A good friend of mine (and former Microsoft RPC developer) Maurice Flanagan recently began a blog at http://weblogs.asp.net/mflanagan. I'm sure it'll be fun to watch. We used to work on a lot of projects together and he was always entertaining.
The International .NET Association (INETA) exposes its content repository for folks to download and use as they see fit (such as for presentation at user groups or inside companies). A useful page is where some of Microsoft's Longhorn roadmap presentations are kept is at http://www.ineta.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=2&tabid=36&SubAreaID=17. The “Microsoft Services Oriented Architecture Roadmap” was just posted. Previous months have included the “Microsoft Programming Languages Roadmap” and “Microsoft Client Presentation Roadmap” slide decks. The client one has some demos too.