Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

10 Jul 2001, 5:26 a.m.

Political Insane Asylum

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

Today we are all so, so tired from the lack of sleep on the overnight train ride back from Moscow to St. Petersburg. So, so tired. And then we have classes. Some conversations from this morning follow. Also a poll.

Number one.

Maria (pronounced "Mariah"): I took a taxi home.
brainwane: You taxiied home?
M: No, I took a taxi home.
b: I see. Because you're not an airplane.
Siri: As we can tell, since she does not have any plane features.

One should note that, upon my laughter, Siri disclosed that she had not realized that she had made a pun.

Number two. A number of us were having a conversation about vitamin pills and the tendency to megadose on vitamins and minerals as different as molybdenum and C.

Susanne: I don't know what good it does to take more than your body needs. I mean, it just ends up... (gestures down)
brainwane: My urine is worth nine dollars an ounce at the recycling center.
S: What?
b: It's a line from a song.
S: You just sounded so serious.
John: Deadpan humor!
b: Yes. Putting the "dead" in deadpan. Putting the bedpan in deadpan.
J: Keep this up and you'll have a Tonight's Episode.
b: I think I already did.

I really am working on the huge, huge entry/entries to document my excursion to Moscow.

Would you go on a Soviet roller coaster?

  • Yes, for all the rubles in brainwane's pockets, or even without
  • No, not even for all the rubles in brainwane's pockets

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