Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

29 Nov 2007, 10:52 a.m.

Great For Those Icebreaker Games

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2007 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

Do you keep a list of unusual things you've done? Even just mentally? For me, that list just got an item longer.

  1. Danced with an Elvis impersonator
  2. Gotten booed by thousands of people (twice!)
  3. Translated poetry from Kannada into English
  4. Written a weekly newspaper column with circulation in the hundreds of thousands
  5. Undergone an eight-hour job interview (yes, all in one session on one day) (this is the new one)


29 Nov 2007, 14:32 p.m.

what about usual things you HAVEN'T done for ten fingers?

I bet you're tired

29 Nov 2007, 15:39 p.m.

Glad you survived! I think my longest interview day was 7 hrs. , but that was being passed among many different people.

(My icebreaker game list is: 1. went to Tokyo for a weekend; 2. ran in the world's largest footrace, 3. performed in an off-off-off-Broadway (ok, Yonkers) play 4. was interviewed by the NYT)

30 Nov 2007, 0:30 a.m.

The ones I usually trot out are 1. bitten by a mountain lion or 2. seen a hunchback woman go to the bathroom. Depending on the crowd.