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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Wednesday June 26, 2002
01:11 PM

YAPC day 1: Larry's keynote

[ #5965 ]

Some of these entries get kind of stream-of-consciousness.

I just realized I numbered YAPC days like A.D./B.C. No zero. Maybe this should be zero. Oh well. I guess we'll keep it all in the name of "backward" compatibility.

I managed to sit down right in front of Jesse, who's doing the RT talk. Looking forward to that in a little while, but for now I'm watching Larry Wall set up for his presentation.

Everyone's sitting here in the same room, talking on IRC.

Everyone's also using Apples. At least, a whole lot of people are. Jesse says he bought his to run UNIX on. I wonder how many other people here are recent converts, and how few Apples there were last year.

I just heard a baby crying in the back. I looked back, and thought I caught sight of pudge. See you in a few minutes with those Tick comic books, pudge.

Larry's talk began with a picture of Bilbo Baggins giving his birthday speech, and a comment that it wasn't always easy being Larry. This made me worry he was going to put his hand in his pocket, say goodbye, and disappear.

Then he went on to give a mild indictment of hero worship. You know, people who do what I did last night. Strangely, I didn't feel quite as sheepish as I should have. There was probably a lot of that yesterday and today.

Then we lost the projector and Larry stood around looking sheepish. Now we're sitting in a dark room with keys clicking on a hundred glowing laptops.

Larry's talk highlighted J.R.R. Tolkien as a hero. Among other things, he credited the Lord of the Rings with changing his college career, which eventually led to Perl.

Applicability: freedom of the reader

Allegory: dominance of the author

Hobbits are newbies when it comes to adventures.

Hacker puns were in full form. In fact, it'd be hard to classify Larry's talk as allegory, application, or just one big pun. Is there a difference between allegory and pun, I wonder?

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