Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

07 Jun 2002, 13:21 p.m.

Downloading Mozilla 1.0 over dialup, so I'm visiting Slowtown for the…

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

Downloading Mozilla 1.0 over dialup, so I'm visiting Slowtown for the duration. Mozilla has gone through something like 15 "milestone releases," so don't fear the "1.0" moniker, I suppose.

I finished Divorce Your Car! by Katie Alvord, a gift from Leonard, which doesn't hide its anticar biases. Reading it is like reading The Nation; sometimes I get tired of hearing my own prejudices exaggerated and reflected back at me. The most humorous portion, near the end, has the author indulging her utopian vision of a carless society for pages and pages. If the book had been written in the last six months, I'm sure she would have worked terrorism in there somewhere. "And without cars, people can't blow themselves up with car bombs!"

I'm skimming for anecdotes in California Votes: The 1998 Governor's Race: An Inside Look at the Candidates and Their Campaigns by the People Who Managed Them, a volume I snagged from the free bin at Ned's textbook store. I have a sentimental fondness for the 1998 California governor's race, since I correctly predicted the outcomes of both the contentious Democratic primary and the general election way back in January or February for my school paper. At the time, I thought I was a budding Cokie Roberts. Yech.

Later today I'll be participating in a Russian conversational fluency test. I have a feeling I'll hit the wall pretty early.

Mozilla installed. Good stuff.