Horror Movie Month 2022

November 5, 2022  🎃 🍿

Another year, another thirty-one days of horror movies. Actually, we missed quite a few days as far as watching things all together. I worked a fair number of late nights, and I left town for a few days to see family in New England. We started a few days early, in fact, knowing that this would happen. So, plenty of things were watched, and here’s how it went…

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perl v5.36.0 has been released

May 28, 2022  🐫

Yesterday, I released perl v5.36.0. I think this is the most exciting release of perl in quite some time, and I’m hoping that in a few months, I’ll still be as pleased with it as I am today. Here’s a summary of what we got done, what we didn’t get done, and (to some extent) how it got done.

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I moved my blog to GitHub pages

March 5, 2022  📕

In 2004 or so I wrote Rubric, which was initially intended to be a bookmark manager, and then I added notes to it, and then it very quickly became the software powering my blog. It’s pretty crufty under the hood, being built in CGI::Application, which was a nice web framework in 2004, but never really modernized in the ways I would’ve liked.

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I closed a lot of browser tabs

August 8, 2021  🧑🏽‍💻

I am widely admired at work for my ability to have many, many browser tabs open. (That, at least, is what I take from the frequent shouts of “holy cow, man, look at your browser!”) Nonetheless, I have long thought that it would be worth getting my total tab count down. I have tabs open for a bunch of reasons.

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what CPAN code did I install when?

July 3, 2021  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

When I upgrade my perl, which I do pretty often, the first thing I do is install Task::BeLike::RJBS (by running cpanm rjbs). This installs most of the stuff I’m going to need to do my normal work. Over time, I tend to find that it needs an update, because over the course of the last year or so I started using some new libraries that didn’t get into the bundle. (This will happen less now that I’m using the monthly blead snapshots day to day again, but it’s a real thing.)

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adding the perl-support section to my CPAN modules

July 2, 2021  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

I have quite a few Perl software libraries available on the CPAN. I’ve written these at different points over the last twenty years, but almost all of them, until pretty recently, were written to support perl v5.8, which was released about 18 years ago. Perl v5.10 took almost four years to come out after v5.8. It had some teething problems, and then v5.12 took another three years.

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my git branch manager

June 13, 2021  🔀 🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Like a lot of people, I have not been great at cleaning up my old git branches over time. Sometimes they get merged but I don’t delete them. (The “delete branch after merge” option in GitLab and GitHub help, but they’re not 100%). Sometimes I forget I even had a branch, because I never filed a pull request. Also, with all those already-merged branches lying around, it’s easy to overlook the not-even-requested branches, especially if I haven’t touched them in a while.

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