Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

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Comedy

29 Mar 2021, 10:46 a.m.

Autocorrect Hilarity

A friend found out recently that his spellchecker did not know the word "disempowering" and instead suggested "disemboweling". Spellchecker, I beseech you, in the bowels of Merriam-Webster, think it possible you may be mistaken.

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22 Mar 2021, 19:56 p.m.

Bad Startup Idea

You provide a set of songs that people want to sing together but don't have the skill and range to sing. We use machine learning to rearrange them into more singable versions. Pricing: this is …

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18 Mar 2021, 9:49 a.m.

Podguess -- A Little Guessing Game

I came up with this game and Leonard and I have been enjoying it the last few days, so here it is for you. I just came up with the name "podguess" which does not …

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11 Dec 2020, 16:50 p.m.

Two Upcoming Sumana-Talks-At-You Events

Most urgently: You have just over 24 hours to back the Mermaids Monthly project on Kickstarter, supporting a fun, independent speculative fiction magazine for 2021. If you back at the $100 “Subscription, Pin, and Poetry” …

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02 Dec 2020, 17:35 p.m.

Ashwatthama (The Elephant)

I read the comic book version of the Mahabharata as a kid (thank you, Amar Chitra Katha!) and many of its stories stayed with me. As I recollected in a newspaper column in 2005: Yudhisthira …

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01 Dec 2020, 10:36 a.m.

Potomac Jokes

When my spouse Leonard was young, his mother told him a joke about President Richard Nixon: Nixon fell into the Potomac River and was in danger of drowning. A local kid jumped in to save …

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13 Nov 2020, 8:18 a.m.

Stand-Up Comedy Today

I'll perform 20 minutes of stand-up comedy about open source software today (Friday), 3:30-3:50pm PT, 6:30-6:50pm ET, at SeaGL [as I did at GUADEC]. Watch for free, no registration.

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26 Aug 2020, 14:01 p.m.

Imaginary Book Club, and How To Run It

"Imaginary Book Club" is an improv-type session that's fun to run at a scifi/fantasy convention. It's a panel where each participant "reviews" a book that does not exist, and the other people riff on that. …

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18 Jul 2020, 18:17 p.m.

Incentives

From the time that I was a child, my parents wanted me to learn and be fluent in Kannada. My interest has waxed and waned. Yesterday I saw this tweet, which starts generalizing (in English) …

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16 Jul 2020, 13:56 p.m.

Four Conferences In Three Days

I'm performing or speaking at, participating in or attending four different conferences/conventions online between July 24th and 26th. You can join me at no cost for all of them! Going chronologically: GUADEC: Friday, July 24th, …

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