Monday, December 8, 2008

AU - Day 5

Well it's a little bit late, but here's an account of the last day...

Woke up and got ready to head to Palazzo E-G for the morning session. 422 were signed up, but only 254 were scanned. It seemed like more were actually present, but I doubt THAT many slipped through the cracks. Having an intensive session on the last day of AU is not easy and in fact, many commented on that. Sorry, speakers don't create the schedule! I received a hint that things would not go as smoothly as Thursday once the laptop was plugged in and the projectors were not recognized. After some fiddling, they were recognized and we were on our way to start. My sincere apologies to all those that could not see the screen properly due to the resolution being too high. That's a lesson learned for the future and I'll always check from now on. I was under the impression that projectors had lower resolutions, but it wasn't the case this time. To make matters worse, one was a bit out of focus and the other was flickering (noticed it the previous day during Paul's class). This, coupled with lack of sleep, made things worse for some.

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"Murphy" came in and visited (meaning, Revit stopped responding due to display issues related to the new Dell hardware). So once again, I apologize for not being able to do a live demo of one particular example. Rest assured that the hardware was MORE than capable of running that little example, but it just wasn't meant to be today. The Thursday session was recorded when Murphy wasn't around, so hopefully you'll get to watch it again ;) Thanks to all of you for your comments. Speakers learn a lot from them and I hope to be able to address some of your concerns in the future. As of today, 46.67% responded for Thursday's session (96.94% speaker recommendation) and 41.73% responded for Friday's session (96.23% speaker recommendation). I'm humbled and really thank you for your support. Presenting to large groups isn't easy, especially with so many Experts on the floor! The new online evaluation system ran better than expected (higher turnout), so thumbs up Joseph W! The overall session average was 9.32 and 9.01 respectively.

Afterwards I hung out for a while in the AEC Lounge in the company of Steven Campbell, Harlan Brumm and Kelly Cone before checking out and meeting up with my work colleagues for a relaxed lunch in the Piazza (again!). I bumped against Steve Stafford on my way out and that was the last I saw of him.

After lunch we roamed around to the new Palazzo and finally walked out of the hotel for the first time. The weather was gorgeous and we took some pictures, joked around, talked about the experiences and what we learned, and then headed to the airport for an on-time flight home to Houston Hobby. It has been a memorable AU and I'm already looking forward to next year.


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5 comments:

Steven said...

Nice room, next year you have to fill it thou...
Steve C

Dave Baldacchino said...

Filling a Friday morning math-intensive class? Let's make sure the projectors are at the right resolution next year ;)

Steven said...

Will do boss, lesson learned and hopefully not repeated. I already have a few ideas for next year...

Dave Baldacchino said...

I'm not your boss lol! I bow to thee content master.

Steven said...

Not me, I learned a few things from you in this class. I need to brush up on my math...
Sincerely Grasshopper

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