Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


02 Feb 2014, 8:44 a.m.

Foolscap Followup

I'm currently at Foolscap, a hospitable and thoroughly delightful scifi/fantasy convention in the Seattle area. Leonard is a Guest of Honor and I get to be his consort. This year Foolscap takes place in Redmond, …

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04 Jan 2014, 20:50 p.m.

Linkdump of Scifi, Songs, Sprezzatura, and Misc Does Not Start With S

Medical user experience in the US is pretty terrible; at least one New York City medical practice is looking to improve that. I've had really good experiences with Kaiser Permanente's infrastructure (pharmacy, test lab, specialists …

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26 Dec 2013, 21:33 p.m.

Yuletide 2013 Recommendations

I have been sick with a cold for about a week. Fortunately, this year's Yuletide fan fiction harvest brought me tremendous bounty! I now feel the urge to re-watch or re-read Protector of the Small, …

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22 Dec 2013, 9:42 a.m.

Why Julia Evans's Blog Is So Great

Some writing is persuasive; it aims to cause you to believe or do something. Some is expository; it aims to cause you to understand something. A lot of tech writing is persuasive or expository. Some …

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27 Nov 2013, 14:45 p.m.


I hereby recommend to you the super-readable, witty, on-point analysis of cosmetics ad claims at "Brightest Bulb In the Box: Beauty for Critical Minds". Much thanks to terriko for the link to BBItB! If you …

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30 Aug 2013, 9:20 a.m.

Current Reading

Just read Jo Walton's Among Others, and then of course the spoiler thread on her LiveJournal. I absolutely see why it won the Hugo and Nebula. It's about how the love of speculative fiction can …

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18 Aug 2013, 22:53 p.m.

A List You Could Click Through

I've been really enjoying Rachel Kroll's blogging at Rachelbythebay. I got kind of addicted to reading her archives yesterday. My favorites, in no particular order: Bug reporting and sociopath developers Headphones, situational awareness, and even …

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14 Aug 2013, 18:04 p.m.

Uniform Light

I can be bad at remembering titles (e.g., misremembering "Silent Weapons" as "Distant Voices"). Part of this is because titles in specific genres blur together for me. You can come up with "this is about …

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21 Jul 2013, 22:09 p.m.

Writing A Short Varied Life Update In A Fruitless Attempt To Ignore The Heat

All those words for "hot weather, uncomfortable variety" feel about right now. Sweltering, sultry, torrid, what have you. It broils my brain more than hot weather used to; I feel like a Terry Pratchett troll. …

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24 Apr 2013, 12:24 p.m.

The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo

"I had tea with the intolerable aunt today," begins Zen Cho's short and fast-moving The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo. (Guardian review.) It is so great. You can read it for free online, and then …

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