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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sketch: Wall-E

Here's a sketch I made for a friend's B'Day Card : Wall-E
(from the Disney & Pixar movie Wall-E :P )

She made sure I saw the movie (I've not even seen the "blockbusters"), and I fell in love with it! The story is amazing, and animation is just what you would expect from Pixar. If you can, download BUY THE DVD and watch it!!

So here's the sketch for the person who inspired me to watch Wall-E :D

Sketch Wall-E (Disney & Pixar Movie) by RaSh

So how's the sketch? Oh and have you seen the movie? Would love to see your comments!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Who'll be the next Microsoft Student Partner?

Update: I've been selected as a Microsoft Student Partner!! Check out the new post to know more :)

How many times have you glanced at a Google Product and said, "Oh it's by Google. Let's check it out!” How many times have you turned away from an application just because it's from Microsoft? Today, there's a growing trend of "Anti-Microsoft" feeling amongst most of the tech-enthusiasts. They'll blindly buy an Apple product, but ask them anything about Microsoft and they'll start making faces. And to an extent, Google & Apple have managed to draw attention thanks to their revolutionary products, but somehow a lot of amazing Microsoft application are not even known to people (Take MS Office OneNote for example. I never cared to look at it till now, but once I did, I realized what an awesome product I'd been missing!)

I guess this gave a hint to the smart minds running Microsoft that something needs to be done. There wasn't anything wrong with their products, what was needed was to make sure people atleast try it out once before checking some other vendor. And here comes the concept of Microsoft Student Partner.

MSP are selected from different colleges, mainly to try and make their college peers aware about different MS products. Products which are better than the ones they are currently using, but never cared to try out, maybe just because of the common notion to under-estimate Microsoft. And the selection test was held this Sunday (19th Oct) in 8 cities across India to choose the next MSPs.

I and few of my friends were shortlisted for the test, and I went to the Delhi center (As I was leaving for Pilani to participate in Oasis). And nearly half of those in the Delhi center (More than 75 students) were from BITS Pilani! A short introductory session made us more familiar with what MSPs are, what benefits they get by being one and what they are expected to do. And then we went for the written eliminations.

The written test was of 4 parts (of nearly equal questions). First one was on Logical Reasoning, with simple puzzles like in any IQ test, and a section having excerpts from a technical article/news items and questions based on it. This was followed by a test to judge Analytical Ability, in which you had to use the statistics provided (Bar graph of Sales, Details of Bus timings etc.) to answer the questions.

Next, we had to technical papers. One was on C Programming, which was pretty simple (except for some questions based on syntax and header files which you need to mug up to answer). The last paper was the weirdest of all, as it had high level technical questions (some about how data is sent in a network, memory architecture and what not!). Thank god there was no negative marking!! :D

Some 40-50 students were shortlisted from the 200-300 present, and were grouped for GDs. Sadly, I had a couple of 3rd years in my group, and they turned out to be pretty good at GDs. We got the topic as "Relevance of Internet in Rural Areas in India" and the ten of us started thinking about what to speak. But what was disappointing in the GD was the contrast in experience of the participants. One of them was very dominating, where as some 1st yearites were actually quarrelling, instead of letting others speak. Unable to understand what's going on in this fish market, the Observer finally asked everyone to speak one by one, and then asked the dominant participant to conclude (Sadly, she didn't conclude the GD. She just concluded what she was saying). And well, that was it.

The results are expected around 28th Oct 1st Nov, and I'm a bit doubtful about my selection, thanks to the chaotic GD. In the other center, Rahil & Sudipt from BITS Pilani Goa Campus got through for the GDs. Let's see if we get a MSP in our college!

Anyway, I took this opportunity to talk about getting some Microsoft guys to do a presentation/guest lecture etc in our campus, under CSI (Computer Society of India, BPGC Chapter). Hopefully, you'll see a notice soon with the Microsoft logo \m/. Oh & if there's any particular topic you would like to have a lecture/workshop on, do tell me!

So what do you feel about this whole Microsoft Student Partner idea? Do you feel it'll be able to reduce the "Anti-Microsoft" feeling which is there among a lot of students today? Do leave a comment!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Zephyr '08 - BITSians Fight it out!

Zephyr '08, the Intra-campus Cultural, Technical & Sports Fest of BITS Pilani, Goa Campus, concluded this Sunday. 13 Hostels (11 Boys + 2 Girls) fight out for 4 days to emerge as the winner, with events like Fashion Parade, Dance Duo, Solo Singing, T-Shirt Designing, Contraption, Tug of War etc.

Last year, CH1 (My hostel), came 2nd, closely beaten by CH4 (one of the girls hostel). This time, it was the other way round, with CH1 beating CH4 (Even though there is a huge advantage on CH4's side. Guess what :P )

Anyway we still managed with some 3000 5400 points, and beat CH4 with a difference of 25 points :D

I took part in 4 events, and here are the results: (Click on the Event name to know more!)

Rasagy Sharama aka RaSh playing The Joker from Dark Knight in Zephyr '08
+ Mock TalkShow : 1st Prize (With Betting)

+ Spot Sketching : 1st Prize (With Betting)

+ Codatholon : 1st Prize

+ Street Play : 2nd Prize

Rasagy Sharam aka RaSh in Street Play in Zephyr'08
Here's me (Center), Sudarshan (L) & Rituj in a scene.
Sitting from L to R: Pao, Parag, Doodie, Salil

In total, I earned some 1,675 points for CH1 :D

This was more of a self praising post (Come on, I can do that once a while right?)

Anyway how was your experience of Zephyr? If you aren't from BITS, then do comment about your college fests...!! ;)