A decade of dubious decisions

By Matt S Trout (‎mst‎) from northwestengland.pm, dahut.pm, drinkers.pm, lgbt.pm
Date: Saturday, 12 December 2015 14:30
Duration: 50 minutes
Target audience: Any
Language: English


On Saturday, April 16th 2005 I did a very foolish thing.

I joined an IRC network called irc.perl.org and a channel called #catalyst.

My life (and the remaining fragments of my sanity) have never been the same
again.

So in this talk, I thought I'd try and share a bit of what it's been like,
the fun parts, the terrifying parts, the straight up batshit insane parts,
and especially the parts that I could never have predicted but probably ended
up being the most awesome and the most useful to other people.

Part cautionary tale, part encouragement to try things you aren't really
competent to do yet, mostly a collection of random anecdotes with a token
attempt at an underlying theme, this talk won't have a moral ... but if it
did, it would be "most of the time things don't get done by the best person
to do it, but by whoever was stupid enough to try it anyway".

If nothing else, hopefully I'll successfully help you make different mistakes
than I did ...


Attended by: Gianni Ceccarelli (‎dakkar‎), Kaitlyn Parkhurst (‎SymKat‎), Lukas Mai (‎mauke‎), Paul Evans (‎LeoNerd‎), Lee Johnson, Pete Barlow, Job van Achterberg (‎jkva‎), Marco Fontani (‎mfontani‎), Daniel Collins (‎solemnwarning‎), Anton Oussik, Smylers, Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker (‎ilmari‎), Theo van Hoesel (‎vanHoesel‎), Anatolie Mazur (‎Mask‎), Soydaner Ulker, vytas, Filippo Biondi (‎fedelippo‎), John Imrie, Tom Hukins, Aaron Crane (‎arc‎), Colin Bradford (‎cjbradford‎), Michael Gray, Eduard Wulff, Dinis Rebolo (‎drebolo‎), Mihai Pop, Rosellyne Worrall (‎rozallin‎), Hugo Areias (‎hugoareias‎), James Mastros (‎theorbtwo‎), Edward Higgins, Andreas Specht (‎ac0v‎), Samantha Anderson (‎Sam‎), André Walker, Søren Lund (‎slu‎), Brian Kelly, Max Maischein (‎Corion‎), Michael Jemmeson (‎michael‎),

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