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by vladb (Vicar)
on Dec 18, 2001 at 00:05 UTC ( #132645=user: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

# short biography my %lifeline = ( 'born' => 1979, 'died' => undef, 'first_time' => { 'BASIC' => 1991, 'PASCAL' => 1992, 'C' => 1994, 'Java' => 1998, 'Perl' => 1999, 'post' => { date => "Dec 17, 2001 @ 10 p.m.", node => 132731 }, # list of XP 'ranks' and dates # I received them. # Too slow... 9 days since joining! # (actually, around 8 days ;) 'monk' => "Dec 26, 2001", # 1000 XP on 100th post! (yeah, i slacked # off for a while there) 'abbot' => "Mar 07, 2002", # 1600 xp on 131th post ;/ . 'bishop' => "May 2, 2002", # 2300 xp on 177th post 'pontiff' => "May 23, 2002", # 3000 XP on 214th post # (hey, that wasn't too long a wait was it?) 'saint' => "June 06, 2002", } );
For latest XP Changes graph click here!

While more of my biography is to come later, let me indulge in some loosely related subjects.

Besides my obvious obsession with Perl, I am also a fan of RPG style games such as Ultima Online etc. Recently, however, I haven'd had enough time to play any specifically.. just hacked at a few RPG game s‎crip‎ts. Presently, I'm working full-time as Programmer Analyst at Telus Telecom, and running a web consulting firm part-time.

As monk tradition has it, I here include some of my favourite nodes (mostly written by others):

The Oracle Speaketh:

lest thy soul lust for a life abundant with sin and abomination by setting thy feet astray from the true path of pure 'strictness'.


  • The Big Ball of MUD -- a discussion of systems typical especially in the Web s‎crip‎ting business ;/.

Amusing/silly Chatterbox utterances

  • <crazyinsomniac> vladb: why do all geeks look alike? (they don't exactly look similar, but that expression, it's universal ;D)


  • My personal homepage
    - This one contains all my current Perl projects (*hint* *hint* some of you might even want to check them out! ;-)
  • Last 30 chatterbox utterances here.
  • - neat place to shop around for the cheapest hardware and such.

My CPAN Modules/S‎crip‎ts

What? Why? What kind?
cvs_init CVS Initialization utility utility s‎crip‎t
DBIx::DataLookup Database lookup table. Good for storing database data in program memory at run-time for quicker (look-up) access. module

CPAN Modules I'm involved with


note: node suggestions are welcome!

Monk's Home Nodes

if you wish to be added to the list, you've got to do the following:
  1. Be known to me.
  2. Be (one of) friendly, forthcoming, intelligent, etc.
  3. Maintain an interesting home node.
  4. Message me (especially if I've missed you from the list) ;-)

Monk 'Affiliate' Program

if you wish to be added to the list, you've got to do the following:
  1. Place a link to my node somewhere within your node.
  2. Message me ;-)

Amusement Corner

  • Just heard this on the perlmonks IRC:
    <user> Why can't I open Netscape? <Macphisto> What? <user> Why can't I open Netscape? <user> I click on the icon, and it won't open... <Macphisto> .oO( I never installed netscape on that machine ) <Macphisto> Did you install Netscape on that machine? <user> No. <Macphisto> ...
    Now don't tell me this didn't make you laugh! BaaaHAHAHA :)

Odd/Funny/Wacky/Gore Acronyms:

acronyms marked with * are of my own invention ;)
  • * YEAH - YEt Another Hack (use to denote a 'hack' portion of your code).
  • * BUG - Bust yoUr Guts
  • * GUMS - Groups and User Management Ssystem. (implemented one at my work using Perl/Coldfusion/Oracle).

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[ambrus]: Corion: those are good rules.
[ambrus]: Discipulus: oh sure. the input data has different filenames every time I get them.
[ambrus]: the directory structure may be 1, 2, or 3 deep, it may have spaces in the filename or not, it has dates in various format, different keywords for the same meanings, and the dates and other keywords are assembled in various ways.
[Discipulus]: no ambrus by specification i mean for example license per core instead of per socket, so fields are different

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