Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

12 May 2003, 8:26 a.m.


Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

[NEVER MIND; see update.] "Position Available: Interpreter, must be fluent in Klingon." Portland, Oregon. "There are some cases where we've had mental health patients where this was all they would speak." There has got to be some unemployed dotcommer who can take this job and turn it into a heartwarming turnaround story.

Update: I done got caught by an urban legend/completely misinterpreted story. Details: as a lark, the agency put "Klingon" on the list of languages for which an interpreter could be paid by the county if necessary. That's all. Thanks to BoingBoing for the update.