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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I didn't think football was much fun, but was told, It's fun if you win. I wonder how much that's due to having a metric. Would it be as much fun if no one was keeping score?

    Is that equivalent to the question, Can there be winners if there is no score?

    The same issue comes up in Kwalitee points for modules, perhaps.

    What about the caucus race, where everyone is a winner and everyone must have prizes?
    • This is getting off topic, but perhaps it is not off-topic if the definition of a game is something that is fun. That is, if writing CPAN modules is a game.

      I think the competition motivator can increase the fun of a game, but there must be some fun in the activity independent of that competition factor for the game to succeed.

      Hitting balls with a stick is fun because it feels good to connect with the stick and see the ball fly a long way away. It also feels good to catch a ball thrown at you.

      Kicking balls g
      • > This is getting off topic

        I understood what you meant. And I can confirm that physical team sports is indeed fun when you win.

        > That is, if writing CPAN modules is a game.

        I call it "CPAN: The Gathering"

        • Does that mean the modules will all fight it out and eventually there will be only one?

          I think that premise is going in the wrong direction. :-)
          • > Does that mean the modules will all fight it out and eventually there will be only one?

            You must be thinking of "CPAN: The Highlander" :)
  • Just how much is a metre of beer in normal measurements: volume/weight of fluid? In other words: it may be a metre high, but what size is it in horizontal directions?

    If it is just loose bottles or cans, stacked a metre high, then that's not much... ;-)
    • It's my beer equivalent of "linear feet of books", it will vary a little depending on WHICH books and how big they are.

      As for a vertical metre of beer, it is a pile of creates/cartons/slabs of beer, of your choice, to a total height of a metre. The exact amount will vary depending on the specific beer (more expensive beers generally come in taller bottles) :)

      In practice, it looks roughly like this

      http://flickr.com/photos/stennie/1112644900/ [flickr.com]

      That's the reward (courtesy of Chris Williams' efforts) for the Sydn