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Re: Terrifying Beauty

by talexb (Canon)
on Jan 28, 2021 at 21:03 UTC ( #11127603=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Terrifying Beauty

Fun node. I hung out with Erudil at some rooftop bar at the end of YAPC::NA 19100 in Pittsburgh .. that was pretty cool. Because he works (or worked) for the federal government, I got the impression that he was pretty much barred from posting here, so did so only on his own time. Check out the post that details how his Perl code generated Javascript code, which was what actually ran.

You meet the coolest people at the these events.

Alex / talexb / Toronto

Thanks PJ. We owe you so much. Groklaw -- RIP -- 2003 to 2013.

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Re^2: Terrifying Beauty
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Bishop) on Jan 28, 2021 at 22:55 UTC

    I enjoyed Erudil's The day I met Larry Wall anecdote. Apparently, Larry used to work with a Steve Jenkins at NASA JPL and naturally assumed the Steve Jenkins on the YAPC list of attendees (i.e. Erudil) -- also listed as working in the aerospace industry! -- was his long lost work buddy ... so when they met at the lunch table Larry was shocked ... and bewildered poor Erudil with an unexpected greeting "You're not the Steve Jenkins I was expecting"! :)

    Which reminds me, I have an Eating Lunch with Larry anecdote too. I've only ever been to one Perl conference (OSDC Sydney 2008), and experienced a moment of terrifying beauty when I found myself, by chance, sitting right next to Larry at the lunch table! Not sure how that happened, maybe others were paying more attention and took care not to sit right next to him. As you might expect, I was terrified, which Larry seemed to notice ... and as soon as he learnt I was a physics nut, he deftly swapped chairs with his son (who was studying post graduate physics at the time) so we could talk physics together! Based on that brief lunchtime encounter, my impression is that Larry is both a gentleman and a gentle man, very family oriented.

      Heh .. I've told this story before, but I met Larry at the Montreal YAPC::NA. I was sitting with Mike Stok during lunch, and Larry was sitting with two guys at the next table. The two guys got up and left, and Larry was just sitting by himself, content, and I thought, Hmm, well .. maybe I'll .. go over and talk to him.

      Anyway, instead of spending the next twenty minutes thinking about it (typical neurodivergent behaviour), I just went over and started a conversation. You might think a guy who'd created a whole programming language might have a little attitude, but nope -- wonderful guy, very mellow. It was delightful to chat with him, and, of course, to thank him for creating such a cool language. Good times. :)

      Oh, also, I remember Larry telling that story .. "You're not the Steve Jenkins I was expected." -- hilarious, with a sort of absent-minded professor kind of vibe. So Larry.

      Alex / talexb / Toronto

      Thanks PJ. We owe you so much. Groklaw -- RIP -- 2003 to 2013.

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