Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


20 Apr 2017, 12:02 p.m.

Penguicon, Orwell, ETAOINSHRDLU, and Being Important

When I was eight or nine years old, I think my parents went through a chunk of "how do we support this weird kid?" planning and work. Around this time I remember coming across a …

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07 Apr 2017, 9:08 a.m.

Changing How I Deal With Those Humiliating Teenage Memories

When I was in high school in Lodi, California, I worked on the school newspaper. It came out every two weeks; we gave it to the printer on Tuesday night or early Wednesday, I think, …

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03 Apr 2017, 12:41 p.m.

A Small Language Note

I try not to say "don't get discouraged," because to me that sounds like telling someone not to cry or telling someone to calm down. It's a way of saying "stop feeling what you're feeling." …

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02 Dec 2016, 8:30 a.m.

Answering the Phone

In one of my earliest internships, I volunteered in the local district office of my state Senator (that is, the guy who represented my area in the upper chamber of California's state legislature). I reordered …

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27 Oct 2016, 11:06 a.m.

Learning Styles

For years, while mentoring others, I've been using these engineering learning styles as a tool to help newer engineers reflect on how they learn, and to give them a sense of the possible toolbox of …

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10 May 2016, 20:18 p.m.

Crossover Edition

Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing a series of Black Panther comic books. I just stopped into a New York City comic book shop and they were sold out of #1 in the sequence; tomorrow they'll get …

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26 Apr 2016, 13:12 p.m.


As Leonard has blogged, he and I just returned from a weeklong anniversary trip to Paris, courtesy of my mom. I'm still a little jetlagged and I've said "Excusez-moi" when brushing past a stranger here …

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06 Apr 2016, 11:49 a.m.

Reducing Twitter Usage

I just posted this on Twitter: I'm feeling bleh about Twitter recently. It's a closed-source platform. Recently time-to-load feels slower and navigation feels more unwieldy. The speech I want to perform and experience doesn't …

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07 Mar 2016, 9:05 a.m.

No Minimum Order

The office/business supply company Uline has discovered that I have started a business, and thus I have started to receive giant catalogs from them. Yesterday Leonard and I started looking at those catalogs; perhaps you …

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21 Jan 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Risk Mitigation

Next week I'm headed to Belgium for my first Free and Open Source Developers' European Meeting. I'll give two talks. I'm excited, because it'll be a chance to listen, learn, influence, introduce myself to potential …

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