Archive for July, 2012

Anti-documentation in Perldoc

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Found a section that annoyed me in perlsyn today, in the documentation for the foreach loop: (more…)

What is Shinto?

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

I wrote about a visit to a Shinto shrine last week, and hadn’t touched the topic here before, and thought I’d change that.  Since I’m wordy, there’ll probably be several parts.  This one is to discuss what Shinto is, at least, what my understanding of Shinto is.  I feel like it’s a new topic for me, and one that I don’t know much about, but I’ve been reading about it steadily for months now, so I’m probably better informed than I give myself credit. (more…)

Teaching Perl…

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

I’ll be teaching a very informal class on Perl to  a couple of folks I know.  We’ve got two days scheduled, and I’ve suggested they get chromatic’s Modern Perl as a ‘textbook’.  I plan on covering what variables are, how program flow works, functions, and objects via Moose.  I’ll also discuss installing Perl on Windows and Linux.  What am I forgetting? (more…)

Road Trip Wrap Up

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

I got home last night from my long trip, safe and sound. The end of the trip had an extra hassle or two, but they are overcome and will only cost a little to fix…


Quick review: The Dark Knight Rises

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Saw The Dark Knight Rises with Mom and Dad. In short, very well done movie. I enjoyed the ending, which had a twist that caught me and then was satisfying. It left enough hooks for a sequel but doesn’t require one.  A satisfying Big Summer Action movie and conclusion to this Batman series. (more…)

A Visit To A Shinto Shrine

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Yesterday, my Mother and I drove to the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America.  It is a Shinto shrine – the only one in the continental United States – located in Granite Falls.  It’s a little over a half an hour from Mom and Dad’s house, up into the mountains.  It’s in a lush green spot, right on the Pilchuck river. (more…)

Road Trip 7 Addendum – Moonrise Kingdom

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Went out this evening with Mom and Dad and saw Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom”. It was a charming little film with all sorts of characters in odd situations. I enjoyed it very much, but I like Mr. Anderson’s movies.

The cast was full of excellent people, and the plot was sweet and odd at the same time.  A pair of misfit kids falls for one another and won’t be kept apart.  Love conquers all.

Road Trip 7 – Friday afternoon

Friday, July 13th, 2012

I’ve had to work this week, so haven’t done much interesting. Today’s been a bit odd as we’ve had flaky electricity and Internet due to a huge thunderstorm that’s moving past. Giant, rolling peals of thunder shaking the buildings. It’s made work a challenge.

More next week, when I’m on vacation again.

Road Trip 6 – Sunday at Westercon

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Got up early this morning to get everything packed up.  Did so, ate food, packed a lunch, loaded everything into the car, checked out of the room and then went to an 11am panel.  The panel, on converting text to e-books, was well attended and I took some notes.  Four panelists with entirely different toolsets and goals. (more…)

Road Trip 5 – Saturday at Westercon

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Got moving earlier in the day.  Went to a few panels, and picked up lunch from Hospitality.  Talked to a couple of random fen there, mostly about Westercons past.  Lots of people recall Westercon 44, in Vancouver. (more…)