Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

02 Jul 2002, 13:33 p.m.

As per the current weblog fad, I tried googling "Sumana…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

As per the current weblog fad, I tried googling "Sumana is" -- the custom is to then reprint a selection of the resulting sentences in a weblog entry. But -- since I hardly ever run into people named Sumana who aren't me -- I found the experience profoundly unsettling. I saw all these mentions of a Sumana in a narrative that had nothing to do with me and I started getting disoriented. "Wait, who am I? Is that really my name? That's someone else's name." I'm going to stop before I start calling other people "Sumana" or forgetting my own name.