I spent a great day at the Oredev conference, and even a greater evening.
It started with a full day in the ALT.Net track, in which we agreed that ALT.Net shouldn't actually exist, and the main purpose of ALT.Net is to change its nature from alternative practices to merely a label for the set of principles and practices that we believe in.
I think that the name ALT.Net will change its meaning in the near to medium future, and change from being alternative to being an alternative to the mainstream .Net culture to subsuming the .Net culture, at least the high end of it. At that point, I think that ALT.Net will no longer be alternative, but the actual name will still be used as a label for this set of practices that ALT.Net currently represent.
Moving on from there, we (me, Glenn and Scott) had a great dinner, followed by several hours at a bar, just talking with speakers and attendees from Oredev.
I don't know if I mentioned it already, but just about everyone I met so far is very friendly.
After spending several hours in a pleasant conversation over bear in the bar, we got kicked out (something that seem to happen to me regularly now), so a bunch of guys (and one gal) went to a night club. I will just hint that Scott Bellware and bicycles doesn't add up in a coherent discussion.
The night club itself was great. Expect for Creepy Guy.
Let me put it this way, Creepy Guy made me think about date rape drugs and rectum reconstruction surgery. He made me extremely uncomfortable. I don't think I would have liked the retired-cremationist anyway, but I haven't had the chance to meet people as obnoxious and spooky as this guy in a long time.
Luckily, he was just one guy, and we were able to foster him off to a designated victim at a time. I blame the night club for my current state of non drunkness.
If I can still type in English, then I am not drunk.
Anyway, so far, I am really enjoying Øredev. I have two talks to give tomorrow, and it is now 3:30 AM local time, so I better lay off the laptop and get some sleep. If you are in Øredev, you might want to check my sessions for the amusement value alone.
Oh, and since I am going to be in DevTeach in a week or two, I dare the DevTeach attendees to get me drunker than that...