Cool, cool and cool.
I'm suddenly excited but I'll try to break this down as it happened (and no, you probably won't be nearly as excited).
I just saw that Joel Spolsky's going to be in Santa Clara in March 2006 for EclipseCon. So of course I have to check when the GDC will be next year. I know it's going back to San Jose next year and I've been looking forward to that. Now I see they've just updated the GDC web site with the promise of more info coming soon. To top it off, the EclipseCon runs March 20-23 at the Santa Clara Convention Center and the Game Developers Conference will run March 20-24 in San Jose - I'm guessing it's on Almaden again. So they're about eight miles apart.
I got to meet Joel for lunch with a crowd of other devotes in Toronto early this year. That was a great experience. I didn't have much to say, but I've been following Joel's commentary for a few years now and it's good to get a little face time. Meeting someone who has been successful in my field and has well-founded opinions that he can clearly express is a valuable experience and was well-worth the trip to Toronto. I got to take a break the rest of the weekend and visit with friends and family too. Joel is a prime example of the celebrity of the geek crowd and he's earned his status. I enjoy that he shares his experiences in a way that's very accessible to his readers. I also saw it as a chance to get my feet wet networking with other entrepreneurial-minded developers. It's great to spend some time with people who think like you, and that made for a great time. With any luck, maybe he'll arrange the same kind of get-together in Santa Clara.
Then there's the news happening with GDC.