Quacks who write software make us all look bad

By now I'm sure that many of you have read about the research which claims that people aren't smart enough for Democracy to flourish. This was big news and made the rounds (including here on Reddit). The main researchers listed were Dunning and Kruger and I don't think anyone disputes their credentials.

Except that this is a science article, not a link to the actual research. In particular, I was intrigued by this by a reference to a software simulation validating their results. That piqued my curiosity.

Marpa has a new web site

[ Cross-posted by invitation from its home on the Ocean of Awareness blog. ]

Marpa has a new official public website, which Ron Savage has generously agreed to manage. For those who have not heard of it, Marpa is a parsing algorithm. It is new, but very much based on earlier work by Jay Earley, Joop Leo, John Aycock and R. Nigel Horspool. Marpa is intended to replace, and to go well beyond, recursive descent and the yacc family of parsers.

Planet Moose - August 2014

Welcome to Planet Moose, a brief write up on what's been happening in the world of Moose in the past month, for the benefit of those of you who don't have their eyes permanently glued to the #moose IRC channel, or the MetaCPAN recent uploads page.

It's now a year since the first Planet Moose. I'm surprised I've managed to keep it up for a whole twelve months. (Though it's not always been posted promptly on the first day of the month!)

If you'd like to contribute some news for next month's issue, you can do so on the wiki.


Moose 2.1211 has been released containing some documentation updates and minor changes to Moose::Exporter.

More interestingly, three Moose 2.13xx trial releases have been uploaded to CPAN. The major new feature so far is improved support for overloaded operators, especially in roles, eliminating the need for MooseX::Role::WithOverloading.

Citations In the Humanities (Update)

This is a followup from this post. You will want to read that first before continuing.

I just wanted to let everyone know that the British Library now has a means like the Library of Congress to link to specific books. This is called the “British National Bibliography” and is available at http://bnb.data.bl.uk. This should ease the problem of some books not being available from the Library of Congress. For instance, Bechbretha has a URL of http://bnb.data.bl.uk/id/resource/012025232. You can place extensions at the end to get various formats: for example http://bnb.data.bl.uk/id/resource/012025232.rdf will get you the RDF version of the document.

Things are now to the point where we can really drop most citation frameworks and go straight with something that looks like my citation proposal.

Single-page POD for a distribution

I often find myself going back-and-forth between POD pages of a single distribution. (e.g. Dancer and Dancer::Cookbook.

Is there a way to get all the PODs of a distribution as a single HTML page?

Oetiker.ch tilt Kickstarter Campaign for brian d foy

We are proud to make brian d foy's kickstarter campaign a success with a substantial contribution. After the Swiss Perl Workshop 2014 brian stays for another few days in Switzerland to work and teach his famous Mastering Perl course.

OETIKER+PARTNER AG is a Swiss IT company, operating at the nexus of software
development and system management. We heavily rely on open source tools in
our work and open source a lot of our products.
Our open source products include MRTG, the multi router traffic grapher, SmokePing to keep track of your network latency, extopus, a monitoring aggregator, and most recently, ZnapZend for high performance zfs backups.

September grant round is just around the corner

The Grants Committee evaluates grant proposals every two months (rules 1.1). We accept grant proposals all the time, and in this round, we will evaluate proposals which we get between July 15th till September 14th. I will post a CFP tomorrow, September 1st my time, on the TPF news.

Some readers may remember that I discussed the budget in July. Let me be clear; the grant limit is still $10,000 as announced in February.

Read on if you are interested on our budget.

As we funded $6,000 grant in the July round, the allocatable money we have for 2014 is $5,200.

At the same time, let me stress the basic rule for the grant application: Don't try to calculate your proposal based on the budget we have. While the budget is one factor, ultimately your grant value should not be influenced by the budget we have.

How to get involved in YAPC::EU Granada 2015

Next year the YAPC::EU will take place in Granada (Spain) in early September, as you already probably know by now.

The organization team members are currently from Granada.pm, Madrid.pm and Barcelona.pm, but we'd like to invite the Cloud Orga team that worked so well this year to get involved too. We plan to keep on using #yapceu channel on irc.perl.org for contact and co-ordination, but we have a Google group that you may want to join. The conversations on that list are mainly in Spanish but you are welcome to participate in English, if you prefer. Please, send a message to request an invitation to the list.

We'll be posting news on this blog and twitter in order to keep you updated on our progress. Once we have the Act instance in production, we'll publish most important news there too.

Cheers and see you in Granada!

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