I got kind of excited after round one, so I was a little disappointed at not winning, but then I reminded myself that my goal was to make the finals, and to not be a jerk about this. It was an honor to do so well, and to get the attention of my peers. It has really inspired me to work on some smaller, more polished builds, instead of focusing on largescale, difficult to finish, projects. So that is a latent function of the contest for me, and one that has a farther reaching influence on my future building.
WOOOO!!!! almost won!!! thanks guys :P