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gizmo_mathboy (782)

  reversethis-{moc ... } {yobhtamomzig}

aerospace engineer by education, all-around walking cesspool of knowledge by nature, and professional grade slacker by choice. Sysadmin at a major midwestern university.
Friday July 04, 2008
10:21 PM

Hey, I'm going to OSCON this year!

$work is paying for me to go to OSCON this year.

I started the whole process a bit late so I missed out on the early bird discount. I even missed out on the room discount. I was able to find someone to split a room with and he's even a speaker at the conference.

I'm looking forward to attending. The last time I made it was when it was in Monterrey.

Good times.

Sunday June 29, 2008
11:48 PM

Perl heroes

I meant to have this as a reply to something a long time ago (I think it was when Alias released the latest strawberry).

It was mostly fanboi-ish stuff about my Perl heroes.

There is of course Larry at the top.

Foundational heroes are people like Randall, tchrist, Tim Bunce, Nick Ing-Simmons, Jarkko, Nate, Orwant...many many more.

Then there are my current heroes. Folks that by their example inspire me to want to do more and be a better programmer. They are folks like Ovid, chromatic, brian d foy, Allison and especially Alias.

Just reading what they have done in the last year or so is *insert a superlative*.

Alias's work on strawberry is pure inspiration to me. The Portable Perl stuff will be quite an encore.

So, many thanks to all of the people that continue to make Perl the thing I love to code in and glad to be tangentially in the community.

And I shouldn't forget hfb. She adds a lot of spice to the mix.

09:19 PM

shlomi fish, chromatic and my wish

chromatic's comment regarding something shlomi fish wrote started an interesting discussion.

While I don't like the idea of forcing an author to open source their books, I really do dig having digital copies available when they are offered.

I have almost every CD Bookshelf O'Reilly ever published. I even owned most of the books in them (well mostly the Perl and Web stuff). It is handy to have searchable text for a good chunk of my Perl library no matter where I roam, online or not.

That's all I would like to say. Digital copies of books rock.

Monday April 28, 2008
06:51 PM

this is a Perl blog

Just adding to schwern's google bomb efforts.

Tuesday January 01, 2008
12:05 AM


Well, another year.

I suppose I need to make some goals.

Tuesday December 18, 2007
11:40 AM

I have a foe!

I just happened to look through my fans, foes and freaks and noticed I have a foe.

You go drhyde.

I wonder if it a random foe-ing or intentional? If I truly cared I suppose I could ask or something.

I find it amusing that he's a friend of a friend, too. Not that unusual given Perl's community. I would bet the degree of separation in the Perl community is probably no more than 3 or 4.

11:31 AM

Happy Birthday, Perl

Twenty years of Perl and I've been using it for over half of it's existence.


I really can't wait to give 5.10 a go.

Hell, I might even get frisky and try out Strawberry Perl for the Windows side of my work.

Tuesday September 04, 2007
10:07 PM


With Sysamdin closing/folding up shop/etc.

I wonder what will become of The Perl Journal?

I love The Perl Review but liked TPJ as well.

09:52 PM


A buddy that does telecom work and likes Perl was reluctantly forced to go to c#/vb for some web services type of stuff.

If i recall his problem was mostly that Perl doesn't have enough good hooks into COM stuff and mabye even .NET.

He looked in all the right places and posted questions put just heard chirping crickets.

As much as I don't want to learn Python I do find it's ... pervasiveness interesting, with things like IronPython and Jython.

I guess my only real lament for him is the lack of hooks into Microsoft's latest money pit.

That being said, one has to use the best tool for the job instead of pulling out the swiss army chainsaw all the time.

Maybe I should wish for better COM/.NET fu and lots of tuits instead of lamenting.

Friday August 03, 2007
12:15 PM

Schneier Interviews TSA director

It was nice that the Director of Transportation Safety agreed to be interviewed but it was annoying to run into answers that were willful ignorance or politically slippery.

Part 5 of 5 (links to the previous parts at the top of the interview entry).