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Only started with Perl4 and Perl5 in 1995. I was doing AWK etc for 12 years before that, and resisted switching. I've been doing OO since before C++ hit bigtime, with Objective-C and SmallTalk, so I really like the (no longer new) Perl5 OO style; and the Lispish Map style is also an old friend. What do I hack with Perl? All data that passes my way; systems monitoring scripts at $DayJob, weather data at night, and I cheat on NPR word puzzles. Member: [] [] /. LinkedIn []

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Tuesday December 21, 2004
05:21 PM

Seasonal definition of adulthood

[ #22406 ]
John Kay, noted British economist, says in his current a column about Belief, Santa Claus, Saddam Hussein, Polar Express, deficits, internet business plans, Peter Pan, and global warming,

Economists define adulthood as the moment at which your expenditure on Christmas presents first exceeds the value of the gifts you can expect to receive.

Alternatively, Steinbeck in his one light comedy defined adulthood as when the feet accepted their rightful place as being below the head. (Anyone with teenagers will understand that one.)

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