Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

06 Nov 2011, 21:52 p.m.


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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

A nice weekend.

Yesterday I weeded, loosened soil, and planted some bulbs in Washington Square Park with other volunteers. The purple flowers will show up in April, brightening the grounds and signalling that folks should stay off those areas. That way, late-blooming summer flowers and grasses will have untrampled soil to grow in. A Parks Department worker said that they'll keep planting bulbs until the ground freezes in a few weeks.

It surprised me, hearing someone talk about April and June as though they'll certainly come and we know what'll happen on Earth's schedule. Nothing feels like that to me.

Leonard and I went bouldering in Central Park. That is to say that when I saw a big rock, I found a way to walk up it and rarely used my hands. I think I would like to take up rock climbing for real. We saw crew setting up for the New York City Marathon.

Today I went to Grand Army Plaza to serve as an extra in The Shondes' new music video. The director had asked that the extras wear clothing that wasn't black. I dressed in the white pants from my wedding, a bright stripey multicolored sweater I've had for half my life, and a Depths of the Never Never pendant on a thin chain, a necklace I'd bought in Melbourne. Evidently I will be quite noticeable in the finished video.

Also this weekend I watched some Breaking Bad and other shows with Leonard -- what's the moving-picture equivalent of "page-turner"? That's what it is. And I read a little more of City of Exile (almost done!) and wrote some correspondence to friends, and caught up with Jed a little, and listened to a This American Life on the subway. It was #318, "With Great Power", and of course I connected it to my job, because I connect most things these days to my job. Heck, I gave out three business cards at the music video shoot today. In the MediaWiki community, I have rather a large responsibility (to facilitate volunteer activity), and I'm not sure how much power I have, or of what kind. I'm still learning. Come to think of it, I'm still learning my responsibilities, too. And one of them is to myself, to keep a sustainable pace, to do exercise and cleaning and planting and the other infrastructure setup/maintenance that sets me up for success, to take breaks so I stay eager to come back to the work.

A nice weekend. I strayed into work for a few hours (aiee, just noticed that I need to get someone to review this patch), but tried to take a rest. Maybe tomorrow my gardening will go well, and I'll believe that there will be an April.