Cody Lindley [@codylindley] gave a great intro and exploration of what jQuery is all about!
Sure there was lots of great ideas for how to use this technology bubbling in my head after Cody introduced feature after feature of jQuery. The best part was his 'How to build your own jQuery plug-in in 6 Steps' starting on slide 82. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to extend a library but the documentation doesn't clearly outline best practices for building new classes or plug-ins. It's a lot of trial and error, not to mention headaches. This presentation was so valuable I just have to share it!
You can also check out Cody's PDF book jQuery Enlightenment for just $15. It is a collection of useful code and samples which can rapidly get you up and running with all the power of jQuery.
P.S. Microsoft was at Dev Days Seattle giving FREE RAM upgrades to every computer that wasn't already maxed out. Unfortunately, my laptop was maxed so I couldn't take advantage, but what a cool way to engage this audience.
P.P.S. You have to check out this video of the guys who brought you Photosynth. Steve Seitz talked about how their team has taken the ideas behind Photosynth further and this technology is seriously impressive. Their goal: Re-Build Rome in a day! http://grail.cs.washington.edu/rome/