Wednesday, September 17, 2008
"I'm sorry, sir, those cookies are not for you..."

One of the more interesting logistical problems faced by the people who run the Microsoft Conference Center is that several events are often running in parallel, and each has their own catering provisions--one might get snacks, another may have lunch boxes, and others have full buffet, and so on. Of course, each group will want to make sure their food isn't swiped by people at other events with less-appealing food, so staff members at the Conference Center (literally) stand guard over the snack tables, looking for badges and directing them to the appropriate table as necessary.

This week is no different; during the VSX DevCon, other events have been running, including some internal Microsoft events. And, not surprisingly, the staff are following their directives, turning people away if they're not wearing the VSX DevCon badge.

Even if that guy is Steve Ballmer.

No joke: I watch as Steve Ballmer--meeting with Kevin Turner and other similarly-pedigreed Microsoft management--comes out of his meeting room and heads over to the VSX DevCon table to grab some cookies, only to be turned away by a MSCC staff member. "I'm sorry, sir, those cookies are not for you."

I wonder if George Bush ever gets pulled aside by the TSA?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 3:22:44 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Monday, September 15, 2008
Apparently I'm #25 on the Top 100 Blogs for Development Managers

The full list is here. It's a pretty prestigious group--and I'm totally floored that I'm there next to some pretty big names.

In homage to Ms. Sally Fields, of so many years ago... "You like me, you really like me". Having somebody come up to me at a conference and tell me how much they like my blog is second on my list of "fun things to happen to me at a conference", right behind having somebody come up to me at a conference and tell me how much they like my blog, except for that one entry, where I said something totally ridiculous (and here's why) ....

What I find most fascinating about the list was the means by which it was constructed--the various calculations behind page rank, technorati rating, and so on. Very cool stuff.

Perhaps it's trite to say it, but it's still true: readers are what make writing blogs worthwhile. Thanks to all of you.

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Monday, September 15, 2008 3:29:19 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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