Betsy Aoki's WebLog

Community Program Manager

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    Making a 2D XNA Game - When Cods Collide Part 1

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    To make the most use of this and its subsequent post, you should download the XNA 2D Collision detection sample and look over both the code and documentation in Game Studio 2.0. This post was written with the game.cs file open, so may as well read it...
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    Drinking about Community, Part 2 and a word to the job seekers

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    So last night was a continuation of the Drinking about Community Jas Sandhu and I pulled together before. I like how it's developing as an adhoc shindig (only when Justin Grant is in town, but the poor dude couldn't make it last night with last minute...
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    All MSDN-TechNet wants for my birthday is two cool new people to hire, maybe more

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    Hi all, My old boss Katherine wants me to give a shoutout to the community about two new cool positions at MSDN /TechNet. They need a few people who fit the job description as regular site managers, and then they also need a site manager manager. They...
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    Shout-out to Phil in Portland, and no I'm not really working on Labor Day

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    I've been lucky enough in my lifetime to have people come up and say, "Hey, nice job Betsy!" or "that poem you just read at Bumbershoot rocked!" or even that highest of accolades, "Nice blog!" But I really never had a fan club until Phil Weber , an MVP...
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    Wonder of wonders

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    You cannot imagine how good it feels to finally blog these words: the next generation of Smart Components are on MSDN ! These new dynamic modules expose Microsoft blog posts, MVP bios and blurbs, MVP-authored Knowledge Base articles. Next stop: Webcasts...
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    Making a 2D XNA Game - When Cods Collide Part 2

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    To make the most use of this and its previous post , you should download the XNA 2D Collision detection sample and look over its code and documentation in Game Studio 2.0. As mentioned before, I have no doubt that experienced programmers will be bored...
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    Gotdotnet: a suspicion that we've created a life form

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    So I don't normally inflict more than one blog post on you guys per week, but I feel I owe it to the greater Gotdotnet community to talk more about the site's ups and downs this week. I joke around with people with dark humor - especially the old Gotdotnet...
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    Battening down the hatches and raising the ice cream bars

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    Well, it's been another wacky week here at MSDN . Not to mention too darn hot. Have I mentioned that my brain melts in the heat? Thought so. One of the things I had to adjust to at Microsoft was the thing called an "OOF" mail, or the "out of office" autoreply...
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    Maybe someday people will listen to me :)

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    Microsoft bloggers, you know who you are. And why I am posting this. :) Betsy
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    A great time among the women of Microsoft

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    Sorry I'm so late in posting this - I had too many site management moments this week. It's really about last week's events. :P So I had a great time at the Microsoft Women’s Conference – it’s an internal, Microsoft-only event that "celebrates the role...
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    VB Newbies, Unite!

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    Whoohoo! So I finished my first official programming class ("Introduction to Programming with Visual Basic.NET"). I'd had some scripting classes but nothing where objects, classes and such were thrown around with such abandon. I'd actually experimented...
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    The one time I didn't mind the sun was being bbqed at Scoble's

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    It's a long and windy road to Robert Scoble's bbq . (That's long and windy, NOT long-er-winded.) But it ends with parking near a cul-de-sac and walking up to the front door and passing two little Sharper Image scooters prone on the grass, and stepping...
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    Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

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    I was surprised a few years back when James, a friend of mine, introduced me to what looked like "Spam sushi" - nori seaweed paper rolled around sushi-vinegared rice and a big long hunk of spam. I made the normal protests ("I'm too hip and cool for this...
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    Growing community and some random books I love that relate

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    I was asked by the fellow who runs the wwwcoder.com site to tell him how to grow a community online, and while I gave him some tips via email I promised I’d be blogging about this very topic in the near future. So here it is. You’ll...
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    Alright already, stop yer whining

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    So I finally raise my head from my piles of virtual work here in Redmond (you don't want to look too close at my laptop's desktop) and all I see are those lucky stiffs who got to go to Tech Ed lacking the proper gratitude. :D Admittedly, when one has...
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    NO--SLEEP--TIL PORTLAND!!!! (With apologies to the Beastie Boys) :-)

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    There is nothing like leaving work in the middle of a sunny day to make you feel like you are cutting class and skipping school (dev kids, don't try this at home!). But to get to Portland in time for the Portland Nerds Dinner last night we had to leave...
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    Envisioning blogging without er, throwing up

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    Next week I get to do yet another presentation with Robert Scoble, Blogger at Large. It's always a pleasure because Robert is so darn sunny in his personality and he's a natural presenter - he digs that evangelism thing and can wing it on notes taped...
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    Alas, do you find my charm offensive?

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    Recently a coworker pointed me to a column by Mary Jo Foley about Microsoft's community push, largely based on a chat with our very suave Olivier Ribet. It's nice to see the Microsoft-related communities page get some play in the press, and I've canoodled...
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    Stable Strategies for Middle Management

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    This morning, I was lucky enough (or crazy enough) to be allowed to co-present a Webcast with Robert Scoble to our UK evangelism team. These are folks that cover the IT Professional audience, and wanted a briefing on blogging and on how to use blogs.msdn...
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    Making a self presentable

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    Well, this blog posts finds our heroine in post-presentation stupor. I had to give a presentation yesterday on community for Microsoft Web professionals, introducing and explaining a little about the two Microsoft community Web sites - http://www.asp...
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    Talk about the passion

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    Ever have one of those moments where you panic upon waking and think you overslept? I did that, and then the feeling continued throughout the rest of today. Just too much going on. The morning was spent hanging out with a bunch of Xbox MVPs. Now, later...
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    The Gotdotnet Blues - or is it?

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    Gotdotnet as mentioned in a previous post, tends to bring out strong emotions in people. It of course brings out strong emotions in its current program manager (me) because its my sworn duty to answer all email, fix all Workspace bugs, and look suave...
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    Be the Boston Red Sox, reverse the curse

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    Hi all, I'm back from my trip to Boston and New York City, a vacattion into nostalgia, euphoria and of course decent lox and bagels. When I came back to MSDN wearing my Red Sox cap, some folks were surprised. For one thing, though a former Bostonian,...
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    Meeting physical force with soul force

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    Martin Luther King Jr. Day has a special place in my heart. My first Web site for The Seattle Times was a site we built in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I worked with editor Bill Ristow, who, like many who work with me, stared at me as though I...
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    Turn of the tide

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    So 2004 winds to a close. The devastation in Indonesia and Thailand beggars description (despite all the news commentators, who still find ways to talk about something that just leaves me speechless). Advances and retreats in medicine are announced every...
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