Please do not be alarmed, I made the flight, all is fine.
Spoke last night at LA.pm, giving a preview of my "Nothing can possibly go wrong" talk. Of course, due to the fact Australia won their world cup game, I struggled to make it back back to Jeff Goff's place (who is kindly hosting me here in LA) in time to finish all the slides before the talk, so it was executed a little wonky in places. But that is expected for beta runs of talks.
Thanks to everyone from LA.pm for putting up with the beta talk's nigglies.
But generally the talk seemed well received, with most people not knowing about the various ways to screw up I describe in the talk, and some good questions that reminded me bits I missed (like the original story of how I screwed up and partially wasted two years of my life as a result).
At dinner afterwards, there was much discussion about the current "drought" of Perl coders. Very difficult to find decent Perl people at the moment in America, which backs up other evidence I have of the same situation in Europe and Australia.
While it's good that wages for Perl programmers (certainly ones flexible about where they live) are sky high at the moment, it's a very very bad long term position, as companies will move to other languages. That said, even at the higher prices a lot of the time I suspect it is tolerated if only because a good Perl programmer can be so productive.
This sort of productivity advantage is excellent, and a good way to make Perl people WORTH the higher money, because they still get a lot more done in comparison.
There seemed to be general agreement that having Windows become a first class platform would help take us some way towards fixing the problem. Chocolate Perl simply can't come quickly enough I think.
On the subject of http://win32.perl.org/ it looks like we have a winner in the logo competition. Thomas Wittek's second entry seems to be widely acclaimed as an excellent design concept, and so now we just need to get it cleaned up.
If anyone knows a designer type who can SVG'ise the logo so we can manipulate it more, let me know. I will note though it's not something I'd like to have to spend money on if I can avoid it...
Finally, wxPerl 0.50 is finally out!
This is the first production version to use the new Alien::wxWidgets integration, and should be much more workable for people.
Because Wx is one of the keystones of the "Desktop Perl" concept, I'd love to see as many people as possible trying to install this, and providing feedback via RT of the problems they encounter installing it.
And now back to making Powerpoint behave... (because OOo 2.0 won't let me embed video and I have something special planned)