Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


18 Jan 2014, 13:59 p.m.

Cleaning My Virtual Room

In late December 2013, my personal email inbox got to over six thousand emails. Many of them had been there for years. I was using nearly no filtering, and so there was important stuff in …

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10 Dec 2013, 20:05 p.m.


On New Year's Day a few years ago, I went on a long train trip next to a white guy in his fifties who'd lived his whole life in South Carolina. As we talked, I …

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04 Nov 2013, 8:30 a.m.


It's autumn. I spent a bunch of September in San Francisco, trying to tie up loose ends at work so I could go on my sabbatical with a free heart. My notebook says things like: …

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21 Aug 2013, 10:45 a.m.

My Family And The Ada Initiative

Please join Leonard and me in donating to the Ada Initiative. Why? Let me tell you a story, and then a surprise. My parents came to the US from Karnataka, in south India, in the …

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05 May 2013, 21:04 p.m.

A Really Long-Winded Way of Saying That Maybe I Love Techno Now

That thought about music, love and transformation made me think of how strange and world-changing it is to find a new friend or author or musician or project or workplace and suddenly click. They taught …

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12 Feb 2012, 18:51 p.m.

What Does A Volunteer Development Coordinator Do?

A giant wall of text follows, giving a snapshot of work I do. I nurture the software community that supports the Wikimedia movement. So here's a big swath of stuff I did between February 1st …

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14 Nov 2010, 3:01 a.m.

The "Cordial" Part Of "You Are Cordially Invited"

Today my uncle, aunt, and cousin drove around Bangalore with me to hand-deliver invitations to my sister's upcoming wedding. The usual ritual: we arrive and take off our shoes and come inside and sit down, …

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16 Sep 2010, 23:56 p.m.

You Can Make A Constellation From Any Set Of Scattered Points Of Light

I should braindump a bit about Melbourne. However, I should also go to sleep soon enough that I continue winning my precarious fight against jet lag. So, five minutes' writing: The Melbourne Aquarium has penguins! …

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26 Apr 2010, 19:25 p.m.

Thoughtcrime Experiments, One Year Later

Today is the one-year anniversary of Thoughtcrime Experiments, the free scifi/fantasy anthology Leonard and I edited last year. Thoughtcrime Experiments got a bit of recognition in the form of award nominations. We made the British …

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12 Mar 2010, 8:05 a.m.

Cautiously Opening That Door

A few weeks ago, another Indian-American and I were talking and agreed on one benefit of that particular childhood: if your parents are well-off enough to drag you to India & back a few times, …

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