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Flaunting my drawing talent ;) with an illustration of a snippet from an irc conversation

What to say... what to say.

Obligatory Vanity
I'm a sysadmin and programmer for a small non-tech company. People often say that you can't equally be one and the other. Much like the Elvis/Beatles idea...

For instance, there's two kinds of people in this world, Elvis people and Beatles people. Now Beatles people can like Elvis. And Elvis people can like the Beatles. But nobody likes them both equally. Somewhere you have to make a choice. And that choice tells me who you are.
  --Pulp Fiction

I've tried to dispute this, "But I'm a programmer, and a damn good one. I'm also a sysadmin, and equally good at it" ... but then I think, "I'm a BOFH through-and-through; it's in my blood." And then I spend some more time hacking away at the gnome-libs, or through B::* - and begin to have doubts. "There are some read badass programmers out there.. guys/gals who slang 20,000 lines of low level graphics routines before their morning cup of coffee." Then the doubt sinks in.

The Thoughts
This is where I am now... striving to produce some good libraries and applications that might be useful to others. I've been coding for over six years now, and have little to show but hundreds of thousands of lines of small, questionably useful programs, and another slew of code closed behind a corporate firewall.

The Visions
I write a lot of stuff in gnome/gtk+, and have lately been delving quite a bit into gtk-perl.
My latest public Perl endevours include:
Math::Vector, which I'm rewriting to use variable numbers of elements.
Bindings for non-ui parts of the GNOME API (libgnome). At this time, just url, sound, and dentry.
Though it hasn't been started, I'd eventually like to get started on a binding for the Gconf client library/API.

Too many projects at once.. none ever get finished =/

The Stuff
My CPAN stuff
My <tiny>(currently hosting nothing, till I get time to put a site back up)</tiny> website,

The Geek
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Mark A. Stratman (count0)