Concurrent Programming Talk

Last Thursday I did my "Concurrency and Composition in .NET Applications" talk at the Twin Cities .NET User's Group. The crowd was bigger than I've seen before - my estimates put it around 100 people, which was good to see. The evaluations were overall very positive so that was a nice pre-holiday "gift". It's interesting, though - I noticed this comment on Jake's blog and I have to agree with Avonelle. I think in general the Minnesota social "vibe" is fairly subdued - I think they call it "Minnesota Nice". Being a Wisconsin citizen for 30 years I picked up on that immediately when I moved up here. People are very cordial and nice, but try to get to really know someone - it takes a lot of time. It's not a fault of the area; it's just different. Being in Wisconsin I was used to people just being more open out of the gate, but that's just my personal experience (there are some interesting social "traits" that Wisconsin natives have that can be a little "interesting" as well).

Anyway, I've seen this at the UG meeting as well. People tend to just be there by themselves or with a group of one or two people. There doesn't seem to be a lot of active conversations going on between people. Again, it's not a criticism of anyone - I'm generally more of an introvert than an extrovert so I tend to keep to myself as well. The next time I speak is March 21st, 2007 at the Chippewa Falls .NET User's Group, which is a Wisconsin-based UG. I've heard that it's kind of a "looser" UG from a social perspective, which should be enjoyable :).

* Posted at 12.11.2006 10:35:43 AM CST | Link *

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