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Naturist Red in Tooth and Claw by Stuart Pitsligo

Violent deaths are occurring in a remote corner of the highlands of Scotland. Strange, animal-like people are killing anyone they find, and no one seems able to defend themselves against their attacks.
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But a local woman, who lives as a naturist in her remote highland home, may be the only person who can understand what they are and stop their attacks. First though, she must confront a terrible secret from her past…
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Oil used to produce the food we eat

Oil is also used to produce the very food we eat, even if we don’t eat the oil directly. Think about what fuels the tractors to plough the ground and manage the ground during the year: manuring, seeding, weeding, harvesting. Then consider where we get the energy required to drive the process, to grind the corn, wheat, rape and other crops; the fuel to chop the trees to produce the packaging of the processed food.

std-_mg_4286-bcConsider how the raw foodstuffs, and then the finished products, are transported from factory to shop, and in turn to our homes, having been paid for with a plastic card, before being eaten with perhaps metal cutlery on ceramic tableware. The metal knife, fork and spoon, will have been produced at a factory by a machine which required oil to function, probably the ceramic plates too. The semi- and liquid effluent is almost certainly sluiced down oil-based piping to a further processing plant.

Finally the solid rubbish is thrown into probably oil-based plastic containers or waste bins and transported to the dump by oil-driven machines, to be crushed by giant earth moving vehicles, powered by…, yep, you guessed it, yet more oil.

Extract from the World Naked Bike Ride book.

Reduce levels of carbon emissions

There are calculations to show that we can reduce levels of carbon emissions in the future, and one can only hope methods will be found which will be capable of implementing some of these options. The costs of implementing the Kyoto Protocol realistically are estimated at approximately 0.1% of GDP for each participating country. These figures are huge, and there’s no doubt we’re talking about a massive economic resource dedicated to a very specific problem.

We need people to grow up and begin to use their brains; if the planet cannot sustain human life because its atmosphere is polluted beyond use, or our environment becomes too hot to inhabit, then making and selling vitamin pills and flu vaccines, or arming our neighbours to kill each other, become somewhat superfluous considerations. std-turin_world_naked_bike_pride_024-bcWe’re not talking about thousands or even millions of people here, we’re talking about many billions of people, all of us: the entire human race. The sense of commitment to serious issues affecting our lives today, and the lives of our children in the future, appears to be absent. We are more concerned with short-term revenue than with long-term survival. What does that tell us about ourselves? These facts are why so many people take to the road with their bicycles and cycle naked around the city, to bring this information to our attention.

Even though precise figures, long term plans and general policies can be debated – for there are surely arguments for and against the prioritization of one perceived danger over another, with both economical and practical considerations – there are still clearly large numbers of people suffering and dying every day from car-related, airborne particulates and oil-based pollutants, as well as from traffic accidents whether driving, walking or cycling. It is clear that with figures like these one has to wonder whether politicians, and authorities such as the police, are being disingenuous when they declare a need to crack down on, for instance, marijuana (with zero deaths per year, as confirmed by medical journals), while they ignore the dangerous pollutants all around us and the many thousands of deaths worldwide each and every single day. The mind really boggles at the apparently unequal importance of various issues when one just takes a minute to consider their relative value according to this simple ‘show me the numbers’ rule.

Marijuana deaths = 0 per year, oil based extraction and usage deaths = 170,000+ per year, alcohol related deaths = 250,000+ per year. With figures like these, one could be forgiven for wondering what the problem is with marijuana or nudity, when the numbers so clearly demonstrate otherwise, and it seems certain that outdated fundamentalist religious morals play a large role in that answer. Perhaps, as any serious financier might do, when faced with questions of what we permit the government to spend our tax money on, we just need to pull out a calculator ourselves.

Extract from the World Naked Bike Ride book.

The debugger as a perl shell

Starting a Session (perl -d)

For an example of its simplest usage, start the debugger by giving it something innocuous (like a 0 (zero)) as the evaluation argument to the debugger via the command line:

opx-p1200794This way of invoking the debugger works just as well on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X as it does on the many flavors of Un*x.

A simple expression (perl -d -e 0)
The “-e” supplies a complete program on the command line for Perl to run –
for more info on this see perlrun

perldb@monkey> B<perl -d -e 0>
Default die handler restored.

Loading DB routines from perl5db.pl version 1.19
Editor support available.

Enter h or `h h’ for help, or `man perldebug’ for more help.

main::(-e:1): 0
DB<1>

Perl stops at the first executable statement. In this example, this is 0,
a perfectly valid (though minimal) Perl expression.

If you continue now, you’ll just fall off the end of the program.

Although this example may not immediately appear to be very useful, at this point you can in fact interact completely with the debugger. You can look at any environment variables (“V”) and you can also check out the help (“h”) page/s, and explore your surroundings.

To get the help page simply type “h” at the command prompt:

C<>
DB<1> B<h>
List/search source lines: Control script execution:
l [ln|sub] List source code         T Stack trace
– or . List previous/current line  s [expr] Single step [in expr]
w [line] List around line            n [expr] Next, steps over subs
f filename View source in file    <CR/Enter> Repeat last n or s
/pattern/ ?patt? Search forw/backw r Return from subroutine
v Show versions of modules     c [ln|sub] Continue until position
Debugger controls: L List break/watch/actions
O […] Set debugger options     t [expr] Toggle trace [trace expr]
<[<]|{[{]|>[>] [cmd] Do pre/post-prompt b [ln|event|sub] [cnd] Set breakpoint
! [N|pat] Redo a previous command d [ln] or D Delete a/all breakpoints
H [-num] Display last num commands a [ln] cmd Do cmd before line
= [a val] Define/list an alias      W expr Add a watch expression
h [db_cmd] Get help on command A or W Delete all actions/watch
|[|]db_cmd Send output to pager ![!] syscmd Run cmd in a subprocess
q or ^D Quit                           R Attempt a restart
Data Examination: expr Execute perl code, also see: s,n,t expr
x|m expr Evals expr in list context, dumps the result or lists methods.
p expr Print expression (uses script’s current package).
S [[!]pat] List subroutine names [not] matching pattern
V [Pk [Vars]] List Variables in Package. Vars can be ~pattern or !pattern.
X [Vars] Same as “V current_package [Vars]”.
For more help, type h cmd_letter, or run man perldebug for all docs.
DB<2>

A perl shell

You can run any Perl code you like in this environment, you can think of it as a form of Perl Shell.

Perhaps you can’t remember whether the results of a regular expression are given in scalar or array context. Instead of looking it up in perlre, you might choose to just try it out.

We’ll use “p”, which is just Perl’s print command in disguise, to see what is happening, first create a string $str.

C<>
DB<2> B<$str = ‘some string’>
DB<3>

Now print $str.

See “p” in examining-data.

C<>
DB<3> B<p $str>
some string
DB<4>

Now use $res to capture the return value of a regex and print the result.

C<>
DB<4> B<$res = $str =~ /(\w+)\s+(\w+)/>
DB<5> B<p $res>
1
DB<6>

Now use @res to capture and print that.

C<>
DB<7> B<@res = $str =~ /(\w+)\s+(\w+)/>
DB<8> B<p @res>
somestring
DB<9>

Use “x” to dump the results to get a clearer picture.

C<>
DB<9> B<x \@res>
0 ARRAY(0x844df5c)
0 ‘some’
1 ‘string’
DB<10>

Extract from the Perl Debugger Pocket Reference book.

Naked at the Gasthof

Occasionally we glimpsed the surrounding peaks getting smaller. After several hours of zig-zagging upwards through the trees, we emerged from the forest onto the ridge and a welcome pause. We were going slowly and stopped for lunch just below the top. We were going slowly and stopped for lunch just below the top, Doug, Mira, mid-p1050335Jacques and Sylvie, then joined us for lunch and then to walk back up to the top of the hill, many people passing us on the fairly busy ridge trail.

Several looked a little surprised to see our group walking naked along the same way as they were, but were all friendly enough, with several smiles and waves exchanged, as one would expect when out on a mountain hike. Continuing along the spine of the alp, we quickly dressed to enter the Hochzelleralm Mountain Gasthof, nestling nicely on the shoulder of the ridge with extensive views of the lower valleys all around. We were just sitting down when Jerome, (organiser of the Brussels WNBR), suggested I ask the staff if it were possible to sit on their terrace naked. Naturally I thought they’d say no, but was happy to ask.

Guests at the Gasthof

The young and friendly waiter looked suitably surprised, but said that it was late in the day, with not many guests, and if the few that were here didn’t mind he had no objection either. So I asked a couple on the nearest table, and they said they didn’t mind, I dutifully fed the response back to the waiter, and he said, “fine, enjoy your drinks on our terrace naked by all means, then”.

We needed no further encouragement and our flimsy wraps and shorts came off, much to the surprise of one other couple, who’d I’d neglected to ask. They however were quite ok with us being naked too, furthermore they were happy to be video interviewed by the naked Gilles as to how they felt about more than 20 plus naked guests sharing their alpine coffee break with them. They seemed pretty comfortable about it all, the lady even removing her jumper to show some solidarity, (or perhaps she was just getting a bit hot).

We chatted for some time, greeting new arrivals with cheerful smiles as usual, and slowly drank our thirst-quenching schorles at this extraordinary well situated alpine Gasthof. The views were stupendous.

Extract from the Naked Hiking book, chapter by Richard Foley

Naked or nude?

Is there a difference between being naked or nude, in private or in public? John Berger makes the case: “To be naked is to be oneself. To be nude is to be seen naked by others… nudity is placed on display.”

This highlights the perspective that the protesters are naked for their own cause, using the historic value of nakedness as the expressing truth and innocence, while the media are seeing the riders as on display for the public’s benefit. Can one std-125611521.vziayiup-bcbe both, or is being naked or nude a binary state? Is it possible to be yourself, while others see you in their own way?

Can we ever be free of the ‘considered opinion’ of the judgments of another, unless, as John Stuart Mills said, we stand firm for our inalienable right to hold an alternative view from the ever popular “tyranny of the majority”, regardless of the potential personal cost to the individual and thus society itself.

Having the freedom to clothe your own body in the way you see fit, and not from the dictates of prudish, guilty and shameful thoughts, is a step towards personal freedom for everybody. We actually can use our own bodies and minds in the way we each choose, but we need to believe in this as individuals, and to know this as an inalienable civil right.

Naked or nude as a public nuisance?

This is what Vincent Bethell’s Freedom to be Yourself campaign , started in 1998 in London, was concerned with, and after spending five months in solitary confinement awaiting his court appearance for being a ‘public nuisance’, he insisted on attending court naked. This was a jury trial, and he was judged by a panel of his peers, who unanimously found him not guilty of the charge. While the presiding Judge George Bathurst-Norman warned him darkly: “I would not go away too much with that idea”, he also appended the crucial: “It is simply not a public nuisance in these circumstances.”

Notwithstanding the judge’s hesitating support for the defense, essentially this was a great victory for the cause for freedom of choice where individualism, and public nakedness, is concerned.

Extract from the World Naked Bike Ride book.

In winter things get complicated

Then clothing. This will be necessary anyway at one time or another, especially at the outset, when the muscles are still stiff and cold. Once you get going, the muscles will soon warm up, then clothes become redundant and can be removed layer by layer. However, unlike shorts in summer which are quickly removed, in winter things get complicated.

I02 avril 2010, Vararey, Chartreuset’s an acrobatic feat to avoid soaking your clothes while undressing in the snow, not to mention dressing again in a hurry. So you need to choose your outfit carefully. In practice, what I find works best are over-trousers worn directly on the skin, which unzip completely at the sides so that you can keep your boots on, worn with polar-grade jackets and vests. In deep snow, gaiters will prevent snow getting into your boots. Heat loss is mainly from the extremities, so gloves and a hat are de rigueur.

Extra dry warm clothes will also be needed in case of sudden changes in temperature. Make sure you have really effective sunglasses, otherwise you will suffer sore eyes, or even snow-blindness. The rest of the gear is that of any winter mountain hike: water, food, warm gore-tex jacket, rescue equipment, including a snow shovel, phone, gps, maps, and camera.

Extract from the Naked Hiking book, chapter by Jacques-Marie Francillon

Into the sunlight

We came out into the sunlight at the top of the woods, and a large open swathe of bright grass led us up towards the gasthof on the ridge. We dressed, shortly before arriving there and, having brought our own lunch, continued along the mid-tegernsee-0018trail to get a little peace and quiet. 100 metres past the gasthof, we stripped off again, just as Tania began to demolish yet another raspberry bush.

A number of people joined the trail here from ahead and to the left of us, and a few cyclists came hurtling past, one trailing a camera and asking if it was ok if he took a photo. We didn’t mind of course, although we thought that if he’d stopped perhaps the photo would not be so blurred.

We continued along the easy ridge path, surrounded by trees again, until we reached an open spot, where we could stop for a bit of lunch.

Salami and sunshine

A little salami and cheese, some fruit and vegetables, a cool drink, a good view and companionable company. Naked in the high mountain sunshine, amidst the trees and foothills of southern Bavaria, we soaked up the atmosphere quietly.

Extract from the Naked Hiking book, chapter by Richard Foley

Perl debugger pocket reference

The Perl Debugger Pocket Reference provides complete coverage in a conveniently small package.Maybe you write code so clean you never have to look at it twice. opx-p1200794Or perhaps you’d rather focus your energies on writing clean code, rather than learning about the debugger.

But if you need to learn about the Perl debugger in a hurry, the Perl Debugger Pocket Reference is the book you’ll want to have close by. And you can always keep a copy on hand to share with programmers who need it more than you do.

Perl debugger pocket reference

O’Reilly’s Pocket References have become a favorite among programmers everywhere. By providing a wealth of important details in a concise, well-organized format, these handy books deliver just what you need to complete the task at hand. When you’ve reached a sticking point in your work and need to get to a solution quickly, the new Perl Debugger Pocket Reference will get you back on the right track.

From the reviews on Amazon:

“Perl Debugger Pocket Reference” is a relativly short introduction into the command line Perl Debugger (perl -d option). You will find the following main chapters in this book:
– Introductory chapters (partly meta chapters not about the debugger but about good programming)
– Debugger Commands
– Debugger Variables
– Debugging Options
– Debugger Internals, Quick reference, rest
When I bought this book I had hoped for a “…Pocket Guide” and not a “…Pocket Reference” (deeper coverage). I consider this not an extreme “…Pocket Reference” (like e.g. “Perl Pocket Reference”) because this book contains examples for each of the commands and options that it describes. For me examples are the most important part in technical books.
The language, the printing and the index (there is an alphabetic index) are of the usual high O’Reilly standard).

Try it for yourself.

You look pretty healthy for someone who died

Walking in through the door she encountered the familiar chaos of the department. Waiting patients, harassed staff and the grim hospital décor instantly made her feel at home again and ready to get started. 9780957243293She was missing the work, the dailychallenge of fighting death and pain, but with her new plans to investigate death itself, she couldn’t have felt fuller of energy.

You look pretty healthy for someone who died

“You look pretty healthy for someone who died,” came a harsh, female voice from behind her. Nathalie recognised it instantly and turned to see the source of it. There stood her good friend, the senior nurse and the person she relied on most in the department.
“Michelle Payne, you are a sight for sore eyes,” said Nathalie as she hugged her friend.
“Damn good to see you back,” replied Michelle. “We’ve missed you, without you around Steven seems to be even more of a dick than usual.”
“I thought you all deserved a little break from me,” laughed Nathalie.

An excerpt from Afterlife, part of the Promoted Beyond Glory series