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Right Margin Line in Visual Studio 2008

by Benjamin Nitschke 25. February 2010 15:12
I might have blogged about this before, but I could not find my own blog post, so why not blog it again.
Since the recent CodeRush 10 beta, which works in VS2010 RC finally, there is no more Right Margin line that can be enabled under Options->Editors->Painting. I also tried to enable some modules, but I cannot see the margin line anymore (works fine with CodeRush 9).

Well, in Visual Studio you can also enable a margin line with a registry entry at:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\Text Editor]
"Guides"="RGB(64,64,192) 79"
This will produce a blue margin line right before the 80th column. It looks good on white and black backgrounds, but you can of course change it easily to any color and position. If you don't want to go into regedit, just execute this handy RightMarginLineVS2008.reg (280 bytes) file.

Seattle 2010 - MVP Summit - Day 8 - Getting back to Germany

by Benjamin Nitschke 21. February 2010 22:44
The mission of today is just to get back to Germany. Not much exciting stuff in this blog post. The weather is pretty different in Seattle (sunshine) and Hannover (snow and freaking cold).

Seattle 2010 Day 8
The weather in Seattle was pretty good, a little colder than the last few days, but blue sky and sunshine all over the place.

Seattle 2010 Day 8
Waiting for the Taxi took forever and the relatively short trip (IMO) to the airport cost me 45 dollars (wtf).

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The self-checkin only took a few minutes and I passed all security checks in a few minutes too.

Seattle 2010 Day 8
At least there were some power plugs and free wifi (slow however) available at the airport in my 2 hour wait time.

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At about 13:00 the weather was still good and we were about to take of to Amsterdam.

Seattle 2010 Day 8
This is Bellevue from high up.

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And the Seattle mountains, Mount Rainer is here somewhere too ^^

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Bad weather in Amsterdam.

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Security checks in Amsterdam. The x-ray scanner broke in my line just before my bags got in there. So I had to go to the other side and some security personal did not like that and wanted to check all my bags now (wtf?). Nothing happend and even though all this waiting and checking took almost an hour, I still had some time until my delayed plane came anyway.

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The book I read after both my netbook and iPhone batteries both pretty much died. Got almost 100 pages done, but was way too tired to finish it.

Seattle 2010 Day 8
Weather in Amsterdam is pretty bad as you can see, our flight was delayed 30min.

Seattle 2010 Day 8
Over the clouds in Holland.

Seattle 2010 Day 8
And some Germany down below, at least some sun is coming through. The sun reflection (specular highlight) of the streets and rivers was pretty cool.

Seattle 2010 Day 8
The weather in Germany. Better sky, but very cold.

Seattle 2010 Day 8
Quick picture from the train ride home.

Seattle 2010 Day 8
Buildings are much smaller around here, I always notice that when I come back, but not so much when living here.

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And finally reaching sweet home. Time to sleep now.

Seattle 2010 - MVP Summit - Day 7

by Benjamin Nitschke 19. February 2010 20:03
This is the last day of the MVP Summit. There will be one more post of tomorrows trip back to Germany, but it will probably be short. Today was not as interesting as the past few days because the Keynotes were pretty general. I wanted to see one of the side sessions, but it was exactly at lunch time when all XNA MVPs met up, which was way more important. Chuck Walbourn from the DirectX team (now called Windows Gaming Experience (WGX), which sounds strange IMO) did a great afternoon talk to any XNA/DirectX MVPs interested in DirectX11. This just made this day a great ending for the whole conference.

Seattle 2010 Day 7
Since I was video chatting, blogging, emailing, etc. all morning I left the hotel a little later, the first keynote session was not so important for me. Later keynotes were not much better because I just don't like a presenter talking to serveral hundered guys and speaking slowly about some technology I probably don't have much impact on. I much rather watch those things online where I can skip over the boring parts :)

Seattle 2010 Day 7
So instead I walked to the conference (which was at the Hyatt hotel again like in the first day) and took some pictures of Bellevue. As you can see not everything is Microsoft here, there are some other companies like Expedia located here.

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But if you turn your head you can spot Microsoft pretty quickly again.

Seattle 2010 Day 7
That big long building is the Westin hotel south of the Hyatt. From this angle looks very thin, but from the other side it is pretty large.

Seattle 2010 Day 7
I like all these skyscrapers, maybe I should do a game with some buildings like these ^^


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There is the Hyatt hotel where all the keynotes and side sessions are today. Pretty good weather today btw, I just had a T-Shirt and my new MVP jacket on.

Seattle 2010 Day 7
These so called sky walkways are pretty useful because it takes forever until a light turns green here and you have to push a button at every single trafic light cross road section.

Seattle 2010 Day 7
I just saw a little of the second keynote and then met some XNA MVPs, which were easy to spot because of our XNA MVP jackets we got from the XNA team. We then saw the last keynotes about clouds and hardware, software, etc. which was a bit better than the previous keynotes, but still very general (not a programmer session).

Seattle 2010 Day 7
After that all the XNA MVPs met at the so called Farewell Lunch again. As usual lots of stories were traded and the food was very good.

Seattle 2010 Day 7
After the lunch we took a few quick pictures of the group, which I can probably link up here later (I did not take a group foto except for this one because the other guys cameras are just much better at those things).

Seattle 2010 Day 7
There was 45 minutes of free time between the lunch and the DirectX11 talk from Chuck, so I checked out the mall here.

Seattle 2010 Day 7
As usual lots of schicki-micki shops here (thats what we say in Germany to way over the top fancy shops). Other than a Game Stop I could not found anything interesting here.

Seattle 2010 Day 7
At the other side of the mall you could get back to the hotels via one of those sky walkways.

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The directions were pretty confusing, but once I was on the right track I finally found the way back to the hotels for the last MVP session this year.

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We had to wait a little because Chuck was hold up in traffic. I shot some extra pictures from the Cinema upstairs.

Seattle 2010 Day 7
This are all the movies at this cinema, nothing to overly exciting I have not seen yet.

Seattle 2010 Day 7
The last hardcore XNA/DirectX MVPs like Matt, Richard, Roy, Michael and a few others were listening to the DirectX11 presentations Chuck gave us quickly.

Seattle 2010 Day 7
Chuck is talking fearlessly about all the cool new stuff and tricks in DirectX11. Most of those presentations and talks will be released publicly after the GDC in a few weeks, so stay tuned and check Chucks blog for that.

Seattle 2010 Day 7
Time fly by and it is already late, time to head back and have a last look at Bellevue at night.


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Pretty lights everywhere.

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This little boy gives me the impression that he is trapped in there. But he is probably just pissing off his mom because in there it is much more amazing then out here.

Seattle 2010 Day 7
Okay, thats it for today. I am really tired and will just watch some VODs this evening and read some websites. Tomorrow the long trip back to Germany will happen and I'm not sure that I will catch any sleep on the plane ..

Seattle 2010 - MVP Summit - Day 6

by Benjamin Nitschke 18. February 2010 23:59
The second deep session day was also very informative, but still very much top secret stuff. All this stuff will be announced on the GDC and MIX in a few weeks anyway, but I guess for a big company timing is everything for press releases.

Seattle 2010 Day 6
It was very sunny today, I did not even take a jacket with me. The weather was still kinda cold, but since I will be indoor all day I do not really need a jacket.

Seattle 2010 Day 6
While waiting for the bus a few other MVPs came along and asked me if I want to ride with them in their car to the summit. I said yes and we talked a bit about this summit and that it is way better this year that Microsoft actually tells us about new exciting stuff and not already publiced information as last year.

Seattle 2010 Day 6
I arrived early and had some time to read emails and surf a little.

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I also checked a few new websites and blogs other guys were talking about, like http://lostgarden.com/.

Seattle 2010 Day 6
More XNA team members joined us today. These two are from education and website and product management.

Seattle 2010 Day 6
In the lunch break we went to the company store. The Socksup guy also had to explain his nickname to everyone and it took longer the more drunk he was ^^

Seattle 2010 Day 6
Shuttle cars and busses were taking MVPs back and forth from the hotels and Microsoft campus.

Seattle 2010 Day 6
After walking around in circles for a while we finally got the the Company store, which was only a few hundered meters away from where we started ^^ Lots of products here, not much interesting stuff however.

Seattle 2010 Day 6
There were a couple of older Xbox 360 games and I bought Ninja Gaiden for a few dollars, which is good as far as others told me. I also got some cheap t-shirts with some Windows logos on them.

Seattle 2010 Day 6
The other guys also got some stuff and we quickly went back to our meeting room for more XNA talk.

Seattle 2010 Day 6
In the meantime I was downloading StarCraft II beta (the beta started today finally), which took a long time. I could not do much else because the guest wifi was blocking all useful ports for VPN, VNC, IRC, etc. which was a little annoying because some programs I use depend on VPN working for example.

Seattle 2010 Day 6
My netbook CPU should be way too slow for StarCraft II, but I installed it anyway. Still do not have a beta-key however, but I registered for the opt-in beta (which is probably bullshit anyway if millions of people trying to opt-in and they only give away a few more keys).

Seattle 2010 Day 6
Okay, the long day is over (some of us were a little tired from too much partying yesterday) and we had some time to get back to the hotels, relax a little and then go to the big party this evening at the Garage in Seattle.

Seattle 2010 Day 6
Nick (former MVP, now Microsoft employee) and some other XNA team guys are still talking to George Clingermann (XNA MVP).

Seattle 2010 Day 6
On the bus ride back Dong-Hoon Kim (XNA MVP from Korea) and me took a few quick pictures from ourselfs. I learned some stuff about Korea and we talked about XNA and cultural differences quite a bit.

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A little later we drove over to the Garage party location:


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At the party, which was huge, you could play billard and

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Bowling of course.

Seattle 2010 Day 6
Lots of crazy drinks at the bar.

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The XNA MVPs bunched up around Andy, who had lots of stories for us about his former Microsoft days and having meetings with Bill Gates in it and stuff like that.

A little while later you see some other MVPs talking and discussing stuff:


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Other people also took quite a lot of pictures, which much better cameras however.

Seattle 2010 Day 6
At 23:30 they tried get rid of us with telling us the last busses are leaving now.

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The busses back to the hotel.

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And finally reaching the hotel at 00:00, time to go to bed early today (relatively to the last few days where it was always between 01:00 and 02:00 am.

Seattle 2010 - MVP Summit - Day 5

by Benjamin Nitschke 17. February 2010 22:37
This day we MVPs will go deep into sessions about lots of cool new technology. Everything is under NDA, so we are not allowed to talk about it. Most of my picture will just show people and what happened over the day. There might be information out in the web, but we MVPs are not allowed to comment on that ^^

Seattle 2010 Day 5
First thing of the day is to get some breakfast, which was very good in my hotel.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
I tried to take the last bus at 08:30, which was not such a good idea because the bus was late 20 minutes, which leaded to getting a little late on the first meeting at 09:00. But at least I met another new nice MVP from Korea: Dong-Hoon Kim

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The bus ride to Microsoft Campus was pretty quick once the bus finally arrived.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
We are almost at building 92, where Studio A is just a walking distance away.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
While searching for Building Studio A we went through building 92 and saw the company store right there (must have moved, last time it was somewhere completely different).

Seattle 2010 Day 5
There were lots of guys and girls standing around helping us with directions.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
We finally reached Studio A, pretty colorful posters up here, but finding the actual conference room was not very easy, 5000 room numbers, wtf?

Seattle 2010 Day 5
Lots of XNA MVPs here.

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And even more on the other side.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
And some guys from the XNA team.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
Dong-Hoon is also taking pictures. Funniest thing he told me yet was a joke from Korea: If someone asks you when the shuttle is coming, answer: You are not Protoss, there is no Shuttles for you.

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This is Nick Gravelyn, a former XNA, which now is part of the Borg, erm, Microsoft XNA team :)

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This is was happens to gramophone record here ..

Seattle 2010 Day 5
XNA guys running around, I am too lazy to tag them now ..

Seattle 2010 Day 5
Almost there at the new conference room location.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
A big room with lots of MVPs, big meeting ahead. Sorry, not allowed to disclose any more details .. at least it was interesting stuff.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
And finally walking back to the bus stop, the day is almost over. Time for a XNA party.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
Kathleen explains that we will go to the Big Picture bar and whats going on in general.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
On the bus ride everyone was checking and hacking on their phone. Most people have iPhones, which is kinda funny ..

Seattle 2010 Day 5
We had some extra time, so like last year we visted the Game Workshop board game shop, but I don't think anyone bought anything.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
The problem with the bar this time was that we were way to few people to fill it. Lots of room, but only a few guys in each. Last year this party was at this very same location, but we had some other teams here too and it was more crowded and party-like.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
XNA guys like Nick talking to XNA MVPs Andy and George.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
Everyone was taking pictures.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
After a while the UK and Irish MVPs were suggesting that we go to the Irish pub again because there is not much going on here (even though we had Pizza and free beer, yeah). This is a quick picture from the Big Picture ^^

Seattle 2010 Day 5
Some guys have their hotel right here, so they were quickly dropping of their stuff. I didn't want to go all the way to my hotel and back, so I just waited a bit here.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
Don't really know how this picture happend, but from the time stamp I can see this was taken BEFORE I was even drunk, which makes not much sense. I still think this is a cool photo.

Seattle 2010 Day 5
We stayed way too long in the pub, it was almost 1am when we finally left and I walked back to my hotel. At 7am my roommate got up, so there wasn't a long night sleep. Hopefully I won't be too exhausted the next day.

Seattle 2010 - MVP Summit - Day 4

by Benjamin Nitschke 16. February 2010 23:43
Today the MVP Summit actually started and I had to move from Seattle to Bellevue. Weather was pretty nice today, not really warm, but it was not raining, there was no fog and the sun was shining.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
Looking outside my Seattle hotel window for the last time. Weather is pretty good tdoay.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
I checked out from the Holiday Inn and took a cab to Bellevue to register for the MVP Summit and then go to my new hotel.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
One last look at Seattle, good bye. I will only see Bellevue from now on and finally depart on Saturday at Seattle Airport.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
Going to Bellevue means going over the big floating bridge, which is usually full of traffic. Luckily for me rush hour is over and the ride was pretty quick (otherwise it can take 30 minutes or more just to get over the bridge).

Seattle 2010 Day 4
The sky was looking pretty cool out here.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
The taxi driver kept talking about all kind of stuff (I better go not too much into details here, he was kinda crazy ^^). Here he was explaining to me how rich people are on average that live at this side of Bellevue.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
After about 25 minutes I reached the Hyatt Hotel, where I won't be staying, but here the MVP Summit registration took place. I got my conference badge, a nice shirt, a bag and a drinking bottle. Free swag is always cool, but I heard some MVPs complaining about having too much MVP logos on the free swag sometimes ^^

Seattle 2010 Day 4
I had some free time to visit some of the side sessions, but apart from a Codeplex talk there wasn't much interesting things going on. I read my emails, watched some VODs and played a little Fallout 3 on my netbook (which runs great by the way, many other games are not so good).

Seattle 2010 Day 4
A quick look outside the window. Time to get to my new hotel and get some lunch ..

Seattle 2010 Day 4
The weather outside was still great and I eat a baguette from Subway and ran around in Bellevue a bit.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
Pretty nice area to live here, a little loud, but everything looks so new.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
The buildings here and the whole downtown of Bellevue are quite new. Pretty amazing skyscrapers if you ask me:


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Some shops in a fancy building.

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This is still the same building ..

Seattle 2010 Day 4
Okay, enough walking around. Time to go to my new hotel and meet my new roommate.

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A quick view outside the window of my new room. The highway across the parking space looks really loud, but I did not hear it, neither at the day time nor at night, which was pretty cool.

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And this is my new roommate Otto from Hungary. Pretty nice guy. Sorry for the bad picture.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
After some relaxing and surfing via the incredible slow internet at the hotel it was time to go to the Hyatt hotel again for the MVP Summit keynote.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
This is were I meet several other XNA MVPs. You can see Richard, Catalin, Andy (Z-Man) and George in this picture from back to front. I probably should have met with all the German MVPs too, but I stayed with the XNA guys all evening.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
The keynote was about to start. Sorry, I cannot take any pictures from any content of this MVP Summit, everything is highly confidential and under NDA.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
The keynote was kinda boring, not because of the content, but more because the speakers were a little slow and IMO there wasn't enough jokes and fun stuff sprinkeled in like in past years. After the keynotes and welcome speeches it was time to move over to the welcome area.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
Lots of free beer, let the evening begin. There was also food, but I wasn't very hungry and only ate a small hamburger and some cake.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
More XNA MVPs found us and the group became bigger.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
Andy was telling stories as usual, but it was also great to meet up with the rest of the guys again and exchange stories and what happened over the year.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
More pictures from the XNA group.

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The bar was being disassembled, which isn't a good sign. Time to move to a new location. Especially the UK and Irish MVPs were suggesting going to the Irish pub on the other side of the street, which we of course did.

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A quick picture from our long walk across the street.

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Here you can see the UK XNA guys ready to cross the street.

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We finally reached the Irish Pub and are enjoying our first beer here (additionally to the beers we had already of course).

Seattle 2010 Day 4
Lots of different beers here. We tried of course several different ones.

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Looking at my glass. Not a good sign ^^

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An hour or two later some more XNA MVPs came by and joined us. More beer and I was already pretty drunk (I am not as trained as those other guys).

Seattle 2010 Day 4
Time to go home now, it is pretty late, 8am on my europe clock, which is 11pm here.

Seattle 2010 Day 4
One last look at Bellevue, I just fell into my bed once I reached the hotel. The next day my head was brumming a little, but I guess I still had a good night sleep, which was very much required.

The last thing I recorded this day was this police car at night:

Seattle 2010 - MVP Summit - Day 3

by Benjamin Nitschke 15. February 2010 23:16
Day 3 (Monday) wasn't very exciting, but tomorrow the MVP Summit will start. The day started with a lot of mist, there wasn't much to see, but later in the day the mist cleared and a little sun came through.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
Going outside made it apparent that the fog shader was turned on and its settings were way too high.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
Not even the skyscrapers of Seattle Downtown were visible. I would even guess the rendering skipped them completely.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
The mist and fog seems to be stronger the higher up you go. With an equally distributed fog the buildings would not fade out that quickly as you go up.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
The Space Needle is also fogged out. Not much reason to go up there, I can see the same fog down here too.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
Instead I took the monorail to Seattle Downtown. My destination was the Public Library.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
There is the Monorail train coming. I also took a few quick videos from the train ride:



And another video from the end of the train ride. The fog is still pretty strong, but a little light comes through from the sky.


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The sun is poking through the fog. It seems like you can look farther up here, maybe the fog is clearning already.

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Time to run around in Seattle Downtown a little.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
Today is a normal weekday, so nothing spectecular is going on here.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
Well, except for the smoke coming out of the street. Someone down there is really smoking too much.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
A look in between the big buildings here.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
The fog is still there plus some additional smoke from chimneys, but the sky seems to get more blue now.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
I arrived at the Public Library of Seattle, but guess what, it is closed today. Bummer ..



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I walked around a little bit more and did some shopping ..

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The sky is pretty blue now. And this building is still cool everytime I walk by it.

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On the other side there seem to be a very expensive hotel with a big entrance. There are like 2 million lights on each tree.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
And there is the Sheraton in Seattle, which is were I was last year. Some MVP Summit sessions were even hold here, but this year everything is happening in Bellevue.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
I also wanted to see a movie. Since most theatres here are still just showing Avatar (many cinemas have only one room), I choose to go to the Regal Merdian cinema once again because they have 16 cinema rooms with lots of different movies.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
I saw Wolfman, but even that was only a choice because all the other movies seemed to be even less interesting. Maybe it is not a good time for good movies right now. Wolfman had some good effects, but the story was pretty stupid and overall I am not such a big fan of fantasy films, but I guess for a fantasy film it was pretty good.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
For 50 cents you could get like 10 M&Ms, not really worth the effort to rotate the wheel ^^ I also had some popcorn, which was very tasty as usual.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
In the afternoon the weather was much better, but I was tired again and needed a little nap (man this jet lag is killing me, why was it so much easier the last years, maybe I am getting old ^^).

Seattle 2010 Day 3
I walked around a little and considered going to the Space Needle again.

Seattle 2010 Day 3
Not much going on in this part of Seattle. I saw a few more cinemas, but they all just showed Avatar ..

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Then there was this strange school for girls building ..

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And some stuff for building the next skyscraper, but with this amount of steel it cannot be very high ^^

Seattle 2010 Day 3
Because of the bad weather and still kinda poor vision I decided against going to the Space Needle again and took a little nap instead. Watched some vods, tv series, worked a bit and played some games the rest of the day. Also tried out the new NDepend for VS2010, which is now nicely integrated, more about that later.

Seattle 2010 - MVP Summit - Day 2

by Benjamin Nitschke 14. February 2010 22:33
Today the weather was much nicer and some people I saw were even running around in t-shirts. I was having much more problems with Jet-Lag than in my last trips, that is probably because I got up so early and I do not stay up that late anymore.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
The day started for me by video chatting with my girlfriend back home (miss you ^^). Today is Valentines Day and it is pretty sad that I have to be this far away, but what can you do, there is only one MVP Summit a year and this event just rocks. My little netbook also makes me happy, the buildin camera is just great and aside from the slow CPU I can do anything I want with it.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
The weather is a little bit better, but still cloudy.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
The skyline of Seattle. Not sure if I am going to downtown today, still need to relax a little bit more from the long day yesterday.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
The good old elephant car wash sign is still up (and glowing at night).

Seattle 2010 Day 2
There is the Little Ducks Tour bus, but we are going to see more ducks today.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
I like this kind of pictures. You wont see this in games, this scene has just too many polygons.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
The Space Needle in Seattle Center, thats were I am going. This drive through pharmacy is also something strange IMO, we don't have things like that in Europe.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
The monorail is driving over my head. I am almost there.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
The good old Space Needle is still standing tall. But at this weather condition I am not going up there and watch a few meters into the mist.

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The Seattle Center house, I am going to eat something there later, but I had a good long breakfast today so I am not hungry right now.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
The Seattle Science Center looks more interesting right now. They have an exhibition about Mars today and it sounds kinda interesting. The other big attration is watching Avatar in the IMAX theatre, but I have already seen that movie.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
As you can see I did not jump over the fence, but instead bought a ticket .. at least this time :)

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Okay, time to visit Mars now.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
Photos were not allowed here and as you can see without a flash there is not much to see. The exhibition was so-so, lots of interesting topics, but more for kids and it was lacking details. Some kid fun stuff was interesting and I still enjoyed it (e.g. a bubble wall, how motors work, chaos pendulum, etc.)

Seattle 2010 Day 2
This little Mars Rover looked pretty cool and even though it is just a plastic dummy, you can imagine how big this thing is.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
Back outside there were some plastic sharks swimming around. Not sure why, I thought there are no sharks in this area (way too far north?)

Seattle 2010 Day 2
And then I saw this little nice duck, which I immediately greeted with "My name is exDreamDuck".

And here you can see a little video of my new duck friend:


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Kids were also having lots of fun with the water pumps and general playground here.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
A little while later the Roving Mars movie started in the IMAX cinema, which was pretty good, but more about past missions than about any future ones.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
Some little dinosaurs, just for my girlfriend, she likes them :) Everyone else, look away!

Seattle 2010 Day 2
The other IMAX theatre is showing Avatar, which I already saw. Pretty crazy that this movie is so extremely popular and everyone likes 3D movies now.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
My late lunch was a couple of pizza slices, which were pretty tasty. I also got a big milkshake, which I drank for half an hour and then had enough (holy crap are things big here sometimes).

Seattle 2010 Day 2
While waking out the Seattle Center park I saw these native music guys and made a little video:



Seattle 2010 Day 2
Okay, why is this guy so far away from his girlfriend and still on the ground? He will not get the whole Space Needle and his girlfriend ever on this picture .. I walked by him and he still was trying .. I did not gave him the tip to get closer, he might figure it out by himself some day.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
A figure from the Music Experience building, which looks pretty funny. Last few years here the big MVP Summit party was held, but this time it will be in Bellevue as well as the rest of the conference.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
Why the hell is Mc Donalds still counting how many burger they have sold? 99 Billion and still counting? Wtf, who cares?.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
A power converter center in the middle of the city, strange. Also lots of construction going on here.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
A park and a church near my hotel.

Seattle 2010 Day 2
One last look at the other side of Seattle. I am pretty tired right now, I need a little nap .. rest of the day will be relaxing, playing some games and watching some movies in bed :)

Seattle 2010 - MVP Summit - Day 1

by Benjamin Nitschke 14. February 2010 11:34
The MVP Summit 2010 is starting in a few days (Tuesday, 2010-02-16 to be precise) and as usual I am flying over to Seattle a few days early because of incredible cheaper flights at the weekend (less than half even with 3 days extra hotel costs). The MVP Summit is not in Seattle this time, but in Bellevue, which is ~20km away (no, I am not using Miles or Fahrenheit). Anyway, this is still 3 days away and until then I can enjoy Seattle for a while.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
My trip started at Saturday morning 05:30 by finding out that the S5 train to the airport does not drive on Saturday. I just moved to the Suedstadt because or new office is located there now, which is below the city center of Hannover. This was my first time at the Suedstadt train station and I only knew that the S5 train will depart every 30 minutes, well except on 05:30 on Saturdays. I had to wait for the 06:00 train, which took me to the airport at about 06:29. As usual there was still plenty of time until my airplane was ready for boarding at 07:00. I also took some boring pictures of the airport, but I won't post them here. Instead you can see pretty similar pictures in my older posts:
Seattle 2010 Day 1
This time the plane did not take me to Amsterdam, but to Paris instead (with Air France). Before take off the plane got some green gue sprayed on for defrosting it, which looked strange.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
As you can see the green gue is gone (seems windy outside the plane). Below us is France, but there is nothing to see because of the rainy weather and all the clouds below.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
After 1.5h we landed in Paris. As expected there wasn't much to see except clouds and rain.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
Not sure what kind of people are willing to wait in this area ..

Seattle 2010 Day 1
The little I could see from the airport in Paris looked pretty cool and relaxed.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
Security checks, security checks, security checks. This time every person got a very detailed check, a deep look into your bags and a personal touch to see what kind of weapons you got under your clothes. This is not only retarded, but also extremely useless because everyone already went though several security checks making it pretty much impossible to have any weapons still on them.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
Time to enter the big plane finally, which will carry me to Seattle in the next 11-12 hours. I am still pretty tired, but I don't expect to be able to sleep in the plane, it is just too loud.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
It took almost an hour in the plane until we finally could lift off. First there was an extra 20 minutes of wait time because the security checks took that long to get all passengers on board (did I say retarded security checks already?). Next the plane needed green defrosting gue too and then it needed permission to take off at a new time, etc.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
After almost 12 hours in the plane and arriving an hour late in Seattle, the second part of the retarded security checks by the great Department of Homeland Security took another hour of fun wait time. At least I was able to surf the internet thanks to free WiFi at Seattle Airport. I was chatting with people on Skype and ICQ until I got in line and the security guy was asking me what I were doing just now. He even thought it was funny to speak a little German to me, but what the hell, I just went here to speak English :)

Seattle 2010 Day 1
One more picture of Seattle airport. I got 100 dollars from an ATM and used the first 11 dollars of that to get to my hotel via the Gray Line of Seattle busses.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
As you can see the weather here is pretty shitty too, raining almost all day, but at least it is much warmer than in Germany (10 degrees celsius instead of -2 degrees in Germany).

Seattle 2010 Day 1
A few minutes later the bus arrived. I took a quick picture of myself and I think I don't even look like someone awake for almost 19 hours now. Maybe it is my training from the good old coding nights.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
Driving through a tunnel, nothing spectacular, but I kinda like this picture because of the yellow colors.

As last time I will also try to blog a few videos. Only problem is that my camera does not produce any good videos, so I will have to wait for something interesting to happen to make it worthwhile. This is just a video from the bus ride to Seattle:


Seattle 2010 Day 1
Seattle downtown is now visible through the rain. Hopefully not all the days here will have this kind of weather.

Another short clip from the bus:


Seattle 2010 Day 1
The bus is finally reaching downtown. I still like all the skyscrapers here, we got nothing like that in Hannover back home.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
Seattle downtown close up.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
I really like the skyscrappers here. I think this one is the biggest. If the weather is better tomorrow or on Monday I will try to get on top of it and view around :)

Seattle 2010 Day 1
The public library of Seattle, still a pretty cool building.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
The streets of seattle. I will walk around here a little bit more in the coming days.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
There is the Space Needle. My hotel is not far from it, but I have to walk a bit since the bus did not go all the way.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
There it is, the Holiday Inn. Don't ask me why I took this hotel, it was just the cheapest offer from Expedia, so I took it in like 3 seconds ^^

Seattle 2010 Day 1
And this is my bed, which I could really need now after being awake for 22h (started the day at 04:30 in the night, now it is 15:30 +9h time difference).

Seattle 2010 Day 1
But I only took a quick nap of 3h. Time to explore Seattle a bit and I was also kinda hungry so I searched for the next supermarket. The Holiday Inn sign also looks much nicer at night.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
The Space Needle at night.

Seattle 2010 Day 1
As usual I am the only pedestrian around ..

Seattle 2010 Day 1
And finally a picture from the supermarket where I found lots of cool stuff. But what the hell is this, 1.5l bottles of Listerine and this many different tastes? After my little shopping trip I went back to the hotel, made some popcorn in the microwave and watched a few OSL StarCraft videos to relax. Then I slept for 9h. Much more pics are coming tomorrow.

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