DirectX in a hurry

So, being a Program Manager working with XBox games teams - that's got to be one of the coolest jobs going, eh?  

Well come back to me in six months, and I'll let you know :-)

For the moment, as well as lots of PM-y type things, I'm trying to get myself up to speed on DirectX using C++. Any recommendations for good resources very welcome indeed!

 I've also been making a list of recently updated blogs and other sites that may be interesting. Again, feel free to suggest your favourites!