Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


22 Sep 2011, 9:28 a.m.


Just finished REAMDE, walked into the study, thudded it onto Leonard's desk, and said with wonder, "I cannot recommend that you read this." I cannot recall the last Stephenson I read that had fewer ideas, …

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21 Sep 2011, 19:48 p.m.

Pretty Spoiler-Free, In My Opinion

I'm now 812 pages into REAMDE. It reads as though Cory Doctorow, in preparing to write For The Win, had drawn upon his eleventh grade lit teacher Thomas Pynchon, who had taught him what "puissant" …

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20 Sep 2011, 22:38 p.m.

UN Convention On the Rights of the Mild

For professional development reasons, I'm starting a four-week course that'll teach me JavaScript/jQuery/CSS/JSON stuff in the context of the Etsy API. This meant that today I read the Etsy terms of use, and had to …

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14 Sep 2011, 8:06 a.m.


Seven years ago, I received a copy of Yevgeny Zamyatin's We in the mail. I don't know who sent it to me. Two days ago, the same thing happened to my friend Will. Is this …

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18 Jul 2011, 11:31 a.m.

An (NCSA) Mosaic Of Colorful Little Bits

I looked at my past, like, eight blog entries and saw that they were pretty thinky pieces. When did my blog turn into Crooked Timber? So, a little miscellany. Saturday I went to the beach! …

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29 Jun 2011, 15:00 p.m.

On The Usefulness Of Writing

About this time there was a cry among the people for more paper money, only fifteen thousand pounds being extant in the province, and that soon to be sunk. The wealthy inhabitants oppos'd any addition, …

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05 Jun 2011, 21:01 p.m.

A Loose Constellation of Thoughts on WikiLeaks

This is a good time to remind my readers that this, my personal website, does not necessarily represent the views of my employer or anyone else. Around 2000, I took a political science class with …

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05 Jun 2011, 10:39 a.m.


When I was getting my bachelor's degree at the University of California at Berkeley, I took a few courses studying technology in the context of history and political science. The other day I discovered that …

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25 Mar 2011, 10:32 a.m.

Another Recommendation

"Trouble" by David M. deLeon -- raw and piercing.

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25 Mar 2011, 9:41 a.m.

Some Short Online Scifi Recommendations

"Saving Face" by Shelly Li and Ken Liu is light and sweet. "Smaller Fleas that Bite 'Em" by rho is a short, funny sequel to Neal Stephenson's Zodiac: The Eco-Thriller. "Sisters of Bilhah" by kel …

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