Friday, January 4, 2008

Me Happy

During the past two weeks (aka the vast hole of nothing in my schedule that people call winter break) I have been churning out programs on the USACO training site in a bid to stick it to the man and rack up as many extra credit points as possible. See, in my AP CS class we get extra credit for every program we do. Most people do nothing and so that is why the teacher has that rule. I, however, have taken advantage of the system and currently have 42 extra credit points. I could literally fail every exam and end up with a passing grade, if not an A.

Now, over break, I have done six programs, which will rack me up somewhere around another 12 points before the semester ends. How's that for screwing over the grade system?

As you can see from the title of this post, I'm happy, but not about a having a guaranteed A in AP CS or because I'm Omar. Rather, it is because of a little message I got when I submitted my last program for testing. Normally, it takes me a while before I pass all tests on a program. See the picture below (notice the 38 submissions...i know, it's not pretty).



For this past program though, I got it on one try and received a message that is better than my mother's love. Check it out:



Even though this message probably came from some slave robot that is being forced to test everybody's programs, it still makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. It's the simple things in life people, the simple things...

8 comments:

Najah S. said...

haha congratulations!

Rachel said...

oh, my gosh, you get extra credit for usaco? do the points go in some subcategory or do they count toward your overall grade?

(that's ridiculous. i wish every school gave extra credit for contests haha)

Omar A. said...

It basically counts toward my overall grade. It fills in any points I missed on tests/assignments and then any extra points boost my percentage. I think at one point I may have had a 110%. My grade is around that haha. Yeah, USACO is a great thing to get extra credit for :-).

Rachel said...

duuuuuude

Kevin Lee said...

that is crazy. i wish my compsci teacher would do that.

Sh1fty said...

hey, how would you (all 10 of you) like to continue writing on MITprospectives.org or write both here and there? if nothing, you can register and spam the forum boards :)
Sh1fty

donaldGuy said...

I miss AP CompSci .. I took it my sophomore year ... I miss CS stuff in general, cause I don't have as much time for it this year ...

maybe I should start doing the training pages ..

anyway .. I want in on this blog thing.. to fulfill my new years resolution (I have blogging aspirations similar to Rachel)

Omar A. said...

@DonaldGuy: Yeah, I first took CS in 10th grade. Luckily, I've been able to keep it going until now. We have a team and we go to competitions. It's pretty cool since competitions are really fast paced and everyone is crammed in a computer lab w/ one computer per team. The training pages would be a great place to revive your programming :-)