Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

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COVID-19

24 May 2022, 12:00 p.m.

My Plans for WisCon 2022

I've recently changed my plans and will only attend WisCon virtually this year.Today is the day I finalized my decision of whether to go; I had booked travel and a hotel room, and was running …

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24 Apr 2022, 22:15 p.m.

How I Thought About an In-Person Conference Choice

Will I go to PyCon in person this year? Today is the day I decided whether to go; I had booked plane tickets and a hotel room, and was running out of time to cancel …

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13 Feb 2022, 9:00 a.m.

Conferences: Ask Your Venues And Hotels About Ventilation

COVID-19 is airborne. That means that good ventilation in buildings reduces transmission. So when I'm thinking about going to an in-person event,* I want to know whether the hotel, restaurant, or convention venue has improved …

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12 Jan 2022, 15:00 p.m.

2021: Year in Review

I'd like to get into the habit of writing a yearly review, as I did for 2017, so here's an attempt for 2021. I'm aiming here for speed so I'll probably miss some stuff.AdventuresThese were …

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13 Oct 2021, 11:25 a.m.

Some Recent Reading

I've recommended several short scifi/fantasy stories I've enjoyed by posting about them on MetaFilter. In addition, here are a few notes on some books I've recently read. I read the harrowing memoir Year of the …

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27 Sep 2021, 11:17 a.m.

NYCH&H COVID testing -- great, so let's increase access

  [Below - slightly edited - is a letter I just wrote my city councilmember.] I'm a constituent in your district and I'm writing to thank the City for its free COVID-19 testing program, and …

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25 Aug 2021, 10:46 a.m.

COVID-19: The Delta Variant, Better Masks, and Free Testing

I am concerned about COVID-19 trends; particularly if you are in the United States, you should be aware and make/modify plans accordingly. Some of this post is New York City-specific. Background: The COVID case numbers …

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02 Mar 2021, 18:55 p.m.

Getting My First COVID-19 Vaccine In New York City

On Saturday night I received my first vaccination dose against COVID-19. I've had minimal side effects and the appointment went very smoothly. Here's a longish post about eligibility in New York, booking the appointment, and …

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11 Dec 2020, 11:17 a.m.

On Realizing There Was Still Some American Exceptionalism Lurking In My Brain

One of the most valuable things I treasure about the Internet is that I can have a glimpse into the lives of people who live a very different life from mine. I regularly read the …

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13 Nov 2020, 10:05 a.m.

Inclines and Declinations

A while ago, a friend of mine who lives in Manhattan contacted me to say that she and her spouse would have some time off this week, and suggested that they come to visit us …

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