September 16th, 2004

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"Most any OS will also support either read(2) or some equivalent. Most support read(2) directly: Win32 does, though it also has its own set of functions, in the classic Microsoft fashion of not doing a thing well once when you can do it badly five times."
--Ben Morrow in comp.lang.perl.misc, "Re: Perl's read() vs. sysread()"
amused, silly, ha ha only serious

As if spam weren't horrible enough.

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Subject: Israel controlled all over USA /MEDIA/HOLLYWOOD and all, how to get acrory

Hi yuhct,

Israeli's Trying to Control USA in next 12 Years so guys beware now before its too late.

And to think I probably share genes with this...this...I don't even know a word for this entity.

    But Cochrane wasn't hopeful. On the viewscreen he saw the ominous gray hulks of zombies--the name the public had given to the Fourth World mercenaries the Optimum employed--lining civilians up against the wall. Some zombies stood with inhaler tubes from their self-medication kits pressed to one nostril, then the other. Cochrane had been told the drugs took away all fear, and all moral compunction.
    And I wanted to take this species to the stars, he thought with repugnance.
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Somewhat frightening.

Okay, some background: Simon Cozens is, in quite a few ways, the guy who initiated me into hackerdom. He accepted my first patches and was at least involved in the decision to make me Configure pumpking and a Parrot committer. At one point, I was considering asking him to be one of my Oxford referees, as he went to Oxford (for Japanese, not computer science) and I thought his reference might be valuable.

Looking wider, Simon is an extremely competent hacker, with something like a hundred published Perl modules and two and a half books. (I own a copy of the book he co-wrote, Extending and Embedding Perl, and I believe Liz or one of her friends has a book of his called Beginning Perl.) He was the first release manager for Parrot (release manager is a position with a very high burn-out rate, although Leo Tötsch is holding up pretty well), and did a great deal of the initial work on it; eventually, he quit working on Parrot and became a sort of devil's advocate for the Perl 6 plan, taking positions that basically nobody else had the balls to take, if only to get Larry to think about people who held them. He's also editor of

And he's giving up most, possibly all, of that to become a missionary. I assume you can see where the "whoa" comes from.