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JAPH. (That's right -- I'm not Really Inexperienced any more.)

I'm not just here, I'm here [perlmonks.org], and here [javajunkies.org] too, I ramble randomly in my philosophical blog [blogspot.com] and my other blog [blogspot.com]. Soon I'll come in a convenient six-pack.

Journal of chaoticset (2105)

Thursday March 21, 2002
02:36 PM

Be Very, Very Afraid

[ #3703 ]
I am. I don't know if it's an indicator of my familiarity with O'Reilly covers, or an indicator of the length of lines at Borders, but by the time I got to the man at the register, I had already spotted _Mastering Algorithms With Perl_, almost certainly the copy I ordered. It was indeed, the amount of money I had was sufficient, and I am now the proud owner of a copy of the Wolf book.

But I'm scared.

Perhaps it's just the eyes of the canine glaring at me from the cover, or the fact that I've been having an attack of perfectionist "don't do it now, you'll screw it all up", but I'm really, really afraid to crack it open and start the ball rolling.

Also, I'm sheepish, now that I realize there's a ready-made Markov at CPAN.

Quick Addendum: The decision was made for me. I had a bunch of homework to do and got it out of the way just in time to hand it in at my next class, which starts two minutes ago by the school clock.

I'll probably end up reading it tonight in bed, though. (And tomorrow, when I end up waiting to see my brother about getting my car some tires.)

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  • ... when you are close to a wolf.

    I think (I'm not Edie, so I'm not sure why she chose the wolf) that it is supposed to indicate that your programs can be lean and able to tear rapidly through data.

    It's supposed to be friendly on the (human) reader - wolves are closely related to dogs after all.
    • Well, it's funny you should mention that. I read the colophons eagerly with each O'Reilly I pick up, mostly because it seems like someone's gone to the trouble of picking out an animal that somehow exemplifies the topic. (Or, in the case of one of the Python books, exemplifies a viewpoint. I laughed so much when I realized that it was a rat on the cover!)

      Wolves move in packs, act in packs, etc., which I believe is supposed to related to the conceptual harmony possible when combining algorithms. A long

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