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MarkyMoon (3661)

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Worse than one of those little blue crunchy things!

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Journal of MarkyMoon (3661)

Friday September 14, 2007
05:53 PM

Has Magic Smoke gotten out of make?

(I posted this on Perl Monks, but thought someone here might be able to point me in the right direction as well...)

Hola Monkly Ones,

I've been struggling with this all day and now I must ask for your help...

The Victim: Mac OS X 10.4.1

  • Perl 5.8.6
  • MCPAN which was working previously and had installed many modules quite happily, now seems to be fubar'ed and glares menacingly at me
  • Can't install anything using MCPAN, fink or manually

Crime Scene:

I thought I was only having trouble starting Catalyst so I tried to reinstall. MCPAN goes on a killing spree and tries to download half of CPAN. Many of the modules it says are missing I know for a fact are there (esp. since I already had Catalyst installed and running before).

After watching thousands of lines running by I found this sprinkled throughout:

make: *** No rule to make target `/System/Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level/CORE/config.h', needed by `Makefile'. Stop. /usr/bin/make -- NOT OK Running make test Can't test without successful make Running make install make had returned bad status, install seems impossible

(why it doesn't stop trying after the first failure is a mystery to me... )

cpan> o conf returns /usr/bin/make
but I tried perl -MCPAN -e shell CPAN> o conf make /usr/bin/make anyway, nothing changed.

  • Xcode installed (tried reinstalling twice today)
  • reinstalled gcc twice
  • Found a very similar problem in this thread and many others, but nothing they did has worked for me.

If anyone could talk me off the ledge it would be greatly appreciated as I mostly try to make pretty pictures and avoid the sticky guts of the filesystem if at all possible. (blaaarrrrgghhhh!)

that mark guy

@a = ("a".."z"," ","-","\n");foreach $b ( 12,0,17,10,24,12,14,14,13,26,8,18,26,0,26, 22,0,13,13,0,27,1,4,26,15,4,17,11,26,7,0, 2,10,4,17) {print $a[$b]};print $a[28];

Sunday November 21, 2004
02:19 PM

wrong Wrong WRONG!

If there has ever been a better argument against the perils of mixing cocaine and bad, evil music I haven't seen it.

*** Note - even on a cable modem this thing is a monster, and will take some time to load. It's so worth it though. ***

Saturday September 18, 2004
01:20 PM

99.9% percent Pure Eeeeviiiil

I've not run across this before, hadn't even considered how easy it would be to do, but today I ran across a talking banner ad (for Botox of all things).

Can the end of civilization really be that far off?

Sunday September 12, 2004
12:20 PM

Not quite Powell's Technical bookstore but...

Although I still think I have better retention from physical books, tabbed browsing in Mozilla and _finally_ signing up for the Safari Boolshelf will have to do until I can, one day, move into my own room at Powell's. Or get them to expand and open a branch here in Akron.

Thursday July 22, 2004
08:48 PM

But this is how we've done it before...

Them: Here are about 350 PDFs from the customer that we want linked into one big PDF and change the version info.

Me: Okey-dokey.

(5 minutes later)

Me: There's a slight problem... These all have a security signature on them.

Them: (blank look)... So what's the problem?

Me: Well, it means I can open them and print them but I can't link them or edit them. Can we get the files without the "security" on them or at least get the password to unlock them?

Them: This is proprietary information and they are very concerned about security over there, plus we don't want to bother them too much.

Me: Well, what do you want me to with them then?

Them: Print them all out, resize them all to the same dimensions, scan them in, edit them, turn them back into PDFs and then link them. Oh yeah, we don't have very much time in the quote for the actual production, so you'd better get cracking.

Me: So in the name of security you want me to take this "proprietary and very important info" make paper copies (which we don't shred), scans, and more digital versions, none of which they now have any control of and then make the big PDF?

Them: Yeah... what's the problem?

Me: You're kidding right?

Them: (Another blank stare)

Wednesday June 09, 2004
08:18 PM

Love Comes In Spurts

This morning I awoke to the sad news that Robert Quine had died over the weekend. He was the lead guitar player in Richard Hell and the Voidoids, a band who's influence on modern punk rock/ alternative music cannot not be overstated or denied.

Without the Voidoids influence (along with several other bands that never really got their due while still active - The Stooges, The MC5, Television, Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, etc.) modern music simply wouldn't exist as it does today. Directly or indirectly they influenced punk from Sonic Youth to the Pixies to Nirvana's more twisted non-radio songs. Those bands would and will influence scores more. Malcolm McClaren took the Voidoids look and the Dolls' hooks, added some political hooliganism and sold it back to the world as The Sex Pistols.

Quine's guitar sounded like a broken mirror – thousands of glittering gems with jagged edges. He slid back and forth between beauty and dischord. If Miles Davis or John Coltrane had played guitar, it would have sounded like him.

Later he would play with Lou Reed, Matthew Sweet, Brian Eno and Tom Waites among others.

Drummer Marc Bell would later become Marky Ramone, guitarist Ivan Julian had previously played with The Foundations (Build Me Up Buttercup) and would later work with The Clash and Matthew Sweet. Richard Hell was and remains an enigma.

We lost a good one.

Cuz love comes in spurts,
in dangerous flirts,
and it murders your heart–
They didn't tell you that part.

"Love Comes In Spurts"
–Richard Hell and the Voidoids

Monday May 31, 2004
04:30 PM

oh yeah...

Speaking of the new job... For _whatever_ reason they seem to think I'm organized enough to handle scheduling and tracking the job orders so, starting tomorrow I'll be doing that in addition to production stuff.

Now this has caused my wife no shortage of giggling since one of her favorite sayings is that I "can't organize a piss-up in a brewery." I hope I don't prove her right.; )

Unfortunately for me, I haven't been there long enough to see a job go from initial request to delivery yet and the person I'm taking over from never quite found the time to actually train me for all of the hidden aspects of the position. It seems that quite a few of the projects have implied procedures that aren't necessarily spelled out on the work orders (for example, some client work is always bid out to different printers, others are always produced in-house with the digital printers, but if there is any kind of official company document that outlines all of this I've not seen hide nor hair...

Looks like I'm going to be winging it for a little while.

04:06 PM

Learning new stuff

Now that I've been hired on full-time at my job (oh yeah... the contract job I was hired for a few weeks ago has turned into a full-time offer (yea me!)) I can get back to trying to get in over my head with Perl which shouldn't be too hard. I can safely fiddle away on the computer without getting one of those looks that says "Shouldn't you be doing something more important right now... like getting a job?"

My reward to myself for becoming gainfully employed again was the Spidering Hacks book. So I spent a while installing a bunch of LWP related modules last night. For some reason the CPAN module had trouble hunting down some of the modules(I probably have something configured incorrectly so it's not CPAN's fault), which meant installing many of them by hand, an area I don't delve into very much. But it all seems to be working so ...yipee!

A little chicken waiving this morning and I had a spider that lets me know if any of my favorite Perl Monks are currently logged in. Now I know this is no big deal for most of you, but dangit, it makes me very happy to try something new and have it working in less than half an hour. I like Perl!

Friday May 14, 2004
04:51 PM


Today one of those "tester" spams of seemingly random words actually made it to my inbox (which is pretty rare thanks to the good folks at .Mac!). Since it was titled "Drugs for Less.!" I felt obligated to open it. You know the weekend is coming up and all... "Cheap drugs? Sign me up!". And a word in the middle of the first line jumped out at me...

Falabamian die inhibition cowslip defunct orthodoxy chromatic carboxy technetium activism stance blanc quadric atrocious rondo extricable malcontent

Other interesting words/phrases included:

  • conway
  • alligator
  • attack poughkeepsie
  • couch proletariat - (my favorite)
  • akron logic - (obviously they've never been here)
  • tramp sightseeing
  • residential kindred embryo - (twins?)
  • wisenheimer bebop - (good name for a crappy band, i'd think)

And my new rap name (and everybody should have a rap name)...

snoop liechtenstein!

Thursday May 06, 2004
10:58 PM

job -choices markymoon

I started my new job yesterday and it seems like a nice place. Nobody's mad. No one is paranoid about losing their job and everybody is really friendly. A nice change from my last full time job. Of course I can't tell you about that job, because most of you don't know me well enough yet. You'd recoil in horror at the gory details and shun me in polite society. Those who know have been sworn to secrecy, so you'll just have to wait for the book.

Tuesday (the day before I started the new job) one of the other jobs I was really interested in called me back for an interview, which I'm going to investigate. It's funny, a week and a half ago I really didn't know _what_ I was going to do. I was even considering going back into machining and I cannot put into words just how much I HATE machining. More than Windows... more than Dubya... dare I say, more than the time I got Mr. Winkie caught in my zipper as a youngster! I'd even dug out my CNC programming books in desperation.

It's nice to have some options.