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Larry Wall said...
We spent the first hour gabbing about all sorts of political and organizational issues of a fairly boring and mundane nature. Partway through, Jon Orwant comes in, and stands there for a few minutes listening, and then he very calmly walks over to the coffee service table in the corner, and there were about 20 of us in the room, and he picks up a coffee mug and throws it against the other wall and he keeps throwing coffee mugs against the other wall, and he says "we are fucked unless we can come up with something that will excite the community, because everyone's getting bored and going off and doing other things".

And he was right. His motivation was, perhaps, to make bigger Perl conferences, or he likes Perl doing well, or something like that. But in actual fact he was right, so that sort of galvanized the meeting. He said "I don't care what you do, but you gotta do something big." And then he went away.

Don't misunderstand me. This was the most perfectly planned tantrum you have ever seen. If any of you know Jon, he likes control. This was a perfectly controlled tantrum. It was amazing to see. I was thinking, "should I get up and throw mugs too?"

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