finally, a simple e-mail module

July 14, 2007  📧 🐪 🧑🏽‍💻

Email::Simple is, I think, a pretty popular module. Quite a few other Perl software distributions require it or its subclass Email::MIME. I think its popularity is due in no small part to the very simple interface it provides. There’s no need to remember that sometimes you need the “bodyhandle” method and that sometimes you need “open.” There’s no need to keep track of encodings or parts or much of anything. It’s just a header and a body and that’s about it.

toward bearing arms / the girl for me

July 9, 2007

I stopped by the local gun (and coin and antique) store on Thursday and asked them to see if they could acquire a Yugo SKS for me. They said it might be a pain, as recent “scares” have created a rush, not to mention “the Democrats getting back in power.” This is funny both because it was said out loud and because it is probably true. Ha ha only depressing.

making the switch to git

July 9, 2007  🔀

A few months ago, Dieter and I played around a bit with git. He used it more than I did, but we both agreed that it was way cool. It came up again at YAPC, and I gave it another look. It’s come a long way in those few months! The need for a friendlier user-oriented command apart from git is basically gone, and the tools for interoperation with other VCS finally exist and seem to work well.

why would anyone use soulver?

July 2, 2007  💾 🤤

I acquired a license to Acqualia’s “Soulver” application from a MacZOT bundle a few months ago. The idea is that you can do math in “plain English.” As any programmer can predict, this is a total joke.

home from yapc!

June 29, 2007  🐪

Well, I got home last night after a day full of travel. We left the University of Houston around nine o’clock in the morning and I got in my front door around eleven thirty at night, almost ready to collapse into sleep.

i should trust my gun intuition

June 21, 2007

I just finished watching the first season of Jericho, this week. It has made me think that I should turn my cistern into a shelter and stock up on weapons. I thought, “maybe it’s time to get that Yugo SKS that I’ve been thinking about.”

more mysql things that make you go hmmm

June 21, 2007  🤤

I know that there’s a MySQL 5 out. I do. It’s just that upgrading a big system takes time, and there usually has to be some pressing reason. I’ve just found one more reason to upgrade sooner: as far as I can tell, MySQL 4 can’t have fields that are not null and have no default.

organizing documents, no help from adobe

June 15, 2007  🎲 🐪 🧑🏽‍💻 ⚔️

I’ve got a bunch of documents that I want to organize, and I didn’t want to use some database system, or rely on Spotlight (which I loathe) or anything annoying like that. I wanted a different set of annoyances. I wrote a little module (File::LinkTree::Builder) to build a tree of directories based on file metadata leading back to files in a storage area. So, given (say) my iTunes library, it could build a tree in which I could look up /Rock/80s/Island and find every rock track from Island Records in the 80’s. The module is very simple and it lets you define how to find metadata.

castle greyhawk: obtained

June 11, 2007  🎲 ⚔️

Well, I got my copy of Castle Greyhawk. It’s every bit as bad as I recalled and then some. I mean, there’s one level that features a B-52 bomber and offers a 5-10 thousand XP bonus to the first player who mentions that B-52 did not fly in WWII. I kept thinking that the art looked very Paranoia-esque, which made sense when I finally looked and saw that the art was done by Jim Halloway. How Paranoia-esque was it? There was a drawing of a pair of smoking boots where an adventurer once stood.