Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

16 Jun 2002, 21:17 p.m.

Frances had a really cool dream. It reminds me of…

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

Frances had a really cool dream. It reminds me of dream-visualization exercises, it's so empowering.

(Update: Is everyone having powerful, vivid dreams these days?)

I have several little eccentric habits that only come into play once in a great while. One of these: when I come across a TV Guide or workalike, and see a summary of the week's soap opera plots, I skim the summary to count the number of mentions of newish technologies -- fewer than, say, thirty or forty years old. The usual culprits are DNA tests and cell phones and e-mails, and the average is one per soap. Innovation in plot devices!

Soap operas these days also contain a weirdly nonzero amount of the supernatural. A few years ago I remember a heavily hyped storyline involving an exorcism. This week: "In the cemetery, [typically strange soap opera name like Foster or Candida] fends off Zombie Charity with holy water."

Oh, I forgot bone marrow transplants. Can't forget the bone marrow transplants.