Thursday, November 30, 2006

What do you get when Microsoft sends you an e-mail on your gmail id?
Ans: Google's offer to invite Microsoft to Gmail!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Which photo looks better, the coloured one or the black and white? I haven't found time to do proper photo editing in photoshop. Comments solicited!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Yippee! I just managed to finish my Maths tutorial work. Except for some sums that were swallowed or unsolved in between, one headache is over! Now on to studying for Chemistry. Forgive this blantant self congratulation but I needed to blog my happiness. Chem on the 25th....

Monday, November 20, 2006

I got so irritated by the maths tut that I didn't study all of yesterday. Instead, I watched "Sound of Music" - the hit movie of the 70s -80s (Have you heard of the song - Doe a deer, a female deer, Ray, a drop of golden sun....., its from this movie). It was a senti one and slightly old fashioned, but i enjoyed it. I'm planning to study today.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Well, this is an update on the revision in syllabus. It has now been confirmed of sorts that the entire syllabus for the first year will be revamped for the incoming batch and all the rubbish courses like engineering graphics and thermal/material sciences will be made electives. The course load will be reduced and the new batch will have 2 computer programming courses - basic programming and data structures in the first year itself. There will now exist only about 6 core courses and the remaining will have to be chosen from about 19 electives. However, these changes in syllabus and content will not be propagated to our batch. Well, the juniors always have all the fun! Not fair!
End semester exams are from the 25th but the good news is that (assuming i clear the end sems), I will never have to sit in another chemistry and biotechnology lecture. :D I still have another semester of physics and 2 sems of maths to go, but this is reason enough to smile.
The bad news is that my physics practical exam went off very badly (300% error from the standard value and a maximum permissible error of 6%) and i have no clue about how my chem practs went so I really can't comment on it. I'll be back in Jamshedpur by the 10th of December and leave again on the 29th. New years day has to be celebrated in the Institute itself as we have classes from the 1st :( Those who are planning to be around in JSR in this time interval, please do comment. (Do get away from orkut, all of you!)
Another update is that the Cognizance team has been formed and has started working to make IIT Roorkee's Tech Fest a huge success. For those of you interested in engineering - you are invited to take part. Cogni should be held in Feb or March. Sponsors invited!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Well, a lot has happened over the last month in my personal life. My grandmother, Shrimati Uma Kapoor, expired on 30th October and I went to Delhi for mourning. Also, we had Thomso, our cultural fest, featuring Shibani Kashyap, Zero, a Hasya Kavi Sammelan (Thahake) and a fashion show (Vogue) October and my mom's birthday was on the 29 with professional models from NIFT, Delhi, from 26th to 29th too.
I enjoyed all of these events in Thomso and participated in a salsa workshop too (with a fourth year student of a college in Kaithal - Geeta Mittal, who is now placed in IBM) but I made a mess of it as I really have 2 left feet. However, Dadima's death has left me with a feeling of loss...
Having rather mixed feelings on the happenings of this last month, and also due to shortage of time, I would rather not blog about my feelings. As for the present, I am loaded with tutorials as usual but a really nice thing that is happening at the institute is that we are being asked to fill up response forms for the course content and the effectiveness of the teacher. Needless to say, we are enjoying our chance to punch back anonymously at our teachers.
The inside news is that the content of the Physics course will change and the teachers are lobbying for reduction of the course load, specially for the first year students. I completely agree with them. Making us stay up till three in the mornings on account of finishing the course load is too much. We deserve some time on our own.
There, I'm rambling again. KV told me that I speak well but explain my points too much. Engineers should be precise. Well, that's my target for self improvement. That's all for now.
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