I saw the the DotNetRocks Roadtrip in San Diego Thursday night. It was a fun and informative time. Carl Franklin's info on VB.NET 2005 was interesting. Most of it was just general VS 2005 / CodeRush info, which was just great for me. Richard Campbell is a hilarious speaker and gave a great overview of the Windows Mobile platform and devices, which helped make some sense of a pretty disorganized space (Smartphone 2003, Smartphone 2003 SE, Windows Mobile 5, CDMA, GPRS, EDGE, etc.). I went home played with wrote VS2005 / Smartphone apps for my Audiovox SMT5600. Fun stuff.
I got a really weird feeling of vertigo since I've listened to literally hundreds of hours of these guys talking from my car speakers and headphones. It was seriously disorienting - not in a "Oh my gosh, I'm such a fan" kind of way, but in a "I think I'll spin around for a few minutes and run around in a dark room" kind of way.
They invited people to talk about .NET success stories for a recorded show, but I drew a total blank. Blah. Today I remembered that I'm the official cheerleader for the the Monoppix project and have done some interesting things in ASP.NET over the years. Oh, well.
It's weird how this whole blogging community thing works. I have an okay reader base and read 1700 blogs, but I wouldn't recognize 99% of the people whose feeds I subscribe to, and no one knows what I look like. I've had the same experience at TechEd and PDC - knowing that I'm sitting a room with people who are connected by RSS and OPML, but nothing in the real world.