Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2005 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.
Brendan, you deserve to know that I had notes for questions to ask in that conversation with Abu-Jaber. Yes, notes. And included among them was the note "jalapeno-cheddar bagel," as borrowed from a Heather Gold throwaway line.
Also - there's some fantasy spy novel called Declare, which I didn't much care for but which had a similar plot device to the implied device in this Anacrusis.