Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


27 Nov 2016, 7:55 a.m.


On Sundays I make omelets. Today's omelets included three diced cloves of garlic. "I wish to make you aware that we are basically in a garlic ratchet. I will be increasing the number of cloves …

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01 Nov 2016, 9:46 a.m.

Political Memories

I've been reminiscing about past US elections and administrations.* I've been paying attention to US federal politics since the early nineties, which means I remember a lot of details that many younger politics enthusiasts don't. …

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04 Jul 2016, 16:58 p.m.

Five Loosely Connected Things

Unexpected beauty: There's a little stretch of quiet waterfront walkway with benches tucked away behind the Astoria Costco. It's just north of Rainey Park. Fierce spycrafty women: At the launch party for Genevieve Valentine's new …

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11 Mar 2016, 15:43 p.m.

Endorsements, Sort Of

This week, when searching for my own name online, I came across these three judgments of my works and character: About my January talk "Comparing Codes of Conduct to Copyleft Licenses", which I delivered without …

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12 Sep 2015, 9:00 a.m.

The Eight Mile Road Between Republic City and Massachusetts Bay Colony

Leonard and I have started watching The Legend of Korra, which is fun. In one episode, a character says to the guy who's just arrived, "Oh, hi, 'Shady' Shin." And then proceeds to let Shady …

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27 Jun 2015, 13:29 p.m.


Earlier today, during my stand-up comedy act at AlterConf Portland, I failed at living up to the AlterConf code of conduct and to my act's title, "Stand-Up Comedy that Doesn't Hurt". I made a joke …

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06 May 2015, 18:39 p.m.

Geeky Standup Comedy May 8th and 12th in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

Have you ever thought, "I wish Sumana Harihareswara would do further standup comedy about project management, Linux, relationships, Agile, public transit, science fiction, and These Kids Today"? Here you go. I'm giving at least two …

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24 Mar 2015, 23:02 p.m.

Director's Commentary on "Randomized Dystopia"

Now that I'm not all arrrrgh I just want to launch this thing I'll talk a little more about why I made Randomized Dystopia: to help us think about how dystopian fiction (and real repression) …

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23 Mar 2015, 23:39 p.m.

Randomized Dystopia

Are you tired of the same old dystopias? Why not write about tyrannies that deny different rights? Try Randomized Dystopia! I see a lot of repetitive dystopian fiction about denying people (often teenagers) the right …

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24 Feb 2015, 9:37 a.m.

Revisiting "Dave Barry In Cyberspace" (1996)

I have been rereading Dave Barry's Dave Barry In Cyberspace (published in 1996), which has held up about as well as Neal Stephenson's In The Beginning Was The Command Line (1999). On the software you'll …

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