This comes from blogdex, so you might have seen it already. A handful of programming languages sit down by a pond to chitchat about their troubles and fates: it's the parable of the languages. Perl talks, how could it be otherways, about regexps.
On the other hand, somebody has done an study on the viability of programming languages, defining it as the ratio of freshmeat entries to sourceforge projects, and the winner is... you guessed it, Modula. Perl is second, ratio 1.75, that is, 1.75 projects started for each one finished and published in Freshmeat. But, waitaminute, those Modula crooks are cheating! They were advised about this study, and chose not to publish their projects in SourceForge (4 projects in fm for each one in sf)... ah, the rascals!