Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

04 Jun 2001, 2:26 a.m.

Milk, cheese, bread, diary

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

A tiny little litany of what I've done today.

I played mini-golf with Steve/holeburning, the second person in two days to drive down from the SanFran Bay Area to come see me in scenic Stockton. I beat him mostly because I had played the very same course the previous day. I also beat him at air hockey. I thought I had beat Leonard handily the previous day, but no. Steve didn't even make more than two points in each game (the game automatically ends when one player, namely brainwane, makes seven goals). I wonder whether I would whip him even better if the table worked the way it's supposed to. Tip: the puck should not ever stop hovering! Jeez.

We also walked around the University of the Pacific, which may be the only fun and free thing to do with someone in Stockton, aside from sitting at home talking.

Finished The Cyberiad, by Stanislaw Lem. Very good stuff. The puns are terrific, the two main characters are different when I was afraid that they'd just be the same, and the surprising sophistication of the philosophical dialogue unnerved and provoked me.

One of the things that amazes me most is how much work the translator must have done to create English puns that, presumably, carry the same flavor that Lem must have created in the original Polish.

To fluffy grue: I know that sometimes Segfault stinks -- hey, even now it's down -- but the geek humor site recently published one of my articles, so it can't be all bad.

Originally published by Sumana Harihareswara at