I’ve been reading about problems in the Perl community.  Although I’m involved in the community it’s a hard thing for me to define.  I suppose it’s many communities that are linked by Perl.

I’m involved with administration and as a consequence deal with quite a small set of people on a daily basis.  This makes my main Perl community a small group of volunteers that I have a lot of respect for.

I travel to a variety of conferences and get to meet another section of the community.  I’m always going to prefer face-to-face interactions over electronic ones and I really enjoy talking to other community members. I try to meet up with Perl Mongers when I travel, even when on holiday, and I have met some amazing people.

I am involved with some virtual Perl communities.  I am trying to get used to IRC, but I’m not great at it.  I avoid mailing lists unless it’s really neccesary for me to be part of them.  I read lots of blog posts but rarely comment.

I love the diversity in the various Perl communities that I’m involved with.

I am aware that there are problems, problems to do with expectations.  When I deal with people in the community directly I’m expecting them to be polite.  And I imagine they are expecting me to be polite.  This is especially true when I’m dealing with people I don’t know.

Every community ends up with its own rules of conduct. When dealing with large groups of people, people who don’t know each other, the behaviour is picked up from the other members of the group.  It’s like walking into a room that’s incredibly clean and tidy.  It feels wrong to leave your things sitting around.  But if you walk into a messy environment you don’t think twice about throwing your bag on the floor. Our behaviour is affected by the environment.  If you lurk on a list for a while and every email message is polite, your first message will probably also be polite.

I meet many members of the Perl community who want the community to grow.  And for it to flourish I believe we need to treat each other with respect.  There are so many people in the community that I do respect that it’s not that hard a thing for me to do.  I don’t like them all, I don’t agree with them all, but I can be polite, and I can be civil.  I have found that by doing so that nearly every member of the community that I encounter is polite and civil to me.

I think the Perl community is great, but also that it can be greater.

One Response to “R.E.S.P.E.C.T”

  1. Joel @ apprentice nsw Says:

    You’re wonderful! Just wanted to make your day better 🙂

Kitchen Mess

Sometimes I ask stupid questions.  I couldn’t find a dish cloth in the kitchen and I asked Marty if we had one.  He told me that he didn’t think so.  I thought about this and then I asked the stupid question.  “What did you use to clean the worktops while I was away?”.  I’ve been married for 15 years, you’d think I’d know not to ask questions like that.  I did discover the answer today after two hours of cleaning in the kitchen.   I can now see the worktops and it’s obvious that no-one has cleaned them in the past month.  I’ve even discovered the source of the nasty smell that’s been annoying me since I got back.

My kitchen isn’t big and I still haven’t finished cleaning.  Now that I’ve almost washed all the dishes I can see that the stove top is filthy and that the worktops, as well as being dirty, have been stained with tea rings.  I’m really hoping that baking soda will remove those or I’m going to be annoyed.  Actually, since I took a break to write this I’m probably already annoyed.  But I suppose there isn’t much point in that and I should go do some more cleaning.

3 Responses to “Kitchen Mess”

  1. Jessica Marie Says:

    Oh dear. Please know I feel your pain – Hans still hasn’t figured out that counters need to be wiped down after being used.

  2. Norwin Says:

    Do you miss me 😛

  3. karen Says:

    Jessica, Marty claims that men can’t see dirt the way that women can… He really is nuts sometimes.

    And of course I miss you Norwin. You not only kept the kitchen clean but also gave me someone to bake for!

Back in Tokyo

I arrived back in Tokyo last night.  I had a good time in Australia but I was more than ready to leave.  The flight home wasn’t great.  I had booked a direct flight from Perth but it was cancelled and I was re-routed via Hong Kong.  Even getting through immigration took longer than it ever has before.

Now I’m hoping that the city stops shaking and that I can stay in one place for a while.  At least until I leave for YAPC::NA in June.

One Response to “Back in Tokyo”

  1. Norwin Says:

    Welcome Home!

Google Summer of Code 2011

The Perl Foundation (TPF) is once again taking part in Google’s Summer of Code.  This is a great program but I always think that the timescales are quite tight.  Student applications need to be submitted by the 8th April which only gives the accepted organizations 3 weeks to find their students.  This year Florian Ragwitz is running the program for The Perl Foundation and Jonathan Leto is running the program for the Parrot Foundation.  Mark Keating has been working hard promoting this project and I’m hoping that we manage to at least match the number of students we had last year.


Sausage Sizzle

I went to my first ever sausage sizzle last night. I have been told that Australians like to barbecue but it never occurred to me that they thought that everyone else in the world cooked the same way.  When I told them it was my first time someone yelled, “bullshit!”.

I have certainly been to a barbecue in Northern Ireland but they have always involved burgers.  There will probably be sausages but they will be one type, and they’ll probably be little processed pork sausages.  In Holland the barbecues I’ve attended involved chicken and vegetable skewers as well as burgers.  But it would never occur to me to have a barbecue and cook only one type of meat.  I’m not a fan of sausages but the sausages last night were really good.  (Well, I only ate one and it was really good.)

The other factor is the weather.  I’m in Perth and it’s dry and hot.  It’s perfect weather for eating outside in the evening.  In Northern Ireland it will probably rain during a barbecue.  My memories of barbecues involve Marty standing by himself in the garden trying to protect our tiny disposable barbecue from the rain so that we can eat hamburgers.  A fairly silly thing to be doing when it was easy to cook hamburgers on the stove and it doesn’t rain inside.


3 Responses to “Sausage Sizzle”

  1. Norwin Says:

    Your last post ended “Happy Birthday Sausage”, and this one is about a Sausage Sizzle. I hope there is no cannibalism going on!

  2. karen Says:

    Nope. Sarah can be a menace at times but we have no plans to eat her 🙂

  3. Sausage King Says:

    A sausage sizzle sounds like the way forward – do you have any pictures?

    Many thanks


Birthday Girl

My baby sister is 17 today.  Don’t want to think about how old that makes me.  Happy Birthday Sausage!

Sausage & Mum

Sausage & Mum