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Sat 6 Jan 2007, 06:18 PM
Kristin Keene sent me a note today saying I could break the news, so, here is the announcement:
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NEW! "Lotusphere's SpeedGeeking"

"Here’s a brand-new completely condensed, immersive and rowdy approach to
hearing from some of the best and brightest that Lotusphere’s YellowSpace
2007 has to offer, and learn about the tips, techniques (and sometimes
crazy) ideas that they have been working on. Migrate as a group around the
room from one 5-minute demo to the next, while stopwatches, buzzers and
loud-mouthed emcee’s keep things fast-faced and on track! The result is
‘managed mayhem’ and a good amount of fun.

Held at one time only, Wednesday, January 24, 2006, Grand Harbor South
Ballroom, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club, 5:45pm – 7:00pm.
Don’t be late! Attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis."

I don't know all the speakers/topics, but here are a few, and I'll add to them as I find out more (I know most of the people, but not their topics, yet):

  • Pimp My Notes - Alan Bell
  • Geeks have Layers, too - Ben Langhinrichs
  • Notes/Domino App Performance - Jamie Magee 

Add that to your Lotusphere plans!

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Sat 6 Jan 2007, 08:45 AM
Enchanted Broccoli Forest coverWhen I was much, much younger (although not a kid, since my daughter is that age now), I remember seeing a book my parents had called the "Enchanted Broccoli Forest".  Always interested in a good read, I picked it up, and was disappointed to find that it was a cookbook, and not a cookbook with Sloppy Joes and other good food, but rather a cookbok with vegetarian recipes.

Besides being disappointed, I was intrigued that there were grown-ups who thought this stuff would be convincing.  At the time, I was twenty, and I was quite sure that much of what grown-ups did was aimed at somehow "improving" us kids, not that I really understood why improvement was necessary.  But could any grown-up really believe that we would see this book, with its promise of enchantment and excitement, and say "ooohhh, can you make us some 
Marinated Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli"?

I was not convinced.  Of course, now I am in my forties, and I have a whole shelf of Moosewood cookbooks, and am always interested in another vegetarian recipe.  

So, it was with a certain sense of déjà vu that I followed a link from this post on Brian Jone's Open XML Formats blog to a site called The enchanted forest.  In Brian's words, 
It's a comic meant to show the story of the new Office 2007 user interface.
I won't ruin the fun by telling you too much, but here is a snippet from the multi-page comic:
All I can say is, Eggplant-Almond Enchiladas, anyone?

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