Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

27 Aug 2001, 6:04 a.m.

Cell Heck

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

My parents made me get a cell phone. Now I'll be like half the people on the street, idiots who chatter away and forget that other people are around and completely obliterate the private/public distinction that makes life decent.

I met a cool Indian girl, found out that I can return one of the books for my Russian History class since I don't need it, and had three nonbad first classes of the semester.

I also updated my wishlist because my birthday's coming up and, if people are going to get me gifts, they may as well give me things I'll enjoy.

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The herd

Mon Aug 27th, 2001 at 07:13:33 PM PST

Today, on Sproul Plaza, at the University of California at Berkeley: "Republicans Register Here." Your call: so that they can form some sort of club, or just so we Berkeleyans can keep track of all of them?

And there's a newsreader on NPR named Laxmi Singh. She pronounces it "wrong," where "wrong" equals "Americanized" -- "Lacks-me," rather than the more properly Indian "Luck-shme."

Originally published by Sumana Harihareswara at