Winter Bash 2017

I was only able to get 13 hats for Stack Exchange Winter Bash 2017. Unfortunately, I had forgotten that it would end today, so I was not able to get images of me wearing the hats. You’ll just have to trust me that I really got the hats below.

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Not all Batmobiles are black

This Batmobile (Batman v Superman) is colored dark purple according to Hot Wheels Wiki, but to me it looks more like dark metal flake blue.

For Christmas, how about a green and red Batmobile? (I got the image below from a Hot Wheels Collectors e-mail.)

Custom ’67 Pontiac Firebird

This Hot Wheels Custom ’67 Pontiac Firebird is a new casting. The Hot Wheels Wiki claims that the metal body is unpainted. The base and the interior are black plastic. The front wheels are smaller than those in the rear. I love the fact that the hood has been removed, exposing the engine.

The colors on the model’s engine (black in the middle, silver in the front) do not match the ones in the card’s image (silver in the middle, black in the front).

Tomica Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R Racing

I recently passed by The Block at SM City North Edsa in Quezon City and found quite a few Tomica Event Models for sale at Toy Kingdom. I chose this Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R Racing because it reminded me of my Matchbox ’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX.

The body and base are metal painted in metal flake silver. The front wheels are smaller than the ones in the rear.

Both front fenders have the word “Skyline” embossed on the metal. (I was not able to take a good picture of them.)

It was fairly priced at around 500 pesos. The box was not covered in plastic.

Its scale is 1:62. The base states that it is a Tomica No. 21, but the box states that it is a Tomica Event Model No. 26.

The two doors open. The interior is in black plastic and the doors are quite detailed even on the inside.

2017 ACM-ICPC Philippines Southern Luzon

I was a problem setter and judge for the 2017 ACM-ICPC Philippines Southern Luzon Invitational Programming Contest held last October 1, 2017 at the Ateneo de Naga University. Seven teams from five schools joined, which is much less than the numbers in the previous years (15 teams from 9 schools in 2016, 13 from 6 in 2015, 31 from 13 in 2014, 32 from 15 in 2013). The contest problems and solutions are here. I provided two contest problems: “C” (Sharkovski Successor) and “D” (String Substitution). I was also a problem setter and judge in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.