This document really should tell you far more than everything you ever wanted to know about me. It should also, to some extent, save me from having to answer the repetitive and wearying questions people keep asking.
The idea of this faq arose from a similar faq by ams. Even now, a large part of this page is a copy of his (and I guess he is not exactly dancing about it!!)
My office machine is called FortyTwo and my home box is DontPanic
I rarely play any computer games and my desktop is rather routine save a rotating digital art wallpaper typically from Cyber|Crash' Rebirth Collection.
My preferred editor on any OS for anything is Emacs[?] and hence, I have emacs-'modes' for everything from ASN.1 byte-streams to zsh scripts.
I knew the contents of most courses anyways and was just repeating them.
Also, I would have gone and slept anyways. so might as well sleep in the hostel.
Actually that's not true. I do go for the lectures I think are interesting and useful, but they are few and far between.
Yes. I found studies incredibly boring and pointless, and went out of my way to do things which did interest me, and ended up having a pretty good time. I also managed to get reasonable grades, so nobody really bothered me.
My primary memories of IIT are eating rajma-chawal in mess, the computer lab (which I really loved) and explaining that I have a personal phone in my hostel room because I really NEED that internet connection and not because I need to talk to my girl-friend in private.
Ever since I got in IIT, I got used to this night schedule - initially
because I got enough sleep at lectures (with predictable results) and later
because I was used to it.
Now, I find I'm much more productive at night when it's peaceful and other people aren't awake. The sun doesn't shine through my window and reflect off my screen. I don't feel tempted to look at my keyboard. And it leaves me more time to do non-work things during the day.
Reading (normally a book a fortnight), Retro-computing[?], Watching the sunset (since I am normally at work at the relevant time, this is a special treat), Web strolling, Travelling, Eating ice-creams and rajma-chawal. I also love slow, long walks and talking to myself.
It is easy to keep your own thoughts in logical sync if you express them regularly in front of people. Also, I believe we should express our opinions if we feel strongly about an issue. It does not matter if we don't know enough about the question (we will learn if we talk about it) or will sound stupid (we will learn if we talk about it); if the issue concerns us, we have a right and duty to express our honest opinion on it.
Actually, all this is bull. I am just trying to invite myself as the day's celebrity on the Shekhar Suman's Movers' and Shakers' TV Show and this is the primary aim of my life. To achieve this, I always say a few nice, obvious things in my mails to make people agree with me and then I add something controversial which will make them angry and make sure they never forget me or my mails. So, if you find my mails offensive or unagreeble, don't just sit there. Get in touch with a local politician. Organize protests. (I will chip in for placards.) Put up posters with pictures on them (mine, not the politician's). And who knows I might become popular and finally get invited to the show.
I don't remember (that's not strictly true, but it's true enough), and I've stopped trying to change, because everyone keeps calling me uppu anyway.
No, ams did. I only modified and changed it a little. (as they say imitation is best form of flattery!!)