Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

13 Jul 2010, 10:38 a.m.

The Dangers of Metadata

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2010 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

When I'm in a bad mood, sometimes I forget to do the things that will help me feel better. (A short list: Tea, a funny podcast or short story or TV show or blog, sunshine, seltzer water, doing a quick mindless yet productive task like cleaning a particular spill's stain residue off hardwood floor or organizing the t-shirt drawer, hugging, peppy music, exercise, making a list of things I've accomplished this day or week, talking to someone whom I impress, smiling, deep breathing for a minute, dark chocolate, helping someone.)

So I created a playlist called "sumana-cheerup" on the entertainment center's jukebox and filled it with songs I like. I often play it because, hey, songs I like! Then I found out Leonard thought I only played it when I specifically needed cheering up, viz., when I was feeling down. Uh, whoops, rename time.


13 Jul 2010, 11:44 a.m.

I totally have playlists like that. One called "Clean!" because I originally made it to clean the house faster by, and one called "Shiny Glowpop" because it's all bouncy and shiny and poppy.

18 Jul 2010, 18:22 p.m.

I put together a playlist like this for my car, and then realized that when I thought about it, I didn't actually need any other playlists.