Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


26 Jul 2020, 16:54 p.m.

Some CON.TXT Links

I attended the fan convention CON.TXT yesterday and found or shared some interesting links on many varied topics! My own stuff: my vid "Pipeline" about sexism in the tech industry, and my technothriller book review …

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21 Jun 2020, 7:58 a.m.

Quick Book Recommendations

A few timely book recommendations. To repeat my 2013 review of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson: SO GOOD. READ THIS. Ta-Nehisi Coates agrees with me. …

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15 Jun 2020, 9:50 a.m.

Proposed New York City Budget

This blog entry is time-sensitive and is meant for people who live in New York City and want to learn more about the city's budget, and maybe suggest changes. It's kind of quick - you'll …

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21 Mar 2019, 10:42 a.m.

It's Not Just You

Malka Older writes: here's the thing about "adulting": so much of it is entirely unnecessary. I have spent so many hours on health insurance and I only know because I lived in another country that …

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19 Nov 2018, 19:23 p.m.

The Fascination Of Municipal Taxation Software

On January 30, 2018, I attended my local city councilmember's "State of the District" speech. If one of your local officials offers such a speech, I recommend going; it's a structured way to find out …

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16 Oct 2018, 11:22 a.m.

NYC Comptroller Town Hall, And Reflections on Constraint

Last night I suited up and went to a local town hall held by the office of New York City's Comptroller, Scott Stringer. (I am in the fuzzy foreground of the second photo.) After very …

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03 Aug 2014, 15:06 p.m.

Younger Sumana As Media Consumer

A few memories. First. One morning in May 2001, I looked through my apartment, gathered together a bunch of items into plastic bags, and walked a few blocks to a man's apartment. I broke up …

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29 Nov 2010, 22:55 p.m.

Longbows & Longboxes

Read some Amar Chitra Katha comic books today. The Vivekananda biography starts: "Nineteenth century India. The spirit of Hinduism lay hidden under a debris of rituals -- rituals disowned by the Indian intellectuals and scorned …

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16 May 2009, 16:19 p.m.

Slapdash Thoughts On Real Estate

I need to read about property. Specifically, I need to read philosophy of property. What does it mean when we say, or feel, that we own something? In the free software crowd, this is a …

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16 Jan 2007, 8:21 a.m.

Bad Relationship

Established doctors' offices face new competition from quick clinics at drugstores & big-box stores that dispense flu shots, etc. Unlike the RIAA, physicians don't try to legislate new competition out of existence, but argue on …

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