Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

29 May 2005, 21:54 p.m.

Huge Trek Post Coming Soon

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

Anyone who is reading this and who knows Kannada knows that the letter for "ma" is, by all logical standards, the letter that should mean "wu" or "vu." That trips me up all the time.

Yeah, it's basically impossible to have a spelling bee for Kannada. Or for any language where the writing and phonetics of the language match up reasonably.

Busy weekend. Accidentally went to a sci-fi convention, helped make and apply an insane costume for and to a friend (gold body paint was involved), enjoyed barbecued brussels sprouts, found myself attempting to salsa dance, and watched the Star Trek Enterprise series finale for about the fourth time so as to point out its deficiencies to a friend.

Have you ever tried to impersonate Schwarzenegger while saying "L'état, c'est moi"? It works surprisingly well.

Whenever I find myself spending a Memorial Day or a Veterans Day without a proper ritual commemorating their sacrifice, I rationalize it by saying that my freedom and leisure symbolizes or embodies the principles the military protects. What a copout. But at least I send magazines and letters to Any Soldier throughout the year.

I finished Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers this morning. So, so good! I've been grabbing friends by the lapels to read them the end of chapter 15, where the author rants about spoilers and deception.