"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
YAPC!

This week I'm at YAPC, and it's been a long damn day, so I'm going to be brief.

Ricardo has a good post of Monday and Tuesday. Today was pretty interesting. After the initial State of the Perl by Allison Randall of the Perl Foundation, and some brief comments from Jim Brandt, we got spammed at by an Apple guy from Toronto who nominally explained how to effectively use Perl with OS X but really only managed to be funny and play with Interface Builder.

After that I headed over to Mark Fowler's "Building a CPAN Distribution" and a half hour or so of "CPAN Modules Every Perl Programmer Should Know" talks before skipping out after the lunch break to hang with Rik and billn (Bill's from my hometown) in another room where the wireless actually worked. (UB graciously set us up with wlan accounts for the duration of the talk. Pretty awesome of them. The power situation could be way better, though.)

I didn't pay much attention to the talks until Pierre busted out "Lessons Learned from Many Interviews With Perl Programmers". Pierre is goddamn hilarious. 'nuff said.

Jumped over to Damian talking about Perl 6 (as it stands this week), until 1740 or so when they finally forced him to stop talking and let us leave; Damian is fun to listen to, and lots of Perl 6 stuff seems way cool, and lots either confused the hell out of me, or scared the nuts off me. Mostly it was way cool.

We then (Rik, Steve, Phil, hachi, and about a dozen other people) headed over for a Stem bof by Uri. That could have gone better, I think, though I'm not sure how. Uri is a big guy.

We dropped out stuff back at the hotel, then headed up to the Anchor Bar, where buffalo wings were supposedly invented (while good, Rik says they were not awesome, as seems to be the case with most places that "invent" something). The waitresses were cute is all I really got out of the place.

Then! Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on IMAX, sponsored by O'Reilly. A few minutes before the movie started, Rik laughed and said, "A couple of muggles managed to buy tickets." Poor norms.

Overall I was happy with the movie, and disappointed with the heckling. We had the theatre to ourselves, and I expected way more out of fifty Perl hackers MST3King a movie. You can only take pedophile jokes so far.

Just got back to the hotel now, at 0115 or so. Totally ready to crash. Tomorrow is going to be a long day as well (though hopefully not as long), as I'm spending the entire day in Learning Perl Objects, etc, which is going to be pretty hardcore, but useful for me. Anything to make things I'm pretty sure I mostly understand more clear.

Obviously the alternatives are far beyond me. I think anything "Beyond Advanced Regexes" would cause my face to catch fire.

At any rate. The time for sleeping is now.

June 17, 2004 1:50 AM