2008-05-18 15:48 - General
Things have been quiet here recently. I mentioned that I recently purchased SICP, and I've read it all by now. It was interesting, but hard to apply in any meaningful way. Lisp doesn't really solve the problems I'm generally faced with. Or at least, I don't understand how to make it do so.
Well, now, I've just discovered the Google Treasure Hunt 2008. I've never heard of one in a prior year, but based on the first question (the only I've seen so far), it's the fun sort of puzzle I might really enjoy. To paraphrase, there's a robot on a board of a particular size. It can only move down or right. How many distinct paths can it take to get from one corner to the other?
Upon seeing this question, I immediately recognized a pattern similar to that of the Eight Queens puzzle, which I just saw as an exercise in the SICP book. So, I'm setting out now to attempt to apply some of my scheme skills. I wonder how much of it really sunk in ...