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Friday July 26, 2002
11:09 AM

TPC6, Day 4

[ #6664 ]
And it continues...

Another day of managing the booth, although the traffic was lighter. I kept the activity level low during the day, because I knew I had a busy afternoon and evening coming up.

Tom Phoenix and I presented our "Teaching 'learning perl'" 45-minute talk, and it was well received by the 75-ish people attending. We finished precisely on-time, having started late because of audio problems. It was the first time I had used my 800 Mhz TiPB in a presentation, having gotten it only a few days sooner.

Tom and I rushed downstairs to the O'Reilly booksigning event. I think my name went on about 30 books and about 50 bookplates. Sometimes I wish I hadn't selected "{signature} Just Another Perl Hacker {current date}" as my signing format, but I am at least totally consistent.

And then I wandered off to Quinn's bar for our big Quake LAN party, co-sponsored by Stonehenge, Aaronson, and DynDNS. We were given a $5000 allocation of alcohol, which wasn't being spent fast enough with just beer, so we opened it up to everything up through the $18 single-malt scotches. At the end of the night, we actually ran a bit over. Hooray. About $1000 was raised for the Perl foundation, and Stonehenge gave away (by purchasing for a donation) about 250 PerlMonger and JAPH T-shirts. Robrt led an auction of some limited-edition autographed T-shirts and $titch dolls. Very cool. A good time was had by all.

I got some very terrible news when I returned to my hotel room, but I'll leave that for another Journal entry, if at all.

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