"In comments on Sci Foo 2007, Tim O'Reilly wondered if giving
Larry Wall a research job may have reduced his immediate practical
concerns influencing the development of Perl 6.
"I interpret the line of thought as 'To what degree does the
lack of a single well-defined problem to solve influence the
concreteness or the abstractness of the solution and its delivery
date?' (I won't claim that that's Tim's line of thought, but it's
the question I've pondered this past week...)"