Advent Calendar

Dec 1st

Eric L. Barnes

Eric L. Barnes

Laravel News and HelpSpot

Where do you live? Eric L. Barnes North Carolina
What are your roles / titles / jobs / companies? Eric L. Barnes Laravel News and HelpSpot
Are you more Christmas Cheer or Bah Humbug over the festive period? Eric L. Barnes Christmas Cheer
Would you rather have to always A) Talk like Yoda or B) Breathe like Darth Vader? Eric L. Barnes Breathe like Darth Vader
What non-tech book have you read most recently? Eric L. Barnes The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
What technical book have you been reading? Eric L. Barnes Deep Work by Cal Newport
With Christmas coming soon, what is your favorite thing about this time of year? Eric L. Barnes For this is one of the best times of the year. It brings back many great memories of my childhood, and make new memories with my family. It's the one part of the year where everything feels like it slows down and gives me the ability to refocus on what matters.
What TV show are you currently into? Eric L. Barnes I rarely watch TV but when I do it's either The Office or Parks and Recs.
What is your Christmas morning routine or Christmas Day routine? Eric L. Barnes Christmas day is always a little hectic. My kids always wake up early and then we have a family lunch, and end the day back home with a small dinner.
For this Christmas, what would be your ideal gift? Eric L. Barnes Amazon Gift Cards - I do enjoy gifts but I love to be practical and enjoy that gift cards allow me to get something I know I'll use.
Many of us have pets, but are you a dog or a cat person? Eric L. Barnes Dogs 🐕
What is your favorite hobby, sport or pastime that isn't coding Eric L. Barnes Mountain Biking
A lot of the Laravel community are musical, do you have a favorite band or song? Eric L. Barnes For working I really enjoy 2 Cellos, The Piano Guys, and Classical. Outside of work I've been enjoying Lecrae, Crowder, Pennywise, or whatever. I'm not a huge music lover.
Something every coder must know - what IDE doe you use? Eric L. Barnes PhpStorm, Sublime, and VS Code depending on my mood.
The Laravel forums and chat rooms often feels like a breath of fresh air in comparison to other online groups to me. What do you like most about the Laravel community? Eric L. Barnes I love the community! I think it's amazing how I have friends from all over the world now.
What was the last conference you went to? Eric L. Barnes Laracon NYC 2017
What is the one piece of technology (hardware or software) that you cannot do without? Eric L. Barnes Todoist is the one thing I can't live without right now. I'm always storing everything in it.
Easy one now! What is your favorite food? Eric L. Barnes Always Pizza
I listen to podcast every day and most Laraveler's do too. What is your current podcast stack? Eric L. Barnes Laravel News Podcast, Laravel Podcast, Laracasts Snippet, Freakonomics, Intelligence Squared, Rework, Full Stack Radio, and many more on my list :)
Have you got any sage wisdom or advice; it doesn't have to be technical - you want to share with the Laravel Community? Eric L. Barnes Relationships are more important than code.
What is one thing you have always wanted to know? Eric L. Barnes Hmmmm... Something that's been on my mind lately is how two people having the exact same upbringing can have wildly varying ideas about the world. Take personal finance. How can one sibling be frugal and another be a huge spender? Or politics, how can one be conservative and another be liberal? OK. Well I have 3 brothers all the same upbringing in the same schools etc. But one of us is so relaxed in finances compared to the others. I have put it down to hanging out with a Premier League footballer as a best friend for years and not valueing money in the same way we do.
Maybe the old classic psychological one liner 'Nature versus Nurture' from Pavlov?
I must admit Thanksgiving is all the better with a family fued over Trump [or insert other political leader]!
What is your favorite Christmas movie? Eric L. Barnes Elf
Not many of us as a kid wanted to be a developer or designer, or even knew that was an option. What did you want to be? Eric L. Barnes Entrepreneur
Star Wars or Star Trek? Eric L. Barnes Space Balls
How do you pronounce Laravel; Laara or Lahra? Eric L. Barnes Laravel (like Cair Paravel from Chronicles of Narnia) LA-RA-VEL
Are you going to be coding in your free time over Christmas? Eric L. Barnes No
Do you have a secret talent? Eric L. Barnes I raced motocross for many years and was pretty decent.
Would you rather have A) a comically large head or B) comically large feet? Eric L. Barnes Have comically large feet
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