July 24th, 2014
Finally, it gets interesting. Below is my third attempt on this problem, the first taking so long to complete that I improved it before its first iteration, and the second just wasn’t good enough.

def find_primes(number):
"""Returns a set of primes"""
primes = set()
if number != int(number):
raise Exception('Must be int') # Improve this
if number < 4:
return primes
i = 2
while number > 1:
while number % i == 0:
number = number / i
primes.add(i)
i += 1
return primes

In this solution, I learned some basic uses for python’s set builtin. I’m a better person today.

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July 24th, 2014
Another straightforward challenge: find the sum of all even numbers in the Fibonacci sequence less than four million.

def even_fib_sum(limit = 10):
num = 2
pre = 1
tot = 2
while num < limit:
num += pre
pre = num - pre
if num % 2 == 0:
tot += num
return tot

Yeah, yawn.

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July 24th, 2014
So I’ve been trying to improve my coding technique while thinking about some fun math problems, and Project EulerÂ will help me achieve exactly that. It’s unfortunate that they were hacked recent, so a lot of their functionality has been removed, but it will still confirm your answer.

My rules for these challenges:

- Searching Google for answers or algorithms is not allowed.
- Searching Google for builtin language libraries is allowed.
- After a solution is found, the first rule can be ignored (provided advance knowledge of future challenges is not present).

Anyway, below is Challenge #1 by me. This was pretty straightforward and brute-force, but it works. The only interesting thing I’m doing here is playing with the flexible definitions of True/False.

def euler1(n=1000):
"""Returns the sum of all numbers that possess either three or five as factors."""
for i in range(n):
if not ((i % 3) * (i % 5)):
s += i
return s

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July 24th, 2014
Old posts are embarrassing and awkward (they’ll remain for now), spam has been scrubbedÂ out, and all that’s left is some new content.

Post-Navy me, trying to establish an identity and develop as a person.

Expect coding challenges, notes-to-self, quotes, maybe a video or two. Awesomeness.

Stay tuned.

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May 4th, 2008
If you want to know what the Navy is really like, watch PBS’s new documentary Carrier. The stories told are amazingly honest and dramatic. How this made it past the Navy’s bureaucracy so uncensored, we will probably never know. The entire series is available online for free (I love public media). Episode 3, Chapter 1 discusses nukes, in its own special way.

And for another take on Navy life, check out Hey Shipwreck. Watch up to (or start at) episode four, that’s where the show finds its rhythm and includes nukes.

Tags: heh, internet, navy, video

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March 19th, 2008
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March 15th, 2008
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March 14th, 2008
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March 13th, 2008
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March 9th, 2008
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