So, several members of the IIS team are going to be taking an earlier Christmas break and be OOF this weekend. No, we haven't gone "loco" with IIS7... yet. ;-) We are just "unofficially" having various members of the team across all discplines enjoy some time on Whistler snowboarding/skiing (and later at dinner, bars, etc), outside the context of work (though you know we're probably going to be discussing some Off-Topic stuff about it... I swear, no features resulted from someone having one too many drinks...).
All we've got is a radio frequency, date/time, and ski-run name to meet with. What more do you need?
Because, you know, friends work a lot better on long projects than just a bunch of people working on a task. :-) It is always useful to put a human face with everything because otherwise business is just cold and unpersonal.
In short, this is simply how the IIS team works. We work together; we hang out together. We beat each other's ideas up to improve them; we delight in turning skunkworks projects into shipping products because someone passionately believed. We call BS to irrational schedules; we try to do what is "Right".
Yes, we may be renegades and scrappy underdogs, but this is how we operate. :-)