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(Perl)Monks, Zen, Caffeine and Hacker Habits

by Sigmund (Pilgrim)
on Aug 29, 2001 at 17:15 UTC ( #108812=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Reading a book about tea and the ancient methods used in China to prepare hot water to be poured on the tea, i found a sentence which blasted my mind; the book in question is an italian book by Marco Ceresa, titled "La scoperta dell'acqua calda" (meaning "The discovery of Hot Water") and the sentence was somethin' like "In past times, Zen Monks have always been strong Tea users, because Caffeine that's in tea helped them to stay awake and meditate for hours and hours..."; all this to tell, consequently, that they helped Tea to gain a wide diffusion as a recreational drink, losing that aura of spirituality that had before. But what blasted me was the immediate link to Hacker habits of drinking Coffee and Caffeinated Drinks to be able to stay up late and code.
The question i pose, here, is: "Does the community of PerlMonks strive to represent the spirituality (lost in time) of using Caffeine as a 'Gift from the Gods'?"
"Should we dare to call ourselves PerlMonks if we're just fascinated by caffeine and we've lost our sense of respect towards it and ourselves as well?"
and then,
"If not, what should we do to be a real community and not a bunch of silly children playing the "hacker" role without being it?"

I know, reading somethin' like the "Jargon File" or "Conscience of a Hacker" can be *really* fascinating, but it won't resolve in drinking a whole lot of coffee and waiting for someone to code for us the "Definitive Hacking Tool".
Let's start writing real code and learn from errors!
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Re: (Perl)Monks, Zen, Caffeine and Hacker Habits
by chromatic (Archbishop) on Aug 29, 2001 at 18:21 UTC
    I don't drink much caffeine, maybe two or three sodas in a week. I prefer water. It's also good for helping me eat less candy.

    Being self-employed, my sleep schedule isn't the greatest, but I'm far more productive when I have plenty of regular sleep on a fairly fixed schedule than when I stay up late one night and get up early the next morning. Regular exercise also helps.

    Is caffeine spirituality? Maybe in a very flippant sense. I think it's just (false) laziness and improper diet habits, if it's a real need. (Plus, I don't really care for the taste of coffee.)

Re: (Perl)Monks, Zen, Caffeine and Hacker Habits
by dws (Chancellor) on Aug 29, 2001 at 18:46 UTC
    The question i pose, here, is: "Does the community of PerlMonks strive to represent the spirituality (lost in time) of using Caffeine as a 'Gift from the Gods'?"

    The true 'Gift from the Gods' is Scotch Cheese.

Re: (Perl)Monks, Zen, Caffeine and Hacker Habits
by greywolf (Priest) on Aug 29, 2001 at 19:04 UTC
    "Does the community of PerlMonks strive to represent the spirituality (lost in time) of using Caffeine as a 'Gift from the Gods'?"
    "Should we dare to call ourselves PerlMonks if we're just fascinated by caffeine and we've lost our sense of respect towards it and ourselves as well?"


    Spirituality is not related to caffeine.
    Respect for ourselves is not related to caffeine.
    Therefore we can respect ourselves and respect our spirituality while not respecting caffeine.

    mr greywolf
Re: (Perl)Monks, Zen, Caffeine and Hacker Habits
by mirod (Canon) on Aug 29, 2001 at 19:23 UTC

    I think you posted to the wrong site. What you are looking for is this.

Re: (Perl)Monks, Zen, Caffeine and Hacker Habits
by joefission (Monk) on Aug 29, 2001 at 19:06 UTC
    Sometimes, it just depends on perspective. Is caffeine the focus of attention or is perl?
    If it's caffeine, then perl is (or can be) a tool to get more caffeine.
    If it's perl, then caffeine is (or can be) a tool to get more perl.

    "Should we dare to call ourselves PerlMonks if we're just fascinated by caffeine and we've lost our sense of respect towards it and ourselves as well?"

    s/caffeine/perl/;

    For some reason it really bothers me to see a saint avoiding a perl module to use a system call...

    Update:Thanks to japhy for being a good sport!

      I could not get the module to work for me at all. It seems to be WinNT-aimed, and the documentation for it was poor, and I had no idea what arguments to send the functions. As it turns out, I've abandoned the project entirely, since it was just for "fun", and someone else has produced a far better program that I already use. No offense taken.

      _____________________________________________________
      Jeff[japhy]Pinyan: Perl, regex, and perl hacker.
      s++=END;++y(;-P)}y js++=;shajsj<++y(p-q)}?print:??;

Re: (Perl)Monks, Zen, Caffeine and Hacker Habits
by perchance (Monk) on Aug 30, 2001 at 11:51 UTC
    This coffee plunges into the stomach...the mind is aroused, and ideas pour forth like the battalions of the Grand Army on the field of battle.... Memories charge at full gallop...the light cavalry of comparisons deploys itself magnificently; the artillery of logic hurry in with their train of ammunition; flashes of wit pop up like sharp-shooters.
           Honore de Balzac (1799 - 1850)
    --- perchance
Re: (Sigmund)Monks, Zen, Caffeine and Hacker Habits
by gregor42 (Parson) on Aug 30, 2001 at 17:32 UTC

    Off Topic

    Reading a book about tea and the ancient methods used in China to prepare hot water to be poured on the tea, i found a sentence which blasted my mind; the book in question is an italian book by Marco Ceresa, titled "La scoperta dell'acqua calda" (meaning "The discovery of Hot Water") and the sentence was somethin' like "In past times, Zen Monks have always been strong Tea users, because Caffeine that's in tea helped them to stay awake and meditate for hours and hours...";

    I find this confusing since Zen is the strain of Buddhism developed in Japan. Green Tea, a.k.a. Cha or Sen Cha (possibly derived from your reference, i.e. Zen-Cha) DOES NOT HAVE CAFFEINE IN IT.

    ... what blasted me was the immediate link to Hacker habits of drinking Coffee and Caffeinated Drinks to be able to stay up late and code.

    And Truck Driver habits of Black Beauties, and med students, internists, air traffic controllers... There are a LOT of speed addicts in our very demanding society that you are excluding in your comparison...

    The question i pose, here, is: "Does the community of PerlMonks strive to represent the spirituality (lost in time) of using Caffeine as a 'Gift from the Gods'?"

    Simple Answer: NO. Caffeine is a tool, computers are tools, vi & emacs are tools. People who fight about their favorite tools are Fools!

    "Should we dare to call ourselves PerlMonks if we're just fascinated by caffeine and we've lost our sense of respect towards it and ourselves as well?"

    Dare? You've missed the point. Perlmonks is a metaphor, the 'monastery' is a metaphor. It implies a place to study quietly & contemple without distraction. What on Earth are you talking about?

    and then, "If not, what should we do to be a real community and not a bunch of silly children playing the "hacker" role without being it?"

    Is this hacker-monks? No. Does this site promote hacking? Yes & No. Hacking in the traditional geek definition is anyone who's so good with computers that you can't understand how they do it & it takes on the semblance of magic...more or less. The other meaning is sometimes referred to as Cracking & that is generally considered to be either illegal, presumptuous, and/or destructive behavior. Every single time someone posts a script that can be used maliciously or illegally it generally gets taken down. Take the recent hubub about the DeCSS script(s) as an example... Or a votebot, etc..

    I know, reading somethin' like the "Jargon File" or "Conscience of a Hacker" can be *really* fascinating, but it won't resolve in drinking a whole lot of coffee and waiting for someone to code for us the "Definitive Hacking Tool". Let's start writing real code and learn from errors!

    I take this as being somewhat obnoxious to our bretheren in that you imply that we're a bunch of 'script kiddies'... While that might be the case sometimes, there's plenty of the 'REAL' variety of hackers here, TO BE SURE. And I believe I represent the majority of people here when I say that this is a "real" community.

    If you want to play with existing code & make your "Definitive Hacking Tool" then start with the source code for something like SATAN/SANTA by Dan Farmer, which is written in Perl, for the most part & put the industry on it's ear for a month or two. But at least it was written as a means to try to help system administrators keep up with CERN warnings and so has a positive application, while most 'exploits' do not.



    Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!
      I find this confusing since Zen is the strain of Buddhism developed in Japan. Green Tea, a.k.a. Cha or Sen Cha (possibly derived from your reference, i.e. Zen-Cha) DOES NOT HAVE CAFFEINE IN IT.

      well, first of all, thanks for your reply, so long and thougthful, it points out some ideas i share. but i have to say something about some others...
      The tone i intended in posing those questions was totallyrelaxed, and maybe that "dare" was too strong. by the way, I'm italian and my use of english language is not perfect...
      in second instance, i'd like to correct a couple of your statements:
      Zen is not Japanese!!! it was born in India as something between traditional Mahayana Buddhism and Meditation: dhyana (meaning meditation) then passed in China known as "Ch'an" and "Zen" is just a transliteration of the chinese word made by the Japanese when they finally discovered it!!! This is to be accurate.
      Then, in Tea, it is true, there's no caffeine at all, but there's Theophylline that has an almost identical effect, and the sense of my phrase remains *exactly* the same, as to say "they drank somethin to stay awakw and meditate", being unimportant the substance of the alkaloid.
      If you're interested in knowing more, there's an excellent reading on the net: the Caffeine FAQ. it's helpful, and it's at:

      http://www.coffeefaq.com/caffaq.html

      And finally, when saying "Hacker" and "hacking" i meant exactly what the word means, i.e. "Dissector", signifying a person who look at how the things around him are made and work, so to be able to produce other things or optimize the existing ones. This is what i think when I think of hacking. So Perlmonks is made up of hackers, who hack coding something useful; I myself spend whole days dissecting Obfuscated Code to understand how it works, and this IS really useful!!! Better than a hundred of tutorials!
      When talkin' about "The Definitive Hacking Tool", finally, i wanted to use the word "hacking" in the way the people whom i was talking about use it, i.e. the wrong one! Just to say that there are many "script kiddies" (and i don't like this definition) who just sit and wait that someone code for them a good new weapon for their IRC wars. I will never understand them...

      Sure that PerlMonks is a REAL community! i wouldn't have joined otherwise! And "no", "i didn't mean that you(and me as well) are a bunch of script kiddies", i never meant it and i won't. I like perlmonks, i feel good when i log in and at ease when i read nodes. That's all.
      thanks again,
      SiG

        green tea (sencha) does have caffeine. Usually a third to a half of what coffee has. Read this FAQ

Re: (Perl)Monks, Zen, Caffeine and Hacker Habits
by Chrisf (Friar) on Aug 29, 2001 at 23:31 UTC
    Caffeine is good.... sorry, I just haven't posted for a while :-)
Re: (Perl)Monks, Zen, Caffeine and Hacker Habits
by ralphie (Friar) on Aug 29, 2001 at 23:13 UTC
    ummm, coffee.

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