Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

24 Jun 2009, 17:29 p.m.

Distractions & Discoveries

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2009 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

Dave Bort, a friend of a friend of a friend, used to do these awesome comics. A selection of my favorites:

Music that's been cheering me lately, other than fanmix CDs that Cabell gave me at WisCon: Songsmith remixes. I'm completely serious. Songsmith vs. Queen: "We Will Rock You" as bossa nova? A big-band Songsmith of Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl". Bluegrass Eminem. "Synthpop is so 2008, so for 2009 the Killers are setting a new trend in light jazz." And best, Will Smith doing a bluegrass "Wild Wild West."

By the way, it turns out that when several of my friends give me access to their private LiveJournal entries in the space of a day, that day gets eaten, because I am obsessive enough to go through and read a few years' worth of job/relationship/hobby/family angst RIGHT THEN.

Sometimes I have trouble pulling that trick where I tell myself, "come on, just do this task for 5 minutes." Maybe that's because my brain knows that if I start, I'll work for hours!

Time to go back to that. Just five minutes...


Eric Fischer
24 Jun 2009, 20:55 p.m.

I've had "Songsmith Will Rock You" stuck in my head for weeks. So much better than the original!

Jess A.
24 Jun 2009, 21:13 p.m.

Please allow me to suggest: Runnin' With the Devil.

That "Wild Wild West" thing is like instant happy. I love Will Smith so very much.

24 Jun 2009, 22:41 p.m.

Oh man, I LOVE brain-dumping people like that once I get to their treasure trove of past thoughts and feelings. And it IS usually angst. I can stay up all night doing that, and feeling kind of creepy about it. I don't think it's creepy, I think it's... it's like mainlining another human being, instead of getting little whiffs of them now and again, and there's something very special about that, particularly if you generally feel walled off from other people.

25 Jun 2009, 9:33 a.m.

I used to work with Dave - great guy. I'd point you to his old LJ which had a lot of other drawing stuff on it, but all the images were hosted on a server/domain name that has since changed hands so not much left to see there.