wednesday, april 29

when walked we then
in streets silvered with the rain
when stood we
on distant shores
or under wider skies than these

what were we then
that we are not now?
what did we know
that we have since forgot?

little enough
i suppose and yet —

p1k3 / 2015 / 4 / 29
tags: topics/poem

Monday, April 20

getting recent posts from pinboard machine-readably

I’ve been experimenting again with using Pinboard to track links of interest, and thought that maybe it’d be a good idea to use these to add a linkblog back to p1k3.

First I thought ok, there’s probably an API, which, sure enough, is true. Here’s a one-liner that will grab JSON of recent posts by a user:

curl "https://brennen:[brennen's password goes here]"

…but then I thought ok, this is dumb. I know there’s RSS, so why not just use a standard format that could pull from other sources as well?


Further thoughts: Instead of doing this dynamically on the server, I could just periodically pull data into the p1k3 archives and render it using some service. I’m getting ever-more leery of running any dynamic code where I don’t have to, and even considering rewriting all of the p1k3 stuff to generate static files instead of building pages on the fly, so maybe this would be a good experiment.

p1k3 / 2015 / 4 / 20
tags: topics/pinboard, topics/technical

Thursday, April 16

variations on a theme

it is the springtime of the year
my head's been pounding all god damn day
like i drank a bunch of everclear and ran
from the cops, or some equally stupid shit
like it was 2003 all over again
but all we really did was stay up late
and watch star trek

halfway through the day i gave up and crawled
through the spinning room and my fuzzed-out
vision into bed

and woke up long after dark
fumbled my way to look out the front door
my landlord was out on his step
in the glare of the porchlights
so i walked out and now we stand smoking
in jackets too thin for the weather
while the rain turns into snow
and the snow turns back into rain

p1k3 / 2015 / 4 / 16
tags: topics/poem, topics/star-trek

thursday, april 9

late in the afternoon, or maybe early in the evening
i'm at my kitchen table fighting back panic
or just clawing away at some kind of immutable inertia
it's hard exactly to tell which

(this is a standard affliction
of bad poets,
frustrated novelists,
mediocre programmers)

pacing a circle outside my door for the dozenth time today
the sky mottled in cool blues and grays, greening things
obvious in a wind colder than you expect

this is that season when jackets are always a little too thin,
the winter's still-piled quilts at night a little too warm
the excited clarity of one moment always fading and glitching
into the scattered uncertainty of the next

CGI::Fast and multi_param()

A little while ago, changes were made to Perl’s because of a class of exploits arising from calling param() in list context.

I had code in a wrapper for Display that called param() in list context deliberately:

# Handle input from FastCGI:
while (my $query = CGI::Fast->new) {
  my @params = $query->param('keywords');
  print $d->display(@params);

In due course, I started getting warnings about calling param() in list context. They looked sort of like this:

brennen@exuberance 18:46:13 /home/brennen/www (master) ★ perl display.fcgi 2>&1 | head -1
CGI::param called in list context from package main line 38, this can lead to vulnerabilities. See the warning in "Fetching the value or values of a single named parameter" at /usr/local/share/perl/5.20.1/ line 408.

Problematic, since a variable containing that list is exactly what I want. On googling, I found that in addition to the warning, had been amended to include multi_param() for the cases where you explicitly want a list. Ok, cool, I’ll use that.

Fast forward to just now. display.fcgi is blowing up on my local machine. Why?

[Thu Apr 09 18:28:29.606663 2015] [fcgid:warn] [pid 13984:tid 140343326992128] [client] mod_fcgid: stderr: Undefined subroutine CGI::Fast::multi_param

Well, ok, I upgraded Ubuntu a while back. Maybe I need to reinstall CGI::Fast from CPAN because the Ubuntu packages aren’t up to date. So:

$ sudo cpan -i CGI::Fast

No dice. What am I missing here? Oh, right. CGI::Fast inherits from

$ sudo cpan -i CGI


Granted, I should probably stop using altogether.

p1k3 / 2015 / 4 / 9
tags: topics/perl, topics/poem, topics/technical, topics/wrt