A decade of dubious decisions

30 minutes



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

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:
Tina MĂĽller (‎tinita‎)
Oriol Soriano Vila (‎Uree‎)
Andreea Hosu (‎Andreea‎)
Hermen Lesscher (‎hermen‎)
Sori Salca (‎Sori‎)
Cristian-Flaviu Rat
Laurent Dami (‎dami‎)
Manfred Heumann (‎confuseAcat‎)
Juan Camacho
Alba Ferrer (‎alba‎)
Dagfinn Ilmari MannsĂĄker (‎ilmari‎)
Andrey Mikhaylenko (‎neithere‎)
Vidar Tyldum (‎tyldum‎)
Victor NiČ›u (‎nightsh‎)
István Almási (‎ialmasi‎)
JosĂ© JoaquĂ­n Atria (‎JJ‎)
Diego Kuperman (‎diegok‎)
Julien Fiegehenn (‎simbabque‎)
Jason Clifford
Marco Pessotto (‎melmothx‎)
Paulo Favinha (‎Favinha‎)
Leon Timmermans (‎leont‎)
Stefan Seifert (‎Nine‎)
Martin Barth (‎ufobat‎)
Dave Cross (‎davorg‎)
Paul Cochrane (‎ptc‎)
Mark Stringer (‎mullet‎)
Anne Thorniley
Herbert Breunung (‎lichtkind‎)
Theo van Hoesel (‎vanHoesel‎)
Jan Seidl (‎JaSei‎)
Jean Forget
Virgil Dinu (‎Dux‎)
Eitan Schuler
Jussi Kinnula (‎Spot‎)
Maria Hedberg
Marco Masetti (‎grubert‎)
Mihai Pop
Martin Kjeldsen (‎baest‎)
Viacheslav Shishkin (‎ashtart‎)
Andrew Nugged (nugged)
Eric de Hont
Dumitriu Sebastian
Jose Luis Martinez Torres (‎JLMARTIN‎)
Nicholas Jackson
Gonzalo Diethelm (‎gonzo‎)
Phil King
Jean-Baptiste Mazon
Plesco Natalia (‎natasha‎)
Rikus Goodell
Lukas Mai (‎mauke‎)
Abe Timmerman (‎abeltje‎)
Steffen Winkler (‎STEFFENW‎)
Dave Sherohman (‎dsheroh‎)
Andrew Beech
Evgenii Kosov
Leo Grapendaal
Thomas Reifenberger