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by andreychek (Parson)
on Apr 30, 2001 at 06:37 UTC ( #76537=user: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

A close encounter of the penguin kind! I was visiting the Biodome in Montreal following YAPC 2001, and this penguin came over for a visit. He is pretty cool :-) (For those having trouble seeing him, what I am facing in that picture is a tank filled with water. The penguin is in the tank, floating just beneath the water line)

07/17/03: Cool News

My wife and I are about to buy our first house! You can see some pictures and other details here. Let me know if you want to help me move in ;-)


It may look intimidating, but it's actually pretty easy to pronounce.

andreychek is 3 syllibals, and is pronounced like so:
1. an
2. dray (like the rapper, Dr. Dre.. rhymes with cray)
3. check

Then, just put all 3 syllibals together: an • dray • check

And one last time: andreychek

Perl Poetry Contest

I received 2nd place in the 2001 Perl Poetry Contest! Check out my entry, Jabberwocky.


I'm building a Web Application Engine called OpenThought. OpenThought is about creating web applications which don't require the page to reload. All the communications between the browser and server is done in the background, and content is displayed automatically using DHTML. Feel free to check it out at

In building OpenThought, I realized that it shares a lot of needs with other applications frameworks. Such needs include session management, authentication, datasource management, and all sorts of other goodies. Instead of creating yet another implementation of this and tieing it to OpenThought, I decided to create a reusable architecture that handles all of this, and can work with any web application framework. This architecture is called OpenPlugin. Not only is the module as a whole reusable, but for every plugin within the module, there can be any number of drivers. Say for instance, the log module. It's your choice whether to log to STDERR, a file, or Syslog. Would you like the Session plugin to use files or a database? Just say so in the config file, and you're all set. And if there isn't a driver available for what you want, it's easy enough to create a new one.

With the help of lachoy, this module has come quite far, and is now something OpenThought is based on. You can also find OpenPlugin at the OpenThought website.

Monks I've Met

I very much enjoyed meeting all the monks that I have so far, and I look forward to meeting many more of you. I have decided, like some others, to try and keep track of those I met. Here they are, listed, left to right, roughly in the order in which I met them:

japhy erudil mrmick chipmunk mirod da
rrwo cogent jlawrenc nate sacked clscott
bigal turnstep thedamian dominus buzzcutbuddha jjohn
kudra mr_rarr talexb util abigail-II dialog
admiralh fasteolfe FubarPA dze27 lachoy mathgeek
lagerbottom optimist intrepid theorbtwo castaway tomdlux
barrachois shuchit mobigeek ratflyer perrin Chemboy


Although the node didn't get a particularly high rep, I'm very pleased with my golf that computes pi:

# 39 Characters

Perl and Geek Code

decode geek code
Version: 3.12
GCS d- s: a- C++++ UL++++ P++++ L+++ E--- W++ N o-- K w--
O- M- V-- PS+ PE Y+ PGP++ t+ 5 X+ R tv- b++ DI+++ D+
G e+ h--- r+++ y+++
decode perl geek code
Version: 0.01
P++c--P6-R++M++O+++$MA++E+++PU BD
+o G+A-OL!Ee---Ev++uL+++w---m*

Medieval Kingdomality test

Your distinct personality, The Discoverer, might be found in most of the thriving kingdoms of the time. Your overriding goal is to go where no one else has ever gone before. Regardless of the number of available natural problems to be solved, it is not unusual for you to continually challenge yourself with new situations or obstacles that you have created. You are an insatiable explorer of people, places, things and ideas. You thrive on constant change and anything new or different. On the positive side, you can be creatively rational as well as open minded and just. On the negative side, you might be an impractical and indecisive procrastinator. Interestingly, your preference is just as applicable in today's corporate kingdoms.

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