I briefly did work for Normal this past summer, where James was the CTO. He was a great guy and I'll never forget the standup we did while standing on our chairs at the Quirky office... That was James' idea to do that.
Both of us had "fallout" from that interview, me for interviewing a "heathen" and James for associating with someone so "vanilla". We both laughed, and we both remained friends.
I'm really going to miss James.
I never heard that interview but I'm smiling imagining the interaction.
I think the only people who would really have been offended by it are those who hadn't listen to it :) It's the same sort of banter you hear at clubs, conferences, and other podcasts, except that I'm not very smart and James is (or was... ugh, still having a hard time believing he's gone).
DHH later ported the work to Rails:
I knew James mostly online and a little in person from various programming conferences. He was smart, funny, and kind. He made a difference. He will be missed.
Pretty shocked about his death, an inspirational guy.
Curious: Does anyone have experience with losing a massive % of body mass and quitting smoking? Which is harder?
James' blog post about losing weight was somewhat of an inspiration and validation of the diet I was following at the time and its effectiveness. One advice that I still follow is when I'm pressured into food that may contain flour or sugar I just say I'm allergic which works great.
I also quit smoking a year ago after more than a decade. It was definitely harder, but it's not impossible.
Below is more information surrounding the accident.
I recommend everyone check out defensive driving. You just never know what state of mind other drivers are in.
For those still living, a few simple best practices for ground transport that cut the risk:
0. Always hire a driver foreign countries.
1. Make sure the driver isn't high, drunk or insane.
2. Assess yourself the vehicle is in safe, working order and has enough mass and safety features to "win" an accident.
3. Wear a seatbelt, even if it's hidden or nobody else does.
Being reasonably careful isn't about being a p$ssy, "worrying too much" or eliminating all unforeseeable risks, it's about not letting other people down by dying and causing a loss that really could have been prevented by making other choices. There are plenty of difficult/nearly impossible unpreventable ways to shuffle off the mortal coil, no reason to volunteer. I'd venture this wasn't one of those, because JG sounded like a sensible fellow.
People, wear your seatbelts. Especially when you normally might not (like in a cab).