Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

Open Source and Free Culture

09 Aug 2015, 22:52 p.m.

How To Improve Bus Factor In Your Open Source Project

Someone in one of my communities was wondering whether we ought to build a new automated tool to give little tasks to newcomers and thus help them turn into future maintainers. I have edited my …

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04 Aug 2015, 1:14 a.m.

My Eulogy for Nóirín Plunkett

A few hours ago, I spoke at Nóirín's memorial service. This is what I said (I am sure I varied the words a bit when I read it). My name is Sumana Harihareswara, and I …

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03 Aug 2015, 9:33 a.m.

Memorial Service Details A nondenominational memorial service for Nóirín Plunkett will be tonight, August 3, at 6:30pm, in Cambridge, Massachusetts (word had been publicized on Twitter and All who knew Nóirín are invited. I will be …

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29 Jul 2015, 11:49 a.m.

On Nóirín Trouble Plunkett's Death

I was devastated today to learn of the death of my friend Nóirín Plunkett. This is a terrible thing and I am still shocked and saddened to learn of their death. (Per their profile, please …

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18 Jun 2015, 6:53 a.m.

HTTP Can Do That?! and Comedy

On Wednesday of next week (June 24th) I'm presenting "HTTP Can Do That?!" at Open Source Bridge in Portland, Oregon. I have explored weird corners of HTTP -- malformed requests that try to trick a …

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23 May 2015, 22:41 p.m.

New Vid: Pipeline

I've made a new fanvid: "Pipeline". It's a little over 3 minutes long and cuts together about 50 different sources (documentaries, movies, TV, comics, coding bootcamp ads, and more) over Taylor Swift's song "Blank Space". …

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22 May 2015, 10:48 a.m.

Missing Women in FLOSS Philosophy, and Borrowing Models from Fandom

I've arrived in Madison for WisCon! And just in time for WisCon: I have a blog post up (in two parts) focusing on the frameworks that we free software/open source folks often take for granted, …

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22 Apr 2015, 12:14 p.m.

How Knowledge Workers Can Learn More About Open Source Tools They Use

Yesterday I spent an hour teaching a woman whose nonprofit wants improvements to their current Drupal setup, especially around content approval workflow and localization. She wanted to understand more about how Drupal works so that …

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18 Apr 2015, 20:54 p.m.

La Con De Python

I spent a good chunk of this month at PyCon in Montréal, watching talks, seeing people I rarely get to see, and working on Mailman. My stay in Montréal felt homey thanks to Jo Walton …

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18 Apr 2015, 12:36 p.m.

New Takes On My Published Writing

My Crooked Timber guest post on codes of conduct, freedom, governance, contracts, and copyleft software licenses has attracted over 200 comments. Many of them are thoughtful and interesting, and worth at least a skim if …

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