I first learned about Clint Rutkas
when I read a Coding4Fun article
in which he described what it took to build a C#-driven disco
floor for his apartment (Clint has since become
the Coding4Fun blog home page
author - congrats on that).
I figured I'd meet him at a conference someday or something, but otherwise tucked the information into the back of my head.
Then, last week, Mel Sampat
, a guy who works on
stuff, sent me an email saying that he had a visitor with him who really wanted to meet me.
This happens every once in a while, and, yes, my ego inflates a bit each time. But this was different.
When Mel showed up with Clint, I still didn't know who Clint was. I thought he was another person stopping by to say "Hi" and get a tour of the Channel 9 offices.
About three minutes into meeting him, though, Mel told me who he was - The Disco Floor Guy
I went a little nuts. Now, instead of Mel bringing someone by who wanted to meet me, it turned into Mel bringing someone by who I wanted to meet.
Many of us have been through something similar to this. You find out who someone is online - usually through articles, a blog, or whatever - but you have no idea what that someone looks like, so, the first time you meet in person, you talk for anywhere from
three minutes to three hours before realizing who it is you're talking to.
That's what happened here, and it was neat.
I gave Clint a tour around the offices, and then asked if he'd like to be in a C9 video.