Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

16 Mar 2001, 2:50 a.m.

Puns, nuns, and MUN

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

Happy birthday, In Passing!

In other news: thoughts scrawled in my notebook, also in passing, mostly wordplay.

I think that I shall never see
An Indian character on TV.

I saw a few ads on TV for "Paramount's Great America" (a theme park/carnival sort of thing near San Jose, northern California) yesterday. Oh my goodness, Asians! What the dilly, as Breakup Girl would say? My goodness. Just give me one non-Apu, non-Asok, non-accented Indian character on a mainstream television show. Preferably "The West Wing" or "Law and Order." I'm thinking a judge, like Judge Marilyn Patel (on the Napster case, here in California).

If the Popemobile was like the Batmobile, bout Robin be a Cardinal?

Words that can be funny when you confuse them:

  • extinguish/distinguish
  • assiduous/deciduous
  • exact/extract (as in "revenge." "I'll extract my revenge." "What, from shale?")

You can't spell "vaudeville" without "evil."

I once thought of joining the Model UN. But the UN is already so weak that if I want to playact, I'll join the real thing.

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