This November 5-9, I'll be playing the famous Sesame Street children's game "One of These Things Is Not Like The Others" at the Patterns & Practices Summit on the Microsoft Campus.
Let's play now together, shall we?
The next patterns & practices Summit takes place November 5 - 9 in the Kodiak Room at the Microsoft Conference Center at Microsoft's main campus in Redmond, Washington.
Keynote presentations by:Anders Hejlsberg, Steve McConnell, Scott Guthrie, Scott Hanselman, & John Lam
OK, seriously. Anders? Steve FREAKING McConnell? (He's literally changed his middle name to FREAKING just for this blog post.) Scott "My Boss's Boss" Guthrie? Family Friend and IronRuby Wonk Dr. John Lam?
Is it the head tilt that makes me odd man out? Possibly. Perhaps the "senior class photo" use of sepia tone? Maybe. The giant fore-fivehead? No comment there, lets just say I am hair-plug and hairpiece free as of the time this writing.
Perhaps the fact that I've never created a programming language? Or several. Possibly never written a genre-changing book? Or several. Possibly that I've never shipped or managed the shipping of a Microsoft Product? Or several. Or, maybe because I haven't got a PhD in biochemistry? Oh. What have I gotten myself into? The humanity!
I can only assume I was invited in the "Ze Frank" sense of invited, to provide social commentary and wit. Of course, lacking both, I need your help, Dear Reader. Which of these presentation ideas that I've been kicking around should I do?
At any rate, I encourage you to sign up to attend the pnpSummit. At least four of the five keynotes is likely to be quite good!
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in any way.