Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

17 Apr 2007, 10:34 a.m.

Riddle Me This

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

I work in a software firm. I am the only person there, except the office manager, who is not a born-and-bred computer geek. They play video games all the time. Yet I'm the only one who regularly walks in reading comic books, and who makes Star Trek references that no one understands at the lunch table. Worst....stereotype....ever.

Note on my objective weirdness: I've also been bringing in MAD Magazine to put next to Linux Journal for bathroom reading.


17 Apr 2007, 14:07 p.m.

Is MAD Magazine still funny, or funny again? My parents had back issues from the 70s that were hilarious, but I remember looking at a couple issues from the 90s that were bleah.

17 Apr 2007, 14:33 p.m.

I like MAD enough to read it basically every month, and better than I like The Onion. MAD has a few actually biting jokes in every issue (e.g., last month's full-page parodies of Army recruiting ads), and I think it respects its readers -- the school/social satires ring true to me.

I hear that SNL and MAD were awesome in the 70s, but I haven't seen stuff from the era so I can't compare. What was the landmark satirical publication/show from the 90s, anyway?

17 Apr 2007, 15:50 p.m.

The Simpsons?