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Friday November 30, 2007
11:12 PM

Perl shirts! Perl shirts! Perl shirts!

New Perl shirts and Perl-themed gifts are available:

Start your holiday shopping!

Tuesday August 30, 2005
03:15 PM


I am really excited by my new module HTML::Perlinfo. It has gotten 3 reviews, only one being positive. So people are interested in it and trying it out. That's better than most modules! I plan on doing monthly releases and I have BIG plans for the module. Each month should bring a bunch of changes and features. Eventually, the module will rise in popularity. :)
Wednesday July 27, 2005
06:05 PM

Finding people or finding victims

Recently I needed to find someone's mailing address, so I went to one of those "people finders" that promises to be free just so you will go to their site.

I found who I was looking for and then I went to pay for the full address. They asked me for my credit card (normal) but they also asked me for my daytime phone and different address (not normal). That's when I realized that the instant I give them this information, they are going to add me to their database!

Then I checked their FAQ and I found this one to be funny:

Q: How do I remove myself from these records?

A: We value your privacy and, upon request, can block your records from being shown in many, but not all, of our search results. To do so, you should contact us by writing a letter giving us your:

      1. Complete social security number
      2. First name
      3. Last name
      4. Middle initial
      5. Aliases and A.K.A.'s
      6. Complete current address
      7. Complete former addresses going back 20 years
      8. Date of Birth - including month, day, and year

It is also very helpful to include a print out of the records that you wish to have suppressed.

(This, of course, means that you would have to purchase the very records you want removed!)

Monday February 02, 2004
06:03 PM

Tau Beta Pi

I just got nominated to Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. According to them, joining costs "just the price of a few pizzas". And I have to attend a few meetings and complete 2 big projects before I can be initiated.

Question: How is this going to help me in my life? I mean, is belonging to an honor society going to make any difference in the big picture? Oh sure, I guess I could mention it on my resume! Right next to my Perl certification ... oh wait. Really, who would hire someone because they belonged to an honor society. Moreover, just think of all the things I could do with "the price of a few pizzas," not to mention having to complete those projects and attend those meetings. Still, it's a nice accolade, I guess. Talking about pizza is making me hungry.

Friday January 16, 2004
09:35 AM

Let's freeze his brain just in case

Stumbled across a website, which lists Larry Wall as a potential game piece for a dead pool game. Pretty sorry stuff. Are people that bored???
Sunday January 11, 2004
07:20 PM

Don't shoot!

Saturday January 10, 2004
03:57 PM

Too much Splinter Cell

Last night, I felt my dog was moving in the next room but I couldn't see him because the lights were off, so I instinctively flipped my head up and down. . . Now if only I could get my thermal goggles to work.
Saturday September 06, 2003
01:33 PM

Win32 stigma

I wonder what happens to those Perl hackers who write a lot of Win32 modules. I've submitted quite a few to CPAN and I worry about my job prospects, especially when I see job ads on that say "If you have Windows experience, we will not hold it against you." Ouch.