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Saturday April 29, 2006
08:26 PM

Taiwan--The Home of Bugs

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The first question I asked Audrey at was was the new name of pugs Bugs. She said that Larry's Bugs Manifesto was an April Fool's Joke.

What a disappointment!

Before going any further, here is some material on Taiwanese bugs. I tried looking round for an Internet Taiwan bugarium, but couldn't find one. Here's he National Taiwan University Department of Entomology's collection of Chinese paintings of bugs.

I find the Bugs Manifesto moving. I'm not too sure why. It's probably the delivery and the fact I can't understand what Larry is saying.

In actual fact, he's probably just taking off Josh McAdams' Southern accent in the perl podcasts And the text appears to be a pastiche of Audrey's manifesto at

But I prefer an alternative scenario.

Picture Larry, as a teenager, listening to the bugs one summer night after a tiring, but rewarding, afternoon playing the violin with the youth orchestra, and the night music reminding him of the music he had been playing a couple of hours before.

Stirred to listen to some more classical music, he turns on the radio and searches around for the local classical music station, but at the expected frequency, instead there is a country music station with a powerful transmitter, welling up from the South on the night air. The mood is spoiled and he thinks: 'Where'd those hillbillies come from? Get them out of here!'

More than 20 years later, in Japan, the fact bugs rhymes with pugs allows him to have some fun with that memory and the work of Josh McAdams and Audrey.

Audrey played the manifesto at her perl6 tutorial at Again, I was moved. But I'm glad I had first heard it before seeing Larry delivering it. (Apparently I don't have the right compression program.) The visuals of Larry delivering the manifesto overpower the message of the manifesto.

Here is this guy jumping up and down and twitching. I too recognized Scientology's lord master Xenu.

Hey! If Larry can make fun of the South, Josh McAdams, country music, perlcast, Audrey, Taiwan, pugs AND bugs, we can make fun of him too.

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