The Ruby Freelancers Show 037 – Overcoming Isolation


Eric Davis (twitter github blog)
Evan Light (twitter github blog)
Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Intro to CoffeeScript)

02:50 – Overcoming Isolation

Working from coffeehouses
Lunch dates

06:25 – Recruiting others with similar interests

07:40 – Talk on Twitter

07:46 – Evan’s Apprentice

09:46 – Pairing

Remote vs Physical

11:19 – Personality Types

12:13 – Coworking Spaces

Creative Work
Busy Work

14:51 – Walking and Driving

15:33 – Meetups and User Groups

17:53 – Commiserating and Ranting

19:08 – Attending Conferences

23:26 – Working Onsite for Clients

Strong VPN (Eric)
Cloak (Evan)
OS X Server (Evan)
The Ruby Object Model and Metaprogramming by Dave Thomas (Chuck)
New Media Expo 2013 (Discount code Wood20) (Chuck)

EVAN: What's the background noise that… Is there any?

CHUCK: I hear people talking. It’s OK.

EVAN: OK. Why can’t I crank my volume up louder than this? What the hell? Oh, well that might be why. Now say something.

CHUCK: Something.

EVAN: Good! You did exactly what you were told to do. Thank you.

ERIC: Right.

EVAN: Right. Actually that should have been my response, “Right!”

CHUCK: So what we are talking about… last week we were talking about–

EVAN: [inaudible]

CHUCK: Right.

EVAN: Right. Talking about “right”?

CHUCK: We were thinking about… talking about—

EVAN: [laughs] We were thinking about talking about—


ERIC: I think Chuck is stuck on a loop.

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CHUCK: Hey everybody and welcome to Episode 37 of The Ruby Freelancer Show! This week on our panel, we have Eric Davis.

ERIC: Hello!

CHUCK: Evan Light.

EVAN: I love my brown pants.

CHUCK: And I'm Charles Max Wood from This week, we are going to be talking about Combating Isolation and Loneliness — since we work from home and stuff. So I have to say, I'm a little bit punch-drunk because I've been pulling insane hours for my client.

EVAN: So you are rich now?


EVAN: [inaudible] Oops, we can leave the singing out of the transcript please. Thank you.

CHUCK: [laughs] Yeah not yet. They haven’t paid me for all my work I guess.

ERIC: — on paper.

EVAN: The only one who is punch-drunk today.


EVAN: Real drunk might be better.

CHUCK: Real drunk?

EVAN: — actually be topical. Oh wait — sorry, folks this is what happens to you when you have too much isolation.

CHUCK: [laughs] Yeah. So, any who, so we all work from home — mostly generally.

EVAN: And coffeehouses.

CHUCK: Right.

EVAN: Right.

CHUCK: So, what do you do to combat that? How do you overcome the working in a room by yourself all day–

EVAN: I thought you were going to say “overcompensate” instead of overcome because somehow that seems more appropriate right now.


Second, you record a lot of podcasts like Chuck. I had to get that one out there. Third, you start recording more podcasts like me. [chuckles] OK. Seriously, so you go out to a coffeehouse which is where I am — which is why if you hear background noise, well,