After my initial success at Topcoder, I have quit my regular full-time job as a postdoctorate researcher at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, and have become self-employed, full-time Topcoder competitor, and, later, copilot as well. I moved to a new city, Valenica, and now I am enjoying working from my beautiful new home with a nice roof-top terrace overlooking the neighborhood.
All are great, but having Topcoder itself as the customer gives me the best feelings, as in this case we not only do a great job, but also contribute into the further growth and success of our community.
Visiting TCO16 as a trip-winner was a great experience! So happy to go TCO17 as a competitor this time.
I have not listen music by albums for a while now. Usually I just search for some music mix in YouTube and it satisfies my needs for background music. Some "Relaxing Blues Mix" search works pretty good for me lately.
I cannot choose between Callmekatootie and Ghostar. I have participated in many challenges copiloted by each of them, and those were usually very well balanced between the scope and prize.
I was a fond of sci-fi books and computer games in my school years. Programming has always attracted me as a thing related to both of those hobbies. Unfortunately, I did not manage to get on an education track directly focused on programming and software development. I have learned some basics of programming as a hobby, and did use it during my undergrads in physics. I ended up doing my PhD study related to computational physics, and later worked as a postdoctoral researcher in computational chemistry. Although I wrote a lot of C++ code for my research needs, I was not able to get to the next level and find my way to a serious software-development industry. I have failed on-site interviews with Google, and different other companies replied to my CV that I am under qualified for their job offers. When I though there was no hope, I discovered Topcoder, and it works so good for me. It is so cool that our community is open to everybody, and does not judge newcomers by their background and experience, giving everybody an equal opportunity to show off and polish their talents.
Recently I have read Maus (by Art Spiegelman). It is not a fresh reading at all, but I have enjoyed it.