Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


23 Mar 2015, 23:39 p.m.

Randomized Dystopia

Are you tired of the same old dystopias? Why not write about tyrannies that deny different rights? Try Randomized Dystopia! I see a lot of repetitive dystopian fiction about denying people (often teenagers) the right …

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24 Feb 2015, 9:37 a.m.

Revisiting "Dave Barry In Cyberspace" (1996)

I have been rereading Dave Barry's Dave Barry In Cyberspace (published in 1996), which has held up about as well as Neal Stephenson's In The Beginning Was The Command Line (1999). On the software you'll …

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13 Feb 2015, 6:23 a.m.

But He Doesn't Know (That The Map Is Not) The Territory!

OK, so, Leonard and I were talking about The Music Man -- I grandly pronounced "it's about delusion, as every musical should be" -- and I asked for his take on one salesman's outraged wail, …

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04 Nov 2014, 12:04 p.m.


Last night one of my Hacker School peers was practicing sleight-of-hand with a card deck, and another peer walked over and said, "Oh, I used to run a magic tricks website." I waited with bated …

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30 Sep 2014, 8:32 a.m.

If I Did It

As we passed a closed-up storefront, Leonard informed me of the type of restaurant it's turning into, and I allowed as to how that was fine, but I'd rather one of the transforming storefronts in …

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17 Sep 2014, 9:14 a.m.

On Troubleshooting

Nothing is built on stone; All is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone. -- Jorge Luis Borges Goddammit why won't this work OK, fine, screw the venv, I'll …

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15 Jul 2014, 0:08 a.m.

Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of Spamusement!

The spam-comedy group blog I lead, Spam As Folk Art, does still post every few months. Today, I posted there a tribute to the ten-year anniversary of the Spamusement! webcomic, with links to some favorite …

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14 Jul 2014, 23:47 p.m.

Exuberantly Metatextual Historical Comedy

So, I am about the zillionth person to think about how we use history in popular culture. For instance, my sister-in-law Rachel Richardson (who just finished her Ph.D. and got married - congrats on an …

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03 Jul 2014, 23:55 p.m.

Workplace Silliness

I'm on the Systers mailing list for women in tech, and sometimes I post there. It is especially valuable for technical women who don't otherwise get to talk with other technical women. I suggest people …

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05 Jun 2014, 9:20 a.m.

In Conversation

From yesterday: Frances Hocutt, my intern for this summer, finished her New York City visit and went home to Seattle. But not until we had schemed about writing documentation and improving client libraries for the …

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