Chapter 38. Endnotes
38.1. Author's Note
doce ut discas
(Teach, that you yourself may learn.)
How did I come to write a scripting book? It's a strange tale. It seems that a few years back I needed to learn
shell scripting -- and what better way to do that than to read a good book on the subject? I was looking to buy
a tutorial and reference covering all aspects of the subject. I was looking for a book that would take difficult
concepts, turn them inside out, and explain them in excruciating detail, with well-commented examples. 
In fact, I was looking for this very book, or something very much like it. Unfortunately, it didn't exist, and if I
wanted it, I'd have to write it. And so, here we are, folks.
That reminds me of the apocryphal story about a mad professor. Crazy as a loon, the fellow was. At the sight
of a book, any book -- at the library, at a bookstore, anywhere -- he would become totally obsessed with the
idea that he could have written it, should have written it -- and done a better job of it to boot. He would
thereupon rush home and proceed to do just that, write a book with the very same title. When he died some
years later, he allegedly had several thousand books to his credit, probably putting even Asimov to shame.
The books might not have been any good, who knows, but does that really matter? Here's a fellow who lived
his dream, even if he was obsessed by it, driven by it . . . and somehow I can't help admiring the old coot.
38.2. About the Author
Who is this guy anyhow?
The author claims no credentials or special qualifications,  other than a compulsion to write. 
This book is somewhat of a departure from his other major work, HOW-2 Meet Women: The Shy Man's
Guide to Relationships. He has also written the Software-Building HOWTO. Of late, he has been trying his
(heavy) hand at fiction: Dave Dawson Over Berlin (First Installment) Dave Dawson Over Berlin (Second
Installment) and Dave Dawson Over Berlin (Third Installment) . He also has a few Instructables (here, here,
here, here, here, here, and here to his (dis)credit.
A Linux user since 1995 (Slackware 2.2, kernel 1.2.1), the author has emitted a few software truffles,
including the cruft one-time pad encryption utility, the mcalc mortgage calculator, the judge Scrabble®
adjudicator, the yawl word gaming list package, and the Quacky anagramming gaming package. He got off to
a rather shaky start in the computer game -- programming FORTRAN IV on a CDC 3800 (on paper coding
pads, with occasional forays on a keypunch machine and a Friden Flexowriter) -- and is not the least bit
nostalgic for those days.
Living in an out-of-the-way community with wife and orange tabby, he cherishes human frailty, especially his
Chapter 38. Endnotes