Nearly 10 years ago, Cemetechian Raylin came up with the idea of Have Calc, Will Program (HCWP), designed first as a curated weekly audio-only webshow (what we'd now call a live podcast) where a special guest would talk about an interesting project or technique, Raylin would discuss news from around the community, and community members could listen in. It quickly evolved to a video-based show, and in its very first few weeks shifted to a democratized format, where anyone could come and discuss their projects, ask for help, and socialize. In the middle of the decade just ended, a core group of members would get together every Wednesday evening to videochat while working on projects, shoot the breeze, and keep in touch. Unfortunately, in the last three years or so, HCWP has largely died out.
But now we have the perfect impetus to get HCWP going again: the vast majority of our membership, if not everyone, is now living in a world where we are largely confined to our houses, attempting to "flatten the curve" of COVID-19 and prevent our hospitals and support systems from being overwhelmed. We've seen toilet paper hoarding, an explosion of video chat, shortages of ventilators and PPE, grocery stores constantly short of supplies, and social distancing. This seems like the perfect opportunity to resurrect the original "Zoom happy hour": Have Calc, Will Program. Join me and Cemetech tonight at the Hangout that has been on my calendar for years at 8pm Eastern (US) Daylight Time, tell us what you've been working on, and feel a sense of community in a world physically isolated. See you there!