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The vapid tale of a boring layabout. I mean I don't even drink. I like women, books and Perl (hmmm, yeah, that's about the right order).

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Thursday February 12, 2004
11:29 PM

merlyn's yatch

[ #17390 ]

I mean he must have one right? He is an author with a hot book, so it follows he makes lots of money, right? So I am helping him fuel his yatch.

That is, I just bought a copy of Learning Perl(3rd ed.) . I am on chapter 6 now and enjoying the experience so far. What I am reading is helping to solidify things I picked up elsewhere and didn't quite understand.

As little as I remember of the 2nd edition, this version seems clearer. Granted I have been studying since then and granted my memory is a bit hazy, this version seems better laid out and talks about things I need to know.

Anyway, if, like me, you are floundering in Perl waters, this ia good...uh, yatch.

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  • What's a yatch anyway? It's a well known fact that Merlyn has a yack. Some people go as far as to say that the yack is the cause of Merlyn's celibacy, but I don't think that's the reason.
    • Gah! That should be yacht. I have no knowledge of yaks, but obviously know dyslexia.

    • It's actually a phonetic reference to the Monty Python sketch about a man named Raymond Luxury Yacht, whose name is mispronounced as 'yacht and then 'yatch', at which point he angrily corrects the interviewer as follows:
      It's pronounced 'throat warbler mangrove'!

      You are what you think.
  • He is an author with a hot book, so it follows he makes lots of money, right?

    As a rough calculation, figure the author earns $25 or $30 per page. (That's likely a little low, as far as median figures go, but it has a nice averagey feel otherwise.) A good author can produce four finished, well-edited pages per day. Figure in the time spent proofreading after delivering the final manuscript as well as the time between advance payments and royalty payments too.

    It takes a supremely popular technical bo

  • Even having helped with ten wildly popular books [] (counting major editions), I'm pretty sure my total royalties divided into my total time spent puts me at around minimum wage for every book. And I'm lucky: most people never even see money after their initial advance (which never exceeds $5K for O'Reilly books).

    Also consider that the typical royalty contract puts 10% of the wholesale cost of the book into the collective author's hands, and a lot of books are co-written. Yes, I make about a dollar, pre-ta

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