I love to put faces to names (not least because I am terrible with names but pretty decent with faces!). I am doing a short 10minute intro as part of the keynote of Fest08 tomorrow and hope to work in the back of the room as much as possible during the day and hang out with the attendees during the breaks. This is my hope - but more and more internal meetings keep appearing in my calendar 🙁
Please do say hello if you see me there and you read either http://blogs.msdn.com/ericnel or http://blogs.msdn.com/goto100 - especially if you happen to be a Visual Basic developer (but I do talk to folks doing C# and Java and C++ and Lisp and... although to be fair I don't really understand what the Lisp folks tell me).
Fest08 is shaping up to be great fun (which is what I expect from Richard et al). Enjoy!