS. But I love it!

    Hope you're having a great week!

  2. Glad you enjoyed it. Has been a great week, mostly spent in Germany at a conference. Now, I still have a few more Crusaders to follow. Let's hope Google Friend Connect doesn't freeze me out again.

    (I am feeling so hungry for pie right now. Sigh!)