This is the fifth of hopefully many weekly summaries of the London Perl Mongers mailing list. For the week starting 2001-02-19: Don't forget the London.pm website for meetings etc. London.pm proudly presents my birthday, on 2001-02-26, in the Brockway Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL from 7pm. You may all get me very large presents. Oh, and Perl God Damian Conway will be doing his wonderful Quantum::Superpositions lecture there as well. You can meet him on Sunday in the Penderels Oak from 6.30ish too. http://www.mail-archive.com/london-pm%40lists.dircon.co.uk/msg02263.html http://www.mail-archive.com/london-pm%40lists.dircon.co.uk/msg02431.html http://yetanother.org/damian/events/Quantum.html http://london.pm.org/ Yes, I know, the IRC nick idea was silly and confusing. Sorry. Aaron Trevena brought up the well-used idea of providing professional Perl script archives. The problem is that there are lots of Perl programs available on the web that are terribly badly coded and full of security holes (mostly Matt Wright's). A couple of projects have tried to do this before (Jeff Pinyan's Crusade to Reconstruct Awful Programs and Stamp Out Awful Perl) but have always faltered: we just don't use scripts like these. Bad code survives. http://www.mail-archive.com/london-pm%40lists.dircon.co.uk/msg02278.html http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:soap.perl.org/+stamp+out+awful+perl&hl=en Greg McCarroll thought up a handy Perl module for magically creating packages. We're in shock that he would be so on-topic: http://www.mail-archive.com/london-pm%40lists.dircon.co.uk/msg02291.html Michael Stevens complained that while London.pm have been thinking about printing some tshirts, nothing actually got done. Many new tshirt slogan ideas came up, the best are: "Hash Bang Perl", "Pony::Pony", "-w", sparkly celeb style "Randal" and all of Mark Fowler's ideas (who always seems to summarise threads up well): http://www.mail-archive.com/london-pm%40lists.dircon.co.uk/msg02338.html Dave Cross spammed the list with some interesting stats on the distribution of his book, "Data Munging with Perl": http://www.mail-archive.com/london-pm%40lists.dircon.co.uk/msg02337.html http://www.mail-archive.com/london-pm%40lists.dircon.co.uk/msg02341.html A bit unusually, Richard Clamp announced that he was trying to give away a car. It may be turned into a Robot Wars entry, "Ponybot": http://www.mail-archive.com/london-pm%40lists.dircon.co.uk/msg02358.html http://www.savagetoaster.com/ Amias Channer, continuing the Bath -> London exodus was welcomed to london-list. People almost had the beginnings of a FAQ, which would be really useful indeed. Best so far: "Why? Because Dave told us to": http://www.mail-archive.com/london-pm%40lists.dircon.co.uk/msg02436.html And finally, a really terrible meme eventually made it onto london-list after having made it to the rest of the world and every other mailing list: "ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US": http://www.mail-archive.com/london-pm%40lists.dircon.co.uk/msg02319.html Leon -- Leon Brocard.............................http://www.astray.com/ yapc::Europe............................http://yapc.org/Europe/ ... Oh goody! Another Muranium Explosive Space Modulator!