Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

29 Dec 2008, 9:30 a.m.


Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2008 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

The criminal justice system is like a system of filters or sieves. Each step carries a higher burden of proof. But each additional step carries a risk of social-proof inertia: "if it got to me, it must be okay/if I pass something I shouldn't, the next guy'll catch it."

A great thrift store sits on Ditmars near the terminal N/W subway stop. Queens-boosting: Astoria's thrift shops are way cheaper and offer more variety than the picked-over hotspots in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Yet you can easily access this magical cheapistan via subway! Examples include the nearly-new pair of Columbia-brand hiking/farmwork boots I got for $20 at Goodness Gracious on 30th Ave. last summer.

If you are installing an application on Linux, and you can't get it via a package manager, you will end up looking for hints on a PHPmyBB forum.