I too got Muthu's request to point to Umesh's writeup to motivate the brief descriptions for FOCS this year. But I was busy with family duties this morning, and didn't get a chance to say anything before all the other blogs did. And now it's all been said. But I'll link anyway, in case somebody's missed it.
Of all the posts, I'd say JeffE's should be required reading. Of course, I consider anything with the slightest hint of snarkiness from Jeff required reading, both for amusement value and to see what points he makes, and this post exceeds the minimum recommended daily allowance of snark.