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Java is the machine that goes "Ping!"
I'm not exactly sure what you mean by 'the machine that goes Ping', and I'm not exactly sure what the point of this Meditation is. Some languages are good for glue. Some languages are good for making bosses happy. Personally, I'd be happy the language that makes your boss happy is Java. I'm sure most folks here can imagine a worse language to be forced into using. :)
Also, I'm not so sure having some stuff written in Perl, and some stuff written in Java is such a problem. It might be an annoyance, but some would argue diversity is a very good thing. If you mean it's a problem that Java gets All The Credit, and Perl remains in the background... perhaps you're right. But at least you're free to use Perl in the background, where I think it feels most comfortable anyway.