* shall i tell you?

Posted on July 17th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

Subject: Submission in IED
Date: 03/27/2017 04:33 PM

By mistake we submitted last Sunday’s,26th March deadline in someone else’s account.
So can anything be done now .

Thanks for help.

Ok, mistakes happen. After several mails, it became interesting and I replied:

Subject: Re: Submission in IED
Date: 03/27/2017 04:44 PM

In whose account did you submit? And then what happens to their submission? And for which group are you submitting? So without that information I can’t help.

Reply to that from the student:

Subject: Re: Submission in IED
Date: 03/27/2017 04:47 PM

I know whose account we submitted on.
Should I tell you, sir ?

Thanks for help

This was the last mail. How will I answer that question and what shall I do now? 😀


* internship through coolness

Posted on July 10th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

Over the summer vacation we offered several internships to students to work in various areas. After the application phase in which interested students could submit their cover letters and CVs, we had to sort out suitable candidates. One application had no text at all. There was only one photo attached:

The candidate wore even the same sunglasses. Would have loved to invite him for an interview…


* your decision, your consequences

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

Date: 1 March 2017 08:14 PM

Good evening sir,
I and a few other students of your class are leaving for Indore tomorrow for a sports fest at IIM Indore. We’ll be returning on Monday.
Can we review our answer sheets after Monday, anytime convenient for you?

B. Tech. First Year
IIIT Delhi

You forgot to release the caps lock while shouting the subject line to me. And certainly I will adapt my schedule to your availability and any other of the 261 students who are in the same course. Because you are not that special that I do it only for you. Same right for everybody. Please let me know your most convenient time, so that I can deliver your answer sheet to your room.

Your decision, your consequences. Nobody is forcing you to go somewhere else and miss classes, exam reviews, quizzes, lunch in the mess or the train.


* misinterpretation of location

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

We had a meeting starting at 9:30am, however one party was missing.

Subject: Re: [Update] Embedded Optimization Meeting
Date: 23 January 2017 09:41 AM

Sorry sir, I misinterpret the the location. I am in Hostel. Can I join via skype?

On Jan 23, 2017 09:37, “Alexander Fell” wrote:

Just in case you missed that location

On Saturday 21 January 2017 04:24 PM, ████████@iiitd.ac.in wrote:

Please accept the invitation for Monday’s meeting at Prof. Fell’s room.
Embedded Optimization Meeting
Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:30am – 10:30am India Standard Time
████████@iiitd.ac.in – organizer

I did not know that “misinterpreting” my location meant that my office is shifted to the hostel. In any case, walk (better run) for 300m to cover the distance to my office, please.


* plagiarism in code?

Posted on June 19th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

To different groups submitted the following files containing their project code. The task was to use the interrupt and a timer of the Atmega328P on the Arduino board.

Group 1: (filename: timer.c)

#include <avr/io.h>
#include <avr/interrupt.h>

void add_delay()
    cli(); 						// Disables interrupts
    TCCR1B |= 0b00001100; 		// Sets timer/counter control register B for 256 prescalar and WGMI2 high for begining CTC MODE   
    TIMSK1 |= 0b00000010;		// OCIE1A (switching on compare interrupt enable)
    OCR1A = 31249;				// Sets compare value
int main()
  add_delay();    	// Call the add_delay function to add the 0.5 sec delay
 return 0; 

     PORTB^=0x20;	// Toggling led

Group 2: (filename: timer.c)

int main()
    cli();	// disable interrupts
    OCR1A = 31250;	// ompare value
    TCCR1B |= 0b00001100; 	//setting timer control register B for prescalar=256 and WGMI2 high for begining CTC MODE   
    TIMSK1 |= 0b00000010;	// OCIE1A (switching on compare interrupt enable)
    sei(); //enable global interupt
     PORTB^=0x20;// toggling led

Although both did the same task and hence not much variations are expected in the submission, do you think that the groups “exchanged” their code and obscured it to throw off the plagiarism detector or are the submissions genuine? What would you say? Leave a comment!


* sir, please read my email (part 2)

Posted on June 12th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

In continuation of the post last week, here is the complete email:

Date: 07 September 2016 10:10 PM
Subject: ECE-270 LCD Assignment – Retract (Please Read The Mail Content)

I have some issue which i like to discuss with you.
Sir, i did my assignment using the tutorials which are available on YouTube, not the tutorial/guide which you shared in the assignment. So when i was watching the videos ,i was writing my code and therefore some the function name and variables are similar to that which he wrote in the video. Moreover, some of the students wee also facing the issue in interfacing with LCD and hence i suggested them the same video. Therefore, their function name may be similar to my code.
For example consider this : i have made a function named COMMAND in my code and in lab i observed the code of other one the other group they made the same Same function name with same name.
So, in this sense the code may be similar.
So, i want to ask that if i retract my assignment, is there any policy that you first check the code for plagiarism, if found you will award 0 to those who withdrawn their assignment otherwise the group will get the marks which the TAs gave them during the evaluation in lab.

However, i would like to retract my assignment and assure you that it won’t happen ever again.


████████ ████████████
B.Tech ECE 2015 | ████████

It seems that his shift key is rarely working when it comes to the message body and the capitalization of characters, but caps lock does work.
It is always interesting the excuses students use, when it comes to plagiarism and copying of code. The whole explanation that this student gives here, was not the reason, why his work was flagged as plagiarized. There might even be a chance that his code has not been detected as copied in the first place. But we will never know…


* first solo trek (day 3)

Posted on June 11th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under India.

June 6th, 2017

Back to June 5th, 2017

That day the trek started pretty unspectacular. After finishing breakfast, breaking the camp, packing up everything, I decided to return to Rava, Ghera or somewhere between McLeodGanj and Ghera. My hotel room in McLeod Ganj waiting for me to take a proper shower, was booked from tomorrow onwards. In the previous evening I checked the ascends and descends from Deep Goth to Snowline Cafe/Triund, the original plan. Being skeptical and being discouraged by the shepherds, I again altered the route after consulting with my blisters and scratches and decided to camp between Rava and McLeod Ganj near a riverbed. It was the only place where the inclination allowed to sleep comfortably.

From Deep Goth it descended steeply, but trails and later on a proper path (Rava to Bagga) helped in covering a distance that was a tremendous improvement compared to the non-existing trails that I experienced yesterday. The only exciting (and dangerous) situation occurred, when the path slimmed down to a 30cm (1 foot) wide rim being carved into a huge boulder. To the left the boulder reached 10m into the air, to the right a 30m abyss awaited whose ground consists of plain rocks. With my backpack I had more than 30cm width and crossing that obstacle took lots of courage and it kept the adrenaline pumping.

A friend started to give me company at one point in time.

When I came to my chosen place for the night, it was only 3pm in the afternoon. I searched for an appropriate campsite, but due to the boulders, was not able find one. Then I discovered a place of coarse grained sand next to the riverbed. I cleared the larger rocks, and pitched in my tent. Since I did not have sand pegs with me, I reinforced the pegs with heavy stones or used other innovative methods to fix the tent.

I was a few kilometers short of McLeod Ganj and switched on my phone in a doubtful attempt to check, what I missed in the world. Surprisingly I got full coverage and even Internet. I started to send around selfies and told friends and family that I am alright.

Selfie Time!

My brother and a friend mentioned that it might be unwise to camp so close to the riverbed. Although I had the same concerns, I decided that I deserved some luck after the exertion of the last few days and I decided to stay. Another reason was that I was so close to civilization again and therefore finding another campsite might be impossible. I should have listened to them…

After taking rest, cooking some Maggi noodles and soup, having bath in the “bathroom” at the back of the tent, I took rest and occasionally shelter in the tent from the showers. In the far distance, thunder could be heard. During such a shower and while waiting it out in the tent, suddenly the water in the back became very loud. 5 seconds later, my accompanying dog (his name was just dog) jumped out of the tent while water was gushing between the sandy surface and the tent floor turning my tent into a water bed. Immediately I jumped out of the tent and started to remove the content to reduce the tent weight. Fortunately I reinforced the pegs earlier, which gave me the opportunity to remove everything and to take some photos/videos to make sure that those, who warned me not to camp so close to the river, can gloat, which they rightfully earned and I deserved. First I thought that the tent was light enough by now and I just sit it out. However at one point in time, the pegs gave way…

My earlier camping ground was washed away.

The trek became a salvage operation. So I decided to pack up that was left, and to return to McLeod Ganj. The problem was, the flash flood made the place where I was, an island. All crossings were flooded. Finding a place to cross and discovering a connection back to the trail proved to be very challenging. It was around 6:45pm and another 1 hour of daylight was left. Fortunately I had cellphone coverage and could ask my friend to call up the hotel and inquire, if I could check-in tonight or to find me another place to stay. I did not have hopes, because it was holiday season and I expected all hotels to be booked to the brim. But I was lucky as I got a positive response a few minutes later.

At around 9:30pm I reached McLeod Ganj and checked into my hotel. I felt quite embarrassed when one of the hotel boys gave me a piece of soap that he had forgotten to put into the bathroom earlier. My hotel room turned into a place of drying laundry. Due to the flash flood and following rain, the tent, sleeping bag, mattress, etc needed to dry.

That was the end of my adventure. It had its heights and its lows. What I learned: It has its own sweet advantages to take guides as done in commercially organized groups; mountains and lack of trails can be dangerous and annoying; do not overestimate distances, never trust the distance given in the GPS devices; and do not camp next to riverbeds no matter what! 😀

It was a loong day and I cracked the 50000 steps a day threshold.

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* first solo trek (day 2)

Posted on June 11th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under India.

June 5th, 2017

Back to June 4th, 2017

Breakfast: Maggi noodles and cheese

Day 2 started early in the morning at around 6:30am after a quite night. Breakfast consisted of 2 packs of Maggi noodles. To increase the calories (and the taste), I added 2 slices of cheese. After breaking camp, it took only around 30 minutes to reach the lake.

The lake is located at an altitude of around 2900m. Between me and the next target (Lam Dal) was Minkiani Pass with more than 4000m. Apart from the pass, the unknown terrain is stony with many boulders and hence difficult. From Kareri Lake the way to the pass looks like a vertical wall, more than a kilometer in height. My heavy backpack, my sore back from yesterdays trip and the fact that I am alone, discouraged me from attempting it. I admit that Minkiani defeated me, but one day I will be back!

So I decided to take the route to the east, camping at Deep Goth in the coming night. The mellows of Kareri Lake are a very beautiful sight. I should have stayed here over night. Rested I ascended through a thick forest of Rhododendrons. Sadly only a few were already in a full bloom.

Bumblebee on approach!

At the top of the mountain saddle, I bid farewell to Kareri Lake and the luxury existence of paths.

From now on I descended through unknown, but green and lush terrain. It was exhausting, no path existed, but as long as it went down, I knew I went into the right direction. Sometimes goats, sheep or cattle formed animal trails, which eased the trek. However those animals although bulky (especially cattle), are damn good climbers. Sometimes the trail ended in the middle of nowhere or at a landslide which needed to be crossed. Sometimes I was beating through the bush, just to figure out that 5 meters above me, was a nice long trail. That was the time, when I learned that looking down a hill, you might see all the comfortable trails. When you are at the bottom, you might have water, but trails are hidden perfectly.

Around noon, suddenly some huts emerged. An old man welcomed me into his hut and offered me fresh buttermilk from the mountain cows. That was the best buttermilk that I ever had. He told me that every day, he produces 2kg of milk out of which he drinks 1kg. Apart from his cattle he is totally alone and will return to Rava only in September. I learned that despite the fact that I do not speak Hindi, I could communicate sufficiently well.

In the late afternoon I reached Bagga. Since I did not go to Lam Dal and hence did not come back via the Gaj Pass, I had to find a shortcut from the trail that leads to Rava to the trail that leads to Deep Goth. The problem was that a deep valley and a river separated those 2 trails. The current was quite strong and it took a long time to find a suitable spot which allowed me to cross it. While standing on a small boulder I faced the problem that I had to jump up onto a larger boulder (around 1m away, height to the chest). With a 20kg backpack an impossibility. So I removed my backpack loosing almost my balance in the process and threw it with all the force that I could muster, onto the big boulder. And then I jumped knowing that if I do not get a grip immediately, I will slip into the high current of the stream. But all went well, just a few added scratches to the already maltreated skin. But that fact was just secondary.

I continued. Clearly the map showed a trail, but since I was looking up the hill from the river, I could not find it. Although Deep Goth was approximately two kilometers away, I had to gain around 400m of altitude through the thick forest without trails. It was a battle between the mountain, low hanging branches, thorny shrubs, stinging nettles and me.

Four hours later, I reached Deep Goth. Scratched and bleeding, tired, wet from sweat and rain and totally exhausted I was welcomed by four shepherds, staying at the top. They invited me into their stone hut and offered me sweet black tea. My concern that there was no water at Deep Goth was calmed, since the shepherds knew the place and showed me everything. Happily I pitched my tent, cooked under their watchful eyes my dinner and offered them, but they politely declined. In the night, a thunderstorm shook through the tent. But nothing else happened.

The statistics of the second day of the trek

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