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Mark Fowler has never been the same since he was elected leader of the London Perl Mongers. The strain manifests itself mainly in releasing various [cpan.org] modules [cpan.org] to CPAN, giving talks [2shortplanks.com], and use of the Trelane nick on #london.pm for endless procrastination. Doctors are still seeking a cure.
Saturday January 05, 2002
07:08 AM

Sobriety is a jewel that I do much adore

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Last night was the first London Perl Mongers social of the year. Turnout was low, but it always is in January. We were back in the Penderal's Oak as The Three Tups is closed for refurbishment. I didn't realise how much I'd miss us having our own room until we didn't have one. Though we clustered a group of tables together, it's just not the same.

Worse than that of course was the fact that I'm still not drinking - damn new years resolutions. I'd forgotten how terrible soft drinks that are available in pubs are. I've been to the pub six times since new year and I've been drinking pub lemonade (which is terrible BTW - get some decent mixes,) cola and orange juice. Why don't pubs sell Dr Pepper or Iron-Bru? Considering that they sell them for the same as beer, but they don't have to pay the tax, you'd think they'd be promoting them a lot more....

The talk was mainly about Perl (unusually ;-)) and what people had done for Christmas. We were all glad to have acme back in one piece after his adventures. We're not sure about this new trend he's got for drinking cocktails though.

blech was broken in as new leader. He greeted the newcomers (after a little promoting) and even gave away an ORA book for someone to review. "That'll do pig, that'll do."

The most popular Topic was the upcoming conferences, especially next year's YAPC::Europe. Are we going to have a communal hotel? Yes, but we're waiting for some more advice from our German Perl Mongers first. Are you going to speak? I probably don't want to this year - I haven't been to one of these where I don't yet. What was good about last year, what we're looking forward to this year. Ooooh, a Beer Festival.

acme complained that there weren't enough new modules being released in the Acme:: namespace. We all tried to put our heads together to come up with some good new idea. In the end we've got a few that might be contenders - I won't spoil them by mentioning them here.

We discussed tests for a bit. General feelings that Schwern has 500 USD too much money still, and maybe we should do something about that. Testing tests again. Testing stuff on obscure systems. This mutated into some talk about scary C stuff. Inline C. Number representations.

Other notable items of discussion included the new Foxton's site (well done Ranguard - though it crashes Mozilla,) Kake still not having posted her mulled wine recipe from Blech's New Years party, Walnut Trees, Communting to Work and getting up Early, Boo.gone and Mobile Phones (thWAP!)

Finally I tried to get some advice on hosting. I've got a 1U box that I want co-lo. Anyone know a better (or similar) deal to Mailbox's 775 UKP per year for 256Kb/s fixed, let me know!

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