Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Voices In The News [The Non-NPR Weekend Edition Version]
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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.
Overheard at the office: "iconic design" mis-spoken as "iconoclastic design."
Directly heard at the office: the praise from one of my bosses that I've been waiting all year to hear.
Seen at the Indian consulate's outsourced visa processing center: absurdly limited pick-up hours, and Monsoon Wedding silently playing to anesthetize queuegoers. Best line I saw: "That'll be 50,000 rupees." "What?! I'm not an NRI!"
Serendipitously seen around NYU on Sunday: Malcolm Gladwell and Bill Santiago. I wonder if Gladwell, like Weird Al, just has a 'fro wig that he wears when he wants to be recognized, but can take off to wander about incognito.
Deliberately seen in the same area on Sunday: the 500
hats slides of Bartholomew Cubbins Lawrence Lessig, Larry Lessig himself, Sita Sings the Blues, and Nina Paley. I recommend Sita Sings the Blues to everyone who has ever loved mythology. It is beautiful, funny, clever, and touching. Showing next week at MoMA!
Media also enjoyed immensely this week: a half-hour mashup of sounds of the twentieth century.
15 Nov 2008, 12:20 p.m.
15 Nov 2008, 16:34 p.m.
16 Nov 2008, 22:06 p.m.