Well, the time swung round for the first technical meeting during my stint as leader of London.pm. It was a week late (since I left it a bit late confirming a venue; codix.net hosted their second meeting in a row, which was great). The turnout was a little less than the November meeting, but that was fine as the meeting was a bit crowded last time, and through no fault of the kind volunteer who was meant to be bringing a projector, he couldn't. We ended up using a biggish monitor and hoping.
Richard Clamp was the first to speak, talking about his scary hacking with parameters. Then Dave Cross stood in while Mark booted his laptop and gave his Idiotic Perl talk, which will ring bells for those of you've been keeping up with his journals. Mark Fowler spoke on the building of the 2001 Advent Calendar, which seems to have been a triumph over adversity of some magnitude, and also revealed some of the thoughts he has for the one next (uh, this) year.
After the break, Nick Clark talked about his work in long numbers for Perl 5.8; it all looked nice and scary. Finally Leon Brocard plugged Parrot a bit more; it was a good update on what's in there (yay, Perlish PMCs!) and it seems to have encouraged a few more installs, and critiques on documentation, which is all to the good.
Anyway, it seemed to go fairly well, which was a nice surprise, and there's only five more to go before I hand over the reins later toward the end of the year. If only I could delegate this all to someone...