Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

04 Oct 2001, 7:20 a.m.

Authorship and Air Hockey

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I feel the need to point out that I receive no explicit credit for number of jokes and other bits that Leonard posted at the backup site whilst was down. Namely, I came up with:

  • "Is this your toe, Larry?"
  • most of the Gould/Evolution bit
  • the main impetus for giving Seth a Dawkins shirt

None of this is to malign Mr. Richardson, who, if he wished to cite all of his sources all of the time, would find considerably unpleasant aesthetic effects accruing towards an oblivion of footnotes and parentheses.

Unrelatedly: Yesterday I beat Adam Parrish at air hockey. His friend Jeana Jorgensen is a whiz who consistently beats me by ridiculous margins. There's some sort of balance there.

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