A brief moment of humor (and pain) in the middle of deadline chaos (true story):
8am, Saturday. Productive grad student (aka Golden Boy) sends email: I am derailed because of this blinding pain in my elbow. Need to go to the ER.
Prof: Ouch! What's the diagnosis?
Golden Boy: Gave me some painkillers. repetitive stress injury. elbow is inflamed - will x-ray after the inflammation has gone down. can't keep the elbow at an angle -typing with left hand.
Prof: Ouch! First ISCA casualty in 10 years! :-)
Golden Boy: not giving up because of this. will continue the expts in the evening. might not happen. but still
Prof: gasping out his last words... two at a time.. hindi movie style...
Golden Boy: :D ... from phone.
Golden Boy (1 minute later): how do we calculate [...] energy ? kshitij's model ?
Meanwhile, repurcussions around the world...