Well, I got snagged for an impromptu community drinking thing with some other Microsoft folks and 3 guys (not from Rolla) from the Live Side: Kip Knusken, Harrison Hoffman and Chris Overd. I suspect there may have been more LiveSide folks there but we were 3 tables long and mostly I ended up talking with Kip, Brandon Paddock and Eytan Seidman.

As a former reporting myself, it was interesting to learn a bit of how they investigate stuff (honestly, a lot  like the mainstream press -persistent poking around) and that their background was not some glitzy Silicon Valley thing but just regular folks who happened to create a Web site getting millions of hits a month. Other folks I said hi to were Ken Levy, Kevin Briody, and Robert Scoble, who you could hear laugh from across the room. I missed talking to the Live ID folks.

If you go to Twist in Seattle, I recommend the mojitos - they do not skimp on the mint like some places. Mixed drinks need proper ingredients.

Speaking of mix, the Mix06 sessions - all 52, one for every week of the year - are apparently live now and

Sessions here: http://sessions.mix06.com/

More here: http://blog.mix06.com/blog/archive/2006/05/03/2367.aspx

And here: http://blogs.msdn.com/mswanson/archive/2006/05/03/589692.aspx

Live it vivid!