Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

07 Sep 2001, 12:24 p.m.

Job Fair, Day 3

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

This is really almost all I want to talk about (except for the fact that Seth dropping by unexpectedly yesterday was one of the ten best surprises I've ever had in my life). Freebies from the last day of the job fair included: two flying discs, several pens and highlighters and keychains and brochures, a laundry bag, a tote bag, Post-Its, cool Post-It sticky bookmarks, a water bottle, a visor, fidgeting toys, a CD wallet, candy, and a first-aid kit.

If you can believe it, the freebies were better last year.

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And we created standards!

Fri Sep 7th, 2001 at 10:38:28 PM PST

Went to a meeting of the Science Fiction Working Group tonight. No, we didn't create standards for sci-fi. We talked about sci-fi in academic terms, more specifically about The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. Alert readers will remember that I taught this book in my class last semester. A great book. I enjoyed the discussion, although sometimes I felt in over my head. I was the only undergraduate, you see. The graduate-student host taught me Rhetoric 1A during my freshman year here at UC Berkeley. I'm always glad to (re)meet neat people.

A fun-packed weekend approaches: brunch with friends tomorrow, a Unix billion-seconds dinner in the evening, and then a party I'll hold on Sunday night. Whew!

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