Alternative sources of Perl programmers

Paul Weaver at
Wed May 15 11:48:50 BST 2013

I work in a variety of offices around the world. This year my most frequent office has been Jerusalem, about 12 days there, and a couple more up the road in Ramallah and a bit further in Gaza, but I've been to another 8 or 9 on top of that. 

I'm almost up to 70,000 miles this year, and on my 51st flight of the year while I write this. 

When I'm not abroad my commute is down stairs into the study. 

My effective line manager has an insane schedule. He's in Moscow this week, Delhi next week, Singapore after that then Bangkok. This helps a lot, as my real line manager hasn't got a clue about the stresses of (economy class) travel.

I'm hoping to be Europe bound for the next 2 weeks, with just day trips or maybe an single overnight, but Delhi, Joburg, sydney, Jakarta, shanghai, new york, kabul, washington and Singapore all need my attention in the next few months. 

I'm looking forward to my next long haul day flight as I'll get a change to get my teeth into writing some new code (Perl of course). The lack of distraction from email and phones is really useful, but it makes network development a bit harder, and I get funny looks when I string two laptops together on the plane!

On 14 May 2013, at 23:43, "Philippe Bruhat (BooK)" <philippe.bruhat at> wrote:

> On Tue, May 14, 2013 at 03:54:07PM +0100, Aaron Trevena wrote:
>> On 14 May 2013 15:20, Ben Vinnerd <ben at> wrote:
>>> On 14 May 2013 15:02, Dominic Humphries <djh at> wrote:
>>>> 50 miles? Luxury! I have to do sixty! :)
>>> Indeed. My previous contract was 223 miles, each way! (I became Travelodge
>>> guest of the year during that gig!! lol)
>> 223?
>> Pah! my last contracting gig was 682 miles each way (Threemilestone,
>> Cornwall to Groningen, Netherlands)
> I sense a contest starting...
> I've been a full-time employee for 6 years, and the office is (according
> to Google maps) 932km (579 miles, so I do not win the distance contest)
> away, in a different country, with no shared borders (yeah, not counting
> the one in the Pacific). Do I win?
> And I'm not working from home either, because I can go and sit in a
> local office (opened last year, full of real (non-dev) people, part of
> the company network; before that, the company rented one for the two
> devs working from Lyon), which is about 20 minutes walk from home.
> Surely there's a badge for "I go to the office either by foot or by plane"?
> On the other hand, we've not hired any remote dev since 2009.
> So I can probably claim the "endangered species" badge too. ;-)
> -- 
> Philippe Bruhat (BooK)
> All life affects us... even that which is far from our gaze.
>                                    (Moral from Groo The Wanderer #59 (Epic))

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