Log::Any 1.044 TRIAL released

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A new trial of Log::Any (1.044) has been released. This release has a couple changes that make Log::Any a bit more predictable:

  • Passing in objects to formatted log methods now handles objects that overload stringify correctly. Previously, these objects would be given to Data::Dumper, which violates object encapsulation. Thanks Philipp Gortan (@mephinet)!
  • The imported Log::Any object (use Log::Any '$log') can now be named anything (like $LOG or $foo).

Since CPAN Testers is still catching up from its little bit of downtime a few weeks ago, I won't be releasing this as stable until I get some success reports in. So, you've got some time to test this against your own codebase if you need to. Please report any issues to the Log-Any Github repository.

New Log::Any Trial Release 1.041

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I've just released a new Log::Any trial release. This release improves performance immensely when there are no log output adapters configured. This release also now returns the formatted log string from logging methods, allowing the log message to be used by a die or warn call.

Because of these changes, there is a very small chance of an incompatibility: Log::Any logging methods used to return whatever the configured adapter returned (this was undocumented and was not a feature). Now they always return the formatted log message.

So if you depend on Log::Any, please give Log-Any-1.041-TRIAL a test run through and report any issues to the Log-Any Github tracker.

What History Class Did You Fail?

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Every time I’m involved in some social media discussion, I hear so much completely inaccurate information being repeated time and again. Today, someone claimed that people in South Africa would have “Black Privilege”, completely ignorant of the long history of violent white supremacy that ended less than 30 years ago. Additionally, way too many people are ignorant of Jim Crow, and all the things that led up to and followed the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement.

Ignoring the history of race relations is the foundation of a generation of future racists. This complete ignorance of the past, this white-washing, this idea that “racism ended in 1964 with the Civil Rights Act”, these ideas are the start of a belief that the current race relation problem is “reverse racism”: White people being discriminated against. And since anti-Black racism is “over”, all the crime statistics that show problems disproportionately affecting Black people must mean that Black people are “just naturally like that.”

Curiously, these people are always well-“informed” about the history of slavery world-wide, but never about how the Americas changed all that, too. Indentured servitude is not chattel slavery, but the distinction is both lost and meaningless to those who want to believe that global racism ended with the abolition of slavery in the US. And again, the bleaching of history: The Civil War was about state’s rights, despite the libraries of information written at the time on the topic about the war’s aims.

It has taken me mere months of casual perusal to learn the things that I know, or, more accurately, probe the vastness of the chasm that is my ignorance. With all the current news about racial violence, what hope for change can there be if we aren’t all putting in this minimum amount of effort to understand our fellow humans?