Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

10 May 2001, 2:24 a.m.

Slouching Towards Beth El, Hmm?

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

Very little to say, and I'll go ahead and say it. Today: My friendship braid is neither eternal nor golden, but it's neat nonetheless. And I've watched a bit on the telly, what?

I watched "The West Wing" last night and really enjoyed it. I watch it every week, and strenuously avoid any other television, except that yesterday I saw some European news show. I found out that the weather in Germany might be less-than-pleasant soon. Mwa-ha-ha.

I love hanging out with intelligent people. I can't believe that I've become so lucky as to come to Cal and meet all sorts of interesting people. I can even trace how a lot of it happened.

  1. I moved into the same dorm as Mike, Seth, Michelle, Dan, Kenny, and all sorts of other people.
  2. Mike introduced me to his colleague Anirvan.
  3. Dan and Seth played pool together in the lounge as I watched. Seth explained to Dan and me what this whole free-software thing was about. "Do you ever read" Seth asked. Dan and I both said, "What's that?"
  4. Slashdot pointed me to Segfault pointed me to Leonard.
  5. I saw Darin standing in Dwinelle Plaza with a "this shirt is classified as munitions" t-shirt and complimented him on it.
  6. Dan introduced me to Sunil, who introduced me to Lia and Steve and Aaron and Laura and the Fresh Robots.

Pretty much the only person here who doesn't fit is Alexei. I have no idea how we finally met. Maybe through Darin? Many of my friends already knew him before Alexei and I met. He's the hub of many acquaintance wheels, the Charlotte in the middle of the web.

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