Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


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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18 May 2014, 8:50 a.m.

Bad Startup Ideas

Fleeing As A Service: hook up a FitBit to Uber so that, if the user becomes stressed enough that her physiology reflects it, a cab shows up to "nope" her out of there's Digest/RightSignature/SlideShare …

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01 Apr 2014, 19:03 p.m.

An April 1st Linux Tip

It turns out you can go into your init.cfg file and change the usability flag from 0 to 1, and that improves user experience tremendously. I wonder why distributions ship it turned off by default?

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23 Dec 2013, 19:48 p.m.

Darmok and Jalad at StackExchange

I have a cold, so I've been watching and reading comfort media. Yesterday Leonard and I rewatched that old Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Cause and Effect". When the senior officers need to figure …

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16 Nov 2013, 20:45 p.m.

Accidental Quine

On Friday, while trying to work with standard input (stdin) and command-line arguments (argv), I accidentally wrote an almost-quine (a program that produces its own source code as output). I've removed a few debugging print …

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28 Oct 2013, 14:20 p.m.

Prank And/Or Business Idea

Problem 1: Food at tech meetups usually fails to satisfy foodies. Make-your-own-tacos if you're lucky, "the Statue of Liberty is crying" bad pizza if you're not. Problem 2: Most places we hold evening tech talks …

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09 Oct 2013, 22:43 p.m.

Programming Jokes

The Hacker School application form asks you to provide some code you've written so the faculty can look at it. I wrote a game: "Where on the Oregon Trail is Carmen Sandiego?" It is a …

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