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Wednesday January 02, 2002
12:48 PM

Perl 6 Happenings

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It looks like I've been designated to collect and write the "what happened with perl 6 and parrot in 2001" report. Look for it soon on a perl6 mailing list near you.

We're getting ready to book tickets to New Zealand for early February through early April. I can't bloody wait to be out of this cold gloomy hellhole and on a beach. Aevil said to me today "after seeing New Zealand in Lord of the Rings, you must be nuts to live in the US".

William and his grandpa spent fifteen minutes last night pretending to shoot Santa off the top of the Christmas tree. If Grandpa has his way, William'll be in a gillie suit taking pot-shots at the neighbours with a .22 as soon as he learns to read a range-finding scope.

--Nat

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  • A gillie suit [mawebcenters.com] is one of those twigs-and-leaves camo suits that hard-core paintball and hunting nuts use. Oh, and the army. I learned of them reading "Rainbow Six [amazon.com]". Oh the shame of admitting to reading Clancy :-)

    --Nat

    • I learned about them from reading Darwin's Blade by Dan Simmons. No shame there. Definitely recommended over anything by Clancy (ick, pseudo-literature propoganda crap).

      -dave
      • Hell yes! Read anything you can by Dan Simmons--he's written in almost every subgenre of sf, but the first two of the Hyperion books are modern-day classics. I read a lot more thrillers than I do sf these days, so I was glad to see him move into that space with Darwin's Blade. I haven't read Hardcase [amazon.com] yet, but it looks like another good one. The editor's intro to that review, "Dan Simmons is not an author who writes the same book twice," is so true. As much as I'd have liked another Phases of Gravity or
        • Yeah, Simmons is one of my all-time favorites. The Hyperion books just blew me away, and I enjoyed the Endymion sequels as well.

          I didn't read the one set in Cuba with Ernest Hemingway cause I just couldn't get excited about the idea of reading something with Hemingway as a main character.

          I haven't read much of his horror stuff either because I like to sleep at night and I'm a big wuss.

          I think Hardcase is still in hardcover. I have enough pending books to read at the moment to wait til paperback, I t
          • If I can ever get my damn credit card to stop bouncing (it may have been a slow season for retailers, but the money flew away from us with amazing speed) I'm going to order his latest books from half.com. I hadn't realized there was a book after Darwin's Blade, let alone two!

            I went through a Clive Cussler phase in December. Cussler's serial hero, Dirk Pitt, is a shipwreck salvage person for the National Underwater and Marine Agency [numa.net]. They're "action adventure" novels--Cussler himself says that he starte

  • A gillie suit [mawebcenters.com] is one of those twigs-and-leaves camo suits that hard-core paintball and hunting nuts use. Oh, and the army. I learned of them reading "Rainbow Six [amazon.com]". Oh the shame of admitting to reading Clancy :-)

    --Nat