pudge's Journal http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/ pudge's use Perl Journal en-us use Perl; is Copyright 1998-2006, Chris Nandor. Stories, comments, journals, and other submissions posted on use Perl; are Copyright their respective owners. 2012-01-25T01:45:10+00:00 pudge pudge@perl.org Technology hourly 1 1970-01-01T00:00+00:00 pudge's Journal http://use.perl.org/images/topics/useperl.gif http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/ use Perl; Shutting Down Indefinitely http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/40525?from=rss <p>See <a href="http://use.perl.org/article.pl?sid=10/09/08/2053239">here</a>.</p> pudge 2010-09-08T22:07:47+00:00 useperl use Perl; http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/40493?from=rss <p>I am no longer working for Slashdot/Geeknet as of September 30. I am actively seeking new employment. Unless you want to hire me, you don't need to care, unless you also care about <a href="http://use.perl.org/">use Perl;</a>, because it has been generously hosted by Geeknet since I started the site over 10 years ago, shortly after I was hired by Andover.Net to work on Slashdot.</p><p>Long story short, I have not done much with the site in recent years, so my options at this point are to do nothing; migrate the site to a new server and keep it running as-is; or take the data and do something with it on a new site. Or something I haven't thought of.</p><p>I am hereby accepting proposals for what to do with use Perl;. In short, I would like to donate it to someone who will give it a good home. If you're interested, give me your best pitch.</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2010/08/use-perl.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2010-08-11T23:34:11+00:00 journal Matt Trout, aka mst, is insane http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/40492?from=rss <p>Wow. I occasionally, but not too often, go into #perl. Very busy with family and life. So I go in today, and for no reason, <a href="http://www.trout.me.uk/">mst</a> bans me and tells me to not come back.</p><p>What's up with him being such an irrational dick?</p> pudge 2010-08-11T16:41:54+00:00 journal Summary of Celtics vs. Lakers NBA Finals History http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/40370?from=rss <p>There have been 60 NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics have won 17, and the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers have won 15, which amounts to those teams winning more than half of all NBA Finals. This year, they play each other in the Finals again, making it 33 champions out of 61 being either the Lakers or the Celtics.</p><p>Additionally, 39 of the 61 Finals have included either the Lakers or the Celtics. Including this year, the Celtics and Lakers have played each other in the Finals a whopping 12 times (just under one-fifth of all Finals have been these two teams).</p><p>The Celtics have made 21 total Finals appearances, so have faced the Lakers more than half of the times they've been in the Finals. The Lakers have made 30 Finals appearances, facing the Celtics in two-fifths of those.</p><p>The Celtics won nine of those against the Lakers, which accounts for more than half of all their 17 championships. The Lakers' two victories over the Celtics came after the Celtics won their first eight encounters.</p><p>The longest streak without either team in the Finals was eight years from '92-'99. The longest streak <b>with</b> either the Lakers or Celtics in the Finals was 10 years, done twice (from '57-'66, in which the Celtics appears all 10 years, and the Lakers five of those; and '80-'89, in which the Lakers appeared eight times, the Celtics five).</p><p>The longest streak for one team appearing in the Finals was, as noted, Boston, in the 10 years from '57-'66. Boston won nine of those 10 years, including eight in a row (the longest winning streak from any one team) from '59-'66, and also won 10 in 12 years, from '57-'69.</p><p>The Lakers' longest appearance streak is "only" four, from '82-'85, winning twice; but they have also appeared three times in a row five additional times (including the current three-year streak). In two of those, they won all three years; in one, they lost all three.</p><p>The only other team to "threepeat" was the Bulls, winning three years in a row twice in eight years ('91-'98). No other team but the Celtics and Lakers have had four consecutive appearances. The only other team to have three consecutive appearances was the Knicks, losing all three from '51-'53.</p><p>The 2010 NBA Finals begin in Los Angeles on Thursday.</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2010/05/summary-of-celtics-vs-lakers-nba-finals-history.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2010-05-30T05:25:50+00:00 journal Unique http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/40329?from=rss <p>I wonder how long it will be before people start just putting together random letters for names of companies, bands, and so on, so they can be unique in Google searches.</p><blockquote><div><p>Your search - fobhwueufg8 - did not match any documents.</p></div></blockquote><p>^^ my new band name</p><p>(Hm, "Did Not Match Any Documents" would be a fun band name. Or the name of the debut album of the band fobhwueufg8.)</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2010/04/unique.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2010-04-26T17:45:28+00:00 journal My Slashroulette Videos http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/40290?from=rss <p>Today Slashdot did a spoof of Chatroulette, that we called Slashroulette. We prerecorded videos of ourselves and others. Here's five of the six I did (the sixth was me tuning the guitar, I didn't post that one on YouTube): <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHwz6sG37_Q">video 1</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQYgAxVo050">video 2</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlJBlObJnJY">video 3</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWxewYtRc48">video 4</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkVisbPXHVo">video 5</a>.</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2010/04/my-slashroulette-videos.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2010-04-02T05:15:16+00:00 journal My Netgear Router is Dumber Than It Thinks It Is http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/40163?from=rss <p>I upgraded the firmware on my Netgear router today and it wouldn't let me use the LAN IP I usually use for it, 10.0.1.1, because it thinks my ISP uses that subnet, because I set the router to read from my own internal DNS. Took me awhile to figure out <b>why</b> it thought what it did, because it didn't occur to me that it would care what DNS addresses I gave it.</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2010/02/my-netgear-router-is-dumber-than-it-thinks-it-is.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2010-02-07T02:09:27+00:00 journal Franchise Tag Whiners http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/40146?from=rss <p>There's a long line of players in the NFL who claim that it is a personal offense when their teams place the franchise tag on them.</p><p>These players are big fat babies.</p><p>The players agreed to the franchise tag for the owners, as a compromise. The players take advantage of everything available to them under the contract; why shouldn't the owners do the same?</p><p>Stop crying. Stop whining. Sure, you don't like it, but so what? Grow up. Those are the rules that you agreed to.</p> pudge 2010-01-30T18:52:27+00:00 journal Moving 32-bit Intel Perl to Mac OS X 10.6 http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/40097?from=rss <p>Dear Google,</p><p>When you move a 32-bit x86 perl installation to a 64-bit Mac OS X 10.6 environment, you should edit $ARCH/Config_heavy.pl and add "-arch i386" to lddlflags, ldflags, and ccflags. The compiler and tools in Mac OS X 10.6 assume 64 bits unless you explicitly tell it otherwise, but some 32-bit installs don't bother putting in an -arch flag, because at the time it wasn't necessary.</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2010/01/moving-32bit-intel-perl-to-mac-os-x-106.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2010-01-12T17:39:58+00:00 journal Apaches Hanging http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39763?from=rss <p>When I try to print high-bit data to STDERR from mod_perl 1.x and perl 5.10.0 -- sometimes, not always -- the process hangs and sucks up 100% CPU. I wonder if updating perl to 5.10.1 might help.</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2009/10/apaches-hanging.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2009-10-16T22:30:03+00:00 journal DirecTV, Versus, Center Ice Update http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39725?from=rss <p>We called up DirecTV to complain about a lack of Versus (which means I don't get all the Bruins games, even though I purchased Center Ice) and they refunded $50 to my account, and gave me the sports pack (including NESN) for six months for free.</p><p>I still want Versus though.</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2009/10/directv-versus-center-ice-update.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2009-10-06T22:54:09+00:00 journal Mac-Carbon-0.82 Released http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39719?from=rss <p>Mac-Carbon-0.82 has been released. Download it from <a href="http://www.cpan.org/authors/id/CNANDOR">the CPAN</a> or <a href="http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=7940">SF.net</a>.</p><p>(Note: it may take time for the release to propagate to the various download mirrors.)<br>Changes:</p><blockquote><div><p> <tt>* v0.82, 4 October 2009<br> &nbsp; <br>&nbsp; More Makefile.PL fixes.&nbsp; Try to catch 64-bit-only perls.&nbsp; Fix bug introduced<br>&nbsp; in 0.81 for older gcc 4's.</tt></p></div> </blockquote><p> <em>Posted using <a href="http://search.cpan.org/dist/release/">release</a> by brian d foy.</em></p> pudge 2009-10-06T04:50:41+00:00 journal Mac-Carbon 0.81 Released http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39680?from=rss <p>Mac-Carbon-0.81 has been released. Download it from <a href="http://www.cpan.org/authors/id/cnandor">the CPAN</a>.</p><p>(Note: it may take time for the release to propagate to the various download mirrors.)</p><p>Changes:</p><blockquote><div><p> <tt>* v0.81, 26 September 2009<br> &nbsp; <br>&nbsp; Fixes for building on 64-bit perls and Mac OS X 10.6.&nbsp; Build should now work<br>&nbsp; on any perl, whether self-built or system perl (unless your perl is 64-bit<br>&nbsp; only), and tests should run under 32-bit mode.<br> &nbsp; <br>&nbsp; Other miscellaneous test fixes.</tt></p></div> </blockquote> pudge 2009-09-27T05:25:09+00:00 journal Mac-Carbon Makefile.PL 64-bit Check http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39641?from=rss <p>I should add a check for 64-bit mode to the Mac-Carbon Makefile.PL. This will save a lot of hassle if I can give a nice error message, with a link to more information, up front.</p><p>I can't test this easily, though, since I don't yet have a 10.6 64-bit box (it's only on an original MacBook Pro, which is 32 bits). I will upgrade to Snow Leopard soon. I could try to make my own perl before then, but I don't know it would work the same way. So. If you want to help, now's your chance!</p><p>First thought is Config, but we all know Config can be flaky. For example, on my 32-bit box:</p><blockquote><div><p> <tt>$ perl -V:use64bitall<br>use64bitall='define';</tt></p></div> </blockquote><p>Doesn't really help. I don't know if <tt>$Config{intsize}</tt> would be <tt>8</tt> on a 64-bit perl. It's <tt>4</tt> on this 10.6 32-bit perl. I do know you should be able to call perl with <tt>VERSIONER_PERL_PREFER_32_BIT=yes</tt> to give you 32-bit perl, instead of the default 64-bit perl.</p><p>So anyway<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... if you can figure out a way to know, under 10.6 stock perl, if I am running under 32-bit perl or 64-bit perl, let me know.</p> pudge 2009-09-17T18:01:27+00:00 journal Mac-Carbon, and Related Things http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39640?from=rss <p>Please do test the aforementioned Mac-Carbon-0.80, and report it on <a href="http://rt.cpan.org/">RT</a> if there's a problem. Please note that <a href="http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39596">you MUST build under 32-bit mode</a>, which is especially important if you are using the standard perl that comes with Mac OS X 10.6.</p><p>I've also got new versions of Mac::AppleEvents::Simple, Mac::OSA::Simple, and Mac::Glue coming out soon. I want to get Mac-Carbon well-tested out there first, though.</p> pudge 2009-09-17T15:14:56+00:00 journal Mac-Carbon 0.80 Released http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39637?from=rss <p>Mac-Carbon-0.80 has been released. Download it from <a href="http://www.cpan.org/authors/id/cnandor">the CPAN</a>.</p><p>(Note: it may take time for the release to propagate to the various download mirrors.)</p><p>Changes:</p><blockquote><div><p> <tt>* v0.80, 16 September 2009<br> &nbsp; <br>&nbsp; Add notes for 64-bit perl<br> &nbsp; <br>&nbsp; Bump all the version numbers<br> &nbsp; <br>&nbsp; Fix a bunch of tests (nothing major, just make them work better)<br> &nbsp; <br>&nbsp; Fix sound-env-var checking code for tests (no more sound tests<br>&nbsp; unless you ask for them with MAC_CARBON_SOUND, which was in the<br>&nbsp; last version, but the logic was broken)<br> &nbsp; <br>&nbsp; Make CFStringRef typemap better<br> &nbsp; <br>&nbsp; Remove high-bit characters from source files<br> &nbsp; <br>&nbsp; Add new system version gestalt constants<br> &nbsp; <br>&nbsp; Fix leak in Mac::Processes and Mac::Speech</tt></p></div> </blockquote> pudge 2009-09-17T07:19:21+00:00 journal Mac-Carbon Modules and Mac OS X 10.6 http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39596?from=rss <p>The default perl for Mac OS X 10.6 runs in 64-bit mode by default. The problem for <a href="http://search.cpan.org/~cnandor/Mac-Carbon/">Mac-Carbon</a> is that significant portions of the Carbon API are unavailable to 64-bit programs on Mac OS X.</p><p>Perhaps a subset of the API could be made available to a 64-bit perl (for more information see Apple's "<a href="http://developer.apple.com/mac/library/documentation/Carbon/Conceptual/Carbon64BitGuide/Introduction/Introduction.html">64-Bit Guide for Carbon Developers</a>"), and might in the future, but it's simpler at this point to just run perl in 32-bit mode.</p><p>There's a few ways to do this. Most obviously, you could simply build a 32-bit perl. I always build my own perl, and I just compile it for 32 bits.</p><p>There's also two methods mentioned in L under Mac OS X 10.6: you can set an environment variable, or set a system preference. For the environment use:</p><blockquote><div><p> <tt>VERSIONER_PERL_PREFER_32_BIT=yes</tt></p></div> </blockquote><p>And for the system preference, execute this line in your terminal:</p><blockquote><div><p> <tt>defaults write com.apple.versioner.perl Prefer-32-Bit -bool yes</tt></p></div> </blockquote><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2009/09/maccarbon-modules-and-mac-os-x-106.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2009-09-08T05:54:34+00:00 journal Happy Labor Day http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39594?from=rss <p>I plowed through a bunch of bugs for Mac-Carbon today. And I found an unfixed endian bug in Mac::Glue.</p><p>And I did it without the help of a union!</p><p>I hope to get this work done before September 9th, after which my time will belong to The Beatles Rock Band for awhile. I might not release by then, but the bulk of the work should be there.</p><p>Thanks to everyone who filed reports, and their subsequent patience. I've gone through the process many open source developers before me have<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... as we get older and have more obligations, some of our public release work slows down. A lot. Thankfully most of the bugs are pretty superficial; unfortunately, being related to tests, they will prevented some people from getting the code installed.</p><p>I've promised myself I won't waste my time feeling guilty about it, but I apologize for the inconvenience.</p><p>(And no, Mac-Carbon won't work on 64-bit perl, but I will document the reasons why, and various workarounds.)</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2009/09/happy-labor-day.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2009-09-07T15:01:43+00:00 journal Pudge's Picks 2009 http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39512?from=rss <p>Please, if you wish, go to join Pudge's Picks for 2009, <a href="http://games.espn.go.com/pigskin/frontpage">hosted on ESPN.com.</a></p><p>After logging in (create a new login if you don't have one), create an entry (each user can have one to three entries).</p><p>Then for each entry, click Join a Group. Type in "Pudge's Picks" in the search field, then click on Pudge's Picks when it shows up in the list. You can also go directly <a href="http://games.espn.go.com/pigskin/en/group?groupID=8026">to the group page</a>, instead.</p><p>The password to join is "longhorn."</p><p>Invite others, if you wish.</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2009/08/pudges-picks-2009.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2009-08-23T01:42:32+00:00 journal iPhone Hacking http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39496?from=rss <p>I got me a used iPhone. In playing with it, I installed <a href="http://www.pcalc.com/itunes_store_link/pcalc_lite">PCalc Lite</a>, as I am a longtime fan of PCalc (and <a href="http://www.dragthing.com/">DragThing</a>, by the same author, James Thomson). I liked it and so I got the <a href="http://www.pcalc.com/itunes_store_link/pcalc">full PCalc</a>, which has a lot more features, including a bunch of different themes.</p><p>Getting into hacking the iPhone, I thought I'd try to make a theme. You can't do this, I suppose, for now, unless you jailbreak the iPhone, as the themes are stored in the app and that breaks Apple's code signature stuff. But the same themes work on PCalc for the Mac, too. So I gave it a shot. Without further ado, my <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pudge/3837421393/">Slashdot theme for PCalc</a>. You can also download the <a href="http://pudge.net/tmp/net.pudge.pcalc.theme.slashdot.zip">theme archive</a> itself. Not sure why you'd want to, unless you're me, though.</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pudge/3837421393/"> </a></p><p>I also have been playing a lot of <a href="http://www.quordy.com/">Quordy</a> and <a href="http://www.muddledgame.com/">Muddled</a>, two word games from <a href="http://quordy.com/lonelystar.html">Lonely Star Software.</a> A friend of mine from college wrote Muddled. And I wrote a <a href="http://pudge.net/tmp/quordy.txt">Perl program</a> that solves both games. Both use a dictionary (I grabbed 'words.sql', a DBLite file, from the Quordy bundle, after uncompressing the ZIP file with the<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.ipa extension). You just enter the letters you have available to you (in order from left to right, top to bottom for Quordy), pick the dictionary options and the game you're playing, and run it.</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2009/08/iphone-hacking.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2009-08-19T22:08:27+00:00 journal F***ing Steve Ballmer http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39162?from=rss <p>It's been one year since I was <a href="http://pudgenet.blip.tv/file/2271559/">F***ing Steve Ballmer</a>. (You can <a href="http://homepage.mac.com/pudge/fsb/">download the audio files too, including the GarageBand file</a>.)</p> pudge 2009-06-22T16:49:09+00:00 journal Apple Cats http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39104?from=rss <p>Am I the only one who has trouble remember which Apple OS is represented by which cat? I don't even always remember that 10.5 is Leopard. Apple says "Snow Leopard" is building on the "Leopard" brand, but to me there is no "Leopard" brand.</p> pudge 2009-06-09T16:41:31+00:00 journal Anybody Wanna a Peanut? http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/39064?from=rss <p>I am selling a brand new, unopened, <a href="http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/gaming/playstation_3/devices/4172&amp;cl=US,EN">Logitech Driving Force GT steering wheel</a> and a mostly new set of all five seasons of Babylon 5 on DVD.</p><p>As to the latter, it is "mostly new" because it was a replacement set because one of my discs -- the first disc in Season 5 -- was scratched. Amazon apparently didn't want the set back. It's been sitting in a corner of my closet since last year. It's in completely new condition except for that disc.</p><p>As to the former, I won it in the Logitech Challenge and I already have that wheel, so I figure I'll sell it.</p><p>If you're interested in either let me know.</p> pudge 2009-06-02T01:41:29+00:00 journal Pillow http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/38718?from=rss <p>My neck has been hurting recently when I wake up. I need a new pillow. I have no idea where to begin looking. Suggestions?</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2009/03/pillow.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2009-03-29T01:18:37+00:00 journal The Fool and His Money http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/38556?from=rss <p>It's been five and a half years since <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2006/04/useperl-29236.html">I preordered <em>The Fool and His Money</em> </a>, the sequel to <em>The Fool's Errand</em>, a now-22-year-old puzzle game for the Mac.</p><p>I've <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2006/11/useperl-31482.html">dared to believe</a> it would be released before, and it never was. However, this time there's an actual <a href="http://www.fools-errand.com/">teaser</a> available.</p><p>It's much like the original, but updated with new puzzles and graphics. I have to say it's probably not worth six years of development time, but it is pretty cool. It includes a <a href="http://www.fools-errand.com/05-the-fool-and-his-money/tarot-imperial.htm">card game like in the original</a>, but with new rules. Figuring out the rules is the puzzle, so I won't tell you them, even though I mapped them all out and their scores (or most of them<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... I have been unable to identify any Rhadamanthine cards but the one, and two cards appear to do absolutely nothing). (There's also other versions of the puzzle in the game, apparently.)</p><p>Here's hoping the game is actually released this year!</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2009/02/the-fool-and-his-money.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2009-02-26T22:20:35+00:00 journal Note to NHL on Versus http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/38453?from=rss <p>Giving a trivia question in the first period and saying you won't answer it until the postgame show, does not make me want to watch the postgame show. It makes me hate you.</p><p>On a somewhat related note, I would love to see Milan Lucic throw Claude Lemieux to the ice like Pedro on Zimmer. But Lemieux is probably smarter than Zimmer was on that fateful evening. Maybe Cam Neely could come down from the team's box and do the pummeling himself.</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2009/02/note-to-nhl-on-versus.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2009-02-11T01:12:37+00:00 journal Brett Favre and Chad Pennington Suck http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/38194?from=rss <p>Twice since the Patriots won their first Super Bowl, they have missed the playoffs.</p><p>Both times, it's because the Patriots were in a tie for the best record in the AFC East, but lost the tiebreaker when Brett Favre lost to Chad Pennington on the final day of the season, giving Pennington's team the division title instead.</p><p>On December 29, 2002, Favre's Packers made too many mistakes and wound up losing to Pennington's Jets. The Pats and Dolphins and Jets tied for first, but Pennington and the Jets won the tiebreakers, and won the AFC East title. The Patriots and Dolphins stayed home.</p><p>On December 28, 2008, Favre's Jets made too many mistakes and wound up losing to Pennington's Dolphins. The Pats and Dolphins tied for first, but Pennington and the Dolphins won the tiebreakers, and won the AFC East title. The Patriots stayed home.</p><p>So Patriots fans forever will hate Brett Favre. And it's not because he beat the Pats in Super Bowl XXXI in 1997. No, he won that one straight up, with a little help from Desmond Howard. It's because he let Chadley Pennington win twice, and in doing so kept us out of the playoffs twice.</p><p>In 2002, the 12-3 Packers had no business losing to the 8-7 Jets, but on the other hand, the 9-7 Patriots, with a battered defense that couldn't stop the run, didn't have much to complain about in not going to the playoffs.</p><p>In 2008, the Jets were rolling, but they just<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... stopped. They couldn't even beat the Niners or Seahawks. But playing for a potential playoff spot, I figured they would finally pull it together and win the last game. They didn't. And the Patriots became only the second 11-5 team in history to not make the playoffs.</p><p>I don't know what can, or should, be done about it. It's terrible to have an 11-5 team sit home for the playoffs. It's not good for the league. But I can think of no solution to the problem.</p><p>So I'll just hate Pennington and Favre instead.</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2008/12/brett-favre-and-chad-pennington-suck.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2009-01-01T07:12:32+00:00 journal Boston on a Roll http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/38129?from=rss <p>The currently playing three pro Boston teams (Celtics, Bruins, Patriots) are a combined 21-1 in December. Going back to November, 47-7 (each team with two losses in the month, counting an NHL "overtime loss" as a loss for purposes here).</p><p>The last three losses are the Bruins at Washington on December 10, Patriots vs. Pittsburgh on November 30, and Bruins at Buffalo on November 26.</p><p>The three losses before that happened to all three teams in three consecutive days: the Patriots lost to the Jets on a Thursday night at home on November 13; the next night the Celtics fell at home to Denver; and the next day the Bruins lost in overtime to the Rangers.</p><p>Since that horrible weekend, the Bruins have been 14-2, the Patriots 4-1, and the Celtics 18-0, for a combined 36-3.</p><p>It's a good time to be a Boston fan. Merry Christmas!</p><p>Bonus trivia: if the Patriots and Dolphins win next week, the Patriots will become only the second 11-5 team in NFL history to not make the playoffs.</p><p>Also, as good as 11-5 is, after a 16-0 season in 2007, who woulda guessed that the Red Sox (second best team in the AL), Celtics (best team in the NBA), and Bruins (second best team in the NHL) would all be better than the Patriots?</p><p>Cross-posted on <a href="http://pudge.net/glob/2008/12/boston-on-a-roll.html">&lt;pudge/*&gt;</a>.</p> pudge 2008-12-22T06:34:33+00:00 journal "Christmas Time is Here" by Vince Guaraldi http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/38031?from=rss <p>This time I peform <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VcwzSQO0JU">Vince Guaraldi's classic from "A Charlie Brown Christmas."</a> As a chipmunk.</p> pudge 2008-12-05T09:10:47+00:00 journal Pudge's Christmas Songs http://use.perl.org/~pudge/journal/37995?from=rss <p>I enjoy Christmas music from the Monday following Thanksgiving up to New Year's Eve. Last year I did <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk7LiUtn2Nw&amp;feature=PlayList&amp;p=0074699EDC25D451&amp;index=0&amp;playnext=1">twelve Christmas songs</a>. Here they are. I will be doing more this year. I especially recommend "Christmas at Ground Zero" (done as a chipmunk), "First Toymaker to the King," and "No More Toymakers to the King." </p> pudge 2008-12-01T17:15:39+00:00 journal