Profile

Cover photo
Paul “LeoNerd” Evans
Lives in London
61,455 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
London
Links
Other profiles
Contributor to
Basic Information
Other names
LeoNerd

Stream

Paul Evans

Shared publicly  - 
 
I have noticed a negative correlation between how much I care about actually trying to solve a problem, and the kinds of problems people seem to want to pay me to solve. Generally, I'm less interested in things people pay me for, and more interested in my own ideas.

Wherever there's a correlation, there's at least a suggestion of a common cause. But I can't decide which direction it should be here. Obviously if It's an idea I've had as opposed to someone else wants, it should stand to reason that I'd enjoy doing it more. But why generally not the other way - why do I never seem to overly enjoy doing things simple because someone else pays me to do them?

I'm interested to explore what this correlation might be from, because either I need to find a way to enjoy more the things people are willing to pay me to do, or else find more ways to get people to pay me for the things I want to do anyway.
1
Alastair McGowan-Douglas's profile photoMartin Hutchinson's profile photo
2 comments
 
Do you simply lose interest as a kneejerk reaction to learning you can be paid for it? 
Add a comment...

Paul Evans

Shared publicly  - 
 
Some good thoughts here
 
The real ten commandments.
6
1
Chip Salzenberg's profile photo
Add a comment...

Paul Evans

Shared publicly  - 
 
Help us prepare Perl core for IPv6. With your help we'll have full native 'v6 support in 5.20, but this needs testing to ensure nothing breaks.
4
1
Paul Bennett's profile photo
Add a comment...

Paul Evans

Shared publicly  - 
 
I don't normally enjoy reading long wordy diatribes devoid of code and other technical details, but I somehow really enjoyed reading this series. It's a nice long 13-parter, but it has lots of good things to think about.

#perl

http://blogs.perl.org/users/buddy_burden/2013/12/perl-and-me-part-1-the-road-so-far.html
1
Ingvar Mattsson's profile photo
 
Interesting read. Unfortunately, it further cements "why I don't write perl" in my mind (in short, "DWIM" and "TIMTOWTDI"; that is not an accurate, but it is a concise, summary).
Add a comment...

Paul Evans

Shared publicly  - 
 
I would like to propose that in Perl we call @_"snail". Because, you know, it looks like one.

Further to this, I would suggest that a slug, biologically speaking, is quite similar to a slug without its containing shell. Therefore, I propose that $[0], $[1], etc.. be called "slug zero", "slug one", etc...

Does this not make it much easier to pronounce code? :)
2
Alastair McGowan-Douglas's profile photoPaul Bennett's profile photo
5 comments
 
Fair play. Accessing individual indices from it is slightly more common. and does make it to release code, though.
Add a comment...

Paul Evans

Shared publicly  - 
 
"Why is the Solar System Flat" - which also explains (quite well I thought) why we need exactly 3 spatial dimensions, because 4 would be too many.

Why is the Solar System Flat?
6
3
Ingvar Mattsson's profile photoBri Hatch's profile photoJP Sugarbroad's profile photoGary Kacmarcik's profile photo
 
It's certainly an interesting video. But, then, most of Minute Physics is.
Add a comment...

Paul Evans

Shared publicly  - 
 
It seems I'll be talking at #FOSDEM this year. I'll be talking about Futures and concurrency, in the Perl dev room.

https://fosdem.org/2014/schedule/event/futures/
1
Jelmer Vernooij's profile photoPaul Evans's profile photo
2 comments
 
+Jelmer Vernooij well surely this is partly the point of my talk? :)
Add a comment...

Paul Evans

Shared publicly  - 
 
So, some of the #LPW2013 videos are up now. Including my two:

Why is All The RAM Gone?
  Paul Evans Why is All The RAM Gone mp4 ff

Mistakes Not to Make in a Web API
  Paul Evans Mistakes Not to Make in A Web API mp4 ff
1
Add a comment...