Experienced UNIX/Linux sysadmin now retired after more than 10 years in the UNIX/Linux trenches. Being retired means I have time on my hands to do things that I'm interested in. One of those things is learning to program Perl more effectively than I have in the past. I've been using Perl since 1992 and, in spite of having written a lot of Perl code, I've never felt like I really "got" Perl the same way I've "gotten" other languages. So I plan on hanging out about the monestery a fair amount to pick up what I can.
Since I wrote the above I've become involved in politics to a degree that I haven't been in thirty years. I'm concerned over the growing acceptance, by the American people, of measures that undermine the civil liberties of the people in the name of "national security." The continued efforts of the Bush administration to restrict civil liberties, expand the police powers of the state, and extend the umbrella of secrecy over government activites is a great threat to the freedoms and principles that have historically made the United States a shining light of hope to millions of people across the world. I urge everyone who shares these worries to join organizations such as the EFF, ACLU, and MoveOn. It is time for the people of the United States to stand up for their rights and refuse to allow the governemnt to expand its police powers.