Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Learned This Week
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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.
Josh Fruhlinger appears on Jeopardy! in an episode playing this coming Tuesday. Come over to my place if you want to watch it!
The text prediction on my phone thinks that "leopardy" is a word.
Josh, as a science/tech writer, is also the plot-device/worldbuilding uncle from Asimov's story The Dead Past.
Some people wet a toothbrush before putting toothpaste on it, and some don't.
Even good people can't resist making an obvious joke about Governor Paterson's blindness.
I was reminded that one incident can lead to multiple legal charges. Prosecutors can slice ten seconds' worth of actions into infringements of several laws in different degrees.
I have an easier time reviewing written notes than memories of purely oral instructions. If I won't have the safety net of any written instructions, I have to take notes on the oral instructions or repeat them back to the teller, especially if there are steps that seem like duplicates. This is a repeat lesson from my time on the farm last year.
Witnesses often have to give approximate times, durations, or addresses. Numbers in general are hard to remember.
I give people the impression that I am smart and read a lot of books, and am possibly a doctor or lawyer.
The 1928 version of the NPR-listening vegetarian body-piercing liberal was "card playing, cocktail drinking, poodle dogs, divorces, novels, stuffy rooms, dancing, evolution, Clarence Darrow, overeating, nude art, prize fighting, actors, greyhound racing, and modernism."
Some people would rather sit around and do nothing, and complain of being bored, than read.
19 Jul 2008, 10:57 a.m.
21 Jul 2008, 14:03 p.m.