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Help me (Kent) stay awake driving by calling my phone and talking tech #295

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kentcdodds opened this issue Jul 28, 2017 · 52 comments
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Help me (Kent) stay awake driving by calling my phone and talking tech #295

kentcdodds opened this issue Jul 28, 2017 · 52 comments

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@kentcdodds
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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 28, 2017

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

click the subscribe button on the 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
Optional dial in number: 401-283-5757
PIN: 19573

(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 😄

Note: The AMA code of conduct applies during the call. Let's all be nice and inclusive on this call 😄

3. We start chatting!

We can talk about anything really. We'll just pretend we're at a conference hanging out talking tech. Or on one of my JavaScript Air shows 😄 We can talk about anything you all want to talk about. Whatever helps me stay awake, engaged, and alert while driving.

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.

6. Repeat

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:

  1. Look at my github history and ask me about anything on there.
  2. Look at my 3 minute podcast and ask me about anything in there
  3. Look at JavaScript Air and ask me about any of those episodes
  4. Ask me about any of my Frontend Masters or Egghead.io courses
  5. Teach me something I don't know about! Reason, GraphQL, Serverless
  6. CSS-in-JS
  7. Inbox 0
  8. Privilege Awareness
  9. Really anything, I'm just making things up... 😄
@kentcdodds
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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 28, 2017

Shoutout to @TheLarkInn for the idea!

@hawkins
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@hawkins hawkins commented Jul 28, 2017

This is brilliant 🙌 drive safe!

@m13m
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@m13m m13m commented Jul 28, 2017

can't wait i have to ask tons of question.

@Nargonath
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@Nargonath Nargonath commented Jul 29, 2017

That's an awesome idea! Good luck with the trip.

@cacheflow
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@cacheflow cacheflow commented Jul 29, 2017

Stay safe buddy!

@rouzbeh84
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@rouzbeh84 rouzbeh84 commented Jul 29, 2017

This IS an awesome idea! Hopefully service stays strong haha

@kutsan
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@kutsan kutsan commented Jul 29, 2017

Kent C. Dodds as a Service™. It'll be great.

@edm00se
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@edm00se edm00se commented Jul 29, 2017

Above all, drive safe.

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@CompuIves
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@CompuIves CompuIves commented Jul 29, 2017

Haha this is so cool! Certainly subscribing.

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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 29, 2017

Ok! We're on our way. Feel free to call in 😀

@callahad
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@callahad callahad commented Jul 29, 2017

I think Kent lost his cell phone signal, but we're still chatting without him!

@callahad
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@callahad callahad commented Jul 29, 2017

(To clarify, Kent is back now. He's hit some ~1-2 minute long dead spots, but nothing too bad)

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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 29, 2017

Getting back on in about 20 minutes...

@morioust
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@morioust morioust commented Jul 29, 2017

The automated voice said "The conference has reached its maximum duration and will end in 1 min"...

@ajwhite
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@ajwhite ajwhite commented Jul 29, 2017

Call back up and running!

@ajwhite
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@ajwhite ajwhite commented Jul 29, 2017

Couple of us are dropping off, and Kent's started yawning, go keep him awake!

@senordelaflor
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@senordelaflor senordelaflor commented Jul 29, 2017

I just joined twice but I don't hear anything. Anyone else having this problem?

@ajwhite
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@ajwhite ajwhite commented Jul 29, 2017

I'm in Canada right now and I had to hop on my office VPN (in the US) to get in for some reason. Without my VPN i wouldn't hear anything and i'd see a popup on the top left saying it can't detect audio

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@rouzbeh84 rouzbeh84 commented Jul 29, 2017

just joined up, a few people on the call just chatting 👍

@senordelaflor
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@senordelaflor senordelaflor commented Jul 29, 2017

@kentcdodds where did you go man? I hope you're staying awake 👍🏼

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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 30, 2017

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 😀

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@jspraul jspraul commented Jul 30, 2017

Ask people to link anything they can in the conference chat, mostly for your own future reference.

If you can convince someone to "live tweet" hashtags there as well it will make the audio much easier to review later.

Drive safe.

@kentcdodds
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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 30, 2017

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!

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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 30, 2017

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 😀

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@Raathigesh Raathigesh commented Jul 30, 2017

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@mujuni88 mujuni88 commented Jul 30, 2017

It was fun talking to you Kent. I met some really cool people in the chat. Drive safe.

@ndelangen
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@ndelangen ndelangen commented Jul 30, 2017

I'm just chillin, listening to the music 😂

@kentcdodds
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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 30, 2017

Thanks!

I think I'll jump on the conference call after church, but I went ahead and started it so folks can talk to each other if you wanna jump on 😄

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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 30, 2017

I kinda feel like "Aech" from Ready Player One. This conference call is my "Basement" ;-) You're all welcome to come hang out so long as you're cool about it 😉

@ajwhite
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@ajwhite ajwhite commented Jul 30, 2017

Aech

This changes everything. I always thought it was literally H 🤦‍♂️

I listened to the podcast

@reznord
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@reznord reznord commented Jul 30, 2017

I'm just chillin, listening to the music

Worse part, you can't mute the music :P

@kentcdodds
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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 30, 2017

About ready to go!

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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 30, 2017

I'm on again!

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@leggsimon leggsimon commented Jul 30, 2017

Thanks for the chat earlier Kent, and others of course.

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@siddharthkp siddharthkp commented Jul 31, 2017

I'm just chillin, listening to the music

Worse part, you can't mute the music :P

I keep missing Kent, because I'm travelling too. But, I stick around for some time for the music. So good 😋

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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 31, 2017

Hey folks! 👋 We're taking our time leaving this morning. Could be another hour or so. I'll ping you all here when I've left! Only ~4 hours to drive today 🎉

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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 31, 2017

We're packing up now. I'll probably be on the line in ~30 minutes or less

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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Jul 31, 2017

I'm on 😀

@coderberry
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@coderberry coderberry commented Jul 31, 2017

I'd love to chat with you whenever you'd be open

@reznord
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@reznord reznord commented Jul 31, 2017

He is already online, you can join him at https://www.uberconference.com/kentcdodds

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@jspraul jspraul commented Jul 31, 2017

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:
https://gist.github.com/jspraul/a1b810f8f5d300cad9de00dc7b84210f

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.

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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Aug 1, 2017

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!

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@abdulhannanali abdulhannanali commented Aug 2, 2017

@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.

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@ndelangen ndelangen commented Aug 2, 2017

I had a great time too, got to speak to new people, and learn about new things.

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@BrianSchroer BrianSchroer commented Aug 2, 2017

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:

  • Visual Basic 6 and "Classic ASP"
  • Simpsons trivia
  • Favorite pizza toppings

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!!

Thanks, all.

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@abdulhannanali abdulhannanali commented Aug 2, 2017

@BrianSchroer Would love to learn more from you. How can we join the call? Are you going to use UberConference or anything else?

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@BrianSchroer BrianSchroer commented Aug 2, 2017

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!

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@mxstbr mxstbr commented Oct 11, 2017

This issue was featured on the GitHub Octoverse 2017 "Highlights of the last 12 months" page!!! https://octoverse.github.com/

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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented Oct 11, 2017

Well that's awesome! 😂 Thanks for letting me know @mxstbr!

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 😄

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@sriharshakappala sriharshakappala commented Oct 19, 2017

I came here from this https://octoverse.github.com/ Great work @kentcdodds :)

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@blakeathomas blakeathomas commented Oct 20, 2017

Hey, just heard about this. Pretty cool. Great Job! @kentcdodds

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@kentcdodds kentcdodds commented May 23, 2018

Hey friends 👋
We're doing this again! #405

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