I went to college today after a gap of about a week. Today was the Computer Science Department’s Symposium- IMPULSE 2008. I didn’t plan on going there until the quiz final. The quiz was to be conducted by Vinod from CSE department – an avid quizzer and a good friend. So the plan was to bunk classes and go to the quiz finals.
I went to the quiz finals a touch late. The first round was already going on and Shivakumar was conducting it. A few familiar teams were on stage. First there was Sundarand team from MNM, then Hari and team from SSN, and also Kicha and Harish from Sairam (I think). The second round was done by Vinod and the third round by another 3rd year guy whose name I do not know.
I thought three rounds were a little bit on the lower side, but Sundar tells me it’s pretty standard. But a lot of effort goes into these quizzes and its always easy to say the questions were too less. 🙂 While I was at the quiz, I managed to answer a couple of audience questions. Got a couple of audience prizes for it. Unfortunately both were the same book ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ by James Joyce. (It’s supposed to be a good book .Read up about it here)Knew a few other questions too, but the teams were pretty good. There was a team from CEG and also one from MIT. Shivakumar didn’t gimme the vouchers though 😦 (But thanks for the books nevertheless.)
I went near the gaming arena next (after attending to some work in the library). Spotted Sarin in the next room where the mock interview was going on. Some couple of staff and Marc were conducting the mock interview. Marcwas torturing this guy with all sorts of questions about web browsers and linux variants and difference between C and C++. The guy seemed ok with his answers. Finally I said I’d better leave before they mistake me for a participant and start asking me questions.
Gaming was where everything was happening. Quake 3 was going on and here I saw Kishore, Pradeep, a couple of people from other colleges who are Pradeeps friends, Jerome, Gautham, Bharath and a whole lot of people. Wanted to stay back, but then had very little time and had to go see how the Auditorium was as well.
I don’t know what was going on in informals when I went to the Auditorium. There was a lot of hooting and shouting that made it look like a cultural fest. (Nice work, you actually managed both the culturals and he technical symposium on the same day.) Some Rj’s from Big FM had come and people were going crazy. I personally thought it wasn’t a big deal and the sound quality in the audi was particularly bad.
Overall a nice day at the expense of 2 periods of attendance. But who really cares ?
P.S: I am not revealing any questions here as Vinod and Co. are the Legit authors of the questions. If you are interested to know about the questions, I think he will put it up on his blog under QCT. You may want to see it. Good compilation of questions.