In this article, Paul Graham comes up with a really funny description of Perl:
"When I talk about ugly source code, people will of course think of Perl. But the superficial ugliness of Perl is not the sort I mean. Real ugliness is not harsh-looking syntax, but having to build programs out of the wrong concepts. Perl may look like a cartoon character swearing..."
The article is about Python programmers: makes for interesting reading.
p.s SIGGRAPH is finally over. It was overwhelming, fascinating, boring, and LONG; all at the same time. My conference-ending-timer kicked in around Monday, and it has been a long haul since.