Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

08 Jun 2001, 12:01 p.m.

Just had to record this

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Me: Dad, I know there are a lot of things that you wish you'd done, but you can't just use us [his two children] to get them done for you through us.
Dad: Why not?
Me: Because we're different people, with different capabilities, different interests, different attitudes.
Dad: I want you both to get Ph.D.s.

And then there was the "what do you mean, you aren't sure you want to get a Ph.D.?" and so on. At least it only lasted through a short dinner.

That's all for now.

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