Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

16 Sep 2010, 23:56 p.m.

You Can Make A Constellation From Any Set Of Scattered Points Of Light

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

I should braindump a bit about Melbourne.

However, I should also go to sleep soon enough that I continue winning my precarious fight against jet lag.

So, five minutes' writing:

The Melbourne Aquarium has penguins! Very cute ones! Thanks for taking me to that exhibit, Jed. I got to ask a staffer, "Which way to the penguins?" and I should be saying that far, far more often.

My rough geographical analogy: Sydney is to Melbourne is to Perth as New York City is to San Francisco is to All Texas Cities Combined. (I say this, having never been to Sydney or Perth.)

Phrases that stick in my mind: "Southern Cross," "[a choice between] discomfort or corruption," "I don't discuss my process," "upscale food court," snatches of operatic singing.

The river that spans the southern bit of Melbourne is the Yarra, which sounds substantially like "Yaru?", the Kannada word for "Who?"


25 Sep 2010, 17:49 p.m.

I have four tiny moles on my right forearm that I choose to believe form a depiction of the Southern Cross. Actually, when I look really closely, I see there is even a very faint fifth mole exactly where ε Crux should be. Eerie!