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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Lingering image problems with the Perl and Graphics tech review (!). I'm out of O'Reilly letterhead so I'll have to find someone else in Cambridge to sign and send out the contracts. Sean was expecting printed copy instead of PDFs. I feel like I lost two hours to kids and another three to catching up to email from Friday. One of the blogging authors had Word die and didn't get his text to me. Oh, and it's 2:21 AM and I'm only up to Chapter 5.

    On the upside, I'm learning a lot more detail about O'Reill

    • Here's my personal "horror" story about copy-editing becoming second nature:

      I once was responsible for writing headlines for a weekly newspaper. Monday night I would take the train home with a stack of stories; Tuesday morning I was expected to have headlines for them all. Our heds were either 51 characters by one line (deck), or 2 x 28.

      Here's the scary thing: After a month, I started to think in 51 and 2x28 character phrases. It was a sobering lesson about the power of the human mind to acclimate to thinking in the strangest ways.