Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


02 Apr 2011, 22:50 p.m.

Business Trip

I'm about to spend a week in San Francisco for the Wikimedia Foundation. Friends in the area: want to meet up? I hope to spend most of my evenings performing at local comedy open mics, …

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02 Apr 2011, 16:41 p.m.

Joel on Coal Postmortem

I got the idea for Joel on Coal during a work lunch at Fog Creek in 2007. I assume the idea popped into my head because it rhymed. Care for a lengthy recounting of my …

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08 Mar 2011, 8:12 a.m.

"Square Pegs"

Until the end of March, US residents can watch 1980s high school sitcom Square Pegs on Hulu. There was only one season, so you could, on either a steady, strenuous, or grueling pace, finish the …

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27 Feb 2011, 8:35 a.m.


Winter in New York City; learning to love the gurgle of the radiator. Project management is sometimes a matter of asking an obvious question, then standing there with an expectant look while your team member …

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20 Feb 2011, 16:44 p.m.

Apple Jacks

Today I learned that TV advertisements for Apple Jacks cereal used to emphasize the apple taste, then (coinciding with my watchership) proudly renounced any claim to tasting appley, and now have a talking apple mascot …

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20 Feb 2011, 11:34 a.m.

More Jokes About Culture And Food

Brunch ideas: The "tempted by the fruit of another" song as fanfic about that William Carlos Williams icebox-plums poem Trix rabbit as Prometheus, punished for giving humanity the gift of sweet breakfast cereal

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16 Feb 2011, 15:29 p.m.


Soooo much easier to work with people who laugh at my jokes.

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13 Feb 2011, 9:34 a.m.


Years ago, on Jeopardy!, a contestant incorrectly rang into a food science clue with the response, "What is aspartame?" Nope. Then, for the next clue -- something about NutraSweet -- no one rang in. Beep-beep-beep, …

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22 Jan 2011, 8:18 a.m.

May Already Exist

Variation: Google Platitude. It analyzes your recent SMSes, your emails, and the galvanic response of your skin to choose a cliché relevant to your mental state, and displays that to you and your circle of …

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20 Jan 2011, 11:49 a.m.

Clothed For Submissions

At my first WisCon, Ellen Kushner's aid led to a new shirt in my wardrobe. It's dark and velour and has a mild V-neck. Leonard calls it my T'Pol shirt, after the Vulcan from Star …

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