Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

18 Apr 2002, 23:50 p.m.

I won a free drink at Tully's today because I…

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

I won a free drink at Tully's today because I guessed that Victoria Falls sits on the river Zambezi and I was right.

I finished watching Margaret Cho's performance recording, which satisfied me more in the second half. Both her content and her delivery aren't to my taste. I feel as though I could do better. And I came up with a funny comedic bit about my tea, and that helped cheer me up. I'll be glad to perform again in early May.

Today I used Neal Stephenson's three-ring-binder metaphor to explain why purely syntactic operations are easier than semantic ones (in the context of my logic class). "It's like the three-ring-binder that the manager of a McDonald's uses. You just follow the rules, and you know you'll get French fries, you know you'll get a cheeseburger."

I've been listening to Ray Lynch's Deep Breakfast and Ben Folds's Rockin' the Suburbs and some Russian choral music that I got on the Solovki islands a year ago.