Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


24 Dec 2011, 12:02 p.m.

Discovering An Origin

Yesterday I helped a bit with a Dreamwidth code tour. Every time Dreamwidth deploys a new update to the site, someone writes up explanations of what all the new bits are. Not just a summary …

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23 Dec 2011, 11:32 a.m.

Diligence And Joy

I get a different kind of understanding, now, out of Paul Ford's "Cleaning My Room," ten years later. When I reread it, I flash back to my old messy apartment in Berkeley, where I sat …

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11 Dec 2011, 10:07 a.m.

Constellation Games

First contact isn't all fun and games. Ariel Blum is pushing thirty and doesn't have much to show for it. His computer programming skills are producing nothing but pony-themed video games for little girls. His …

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04 Dec 2011, 7:18 a.m.

Asymptomatic, Asymptotic

Last night I gave Leonard some alone time to work on a Constellation Games bonus story. I went to Ward III, a Manhattan bar that does bespoke cocktails. They have a menu of predesigned cocktails …

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02 Dec 2011, 6:59 a.m.

Professional Education

Yesterday I bought and read Jeremy Blachman's Anonymous Lawyer because I remembered liking the blog. Strange. I don't usually like wince humor, but the book went pretty fast and balanced out the narrator's ambition and …

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27 Nov 2011, 15:56 p.m.

Milk Stout, Vanilla Porter

Leonard and I both spend most of our time at the apartment these days, me working for the Wikimedia Foundation, him working on Constellation Games, his science fiction novel, launching Tuesday. (The novel's done, but …

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23 Nov 2011, 11:10 a.m.

Muppet Fanfic

"Tomorrow Is Waiting" by Holli Mintzer. If you want the truth, it happened because Anji was feeling lazy. Her AI class wasn't all that interesting, nor was it a field she wanted a career in, …

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22 Sep 2011, 9:28 a.m.


Just finished REAMDE, walked into the study, thudded it onto Leonard's desk, and said with wonder, "I cannot recommend that you read this." I cannot recall the last Stephenson I read that had fewer ideas, …

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21 Sep 2011, 19:48 p.m.

Pretty Spoiler-Free, In My Opinion

I'm now 812 pages into REAMDE. It reads as though Cory Doctorow, in preparing to write For The Win, had drawn upon his eleventh grade lit teacher Thomas Pynchon, who had taught him what "puissant" …

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20 Sep 2011, 22:38 p.m.

UN Convention On the Rights of the Mild

For professional development reasons, I'm starting a four-week course that'll teach me JavaScript/jQuery/CSS/JSON stuff in the context of the Etsy API. This meant that today I read the Etsy terms of use, and had to …

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