Thursday, February 16, 2012

Just a dream

Last night, I was dreaming that they took all the special variables out of perl because they’re too powerful… everything like $_ and $. and $[.  Basically, all of perlvar was completely removed from the language.

Except, if you knew where to look for it, this one was still there.  You assigned a function to it and it became a handle for modifying Reality itself.  I linked it to tr/[a-z]/[A-Z]/ and pushed the frame of it over the plate-glass window of the bank, and the gold-foil lettering announcing the name of the bank*, indeed, changed to uppercase.

Then I woke up, as I realized that they had left the power in there for their own ends, and would probably kill unauthorized users…

* It was a long, overdone, corporate-flavored name like “Actual Bank of the United States of America, A Global Services Marketplace Group Company” (where "Actual Bank" is the name of a real bank, but not Bank of America.)

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