Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

20 Jun 2003, 11:37 a.m.

This One Has Monkeys

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

When I finally sleep enough after sleep deprivation I have awesome dreams. Last night: Leonard surprised me by writing and starring in a musical with many elementary-school children. Evidently the software for the musical included a conditional that changed the musical if I found out. Then I was in a hotel and saw a bellhop monkey. All the staff were monkeys who spoke English and were human in every respect except that they were monkeys (the uncanny valley). I was afraid of them and also I was worried that they were being exploited.

After that I met Daniel Davies during a car ride, only in my dream he was "Professor Trimble." Last, when I was an economics grad student worried about where to do a post-doc, J. Bradford DeLong came and reassured me, suggested I work as a record store clerk in Colorado, and told me that when he'd been looking for a post-doc, right after the Civil War, he'd had a conflict with a grizzled Confederate veteran who had told him, "I authorized [mobilizing] 18,000 men."

When Leonard found out about my dream, he accused me of trolling for links, and suggested that this is why DeLong hasn't been posting much lately -- he's been trapped in my head.