Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

24 May 2011, 7:06 a.m.

If There's A Theme Here I Don't See It

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2011 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

The other night, a guy in a bar moved over next to me and another free culture pal and announced that our conversation was awesome, the best he'd heard that night. He proceeded to use his cellphone to film me talking about open source software and the origin of the Web and Tim Berners-Lee. I am fairly sure that he was not Derek Waters getting a new episode of Drunk History, because he gave me his business card to offer me a free wine class and his business card did not say "Derek Waters" on it. Still, as tech conference sideshows go, Drunk Tech History could be the next Slideshow Karaoke.

Unrelatedly: last night I dreamed that, in the last Harry Potter movie, Harry had to come into our world, the world of his readers, and use our readership-magic to fight Voldemort. (A dream response to my waking-life enjoyment of The Unwritten, a new comic series.) Employees of publishers and bookstores were singing and rapping about how much money they were going to make from a tie-in cookbook. Then I had to buy a cell phone from a vending machine, and it didn't work.

A few quotes that are helping me out right now: Andrea Phillips, "If it were easy, it wouldn't need doing," and Dan Kaminsky, "I love being wrong. It means the world is more interesting than I thought it was."


31 May 2011, 16:05 p.m.

That seems like exactly the kind of story I need to read! Stories about fiction interacting with reality make me so hot.