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DragonY



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PostPosted: 11 Feb 2010 22:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrei,congratulations for your score on urikor Razz
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arenasnow



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Location: Ithaca, NY

PostPosted: 15 Mar 2010 01:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

I won the competition which ended a few hours ago. It was a best-of-three competition.

I beat Nate Bowen 163 wpm-110 wpm on the following text:

That all our knowledge begins with experience there can be no doubt. For how is it possible that the faculty of cognition should be awakened into exercise otherwise than by means of objects which affect our senses, and partly of themselves produce representations, partly rouse our powers of understanding into activity, to compare, to connect, or to separate these, and so to convert the raw material of our sensuous impressions into a knowledge of objects, which is called experience? In respect of time, therefore, no knowledge of ours is antecedent to experience, but begins with it. But, though all our knowledge begins with experience, it by no means follows that all arises out of experience. For, on the contrary, it is quite possible that our empirical knowledge is a compound of that which we receive through impressions, and that which the faculty of cognition supplies from itself (sensuous impressions giving merely the occasion), an addition which we cannot distinguish from the original element given by sense, till long practice has made us attentive to, and skillful in separating it. It is, therefore, a question which requires close investigation, and is not to be answered at first sight whether there exists a knowledge altogether independent of experience, and even of all sensuous impressions? Knowledge of this kind is called a priori, in contradistinction to empirical knowledge, which has its sources a posteriori, that is, in experience. But the expression, "a priori," is not as yet definite enough, adequately to indicate the whole meaning of the question above started. For, in speaking of knowledge which has its sources in experience, we are wont to say that this or that may be known a priori, because we do not derive this knowledge immediately from experience, but from a general rule, which, however, we have itself borrowed from experience. Thus, if a man undermined his house, we say, "he might know a priori that it would have fallen;" that is, he needed not to have waited for the experience that it did actually fall. But still, a priori, he could not know even this much. For, that bodies are heavy, and, consequently, that they fall when their supports are taken away, must have been known to him previously, by means of experience. By the term "knowledge a priori," therefore, we shall in the sequel understand, not such as is independent of this or that kind of experience, but such as is absolutely so of all experience. Opposed to this is empirical knowledge, or that which is possible only a posteriori, that is, through experience. Knowledge a priori is either pure or impure. Pure knowledge a priori is that with which no empirical element is mixed up. For example, the proposition, "Every change has a cause," is a proposition a priori, but impure, because change is a conception which can only be derived from experience.

The second text was a million times more challenging because they added tons of special characters. They said they included in this text every key that appears on the keyboard, but I don't really remember there being any tildes there.

I beat Nate 124 wpm-79 wpm on this text to win $2000 and the Ultimate Typing Championship.

1.a) [MAN] A man ordered 2,000 drums of pink ping pong balls in Paris, France. Each drum contained 100 pink ping pong balls. He paid $120 (80 Euros!) per drum, which means he spent $240,000 on 200,000 pink ping pong balls. 1.b) {BALL} These pink ping pong balls measured 40mm (how many inches?) and were given a 1 star rating [1 star?]. [FRIEND] His friends all asked him, "why did you order so many pink ping pong balls, how can you afford to spend that much, and what are you going to do with them?" His answer: "I'll tell you tomorrow." [MAN] Every day his friends asked the same question, and every day he gave the same answer: "I'll tell you tomorrow." {BALL} The pink ping pong balls started decreasing in quantity: only 189,000 left, and then only 172,000, and then 163,000, and then 147,000, etc. {BALL} One day 90% of the pink ping pong balls were gone (100% - 10% = 90% right?). His friends were really feeling frustrated with him now and demanded an explanation, "Tell us what the &^%$ [blip] you're doing with all of these @#^& pink ping pong balls!" [MAN] The man's response: "I spent $240,000 on 200,000 pink ping pong balls for a project. I have now used 90% of those, as you have observed. I promise to tell you tomorrow." [FRIEND] His friends decided to wait one more day and pronounce the alphabet to kill some time: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ then wrote a code word with strange signs: /a/&B#R{+1}>>[Bb] = X0 - 3 + @a rooftop ^ 32 + 12443678923458789 && 1 2 3 < 4. . The next day they were gathered in the man's house for the big revelation. The man stated, "Of the 200,000 pink ping pong balls I ordered I have 137 left. Would anyone like them?" His friends all groaned and said, "[---] no! Give us an answer!" The man began again, "Friends, I am about to unveil a great invention." He took a deep breath...and died. His 7 friends would never know why the man spent $240,000 on 200,000 pink ping pong balls, and neither will you.

I think Dan Chen definitely could have beaten my score on the second one, and Jelani possibly on the first, although I was slowed some because there were bright overhead lights and all sorts of people hovering around and the CEO of the company talking at the time, so it's unclear how I would do regularly on either of those texts...
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Son



Joined: 19 Sep 2007
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PostPosted: 15 Mar 2010 14:43    Post subject: uh oh Reply with quote

Well done, maestro !

I've nothing short of praise for Jelani and Daniel, but I don't think they could've matched your performance this time. A question still looms in my mind, however: how many errors did you make? Razz
So, in the end, did they cover all expenses?
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Motsak



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PostPosted: 15 Mar 2010 16:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

still and still powerful.. this Sean!
how did your competitor react?
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Damz



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PostPosted: 15 Mar 2010 19:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Sean! It was not much of a competition though as he really was no match for you, with you beating him by 50% on each text. Of course, everyone expected this kind of slaughter, even you Cool
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jeandid
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PostPosted: 15 Mar 2010 20:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very very impressive, Sean!

I really hope that you will compete until the end to the Typing Zone's championship, that will be very interesting!
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arenasnow



Joined: 09 Jan 2010
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Location: Ithaca, NY

PostPosted: 16 Mar 2010 03:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrei, I wasn't paying attention to my accuracy, but I can tell you all I had to pay for was food and expenses to travel from my home to the Ithaca airport and back.

Karen, I think I intimidated him for sure, especially in one of the one-sentence practice rounds where I beat him 180-something to 100-something. Also, I got a 213 in a one-sentence practice round about half an hour before it started, although I was less accurate that whole day than usual (as can typically be expected as a result of having spotlights on my head and swarms of people hovering around.

Damien, I expected him to be closer if he was able to beat Noah. Still, I think Noah was using a laptop in the semifinals and that makes a HUGE difference. I just fell off the top 20 on TypeRacer with my arenasnow2 using my laptop because the Internet connection is not working on my desktop and my desktop computers themselves are all not doing well. My TypeRacer average on my laptop seems to be only about 145 wpm because I make MANY more errors. If Noah was using a desktop, would he be competitive with me? Maybe...

Jean-Didier, I'm planning on competing in everything here, although I'll be slower on this month's master (one I should theoretically kick butt on) because of using my laptop instead of my faltering desktop. Oddly, the desktop started consistently freezing the day before I left for Austin.
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Damz



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PostPosted: 16 Mar 2010 19:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Noah types on a laptop because he believes it suits him best.

As for you, couldn't you connect your Das KB on your laptop?
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Traumer



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PostPosted: 21 Mar 2010 12:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

One again, congratulations Sean ! Too bad Chen couldn't take part in the final...
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arenasnow



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PostPosted: 21 Mar 2010 15:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damz wrote:
I think Noah types on a laptop because he believes it suits him best.

As for you, couldn't you connect your Das KB on your laptop?


Yes, I can. Thank you for that idea. Helped me greatly on this master.
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KevinT



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PostPosted: 09 Apr 2010 08:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations to both you!

I was KevinT on the list. I would've been the 6th finalist. What happened was I didn't use my regular email, I used one I didn't check often. It was a big mistake. I got the email that I was one of the fastest typist in the country and asked to participation as a semi finalist. I didn't respond in time. I was pretty upset.
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KevinT



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PostPosted: 20 Jan 2011 03:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know this thread is really old, but I wonder if there's any plans for another shot at this? I would've made the semi finals if I would've answered my email. I'm still upset about that.
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Minilek



Joined: 09 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: 20 Jan 2011 12:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

I met the organizer in person (he happened to be around Boston, and I actually managed to get a free Das Keyboard from him!), and he said that they are planning to hold it again in the future. I have no idea when though.
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Bulga



Joined: 27 Dec 2010
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PostPosted: 19 Mar 2011 01:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minilek wrote:
and I actually managed to get a free Das Keyboard from him!.

Don't you want to try it on Typingzone, at this english master ? Very Happy
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Minilek



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PostPosted: 22 Mar 2011 17:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was never able to get TypingZone working in linux, even under wine.
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