Perhaps you’re not a gamer, or perhaps you’ve just returned from a stint on the International Space Station or a prolonged exile deep underground, in which case you may be one of the very few people who have not yet heard of Kinect. It is Microsoft’s “game changing” (<groan> my words, apologies to the marketing folks) controller-less controller for the XBox 360, and it will be shipping this November. I had a chance to play with it at the San Diego Microsoft store, and within a few minutes had my credit card out and pre-ordered it and some games. It is VERY VERY cool.

Even though it will not be available until November, the San Diego .NET user group will be hosting a pizza party at the San Diego Microsoft store in September. Our user group members are invited, but we have very limited space. An email will be sent out within the week to our mailing list, and attendance will be on first-registered first-served basis. In addition, we will also be giving priority to people who are paid-up members of the group. If that’s not you, let me take this opportunity to remind you that it’s only $50/year to join, which gets you into all our meetings and opportunities for special events like this. Your membership dues help us fund the group and the meetings, we couldn’t do it without you! In addition, as a federally incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your dues are tax deductible. Meetings feature world-class speakers, and we also run several specialized SIGs in addition to the main meetings,  some 40-ish meetings per year. all for only $50! Details of his event will NOT be posted on our Web site, the only way to get in is to follow the directions in the announcement email, and to register before we run out of available places. As stated, priority will be given to our paid-up supporting members.

If you’re a .NET developer in the San Diego area, please come join our group, and perhaps get a chance to attend this event.

I’d like to thank Andrea and the Microsoft store team for making this possible, it should be a lot of fun!

I’d also like to challenge *anyone* attending to a round of that river rafting game. If you’ve never done it, not to worry, I’ll show you how its done