Day one of TSE was just registration, dinner, and a keynote by Rod Johnson but it was a great evening for a couple reasons.
Rod's keynote focused on the changing of the guard and disruption for the Java EE landscape. Most notably, his contention was that the committee driven process that we have now is largely failing. EJB 3.0 being just the latest example. OpenSource is a much more dynamic and user driven process that nearly immediately produces software and frameworks that a lot of users need. The committees by contrast are steered by people who try to sell application servers and move at the pace of a Columbus driver in a 1/2 inch of snow (aka very s l o w l y). I think his point here was right on and I think it might signal a very polar divide between users and committee.
Additionally, the conference passed out Rod Johnson bobblehead dolls complete with the pose from this book cover: