Podcast Q&As

People have asked me a few questions about Friends Talk Frontend, so I thought I'd collect them all here! Why start a podcast? I've been keeping a blog where I share my experiences in tech, and I thought that it would be so much better if I could also share other people's experiences. It's also an excuse to talk to people that I look up to. 😛 Where do you find people to interview? Most of the people that I interviewed (except for Alex Lash and Pam Selle, both of whom I know in real life) I've met (err, stalked?) through Twitter. Why do you only chat with women? I'm definitely going to be interviewing dudes in the near future, but when I started this I wanted

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We’re always struggling with how much stuff there is in our industry, and I’ve often recommended that we focus on a goal + learn on the job, be silly, steal, think small or give open source a shot. These are all ways to handle the challenges of dealing with technology fatigue. But maybe we’re not thinking about it right. What if we should we should be looking at the constant deluge of frameworks and tools differently? So I was listening to this audio book called Move Your DNA the other day, and I got to this part where she quotes Samuel Thayer in the book Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild plants (I know, I’m quoting a book

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A week ago I took a couple of jiu-jitsu classes because it was free, and I wanted to learn self-defense. Also, it was free. Jiu-jitsu reminded me that knowing something is soooo much different from actually doing it in “the real world”. So the first half of the class is dedicated to learning a technique: the instructor does something and you practice and follow along. Easy enough, right? Now the second part of the class is where things go to shit. You now have to apply what you’ve learned so far to pin, choke, or submit an opponent. Guess how many times I’ve won? Zero. Guess how many times someone much lighter and much younger than me kicked my butt? So many times. With

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So I’ve been doing front-end work professionally for a couple years now, and I love doing it. But recently I’ve noticed that I’m only really familiar with one part of the whole making-a-website gig, so I thought that maybe working on a design project would really help me understand everything more holistically. Also, design looks fun! I have very little design experience, so the thought of doing professionally sounded terrifying—what if I make something that looks like it’s from the 90s!? I knew that I would be working with other designers though so that took the edge off a lot. It’s not about you One of the things that I did know before jumping into all of this is that

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Tips on crushing 2017

Yeah, I agree. That title is a bit clickbait-y. Maybe I should've called it "Tips on being better than you were last year but it's going to take a lot of work so prepare yourself"? Oy, c'est la vie. So! I've had a bunch of things I've had in mind for individual blog posts, all brewing (or rotting?) in my Trello board, but I thought it would be perfect if I could compile all these small tips into one article! Are you ready? I hope you enjoy it! It's A-OK to be afraid of looking dumb When you're surrounded by people who Know What They're Doing™, the last thing that you'd want to do is to look dumb in front of them. This is exactly why

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