I spent some time yesterday trying to solve Problem #60 from Project Euler. I have code that I think would work, but it takes too long to run (like the age of the universe). Now I need to learn to optimize my code so it only takes a minute or two, then I can solve this problem.

Kris @Alligator

Although I have many years of formal education, most of what I've learned has come from experimenting and trying to solve problems on my own. Once an idea for a project is set in my mind, it is all-consuming and one must learn everything possible about the subject on the way to the outcome. For learning is more than reading books and spoken word, it is hours of frustration, trial and error, and one sudden flash of insight when the world magically makes sense. It is during this moment when I am truely alive.