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statico (5018)

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Friday August 06, 2004
12:10 AM

guiness, google, a new cpan, nfs?

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Mad propzors to the MBTA. They allow any mostly-sloshed individual to navigate Boston with the utmost ease as well as provide slow service for said drunken individual to think of things, which I'll now describe in a sea of groggy bloggish blather.

Let's start at the beginning. I had two hashrefs of people contact me and each of which was planning to be in Boston for one night, Thursday -- 53 minutes ago. David escorted me to Davis Square (no pun) where I burbled about a few ideas: A simple blowfish encryption to IO::All, traversing tarballs/tar/gzip archives via IO::All as if they were directories, a drop-in replacement for IO::All locking that used some homegrown solution as opposed to flock/fctrl, and the following example:


NFS, kinda? How would it work? WebDAV? Samba? Proprietary? IP over gerbil?

I met up with Mark, Nico, Jon, Marc and a freshly-introduced Carla. Memorable quotes, though not verbatim:

Me, to Mark: "How's the ol' search engine going? Still finding things?"
(Mark works at the Google.)

Nico: "Yeah, the Vim mug really helped me out. I learned a few things."
Me: "Sadly enough, our Vim mouse pad is pretty much deteriorated."
Mark: "I actually have Vim bed sheets. Y'know, learning through osmosis."

Guess you had to be there.

Anyway, so far, so sober. After some ice cream, I met up with @{$friendstack[1]} near the Broadway T stop. Steve, some of Steve's brothers and friends, and Postie Pete -- all folks I've known via high school. I don't get to talk to Steve much as he's a hard-working, smart individual that goes to the University of San Francisco. Anyway, some uncountable amount of hot dogs and burgers and beers later, plus a visit to the local bar, I'm rolling around on the T and catching the last train to Symphony.

Back to the Perl stuff. In my inebriated ride from Andrews to Park Street to Symphony, I thought more about the topic for my middle year paper. (All Northeastern University students are required to take a writing course about midway through their college career where they spend a whole semester writing a single paper.) My paper topic is this: a language-independant shared code repository. I also want to solve the problem of "Module not found in @INC" by being able to "use lib 'http://....'". I also want to make Don't get me wrong -- the current systems in place (CPAN,, CPAN ratings, RT, CPAN testers, etc.) work fantastically. I simply want to analyze what there is, what other languages are doing, and present a thought-provoking uber-repository for the Perl community. Writing about it and raising my shitty-ass G.P.A. would help, too.

Apparently Brian and Autrijus have already done work in this area with and PAR, respectively. I'll be bugging them soon enough.

I'm tired and hosed. If there are spelling, grammar or hyperlink errors, send them to

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