Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

24 Jun 2001, 10:29 a.m.

The Tale of the Seven Bookmarks

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

Reciprocal linking frenzy!

And, my Segfault story made it to the top twenty of all time.

Bookmarks I visited a bookstore the other day, and what caught my eye? Bookmarks, for a ruble each! Twenty-nine for a dollar! Goodness. I collect bookmarks, so this was an opportunity not to be missed.

So I used my broken Russian, forgetting the very convenient "kazhdii" (every) in my search for a word for "each." But I succeeded in buying one of each bookmark. There were seven.

  • Three displayed pretty scenes of St. Petersburg. Two of those also displayed the rather optimistic line, "1703-2003."
  • Two featured cute doggies either using typewriters or computers.
  • One advertised an exhibit on the art of Islam, at some Russian museum. I like the multilingual, multicultural aspect.
  • One features pictures, and the name, of Ricky Martin.

Sometimes I just get tired of United States cultural hegemony, y'know?

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