Oh go on

alias please='sudo $(history 2 | head -n1 | perl -pe "s/^\s*\d+\s+//")'


alias please='sudo $(fc -nl -1)'


Catalyst::Authentication::Store::MongoDB 0.02 finally released

Took me a bit of time fighting CPAN to get it to index it (that'll teach me to try to use 1e-4 as a version number) but the patches that a kindly chap in the community sent to me (wasn't sure if he wanted to be named so I have erred on the side of caution) are now up on CPAN.

This means that both you and I can finally use MongoDB for our Auth stores, and I can finally continue working on the project I was working on before this debacle put me off.

Check it out here (, or here ( if you prefer the old-fashioned CPAN.

The module's on github, as is everything ever, here (


Mars Fiction

In recognition of the momentous occasion of NASA managing to fire things at a planet and not miss I thought I'd compile a list of recommended reading/watching/listening of stories set on or featuring Mars.

This list is almost certainly going to be entirely sci-fi. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus absolutely does not count.

So without further ado:


  • John Carter of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
  • War of the Worlds - HG Wells
  • Out of the Silent Planet - CS Lewis


  • Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars
Some others have been suggested tangentially so I'll record those too.

  • Y: The Last Man - Brian K. Vaughan (Comics)
More to come!