"I'll be hanging out in New England next week doing all sorts of BuildMaster client things, but I'll also be giving a couple database-related talks at some local SQL Server events."
Dude, come out the the Pacific North West (the PNW) one of these days! If ya can, Portland, OR. We have many DB professionals in the area who would enjoy the anti-DB design talks, with plenty of beer to wash down the sorrow!
Are there generally videos of talks afterwards or something? Maybe for purchase?...
With SQLSAturdays Its a free community event by the community. No one gets paid for this. So we don't offer paid extra's. We basically do this on a shoe string budget. The only thing we are allowed to charge for in fact is a $10 bag lunch which is an optional expense when you register.
That being said, If your in the Boston or RI area, drop by to both events if you can. NESQL meets in Cambridge at one of the microsoft offices. Its run by Adam Machanic, who wrote the awesome sp_whoisactive procedure.