Enter A Stupid Idea.
Now, I'm sure no one reading this will be surprised to find that I don't have a lot of friends at this point in time. I have serious trouble socially interacting due to A: Unemployment (no money to socialize with) and B: I dislike pointless socializing.
The problem with this is, where some people have a small cabal of friends they generally hang out with, I do not. And where I did, I can't see them regularly anymore. (My best friend having gone to jail and my other friends having mostly vanished.)
What's that got to do with perl?
Glad you asked! In a fit of utter derangement, I'm writing a script to help me remember to keep up correspondences, call people, etc. That way my crapped-out memory won't prevent me from at least attempting to engage in social behavior.
Kind of like an appointment book that writes itself for you.
(Really, it's not so pathetic as to be laughable! Please don't call the police!)
Okay, it's really just an excuse to get used to dbmopen() and dbmclose(). But if it works like planned, it was a brilliant idea the whole time.
Also, ideally I'd like it to be able to suggest activities for me to suggest to said other people. I know, I'm getting ahead of myself here -- if I keep coming up with ideas for things it could do I'll never write the thing to begin with -- but this is in an ideal situation.
I have a little (very little!) code written. I'll keep tabs in here on what comes up, what's not working, and what went where.
Oh, and I'm going to try using the module I read about in the Perl Advent Calendar. Since I really don't have the faintest clue what I'm doing, it should be interesting to see if it works.