Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Grad Student

"Being a graduate student is like becoming all of the Seven Dwarves. In the beginning you're Dopey and Bashful. In the middle, you are usually sick (Sneezy), tired (Sleepy), and irritable (Grumpy). But at the end, they call you Doc, and then you're Happy."

- From "So long, and thanks for the Ph.D.!"

a.k.a.

"Everything I wanted to know about C.S. graduate school
at the beginning but didn't learn until later."

The 4th guide in the Hitchhiker's guide trilogy
(and if that doesn't make sense, you obviously have not read Douglas Adams)

by Ronald T. Azuma

A fairly well written article about life as a graduate student and how to survive graduate school. The best part of this was the quoted text above comparing the state of a graduate student with the seven dwarves from the fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (oops, I actually meant this link, the previous one is hilarious take on same story, and if you suffer from any morality issues, please dont click on that link, the language is profane and the narrative has a wicked twist)

(<#added later> I am taking off the link to the wickedly funny story as it seems to be related to a porn site though it cannot be called a "porn site" as such, not that I have anything againt porn, but I dont want to directly link to it off this blog, for those of you who would like to read it, I suggest you dont do it in office and you can get to it by keying "utterpants snowhite" into Google. I had linked the text "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to this URL earlier<#/added later>)

Anyways, graduate school was fun, whenever you are not numb enough to not notice how much fun it is. Here is a night shot of our room when I was at Grad School.


What did you think would be there other than computers you pervert!! We are talking of desi grad students here :D and that too ones that have learnt to use the computer for ermmm, all their needs. Yanyways, there are a total of 5 computers there and a switch and a 12 port (I think) USB hub, they generated enough heat (of the thermodynamic kind) in the room to keep us warm even during the cold NY winters.

There are quite a few stories from stories from grad school, however, they are so "ghise-pite" (endlessly flogged) for most of my friends that I will put some of them here only after thinking a bit :D

2 Comments:

Blogger waywardone said...

Inventory as I remember it - 2 laptops, 2 desktops (3 for a brief period at some point), 1 VCR, 1 5-port hub/switch, 4-port USB hub, cabling long enough to allow Boss to use his laptop in the living room and the usual assortment of speakers, headphones and the like.

9:12 PM  
Blogger nitboss said...

interestingly enough your page shows up before the actual story of snowwhite utterpants when someone searches on google.

1:18 AM  

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