in reply to Perl Best Practices for naming variables
Damian finds that naming his references in a self-indicative way helps him (and readers of his code, no doubt) identify them and reduce coding mistakes. Bully for him! But I don't need to. And you sound like you don't either.
I'm not trying to belittle Damian or his Best Practices book; all I'm trying to say is that there is more than one way to do it, and Damian is explaining a couple of those ways. Absorb it, adopt what you like, recognize what you don't like, and deal with it.