I went to the online speakeasy.js meetup and saw an amazing talk
about simulating NTSC video. (You can press the down key to go through the slides. After the talk, they had a virtual mingling thing in which you video chat with one other person.
The first two people were fun to talk to, and I learned some interesting stuff about what they were doing and their part of the world.
The third person I talked to was Substack, the speaker, and a programmer I really admire. This possibility didn’t occur to me, and I had no idea what to say. I think the first thing I said was “Substack!” (Not even sure he goes by that in person.) I ended up asking questions about his demo which were answerable by him showing me the code, which I only partly understood, but felt bad about making him break it down even further. 😰
All this could have been avoided by thinking of this as a possibility and then just making sure I just said the same kind of normal things to him that I’d say to anyone else.
Anyway, he was cool, and the talk gave me a lot to think about really digging all the way into something you find interesting.