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Help me (Kent) stay awake driving by calling my phone and talking tech #295
Family emergency came up and I'll be driving across the country to help someone out tomorrow and Sunday (I need to get a car somewhere, so I can't fly). I'll be driving by myself and I don't trust myself to stay awake driving 24ish hours in two days.
So I'm asking for your help!
I can't fall asleep when I'm actively in a conversation with someone about something I care about! Open Source, Testing, ES6, Soft Skills, whatever! That'll keep me awake really well. So you can help me by calling me to chat. You can ask me questions, I can ask you, and we can learn from each other! It'll be great!
If you want to participate, here's how things are going to work:
1. You subscribe to this issue
2. I let you know when I'm accepting phone calls
Before I start driving, I'll comment on this issue saying that I'm ready to accept phone calls. You should get a notification. And you can call in at any time! Here's the info:
Join the call: https://www.uberconference.com/kentcdodds
(You can call from your phone or your computer)
I can have up to 10 people in at once, so I'm sure that'll be plenty
3. We start chatting!
I'll be recording the call so I can put it up somewhere when we're done. That way more folks can get something out of whatever we talk about! Cool right!? (Don't worry, if you'd like me to cut something out of the call later, just ask me and I'll cut that out of the recording).
4. We wrap up
I may need to hang up to take a break or pull over or something. When that happens, I'll let you all know and we'll hang up. Then I'll comment on this issue saying I'm not taking calls anymore.
5. Start over again
When I'm ready to take more calls again, I'll comment again. Feel free to call in.
We keep doing this until I'm done with all the driving. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Let me know if you have any questions! And thank you so very much!
FYI. I'll be starting tomorrow at around 13:30 UTC and possible the same time the next day :)
Ideas of things to talk about if the conversation dies down:
I wish! Haha. I'm wrapping up dinner now and I'm about to hit the road again. Started 10 hours ago and will be going about two or three before the night's over. Thanks everyone who's called in so far! It's really helped! Now I'm going to need more help than ever! Let's talk tech! I'll be on in a few minutes
Thanks. I did ask folks to do that a bit, but not sure whether it happened. Also things were a bit tricky because we have a three hour time limit on recordings and I can only start recordings when I have internet access (which I often don't have on the road), but I'll do my best with what I can.
I'm just thrilled folks like this idea enough to call and chat. It's been fun!
While I'm here, we just decided we'll be skipping church tomorrow because we have time of driving to do. So we'll get started early (in 7.5 hours). So I'm going to sleep! Talk to you tomorrow!
I was there listening for the most part and it was really fun. Glad that this wild idea really worked out. Drive safe…
On Sun., 30 Jul. 2017, 3:30 pm Kent C. Dodds, ***@***.***> wrote: Whoops, plans just changed. We're going to split it up and drive a bit on Monday. That way we can make it to church and not drive so much. I'll ping you all here when I'm ready to chat
Worth worrying about: phone numbers were pretty public in this process. During the call, some of the callees' phone numbers were shown; not sure what determined this (Kent's was not). At the end, every one who called in's phone number was shown (Kent's appeared to be). Eventually that summary screen auto-closed, or else I'd black out portions of a screen shot and show it.
I thought about Discord instead but they are talking about up-to-10-calls entirely within their various apps, not VOIP/voice phone calls.
Here is the list of most of the URLs in reverse chronological order, in a gist to be more manageable:
Raw chat log (including PayPal interviewing discussion summary I originally did in the linked job interviewing Discord): https://gist.github.com/jspraul/a6d966e0719e4d082ac35ce586c088e0
Props to @cavneb for waiting to the end (looking back I did see his link to CodeSponsor [see what I did there?] much earlier in chat but didn't put two-and-two together when he was on the phone), and props to Kent for listening to his pitch. PS: Consider moving "What does it look like" to the top of the README, and screenshot it (including the "What does it look like?") above the fold on the website, with a clear link to the repo.
Also, http://www.twimemachine.com/ (Twitter archive search) is pretty cool, apart from the opt-out auto-tweet (or follow?) on sign-in.
Wow! That's awesome @jspraul! Thank you very much!!! I'm hoping to get the recordings up somewhere eventually. Will ping in here when I do.
I just want to say thank you to everyone who joined in on the conversations. It was really enjoyable. I've never had so much fun driving by myself.
I do plan to do more calls like this in the future, though never as long. If I'm driving by myself more than a half hour or so, I'll probably just start up the call and tweet about it (so follow me to see that).
Thanks again. It was great!
@kentcdodds Thank you for answering my Udacity Nanodegree, although I was in the call for a fair amount of time I couldn't just get my self to speak up. :sad: it was great to learn from amazing people there who were discussing everything from about Storybook to Jest. Love the conversations. <3 Would definitely love to speak with everyone till then I can work on my communication.
In a few minutes, I’ll be starting a 5-hour drive to the Kansas City Developers Conference.
If anyone wants to call and ask me any questions, my areas of expertise are:
Seriously, I had a great time this weekend, and may have learned more than I will at the conference.
At one point we discussed the frustration of working with other developers who didn't share your passion for software. Luckily, I have one colleague who didn't look at me like I was a loon when I told him about it, and knew why it was a big deal that I spent the weekend hanging out with KENT C DODDS! And NORBERT from STORYBOOK was there. And HENRY ZHU showed up!!
I apologize to those who didn't realize I was joking about calling me during my drive today. I guess deadpan humor doesn't come across well online. If you knew me, you would realize that I don't have much knowledge to share. :) Thanks for your friendliness, though!
Well that's awesome!
Also, I'm uploading the recordings to Google Drive right now: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxZDtibcRzVWOXh4V1BIeU9YRE0
Thanks again everyone. This was a terrific experience that I'd like to repeat one day