Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

24 May 2002, 7:24 a.m.

As I woke up, nearsighted, and looked from my bed…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

As I woke up, nearsighted, and looked from my bed to my wall-hooks, I saw this funny plain black dress on top of the whole pile. Oh, yeah, the graduation gown Shweta lent me.

According to Shweta's friend (Conor? Conner?), "su" is Gaelic for either "juice" or "jelly," and "mana" means "creed" or "motto." So now, when people ask me what my name means, I'll feel obliged to tell them not only the whole "good mind, good heart, beautiful flower" list but also "jelly creed."

Yesterday I also finally gave Jeana the Xena: Warrior Princess action figure (Tribal Harem Xena, with the Pillar of Power accessory) that I got for her ages ago. And huzzah for the staff of Bookfinder, namely, Anirvan and Charlie and Wendy, for helping me decide on using the pound-sign (#) for my permanent-link character before each entry. Anirvan had, as I knew he would, mad useful UI advice: "Do what everybody else is doing." Doc Searls uses a pound sign, and so will I. Not that I read Doc Searls, but I know lots of others do.

Mike Carns and I showed up for last night's logic review session. Why? Because it can be devilishly hard to be given an intuitively obvious implication, then told, "prove this using the nine rules we've given you and nothing more." Omar the Pretentious British TA Who Wears a Beret That Makes Him Seem Part of a Paramilitary Group was sort of helpful in suggesting that we sort of do pseudocode first, thinking out a systematic deduction in plain English, more articulate than pure intuition, that we can then follow for the symbolic deduction.

Mike and I gossiped a bit. CS majors, even, find it hard to get interviews, much less jobs, he said. I stunned him with news of Anirvan's girlfriend. A good feeling, laughing and talking with him four school years since we met, back in the dorms, fast friends, when I was young and stupid and awed.