Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

13 Mar 2016, 22:05 p.m.

N Questions

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2016 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

Leonard and I have taken to playing a kind of "Twenty Questions" variant where there is no limit on the number of questions or guesses. We discover stuff about ourselves along the way. Sometimes it turns out the guesser has not heard of the item in question (e.g., Rick Bayless) or the teller doesn't know as much as they thought they did about the item they chose (e.g., the Bilderberg Group). Also I often ask whether we have the thing and whether we like it; Leonard is less likely to ask those kinds of personal relationship questions. Tonight's items included several abstract concepts or categories of objects and some super-specific concrete nouns:

  • American citizenship
  • the month of March
  • windows (in buildings)
  • my bachelor's degree diploma
  • the bench in front of a particular restaurant
  • a specific BART station
  • film noir
  • beets


Ben Heaton
16 Mar 2016, 14:44 p.m.

"Is it any BART station?"<br/>"No."<br/>"Is it... a specific BART station?"<br/>"You guessed it!"