Here’s what you do. On Saturday morning, at ridiculous o’clock (i.e.
around 8), you walk into a room which has a delicious breakfast all laid
out. There are some people running about shouting at each other about
“sessions” and “calls”, but you ignore them in favour of the sweet
pastries, fresh fruit and hot coffee sitting on the counter. When you’re
done, you take out your laptop, and someone with a funny haircut floats
over to remind you that you should have a test environment set up for
your language(s) of choice.
You mingle for about half an hour. What are you working on, what
languages do you use, how enterprisey is it… that king of thing.
Eventually, that same guy with the funny haircut stands up and talks. He
tells you you’re going to be working on implementing Conway’s Game of
going to be pairing, and you’re going to be writing tests. He also tells
you that two thousand other people across the globe are, on this day,
3rd December 2011, doing exactly the same thing. Cool, right? You want
to get cracking, but suddenly, there’s a bunch of Belgians on the
projector, waving. A man with long hair says hi, and someone over on
your end asks him how the first iteration went. Of course, it’s an hour
later over there. They seem to have enjoyed it—lots of grinning. It’s a
bit awkward, what with no one knowing each other, but quite fun.