I'm rather fond of Python, and I was a Perl person back in the day. Its growing in popularity, and is really freaking useful for all sorts of tasks. I personally have used it for some web development, penetration testing, and automation work as well as crazy FamiLAB projects like the face-detection on the PTZ cam that uploads to twitter. Definitely worth learning, and its easy. If I never have to see #, @, or $ I'll be happy.