OK let me make the day description somewhat short as it was what happened tonight that really earned the headlines. Once again in a misguided effort to prove to me that mornings exist I was up at 6:30am, but this time having had even less sleep then the night before, and once again I experienced the hell that is call morning. I don't like them, never have and most likely never will, so I think its time for the world to experience my paradise of an existence without mornings, a world where one can feel free to stay up as late as one needs to do work or kick back and relax, without having to suffer the ravages that is morning, but alas apparently I have to arise early yet two more mornings, otherwise I would say MVP Summit is perfect.
Since our group is a little new there really wasn't much that directly applied to us, but of course having 'Developer' in our name means I can go and hang out with fellow geeks and hear about things like future releases of WPF which was interesting, and given how much I've been hearing about Silverlight I thought I better go hang out with those guys for a bit and learn some more about Silverlight 2.0 which I must admit was rather interesting. One thing that impressed me about the presenter is he showed only a couple of powerpoint slides and then a couple of videos (one that had at least 12 picture in picture videos all running smooth as silk on his laptop, most impressive) which were cool and then he jumped in and started coding, building some demos and such which was impressive really as he was fearless as to what he was doing and trying to do, which ultimately leaves you with a feeling that he really believes in the tool and shows that its very capable. I still have some questions about localization but otherwise I can see myself cutting some Silverlight code very soon. Given that flash is one of the apps that Silverlight wants to compete with, the question is who do you get eyeball share as Flash is king and youtube etc are all solidly Flash turf. Microsoft must be confident that Silverlight is worthy as they got the exclusive rights for the Summer Olympics and it will be available to view online via Silverlight, no small investment there. They have assembled the largest media server farm and such ever to make this work, toss in the NBA and MLB and Microsoft just might be able to get enough market traction to give Flash a bit of a challenge which will no doubt draw a response from Flash so everyone is going to benefit from this competition.
This afternoon I went to the Microsoft company store and being the nice boss/guy, I bought all my team stuff, and stuff for the family and others etc, got some books and such for me and ultimately I spent a truckload of dough, but I really was planning ahead this time as I did bring down an empty suitcase so I can get it all back. Ultimately after leaving the company store, I went back to my hotel as I had to have a nap before going to the MVP Party tonight as these mornings are killing me.
Now the MVP Party. Anyone and I mean anyone who thinks that Geeks can't party should have been at this party, as I'd have to say in 5 years as a MVP this was the rockingest party ever. This was an out and out wild animal show, a total blast and had EMP not kicked us out we would have been going all night easily. To give you an idea of how much fun it was, I forgot to eat, even though there was tons of excellent food everywhere and I'm a big guy and I really like food but I was way to busy rocking. I have not rocked like that in 25 years or longer and I know I'm going to pay for that dearly in the morning and likely for the next couple of days at least (I'll be surprised if I even have a working voice tomorrow). Yes it was a rock star extravaganza and they were out in full force and wouldn't you know it I only got a couple of pictures but given the number of photographers that were there, I'm sure you will find no end of photos posted on the Internet of this amazing party (I'll add links as I find them). I hope they do this at TechEd and PDC as it was a blast.
MSeng from DSLReports with a couple of Rock Stars
More rock stars and let me say I don't think anyone had more fun then the guys from India as they were COMPLETELY and TOTALLY nuts.
We all know that Canada rocks!!!
These boots were made for walking and she did a heck of a job singing it. So what Microsoft did was hire a live band and really really good one (the play list they had was unbelievably impressive and huge) and basically we had live Karaoke, and everyone had a huge blast, singing, dancing, singing along, hooting and yelling, it was amazing how much fun everyone had and how much everyone got into it and there were some TOTALLY AMAZING singers. I didn't get his name but one of the MVPs from Winnipeg did Metallica's Enter Sandman which brought the house down. I took a brief trip to where they were playing Rock Band and the crowd down there was having a blast, but the live Karaoke was definitely killer and I spent pretty well the whole night there rocking with everyone else. I didn't even go into the EMP displays, the Science Fiction Museum, eat or nothing as I was rocking my brains out.
What a place to play RockBand, the JBL theatre at the EMP.
All I can say is Thanks Microsoft for the incredible party and if I'm moving a little slow tomorrow I'm sure you will understand.