Freaking 50 hours

All this started after returning from dinner at around 8:00PM on August 19.

August 19 – 08:30PM – 10:30PM : Slept.

I woke up at 10:30PM and started browsing random stuff. Gave a finishing touch to GSoC project – IntelligentMirror and announced the release for testing.

August 19 – 10:30PM – 12:30PM : Browsing + Blogging + Browsing.

After that its time for some refreshments.

August 20 – 12:30PM – 02:00AM : Snacks + Toasts.

Then started the same old thing. Browsing. Why the heck we have to browse all the stuff in this world which has no meaning 😐 Also, I had to prepare for my presentation about SMTP protocol in Topics of Information Security class. So, downloaded all the RFCs (thats what we do all the time. download all the academic stuff and feel good about it. Who has time to open and read them 😛 ). Read a bit of stuff from the RFCs.

August 20 – 02:00AM – 07:00AM : Browsing + Reading RFCs + Browsing.

If you are up till 7AM, breakfast is worth a try. Had a breakfast which was good eventually.

August 20 – 07:30AM – 08:00AM : Breakfast.

After that, I though I would go to bed and will sleep for sometime. But then Internet is a real devil which will not let you sleep. Started browsing again and checking everyone’s status message. Reading blogs and some more blah blah. For god sake, don’t put links like this in your status messages.

August 20 – 08:30AM – 12:30PM : Browsing + Fantastic Contraption + Browsing

If you are up till 12:30PM, its good to have lunch before you go to bed 😀

August 20 – 12:30PM – 01:30PM : Lunch.

After lunch, I was desperate to sleep. But then I had this class called “Music Appreciation” at 5PM. I was afraid of losing an attendance and didn’t sleep. I read RFCs in the meantime. No browsing this time 😀

August 20 – 02:00PM – 04:30PM : Reading RFCs. No bc.

At around 4:45PM we rushed to coffee shop and then to class. After reaching the class, we realized that prof will not turn up and class stands canceled.

August 20 – 04:30PM – 05:20PM : Coffee shop + Class.

While returning from class, I just wanted to visit server room to see whats going on (actually the network was fluctuating really badly and just wanted to know what exactly is going on. I am a student sysadmin, so kinda concerned about these issues). But I came to know, some serious problem has occurred due to real heavy broadcast from few research labs. Sysadmins were zeroing on the problem. I suddenly forgot about sleeping and all. There may not be a better opportunity to learn how to configure a switch and how to debug a network problem. I was lost somewhere in the switches and servers and I realized it was 7:00 by the time admins sorted out the problem.

August 20 – 05:30PM – 07:00PM : Server room (real good experience. Learnt a bit about how to configure switches 😀 )

By the time, I left server room it was almost 7:30PM. So just rushed to Yuktahaar to have food. Had some good food. Yuktahaar is probably the only mess in the campus where you can actually eat something.

August 20 – 07:30PM – 08:00PM : Dinner.

As I had to give the presentation on SMTP the next morning, thought of reading some more stuff quickly. Read up to 9:00PM. At this time, I was *REAL* desperate to go to bed. But at about 9:19PM, Himank called up and told about bloggers meet. I was like WTF. Well I wanted to attend the meeting and rushed to main building. Meeting went upto 10:30PM. The meeting was real fun and it was a good experience to meet all the bloggers from my batch. We decided few things to promote blogging in IIIT. Find the details in the link in next line.

August 20 – 08:30PM – 10:30PM : Reading RFCs + Bloggers Meet.

After returning from the meeting, I though of finishing the RFCs and preparing the presentation. But RFCs was a lot more than I assumed, so reading went upto 1:30AM. Prepared the presentation.

August 20 – 10:30PM – 01:30AM : Reading RFCs + Preparing presentation.

I was about to sleep and suddenly Rishabh appeared and now there is something with proxy :( We discussed about the proxy and other misconfigurations for almost 1 hour.

August 21 – 01:30AM – 02:30AM : Discussion about proxy.

I went to bed at 2:30AM. Felt a bit relaxed. But couldn’t sleep. Why?? I was feeling hungry :( Get up at 2:45AM and rushed to Deepak’s room for having some snacks.

August 21 – 02:30AM – 03:00AM : Snacks + Toasts.

I was in my room at 3:00AM trying to analyze the situation. “If I go to bed now, I’ll not be able to wake up for 8:30AM class and the whole idea of preparing the presentation will be wasted. Should I sleep or not??” Went to bed but got up again in 15 minutes thinking that its impossible to wake up for the class(lack of confidence??). Browsed stuff for sometime and then had a look at the servers. And this time mailman was not working on the students server. Mails to students mailing list was not being delivered. Tried to debug that for almost 2 hours, but all in vain. Monitored servers for sometime and some more browsing. Please forgive me for sending all the test mails :)

August 21 – 03:00AM – 06:30AM : Mailman debugging + Server monitoring + Browsing.

By 6:30AM, I was like “I’ll die if I don’t sleep. But if I sleep, I’ll miss the class. WTF :(( “. I finally decided to sleep. But scheduled alarms at full volume on my computer. Scheduled high beat songs(shell scripting rocks 😀 ). And decided to sleep on the chair itself as its difficult to get out of bed.

August 21 – 06:30AM – 07:45AM : Sleeping (on chair :( )

Woke up at 7:45AM and rushed to mess at around 8:00AM.

August 21 – 08:00AM – 08:20AM : Breakfast. OBH mess serves the worst breakfast you can have. They server chowmin in breakfast. I AM NOT KIDDING.

Now starts the actual hectic session. Continuous class upto 1:00PM. whoaaaa!!!!!

August 21 – 08:30AM – 10:00AM : Topics of Information Security Class.

August 21 – 10:00AM – 11:30AM : Systems and Network Security Class.

August 21 – 11:30AM – 01:00PM : Numerical Analysis. This class may be suicidal if you haven’t slept for almost 36hours. Caution next time.

Time for lunch.

August 21 – 01:00PM – 01:30PM : Lunch @ Yuktahaar.

I would have gone to room for sleeping now. But mailman is still not working and students are missing their mails :( Went back to server room. Did ad-hoc management to bypass mailman for temporary mail delivery. Fixed few other things.

August 21 – 01:30PM – 03:30PM : Server room.

Now we had a Infrastructure team meeting at 3:30PM. Was good. Discussed about a lot of issues and how do we replace old infrastructure in a systematic manner.

August 21 – 03:30PM – 04:30PM : Infrastructure Team Meeting.

As its almost 5PM again, time for three hours long “Music Appreciation” class.

August 21 – 04:30PM – 07:00PM : Coffee shop + Music Appreciation class.

Enough is enough. I *MUST* sleep now. Returned to room quickly ignoring the dinner and went to bed thinking that I’ll sleep for at least 14-16 hours (normally I sleep for 12-14hours at a stretch). But who knew that its not possible. I wake up at 12:30.

August 21 – 07:30PM – 12:30AM : Sleeping (in bed 😛 )

Woke up at 12:30AM. And Internet is here again. Browsing. Browsing. Browsing. Browsing. Browsing. And blogging. BTW, a newer version of youtube cache is available now.

August 22 – 12:30AM – 01:30AM : Browsing + Blogging.

Was feeling real hungary. Rushed to Deepak’s room for snacks and toasts.

August 22 – 01:30AM – 02:30AM : Snacks + Toasts.

Browsing again. And I have been writing this god damn post since half an hour. Its almost 3:30AM now and I am thinking of going to bed again. Hopefully I’ll sleep well this time 😀

August 22 – 02:30AM – 03:30AM : Blogging.

Previous two days was really hectic. No? Well, I can’t really take more than that. I think my biological clocks are out of synch. Need a break.

PS1 : Change your status messages frequently. Don’t bore me.

PS2 : Need to blog more frequently. Have a lot of stuff to blog about. This sem is real happening.

PS3 : Have two courses on security this sem. Wish me luck 😀

 

Relax

Sometimes it happens that you get too much used to unusual things that even usual things looks madness to you. I always loved to work at night and found it much more productive as compared to working in day-time. But this crossed limits with the beginning of the 6th semester. I selected all the courses with the intention that none of them should have a class in the forenoon ( the earliest class I had was at 3:00PM 😛 ). The obvious outcome, I never slept at night and night out became as usual as a day for others. For months, I followed the same routine. I didn’t face any problems with the schedule except exam days etc. My biological clocks got synchronized to GMT+1000.

Everything was going fine until recently. I had these meetings with people in the administration who for some reasons are not used to work at night. And those meetings really destroyed my routines. Since a week or so I am feeling totally helpless. I sleep throughout the night and wake up around 8AM. And for the rest of the day, I just look at my computer screen searching for something to work on. I pick up some task and it leads nowhere due to lack of concentration.

As I am a self employed man and need not answer anyone, I have decided to chill out for a week or so. I’ll not work on anything related to hardcore computing and will NOT code even a single line. For time pass, I’ll watch movies and read Paul Graham’s essays. Those essays are a very good method to utilize your free time. Chill out!!!

 

Morning Walk

Its 7 am again :) and I am back with something new. But this time its different. This time its not the case that I want to sleep but I am not able to. I have come up with a solution to the problem. Because only 2 working days (today and tomorrow) are left for this semester, I need not sleep early (6AM) anymore and wake up early (1PM) for classes. Now I can sleep late and wake up whenever I want.

Since I have been skipping breakfasts and lunches since long, I’ll have breakfast daily from now on. I’ll go to bed at around 8:30am after having breakfast and will wake up at around 3:00pm and then I’ll run for coffee shop 😛 This routine will be followed strictly starting today with no exceptions except the exams :)

But there is one interesting addition to the daily schedule now. And that is Morning Walk. Since I will be up around 7am, I’ll regularly go for a morning walk. I was reading some documentation stuff and suddenly got attracted by the weather outside. I immediately locked my room and left for the walk. The wind was cool and soothing outside. I realized that the hostel is horribly hot :( You can’t really have such a peaceful environment in day time. I walked down to the main gate. Now I think I have a badly screwed up vocabulary and I am not able to come up with words (how can I, I don’t even know the words) to express my feeling about that awesome morning walk. Ok.. enough .. you imagine the rest like birds were chirping and sky was clear and blah blah blah… But it was a nice experience :)

PS1 : Writing too much these days.

PS2 : End sems are approaching fast :(