Velocity 2009 is well underway and going great! Here's my blow by blow of how it went down.
Peco, my erstwhile Bulgarian comrade, and I came in to San Jose from Austin on Sunday. We got situated at the fairly swank hotel, the Fairmont, and wandered out to find food. There was some festival going on so the area was really hopping. After a bit of wandering, we had a reasonably tasty dinner at Original Joe's. Then we walked around the cool pedestrian part of downtown San Jose and ended up watching "Terminator: Salvation" at a neighborhood movie theater.
We went down at 8 AM the next morning for registration. We saw good ol' Steve Souders, and hooked up with a big crew from BazaarVoice, a local Austin startup that's doing well. (P.S. I don't know who that hot brunette is in the lead image on their home page, but I can clearly tell that she wants me!)
This first day is an optional "workshop" day with a number of in depth 90 minute sessions. There were two tracks, operations and performance. Mostly I covered ops and Peco covered performance. Next time - the first session!