Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


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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13 Feb 2015, 6:23 a.m.

But He Doesn't Know (That The Map Is Not) The Territory!

OK, so, Leonard and I were talking about The Music Man -- I grandly pronounced "it's about delusion, as every musical should be" -- and I asked for his take on one salesman's outraged wail, …

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04 Nov 2014, 12:04 p.m.


Last night one of my Hacker School peers was practicing sleight-of-hand with a card deck, and another peer walked over and said, "Oh, I used to run a magic tricks website." I waited with bated …

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30 Sep 2014, 8:32 a.m.

If I Did It

As we passed a closed-up storefront, Leonard informed me of the type of restaurant it's turning into, and I allowed as to how that was fine, but I'd rather one of the transforming storefronts in …

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17 Sep 2014, 9:14 a.m.

On Troubleshooting

Nothing is built on stone; All is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone. -- Jorge Luis Borges Goddammit why won't this work OK, fine, screw the venv, I'll …

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