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AU 2005!

Hey all, I'm here at Autodesk University 2005 in Orlando Florida, heart of the Disney Empire. PAX DISNEYANA!

There is no escape from here. The red spheres see to that.

Enough joking. Autodesk University is the grand poo-bah get together for all the CAD dorks in the world, and I was lucky enough to be invited to be a speaker. Y'all knew I was a big geek, but it turns out I'm a big enough geek that other geeks are willing to sit in a room and hear what I have to say about geek things. Guess I better give up any pretense of not being a geek now (and here I thought my new shirt from H&M at least did something to put me in the non-geek category).

I've got two classes I'm teaching this year, this one and that one. First one's down, and other than a little technical hiccup, it seemed to go well. It's hard to tell how well you're doing when you are talking to several hundred people. Tomorrow's talk is even larger, so I don't know if I should have a big coffee right before for my energy level or a big drink for my nerves. Never talked to so many folks at once, so I hope I'm doing OK. So far everyone I've talked to says the first one was a great class, but I'd rather hear from the folks that didn't like it so that I can do a better job on the one tomorrow. Oh well.

Hey all, I'm here at Autodesk University 2005 in Orlando Florida, heart of the Disney Empire. PAX DISNEYANA!

There is no escape from here. The red spheres see to that.

Enough joking. Autodesk University is the grand poo-bah get together for all the CAD dorks in the world, and I was lucky enough to be invited to be a speaker. Y'all knew I was a big geek, but it turns out I'm a big enough geek that other geeks are willing to sit in a room and hear what I have to say about geek things. Guess I better give up any pretense of not being a geek now (and here I thought my new shirt from H&M at least did something to put me in the non-geek category).

I've got two classes I'm teaching this year, this one and that one. First one's down, and other than a little technical hiccup, it seemed to go well. It's hard to tell how well you're doing when you are talking to several hundred people. Tomorrow's talk is even larger, so I don't know if I should have a big coffee right before for my energy level or a big drink for my nerves. Never talked to so many folks at once, so I hope I'm doing OK. So far everyone I've talked to says the first one was a great class, but I'd rather hear from the folks that didn't like it so that I can do a better job on the one tomorrow. Oh well.

The spheres... the spheres...

This place is huge, and I keep getting lost. The conference is huge too. It's something like 6000 people or more. One really cool thing about being a speaker is that I get to go to all the other classes too. Jim B, James V, & Mario G gave one heck (gotta say heck, can't say hell, otherwise the Disney cops will come and grab me) of a great talk last night about the challenges they have faced and the strategies they have come up with for using Revit within their large firms. Great stuff. It was recorded, so when it goes live y'all should really check it out if you're into Revit stuff.

There's also a rumor going 'round that the final party for the conference is going to be *in* Disneyland somewhere. These are the magic boats that take you into the heart of the beast. You know, I love Disneyland, for it's akin to a Wagnerian Opera, in that it's a total work of Art. Every detail is thought of in relation to the whole. As a designer I eat that up. Well, that and my general lack of maturity.

Oh, and hey, if you're visiting from the main site (and not getting this via RSS) you'll notice that the images seem to be borked. Grrr. Drupal's has lost the ability to make the thumbnails so all the images seem to be resorting to orginal size, so I'm turning off the random image block for now. Of course this happens when I'm thousands of miles away with spotty connections at best. So it won't be next week until I can fix that, so sorry there, I know it's a little annoying...

Jeffrey McGrew