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I'm Andy Lester, and I like to test stuff. I also write for the Perl Journal, and do tech edits on books. Sometimes I write code, too.

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Friday April 25, 2003
11:30 AM

geekery by osmosis

[ #11847 ]
Last weekend, Amy's cousin brought her boyfriend to Easter dinner. Turns out that he's a Perl guy who's done stuff on various sourceforge projects. We chatted about geekery and that was it.

So last night, we were at Amy's mom's house, and the conversation went something like this:

Glo, Amy's mom: What were you talking to Brian about? Computer something?
Me: Yeah, he's a Perl programmer, too
Glo: A what?
Amy: Perl, it's a programming language he uses. I don't understand either.
Me: Come on, you know some stuff! Who wrote Perl?
Amy: Randal?
Me: No.
Amy: Damian?
Me: No. Ok, maybe it hasn't rubbed off yet... But at least you knew the names!

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  • I've written "Perl", but I've not written "perl" {grin}.
    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge
  • I've noticed the same thing with Laura -- she has a rough concept of who Damian, Larry, Randal, gnat, and tchrist are. (Partly because I'm so hard to shut up, I suspect. :) )

    Reabena knows who some of them are too, but she's actually a geek, so I'm not sure that it counts...


    You are what you think.
  • Me: No. Ok, maybe it hasn't rubbed off yet... But at least you knew the names!

    Ah, she knows the truly important part, then.

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • If her boyfriend's a geek, then she's probably a geek by injection...