I attended the "Getting Real Workshop" from 37signals yesterday. Lots of content in one day. I really enjoyed Jason's and David's presentation style. I will try to talk about my thoughts in the coming week.
On another thought, I find it interesting how we rate events, movies, and books. Sometimes we rate them on pure entertainment (visual, action, funny,...) value. Other times we rate them on how well their message was conveyed. And, then on other occasions, I find that I get something out of them beyond what was intended.
This last one is real interesting to me. Sometimes when people ask me whether a movie is good or not, I have a problem rating them objectively. Because, sometimes a movie may not be particularly good, but it may have influenced thoughts because of my state of mind. Sometimes, even though my state of mind might be very different than the movie plot, there are very subtle aspects of a movie that sometimes opens up a train of thought in my mind that I had not realized was there before. Usually this happens when I am thinking of a specific problem or topic. I find this fascinating. I also love when it happens. Of course, with todays movies it is difficult to tell whether this is ever intended or not.
BTW, I think the "Getting Real Workshop" has a good share of all 3 - entertainment, intended messages, and some unintended messages (or perhaps they were intended).