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Elian (119)

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Perl 6/Parrot internals ex-design team lead.

Journal of Elian (119)

Tuesday October 29, 2002
01:48 PM

The last Parrot speaking tour for a while...

Well, tomorrow's the start of yet another, and hopefully last for a while, Parrot speaking tour. I'm talking to the Seattle Perlmongers on Halloween, Microsoft on friday, RubyConf 2002 on Saturday, and OOPSLA on Monday.

Friday October 18, 2002
10:06 AM

CV's done

Well, my CV's done and available. Thanks to Ask and TorgoX for corrections and suggestions. Now for the resume, and shopping around... (Needless to say, if someone's got Bizarre Perl Things they need done, get in touch with me. I do that)

Thursday October 17, 2002
11:40 AM

Job hunting

Well, I'm out of cash, so it's time to start looking for work. I hate job hunting, (though at this point I keep Ernie Cline's "Curriculum Vitae" track in mind when I do it) as I'm not really good at it.

My CV getting worked on--it's up at if anyone cares to go look. (It's currently in beta, the released form and a resume will be there when I'm finished...)

Thursday October 10, 2002
02:10 AM

Nat is mad

Posting a story to slashdot, with links to a huge video file. I hope he warned the notwork folks first...

Wednesday October 09, 2002
03:01 PM

XS for fun

Yeah, OK, it's a reasoanbly twisted definition of fun, but, well, there you go.

Because it seems a perrennial need, and because someone actually asked me for it, I put together a Devel module, Devel::Size. Reports the actual memory usage of a variable. Involved a bit of grubbing about in the internals, aided a bit by Simon's Extending and Embedding Perl book. (Yes, I can figure out the nastier grubby undocumented bits, but Tim and Simon already have :)

So, the next time someone asks "How much memory is this using?" you can actually get them a real answer.

Monday October 07, 2002
04:22 PM

Welcome the new pumpking

This'll hit the front page at some point, I expect, but Parrot has a new pumpking. Jeff Goff's stepped down, and Steve Fink's stepped up. Yay for Steve, and lots of thanks to Jeff for what he's done.

Friday September 27, 2002
02:08 PM


We made up a few parrot t-shirts via Cafe Press and got them signed for the YAPC::EU auction. They're neat enough that we've just thrown open the store to anyone that wants one, though they won't be signed like the auction shirts were. Here is where they're at, if you want.

Proceeds, such as they are, go directly to The Perl Foundation. The logo is courtesy of Andy Wardley. (And yes, we'll probably have rainbow parrot mousepads or mugs or something soonish :)

Monday September 23, 2002
02:23 PM

Back from YAPC

Well, I'm back from YAPC::EU and the perl workshop at ETH. Suppose I ought to throw something up here.

YAPC was great, and it was really cool to meet a bunch of folks I wouldn't otherwise run into, given the costs and hassle to get from the EU to either YAPC::NA or OSCON. (I do not envy anyone stuck on a plane from the EU to the US west coast) A good time was had, and I learned a valuable lesson about pub crawling with people.

The week before we spent in Zurich, with two days of public workshop/conference/whatever, and three days around it locked in a room hammering out perl 6 stuff. Those three days were probably the most intense time I've ever had--the process was incredible, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have survived a fourth day. Still, I think the semantics of method calls, sub calls, prototypes, and variable typing is nailed down. The syntax is a little up in the air, but I don't do syntax, so that's fine. :)

The scariest thing is that I'm almost looking forward to doing it again...

Monday August 19, 2002
03:28 AM

YAPC::EU's a go for me

Got the airline tickets booked, got the hotel booked, got some clue as to what I'm talking about... I'm good to go!

Saturday August 03, 2002
02:47 AM

I'm a civilian again!

One side effect of the grant ending and me looking for work is that I'm now officially a TPF civilian. (Woohoo!) So, for all your YAS or TPF needs, skate over to the new and revamped Perl Foundation website for contact info. (Or send mail to that famous New Zealand film maker, Nathan Torkingtino. Just remember, they don't call him "Big Mac" in France)