Hopefully everyone got home allright by now. Hopefully you enjoyed
the stay in wik/uppsala/sweden as much as I did...allthough I have
full understanding for most of your complaints about sweden such as
the sun shining in the night, mosquitos and the swedish food(which
the young swedes tend to avoid nowadays :) ).
I learned much from the competition:
-Be prepared...it is hard to present something you haven't worked
enough with...it is even harder answering questions which you have
no clue about...especially if they are fired in cross examination
-Normaly nice people can turn really scary if they are better
prepared then you are...The polish team really scared me in the
first round...brrr..I still have nightmares j/k...and I think the
australian girl(Caitlin if my memory serves me right) would have
made me cry with the treatment she gave the poor ukraininan guy
(think it was ukraine) ..even though I am kind of used to the fast
speaking(Sarah is actually speaking faster..which you might have
noticed...and she was still far from max speed)
- Still feel sorry for the only girl in the slovak team who
was "forced" to clean the window by here male team mates.
- Brain capacity= k * 1/(Body temperatur - 36°C) If body
temperature >= 37°C Thanks to the teacher who helped me
get some pain killers.
- Movies/pictures= + 1-2 points
- Formulas and nice words without explanation = + 1-2 points
- The scale starts at 4...You have to forget the powerpoint
presenattion and do it on the whiteboard to get 3 :)..guess it
counts as preparations...but we did have some sort of presenattion
- Results= k^(time)* budget
- Four hours of sleep a night isn't ideal for the performance...but
neccesary to fix presenattions...
Some comments about the competition to organisers.
In general well organised but a few things could have been
- Clearer questions...the language problem was large here in my
- Explanation of the rules...in some cases both jury members and
teams had problems.
- Help the new teams by making it perfectly clear what is happening
in each stage of the round.
- Some points awarded by the jury seemed wiered...making clear what
they are looking for is good...I am not sure jury members understod
the question or the correct answer or the english at times..
Anyways I am sure most of you agree with me that the last days were
the most fun(when nights could be used to other things than
improving semi done presentations)
The barbeque party was fun...I liked the american with all the toys
and the lamb was just great...think most nationalities enjoyed this
I think we managed to spread the very intresting sport called
ultimate(organised frisbee throwing...still want to know more about
how to throw a frisbee...tried to get info from the New Zealand
guy...who kept telling different names to Sergei...but I think it
- Fotball(soccer for some...hmm...re...hark...tar..hmm...ds j/k :))
is really fun to do when you are many people...but it is hard to
play in wet grass and minimal control...sorry for the injuries I
inflicted on the new zealand team...first of all I tried to break
but it didn't work...the second time it wasn't my fault you were
between the ball and the goal...:))
- Playing child games can be really fun even though it is ridicilous
but it is great for getting to know people and learning their names.
The dutch girl(name starting with an R (Riona or something like
that)) was good at killing people...The ever happy Skye Perkins
(Perky = lively cheerful...coincidence?) fell for the old "look a
flying elephant trick"...it was late and for some reason those from
the other side of the globe (Australia and New Zealand) didn't seem
to be properly trained in the art of staying up late at 4 AM they
were all like clubed seals...only one stil "awake" was Andrew (if
that really was his name) but sometimes there was serious doubts
about if he was really awake or just sleep walking :)...you better
make sure your teams for next year is better trained in this
aspect...of course europe was only represented by three brave souls
but we seemed more awake overall...
- Not sleeping and then going to listen to physics competitions just
when the real desire to sleep kicks in(9-10) is not a good
idea...especially not if you feel like "resting your eyes" when the
opposition starts...there is a greta risk that you miss the entire
finals by passing out on the bench infront of you to the great joy
of your teammates that have got a full nights sleep...more questions
with explosives next year to prevent this...
- Being social is not easy when you have a cold and a fever...think
I have at least one team mate that can back me up on that one...If I
seem to be braindead or druged in anyway on any photos I probably
am...just so you know I normally look like a model :)
- I think I managed to learn most of the names of those staying up
late that night...once again proves that repetition
helps...unfortunalty I will have forgeten this until I have to study
next time and will read the night before(If I am trying that hard)
Finnaly I am pretty sure I wrote my E-mail in a book(diary I think)
which seemed to conatin a lot of E-mail addresses and since I am a
lazy guy I kind of hoped that the australian girl who told me to
write my E-mail there would send an E-mail to everyone so I would
get the E-mails with minimal work...I am still hoping that it will
This leads me to another problem...I have a memory like a goldfish
and have forgotten the name of the australian girl with the book
even though I probably heard it 100 times...I spent 3 hours on the
train trying to figure out what her name was so if anyone can help
me out and tell me, it would be much appriciated.
As Anna pointed out more pictures would be nice and also a full name
list of participants and organisers, team leaders, jury members et c
would be nice. Possibly names together with the pictures
The clock is getting close to 5 AM so I better go to bed before the
rest of the family starts waking up.
Jacob Mejvik proud member of the Swedish team II
Suffering from amnesia/alzheimers light and a temporary cold during
the iypt...aka Jacob in the blue shirt for those who were still
awake at that time.
My email and msn messanger account is Jacob.Mejvik@...
anyone wants to write something it would be nice...even better if
everyone writes something...would make me happy :)
Just a little note to someone annonymous who should know who he is:
If you for some reason end up with a girl in your bed, ffs do
something about it!! Sleeping isn't qualified as enough!!