Steve Holden: Python Software Foundation ChairmanThe attendance in 2009 was really down; the PSF lost a lot of money. 2010 was better. 2011 has the biggest attendance ever. There were 1400+ registrations.
Dr. Hilary Mason from Bit.lyList comprehensions are the most popular feature in Python according to her data.
The Kinect For Xbox 360 from Microsoft is awesome.
She recommended the book "Collective Intelligence".
Side note: Tavis Rudd has a totally awesome speech recognition setup. He has created his own spoken language / grammar with words customized to doing everything, especially controlling Emacs. Listening to him speak, it sounds like a foreign language, but he's able to control his machine very quickly. He had to develop this because he was suffering from RSI very badly. He has a Mac with two virtual machines. One runs Windows with Dragon Speak. The other runs Linux. He logs into Linux from Windows. He has high-level words that allow him to operate very quickly.