Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


11 Mar 2018, 10:42 a.m.

Recent Debugging And Confidence

I am proud of myself for some recent debugging I've done on and with codebases and tools that I hadn't worked on before. A few weeks ago, I was sitting next to a friend who …

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11 Mar 2018, 10:14 a.m.

Not Teetotal, But Teemostly

Here's something I'm really embarrassed to write, but want to mark, and maybe it'll help someone. I've cut way down on drinking alcohol and am very glad I have done so. Quick context: when I …

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06 Feb 2018, 8:48 a.m.

The Ambition Taboo As Dark Matter

PyCon just rejected my talk submission,* so I'll try to finish and post this draft that I've been tapping at for ages. My current half-baked theory is that programmers who want any public recognition from …

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02 Jan 2018, 9:46 a.m.

2017 Sumana In Review

Four years ago, during my first batch at the Recurse Center, every day I'd write in a little notebook on the subway on my way home, jotting down a few bullet points about what I …

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30 Dec 2017, 17:12 p.m.

What We Confirm

Unlike this nominee for a US District Court judgeship, apparently, I can at least give a one-sentence definition of the Daubert standard because of the hobby I accidentally picked up this year. Which is telling …

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29 Dec 2017, 11:44 a.m.

Blockchain and Bitcoin, Dar Williams, And So On

Sipping my soda water at the saloon across the street before the Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project show Wednesday night, I struck up a conversation with a guy who works in an art gallery, and with …

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31 Oct 2017, 14:57 p.m.

Happy Halloween

Today in the US we have the 1st of the crowded season of holidays taking us into the spring: Halloween, Thanksgiving, ["the holidays"], New Year's, Valentine's Day. Fear/horror, gratitude, tradition/family, hope, romantic love. Halloween and …

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18 Sep 2017, 11:01 a.m.

On Noticing That Your Project Is Draining Your Soul

I was talking with a fellow consultant about what to do if you have a gig getting you down. Especially when you realize that the client isn't being helpful, and there's a bunch of learning …

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26 Aug 2017, 13:37 p.m.

Choice, Habit, and Sunlight

Years ago, when advising me on how to change a habit, Mel Chua told me about the stages of behavior-rewiring. And the first step is noticing. Mindfulness. Not just about the reflex, but about whatever …

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31 May 2017, 12:18 p.m.


Fifteen years ago, in my last semester of college, I was planning to set up my own desktop support business while supporting myself as a substitute teacher. I took and passed the California Basic Educational …

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