Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

14 Oct 2005, 16:40 p.m.

Friday, 4:30 p.m., Facing Drudgery

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2005 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

I have answered at least 600 emails from Salon Premium users this month.

This week I've spent at least two hours on the phone conversing with customers about the Bush administration, the 2004 election, print magazines, marathons, Salon's redesign, and other such topics of their choosing.

A few readers are acknowledging, in letters to Premium Help, that they simply don't like having to get used to the new design, but are doing so anyway. These people have metacognition and I want to give them all free extra months of access.

The new employee of the hot dog shop downstairs saw my EFF t-shirt and told me that he'd helped build the EFF building. He said he was friends with "Cory and all those kids."

I skimmed a bunch of Salon's archives from 2003 yesterday for a tenth-anniversary project. Wow, there are so many memorable articles in our archives!

A New York Times article a few months ago turned me on to KCRW, the LA-based radio station, and its influential morning show, the obscurely punnily named "Morning Becomes Eclectic." I just got that pun a week ago. KCRW played Imogen Heap's single "Hide and Seek" a few times, I was hooked, and Salon's Audiofile put up the mp3 for download.

Imogen Heap has made this week much better.