Just got back from a week at the beach playing with the grandbaby and mastering boat drinks made in a blender--IOW, feeling pretty calm and mellow.
There are a couple of reviews of this year's STC conference on UXMatters .
I wrote this one: http://www.uxmatters.com/MT/archives/000197.php It's pretty positive, but I do imply a certain industry guru is standing in elephant poop based on a comment he made in his blog.
This one takes the conference to task, but did have nice things to say about my presentation: http://www.uxmatters.com/MT/archives/000196.php
All in all, minor quiblings aside, all views seem to point to exciting possibilities for our profession and how it is converging with other user-centered disciplines. We are writers, hear us roar, kind of stuff.