The break helped me a bit.
I've been playing more with named argument passing in Perl, and have written a module (which I'm still playing with) to get the level of checking I want without too much inconvenience. You can see the perldoc/manpage for it here. It's not fully documented yet, and I still might rework aspects of it.. it's been a nice light distraction though.
Toying with the idea of getting a new laptop.. I probably won't, but it's nice to occasionally take a look (this HP is surprisingly durable). I can get a more modern laptop with a Turion TL-56 (I hate the modern naming standards for processors, BTW), a higher-resolution display (still just 17" though), 4G RAM, 160G of disk, and a few other little improvements with the same covers-everything-level warranty for $2318 (pre academic-discount), which isn't bad by my book. I would think about getting a MacBook, but I don't think I'd ever boot MacOS on it, and with that understood, the prices suck compared to HP (at least the Pavilion line).
- Me: I wonder if liking maple syrup makes us tree vampires
- Them: maple syrup isn't just tree blood, tho
- Them: it takes a lot of prep work
- Me: ... I wonder if that would make vampires less scary
- Me: If they had to put our blood in little bags for processing
I finished Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire - it was interesting reading, a bit like Walden in parts. To see: Lars von Trier's Direktøren for det hele, which got a good review in a newspaper I sometimes read. It looks like an office comedy, which should be an interesting thing coming from that director.