Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

04 Nov 2014, 10:49 a.m.


Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2014 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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 know some Russian, some French, and some Kannada, and every once in a while, my vocabulary fractures and I say a word from some other language. "Nodu" is Kannada for "look" (imperative second-person), and to this day, if I want to point something out to an interlocutor, I'll find myself saying "Nodu." (By now I think Leonard's learned that bit of Kannada through repetition and pattern-matching.)

I know some Python, some Bash, and some Scheme, and every once in a while, as I typetypetype in a Python file in emacs, I'll find myself wanting to car to get the first element from a list, or wanting to pipe (|) the output of one function into another.