Data::Fake::CPAN (a PTS 2024 supplement)

May 12, 2024  🐪 🧑🏽‍💻

One of the things I wrote at the first PTS (back when it was called the Perl QA Hackathon) was Module::Faker. I wrote about it back then (way back in 2008), and again eleven years later. It’s a library that, given a description of a (pretend) CPAN distribution, produces that distribution as an actual file on disk with all the files the dist should have.

I read Fluent Python

February 18, 2024  🐍

Almost a year ago, I started reading Fluent Python. I finished it yesterday, and I have to say, it was great. With a few big breaks for various uninteresting reasons, I read a chapter or two each weekend. It’s one of the best technical books I’ve read in years, and I think it’s going to significantly improve my use of Python.

I read Meeting Design

February 18, 2024

For a few months now, I’ve been putting off reading any of the management and leadership related books in my queue. For whatever reason, my internal gears recently turned enough that I felt like picking one up. Probably it’s because I spent a week in Vienna. I should write about that, too. Anyway, I picked up one of the books on my list and read it, and that book was Meeting Design by Kevin M. Hoffman.

The Great Infocom Replay: Cutthroats

January 28, 2024  🎲

I guess feel a little sheepish that I’m not really going to play much Cutthroats. Maybe it’s some kind of shame at quitting early that made me stop the replay ages ago. This is silly, though. I don’t think the game is fun, and I don’t really want to force myself to sit through it.

a bookshelf snapshot

January 15, 2024

For some reason, in mid-2023, and I really have no idea why, I took photos of one of the bookshelves in my office. April 2023 feels like years ago, at this point. Anyway, they’ve been sitting in a folder on my desktop since then. I’ve got a recurring todo item that says “clean files out of your desktop and downloads folders”, and I gave these a pass last time it came up, but today it came up again and I decided I could either delete them or do something. So I’m doing something and posting a ridiculous little post about them.

saluting face

November 23, 2023

I am a big fan of emoji. I don’t have a position on their suitability for inclusion in Unicode on first principles or anything. I just think they’re fun, and using them is convenient and makes life a little more whimsical.