In bold move to join the twenty first century, I have shaven off my goatee. Now everyone can enjoy my double chins. Huzzah!
[UPDATE: Perhaps I should have had a gander at this first.]
In Perl news, I have taken my first forray into Inline::CPP. I'm working on calling IBM's ViaVoice TTS libs from Perl. It compiles, but doesn't seem to be running correctly. I patterned this after working C++ code, so I'm uncertain what's going on here. I struggled with trying to create an XS module with this library, but I couldn't even get the example 'color' class to work. Sigh. I'll figure it out, but I think the Inline module is a VASTY improvement over directly twiddling XS.