The C# Disco Floor Guy - Clint Rutkas

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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 Windows Mobile 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.

He did Smiley

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      z2bass
      That's really awsome... the guy on your RIGHT (our left) should go to Walmart and buy a cheap timer thermostat... $5 max! (an no C# required)

      BTW.... C# = VB.NET!!!!! BOTH MERGE TO IL!!!!
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      Rory
      z2bass wrote:
      That's really awsome... the guy on your RIGHT (our left) should go to Walmart and buy a cheap timer thermostat... $5 max! (an no C# required)

      BTW.... C# = VB.NET!!!!! BOTH MERGE TO IL!!!!


      I know - I screwed up on the right/left thing.

      I was just excited Smiley
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      z2bass
      Rightfully so... no pun intended!
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      Rossj
      He really needs to hook up with my friend Martin who just delivered a video curtain to a cruise ship (which looks awesome and also driven by C#) - it would be totally Disco-tastic!
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      littleguru
      Rory touching somebody with his hands?
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      Ion Todirel
      cool, Rory add to Tags: Coding4Fun
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      Rory
      littleguru wrote:
      Rory touching somebody with his hands?


      I bumped my dose of Zoloft (sertraline) up a bit, and it seems to be helping out a lot with things like hand touching.

      It still makes me feel weird, but I feel more comfortable now than before.

      That said, I only touched his knuckles - for some reason, that's OK with my neuroses Smiley

      This is a common maneuver of mine. To avoid a handshake, I'll often offer to hug someone or to do knuckles.

      Plenty of human contact, so people are happy, and I can avoid getting any diseases (which doesn't seem to have worked - at home with a bad flu right now - blah).
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      Rory
      Ion Todirel wrote:
      cool, Rory add to Tags: Coding4Fun


      I was thinkin similarly, but I want to see first if it makes sense to add the extra tag.

      I think it will be, but I want to wait a little...
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      Johannes
      Rory. Man, you really need to start shaking hands. Its exactly because you don't that you get the cold. Let me put it in MS terms. Wink

      See, your immune system is sorta like Windows Live OneCare and it needs to be updated once in a while to keep the virus definitions up to date (i.e. get as many virus samples for your immune system to train on... especially new, updated vira). If you don't use the automatic update in windows your computer would be left wide open for anyone who'd like to get access. Just like your body is now open for all sorts of exploitation... :O

      Ehh, wait. That last part didn't sound right... Well, you get the point. Tongue Out

      So just go out and jump in an unclean pool... Sniff your fingers after poo poo, and sleep in a reactor core once in a while... It's all REALLY good for you! Big Smile

      Nah, I really like your interviewing style and your vids in general... Keep'em coming and keep up the good work!
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      Chadk

      Haha. Fantastic interview!!!!!!!!!!

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      littleguru
      Nice interview guys... I like the casual style.
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      CRPietschma​nn
      Great interview! Keep them coming!
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      ZippyV
      Rory wrote:
      
      littleguru wrote: Rory touching somebody with his hands?


      I bumped my dose of Zoloft (sertraline) up a bit, and it seems to be helping out a lot with things like hand touching.

      It still makes me feel weird, but I feel more comfortable now than before.

      That said, I only touched his knuckles - for some reason, that's OK with my neuroses 

      This is a common maneuver of mine. To avoid a handshake, I'll often offer to hug someone or to do knuckles.

      Plenty of human contact, so people are happy, and I can avoid getting any diseases (which doesn't seem to have worked - at home with a bad flu right now - blah).


      Perplexed ?
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      DarthVista
      Yes! Thanks, Rory, for yet another great video.
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      earnshaw
      Fantastic video.  A C# project that runs a disco floor for the most excellent  purpose of getting girls to come visit!  Has anyone contacted Marketing?  "C#:  The programming language that runs your enterprise and improves your love life!  At better retailers everywhere.  Oh, and don't forget to see our new Vista OS on display -- now with AEROGLASS technology."

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