Thursday, November 4, 2010

If Only They Built It... LIBRARY CAFE & SKYWALK

This is part of a series called If Only They Built It... My use of SketchUp began in 7th grade and that year, I made an elaborate model of my school, Rye Country Day School (I'm now an alum.) Between 7th and 9th grades, I copied my school model and made additions and changes I wished to see in real life, some with excruciating detail. 8 years later, it's time to revisit those ideas. Click images for larger views.

LIBRARY CAFE & SKYWALK

I've spent a good deal of time at Manhattanville College in my life because of the school's proximity to home and Rye Country Day. At Manhattanville, like many schools, they have a cafe in the library. Here at Connecticut College, ours is called the Blue Camel Cafe. So, in my imaginary SketchUp/Rye Country Day world, I thought it would be a nice touch to build a cafe into the Klingenstein Library, a building that is literally a bridge between the Middle and Upper School. I also proposed a sky-walk connecting the 5th/6th grade hallway to the library because, even though these two spaces are less than 50' apart, the walk could take a few minutes and a number of staircases. I guess I was just lazy.


View of the Skywalk connecting the Library to the 5th/6th grade area of the Middle School

The Library Cafe, seen in the location of the support room that houses the old yearbooks and the cable internet connection.





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If Only They Built It... LS GYM STAGE

This is part of a series called If Only They Built It... My use of SketchUp began in 7th grade and that year, I made an elaborate model of my school, Rye Country Day School (I'm now an alum.) Between 7th and 9th grades, I copied my school model and made additions and changes I wished to see in real life, some with excruciating detail. 8 years later, it's time to revisit those ideas. Click images for larger views.

LOWER SCHOOL GYM STAGE

In my SketchUp world, I decided to create a stage addition to Cedar Street-facing end of the Lower School Gymnasium. The Lower School Gym may be more recognizable to some old-timers as the "Girl's Gym." It was constructed in 1957, I want to say (someone can fact check that--the cornerstone near northeast corner has the year,) and the title changed in the early 2000s. The simple stage I designed was raised about 4 feet, had a small backstage area, and also included mounted lights over the basketball court.


The stage, as viewed from center court looking south

Arial view of the stage and backstage hallway area
I even included a lighting and sound booth on wheels. In my head, the cart would reach the basketball court by being wheeled through the two roll-up doors seen above





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If Only They Built It... ART GALLERY

This is part of a series called If Only They Built It... My use of SketchUp began in 7th grade and that year, I made an elaborate model of my school, Rye Country Day School (I'm now an alum.) Between 7th and 9th grades, I copied my school model and made additions and changes I wished to see in real life, some with excruciating detail. 8 years later, it's time to revisit those ideas. Click images for larger views.

ART GALLERY


In 2004, a middle school art teacher and I were having a conversation about display space on campus. This conversation inspired me to design an art gallery and lecture space addition to the Dunn Performing Arts Center. I knew that the school was interested in a lecture hall, and that project transformed itself into the Pinkham Building addition, "Wildcat Hall" project (now officially "Memorial Hall,") for which construction began in the summer of 2009. My art gallery space, named after my grandmother who was an artist, was a two story addition to the Foyer of the PAC and had gallery space on the first floor, with the second floor available for additional displays or lecture seating.



View from above


Second floor in lecture setup


View of first floor gallery space


View up on new courtyard connecting arts the gallery with the Performing Arts Center foyer


View from Grandview Ave.


Ariel view of the first floor in gallery set-up




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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

If Only They Built It... SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL BANNERS, MORE OFTEN

This is part of a series called If Only They Built It... My use of SketchUp began in 7th grade and that year, I made an elaborate model of my school, Rye Country Day School (I'm now an alum.) Between 7th and 9th grades, I copied my school model and made additions and changes I wished to see in real life, some with excruciating detail. 8 years later, it's time to revisit those ideas. Click images for larger views.

SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL BANNERS, MORE OFTEN

In 2003, for the now-annual Spring Arts Festival, Mr. Starr, an art teacher, installed a number of colorful banners hanging off the library. This simple installation really struck me and inspired a number of my future designs and decorations. He simply used rolls of plastic table cloths. I found in my SketchUp model that I had mimicked his work in SketchUp and I wanted to share that briefly here. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of the original. I'll keep an eye out for it, though.




Colored, flowing fabrics applied at the Youth Group Carnival I began
And used as ceiling decor at the Purim Carnival...




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If Only They Built It.... Pool

This is the first post in a series called If Only They Built It... My use of SketchUp began in 7th grade and that year, I made an elaborate model of my school, Rye Country Day School (I'm now an alum.) Between 7th and 9th grades, I copied my school model and made additions and changes I wished to see in real life, some with excruciating detail. 8 years later, it's time to revisit those ideas. Click images for larger views.

AN RCDS POOL

Rye Country Day School, sadly, does not have a pool, nor a swim team. In the existing parking space just north of the LaGrange Field House, I "dug" out the steep hill to create an indoor pool and a second-floor viewing area for the Field House and pool facility.

View from the fields

View from within the Field House to the viewing area

Ariel View
View of seating area in pool facility
You can see the multipurpose room/squash courts here. The locker room doorway connects with the existing hallway behind the lockers.





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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Andrew Nathanson Goes Google"


"Andrew Nathanson Goes Google." That's the name of the article about my trip to 3D Basecamp that appeared on Tuesday in Connecticut College's The College Voice, the student newspaper.

There's even a drawn picture, which I was NOT expecting in the least!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Google's take on Basecamp

Just recently, Google SketchUp posted their video of the conference, as well as a video of the keynote presentation given by John Bacus of Google SketchUp. Finally, they also posted a photo album.

Below, embedded, is the event overview video. I can be seen coming into focus at 1:28-1:29.

Enjoy!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Photos!

One and all,
Here are (finally!) my photos from Google SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2010 in Boulder, CO!

Click here!
The photos are also, for the time being, scrolling as a slideshow at the top of this blog.

Enjoy!

_andrew

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Connecticut College Posts Article

Hi there! I still owe an update about Friday from the trip to Google. In the mean time, however, Connecticut College has posted an article about my trip to 3D Basecamp. Check it out!

For the time being, you can see my picture on the homepage of the website (below.) And yes, the photo is from two years ago, at 3D Basecamp 2008.

Tweets from #3DBC

In reverse order, from newest to oldest

And back to New York. A great #3dbc trip! (@ LaGuardia Airport (LGA) ✈ w/ 33 others) http://4sq.com/21nwnw
7:55 PM Sep 3rd via foursquare from Laguardia Airport, New York

Love love love love walking on these. #3dbc #kinda http://twitpic.com/2kx6ql
2:28 PM Sep 3rd via TweetDeck from Denver International Airport, Denver

Last stop on the #3dbc adventure (@ Denver International Airport (DEN) ✈ w/ 49 others) http://4sq.com/1Uqc7I
2:11 PM Sep 3rd via foursquare from Denver International Airport, Denver

Last checkin of #3dbc before the airport. What an awesome #sketchup #3dbasecamp !! (@ Google) http://4sq.com/8IXy6m
11:37 AM Sep 3rd via foursquare from Google, Boulder

Also just met the folks who created the Augmented Reality SketchUp plugin. So cool! #3dbc
10:42 AM Sep 3rd via TweetDeck from Whittier, Boulder

Just spent a session learning about 3d printing with a company that makes nice size color models for $400 or less in many cases! #3dbc
10:42 AM Sep 3rd via TweetDeck from Whittier, Boulder

Final day of #sketchup #3dbasecamp #3dbc (@ The Dairy Center For The Arts) http://4sq.com/coRiEg
8:42 AM Sep 3rd via foursquare from Dairy Center for The Arts, Boulder

Currently sitting in a massage chair at Google #3dbc. Best company ever. I love my life.
9:27 PM Sep 2nd via TweetDeck from Whittier, Boulder

#3dbc party! http://twitpic.com/2kokws
7:34 PM Sep 2nd via TweetDeck from Whittier, Boulder

Check out the #3dbc party! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UeYK_3Ipn8&feature=youtube_gdata_player
7:12 PM Sep 2nd via TweetDeck from Whittier, Boulder

On the roof deck with hundreds of SketchUp people! #3dbc #3dbasecamp (@ Google) http://4sq.com/8IXy6m
6:44 PM Sep 2nd via foursquare from Google, Boulder

Just followed @ConnCollege convocation on twitter from Google's Boulder offices!
4:04 PM Sep 2nd via TweetDeck from Whittier, Boulder

#3dbc day 2 (@ The Dairy Center For The Arts) http://4sq.com/coRiEg
10:29 AM Sep 2nd via foursquare from Dairy Center for The Arts, Boulder

After a scary technological glitch, namely my laptop not turning on, problem solved and I'm off to day 2 of #3dbc
8:41 AM Sep 2nd via TweetDeck from Whittier, Boulder

Back for mingling with #3dbc folks (@ Baker St. Pub & Grill) http://4sq.com/5AQySd
10:55 PM Sep 1st via foursquare from Whittier, Boulder

#3dbc at dinner having great sketchup discussions with 11 other sketchupers
7:46 PM Sep 1st via TweetDeck from here

With a #3dbc crew (@ Baker St. Pub & Grill) http://4sq.com/5AQySd
5:30 PM Sep 1st via foursquare from Whittier, Boulder

#3dbc podium! (attempt 2) http://twitpic.com/2kcjra
4:37 PM Sep 1st via TweetDeck from Whittier, Boulder

#3dbc awesomeness (@ Google) http://4sq.com/8IXy6m
4:13 PM Sep 1st via foursquare from Google, Boulder

#3dbc podium! Keynote about to start
12:50 PM Sep 1st via TweetDeck from Whittier, Boulder

http://twitpic.com/2kakrq #3dbc wahoo!
12:02 PM Sep 1st via TweetDeck from Whittier, Boulder

#3dbc http://twitpic.com/2ka2oj legit!
11:00 AM Sep 1st via TweetDeck from Whittier, Boulder

#3dbc http://twitpic.com/2ka2la
11:00 AM Sep 1st via TweetDeck from Whittier, Boulder

Officially here! #3dbc (@ The Dairy Center For The Arts) http://4sq.com/coRiEg
10:59 AM Sep 1st via foursquare from Dairy Center for The Arts, Boulder

http://twitpic.com/2k9irp And I'm Here at @google SketchUp's #3dbc !!!
9:52 AM Sep 1st via TweetDeck from Whittier, Boulder

#3dbc Uncrustables on the plane, as great as they are, don't count as dinner. (@ Baker St. Pub & Grill) http://4sq.com/5AQySd
10:36 PM Aug 31st via foursquare from Whittier, Boulder

#3dbc and I've finally arrived! (@ Best western golden buff) http://4sq.com/dsppvi
10:18 PM Aug 31st via foursquare from Whittier, Boulder

#3dbc awaits but I'm on the SuperShuttle right now and we've stopped for gas (@ Conoco Gas) http://4sq.com/9OfAtU
9:50 PM Aug 31st via foursquare from Boulder, CO

And touchdown #3dbc (@ Denver International Airport (DEN) ✈ w/ 25 others) http://4sq.com/1Uqc7I
7:50 PM Aug 31st via foursquare from Denver International Airport, Denver

#3dbc (@ LaGuardia Airport (LGA) ✈ w/ 17 others) http://4sq.com/21nwnw
4:01 PM Aug 31st via foursquare from Laguardia Airport, New York

Fun fact: I joined twitter in June '08 for Google SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2008... I just didn't use it. #3dbc
11:22 AM Aug 31st via web

As I head to Boulder for SketchUp's 3D Basecamp today, I've turned on FourSquare for Twitter! See my blog too: http://tiny.cc/3dbc #3dbc
10:47 AM Aug 31st via web

Heading to Boulder, Colorado for SketchUp's 3D Basecamp...tomorrow! Check out www.3dbasecamp.blogger.com! I'll be tweeting, using #3DBC too!
1:01 AM Aug 30th via TweetDeck from Harrison, NY

Friday, September 3, 2010

3D Basecamp Day 2 Recap

Alright I owe you an update. It's Friday, 3D Basecamp has ended, and I sit here in Denver International Airport writing this on my iPad. I'll do my best to summarize the awesomeness that was yesterday, day 2 of Basecamp.

Yesterday was the longest of the three days, the only full day. We got going with Breakfast at the Dairy Center at 8, then went into the main lecture room to begin the Unconference part of Basecamp. 

After an introduction, anyone who wanted to was given the chance to take a post it note, write a conference session idea, then come to the front of the room and speak about it for a moment. What was scheduled for an hour really took nearly an hours and a half because of the great, fascinating ideas that came about. Post it notes were placed on a whiteboard with time slots marked out, and the Google staff had the challenge of placing the sessions into different slots. An unplanned bonus was using the last slot, instead of having unconference sessions, but have an all-group idea generation binge for SketchUp version 9. Version 8 was released on Wednesday, at the Basecamp keynote address. I'll come back to that, though

Throughout the day, I attended 5 unconference sessions over the four time slots. They ranged from someone in particular showing their tips/tricks/application of SketchUp to open, roundtable discussions.

I felt it appropriate to attend the education discussion proposed and unofficially moderated by Diego Matho of the Boston Architectural College, a friend since 3D Basecamp 2008. Discussion included the preconceived notion that "SketchUp is simple and easy," when in reality it takes practice...and how that can be a turn off for users who expect to come to a single class then expect to meet their Friday deadline. We also discussed what initial stumbling blocks teachers encounter with their students during the early days of SketchUp exploration. I believe I was again the youngest at the conference. At least, is timely, I didn't need a chaperone. To my knowledge, there was only one other student, a 22 year old from England who I happened to be at dinner with on Wednesday. 

During the second session, there were three events I wanted to go to (the inherent problem with conferences) so I told myself I'd go to two. I went to one, got hooked, and stayed. The topic was SketchUp use in the film industry designing sets, but also with a discussion of SketchUp's [seemingly lacking] camera views for professional cinematographer. There had been a windows plugin, Film &Stage, but it wss found to have bugs before the [I believe it was] SU7 release, so it was pulled and has yet to be fixed. After seeing some of the creative and tedious work-arounds created by the professionals, I can understand their frustration.

Following lunch, i straddled two sessions during the 3rd block: a [quite technical] discussion of Dynamic Components, and a discussion relating to Building Maker. Not much to report from these sessions, really. I had kind of burnt out and needed a break this point so much of what was said went over my head and was, in some aspects, too technical for me to understand.  

Following a break in the hall during which I hung out with Aidan, SketchUp Evangelist,  I went to an interesting session lead by a professional theater set designer from France who uses SketchUp models to design her sets. We were showed sets from Dracula, A Midsummers Nights Dream, and others. Quite interesting  to a stage manager AND SketchUper. 

Then came time for the unplanned idea roundtable for SU9. During the day, people had the opportunity to propose ideas on a whiteboard, then during the session of nearly all 250 attendees, those who wrote ideas had the chance to further explain them. Aidan write them all on a notetaking application projected on the screen, then ideas most desired were determined by loudest applause. Sounds 5th grade, but it amazingly worked because everyone knew their applause meant real potential. Depending on the applause, Aidan changed the size of the test of that given idea. Some ideas decreased from 12 pt font, but some gained great support, growing quite large in size.

There was one moment when Aidan went online to Google to find the Basecamp website. Basecamp 2008 was the first link, THIS BLOG was the second link, and Basecamp 2010 was the third link. I was terrified in those moments that he was going to click on my blog. I love putting stuff up here but was not prepared see it on the screen in front of 250 of the most hardcore SketchUp users.  

Now to the party. After an hours break, we were invited to Google's Boulder offices, only a block away from the Dairy Center... With significantly less security and formality than in 2008 at Mountain View, we felt welcomed as guests and were invited to look around the offices, play rockband and pool and foosball, as well as enjoy the delicious dinner on the second flood deck of the offices. With massage chairs scattered around the office, I found one at the end of a quiet hallway. After two 7 minute massages, I felt quite revived. All this SketchUp talk, plus meeting tons of people, makes you quite exhausted. I went to bed following the party. The hotel was only a three minute walk away. 

More later about Friday. 

_andrew   

Thursday, September 2, 2010

3D Basecamp Day 1 Recap

Ok, time for an update. We’re half way through day 2, the “unconference day,” but let me spend this blog post updating you loyal readers on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

After an uneventful flight to Denver and a SuperShuttle ride to the Best Western here in Boulder, I finally arrived on Tuesday night. At about 10PM local time (so, midnight at home,) I checked into my room and began a search for dinner… Uncrustables on the plane were great, but not sufficient. I found a pub next door to the hotel, then returned to my room for the night.

I woke up Wednesday morning at about 8:20 here. Check-in and brunch began, technically, at 10, but I took some time to walk all the way down Pearl Street, the same street the Google Boulder offices are located on. About 4 miles away, I came across the pedestrian plaza and “downtown” area.

After I returned to Google, actually the Dairy Center for the Arts—a performance and conference space two doors away from the Google office where most of the conference is being held—I checked in and got an awesome backpack and shirt. And most importantly, a nametag.

After an hour and a half of talking to old SketchUpers and meeting new ones, we filed into the [beautifully “basecamp” themed] hall for the Keynote. SketchUp 8 was announced with three major upgrades and advancements, including greater access and connection to and with Google Maps/terrain/Google Earth, the introduction of “solid” objects with cubic measurements of volume and Boolean tools for cutting intersections between solids, and advancements in LayOut.

Following the Keynote, a surprise 10th birthday celebration for SketchUp with cake and Google-colored cupcakes. Photos coming soon. Also, bamboo USB memory pens with SketchUp 8 trials pre-loaded.

After returning to the hotel for a few moments, I was back to the Dairy Center as groups of likeminded users (education/everything, Ruby Scripters, Supermodelers, SketchUp Sages, BetaTesters, etc) went to dinner in groups. I retuned with a group of 11 other SketchUpers to the same pub as the prior night. After dinner, I gave SketchUp 8 a spin with another user here, before heading to bed.

That’s all for now!


_andrew

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Off to the races...

Heading to the airport in about a half an hour! Getting more and more excited for this trip as it arrives.

Check out twitter for a live progression!

_andrew

Monday, August 30, 2010

Basecamp 2010

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Google SketchUp's 2010 logo for 3D Basecamp

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bloggin'.... from the beach

Ok fine, not actually from the beach at this very moment, but I was there yesterday (and I look a bit like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and I'll be going again in about an hour. It's our yearly vacation, and usually I'm spending these last few days getting ready for school.

I still am, but this year things are going to be a lot more chaotic.

As you, loyal reader, know, I go to Connecticut College. Upperclassmen (meaning sophomores like myself) arrive on August 31st, and classes begin on September 2 and 3, a Thursday and Friday.

But yet, I'll be in Boulder! In terms of packing, it means I need to pack for school, then remove what I'm taking to Boulder, then bring it back to school when I arrive on Saturday the 4th. In terms of planning, it means I'm just that much more excited about this upcoming adventure to 3D Basecamp.

I have yet to hear very many details about my days in Boulder, but all I know is that it'll be supremely busy. It'll be Tuesday through Saturday (including my move to Conn) of non-stop movement... and I'm really looking forward to seeing all the SketchUp folks (and users!) again.

Oh, and I'm getting more and more excited about getting back to seeing my school friends. I'll be arriving late, but as my schedule has it, I don't have any Friday classes this semester. Essentially, I'm missing one day of classes, not two.

Perfection.

Ok Boulder, see you in 4 days.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Lightning Strikes Twice

Two summers ago, I had the honor and great fortune of being invited to Google SketchUp's 3D BaseCamp. Not only was I invited, but I was asked to give a presentation! I was 17 at the time, the youngest attendee, let alone presenter. So young, in fact, that Google not only flew me to their Mountain View Headquarters (lovingly referred to as Googleplex,) but flew my dad to be my chaperone as well. Those three days of 3D BaseCamp 2008 were some of the most remarkable days of my life.

I was at the center of the digital world, Google's HQ, and I was speaking to an audience of professionals telling the story of how SketchUp changed my life: a learning tool, a tool that helped me get employed, and (since,) a tool that cirtainly helped me find the school of my choice (That being--shameless plug--Connecticut College.) Most importantly, SketchUp became my new canvas. I moved from building blocks to SketchUp's digital canvas, and it was really thanks to SketchUp that I've become interested in architecture.

[tl;dr: I was at Google's Headquarters for 3DBC in 2008, was the only student, and gave a presentation. SketchUp introduced me to architecture, my study in college]

So here's the important part (SKIP TO HERE):
I've been honored to be invited to Google SketchUp's 3D BaseCamp 2010, this coming September. This time, BaseCamp is being held in Boulder, CO., and is in unconference format. I won't be presenting again, but being able to go is truly an honor, for there was no registration process for the conference. Instead, you had to be nominated.

So, from August 31st-September 3rd, I'll be more than half-way across the country. I'll be missing sophomore year move in day, as well as the first two days of classes (really, only one day; I don't have classes on Fridays this semester).... but I KNOW this trip will be worth it.

I NEVER thought I'd go to Google's headquarters in my life.... for a geek like myself, that's just an unattainable fantasy. Not only did I go, AND present, but I've been invited back--abeit a different campus--for another life-changing trip. Lightening can strike twice, I guess.

I'll be reviving this blog for the trip--and hopefully for the future, too. Be sure to check back here.
More to come!

_andrew

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A song

Library. Sunday. Early afternoon. You'd think I should be doing work. And if that's the case, you're absolutely right. Instead, I have chosen to procrastinate. Go figure.

But procrastinating via blogging is somewhat educational. At least it makes your brain get going, mind thinking. What to write about. Geeky... iPad? Valentine's Day? My semester filled with classes I'm thoroughly enjoying?

Not sure why, but this post is a little different. Today, I woke up at about 11, quite well rested, took a shower, and went to breakfast. On a side note, it was an amazing breakfast.

When I got up to clear my stuff, a song came into my head. Well, lyrics that I couldn't place. "Crying who will help me...." Just those 5 words. I knew it was something recent, something from a show? from choir?

I realized it was from the RCDS Festival Chorus concert, this year, which I returned home for. A beautiful song entitled Prayer of the Children, by Kurt Bestor.

Unfortunately, this song also had negative connotations, despite its beauty. In that concert, it was dedicated to the father of a friend who had been killed in the Haiti earthquake. He had worked for the United Nations, and of all people, he was in that country working for peace. I still love the song, and its dedication to him made it even more powerful.




_andrew

Sunday, January 24, 2010

 Greenwich Avenue

Yes, better late than never, but Apple has opened a beautiful new store on Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT. The store opened at 10AM on November 21, 2009.... and I was there! In fact, I was #8 on line, and I arrived at about 7:30 AM.

I should have liveblogged it, or something, but I was a little too tired to care. I had returned, the night before, from college, for an extended Thanksgiving Break.

Anyway, at about 9, they brought out stanchions and moved us to the street-side of the sidewalk, and then the doors opened to great fanfare at 10AM. Upon entering, one was handed a small box (with a t-shirt!) then proceeded to high-five down a long row of staff, all dressed in red. It was probably Apple's day with fewest sales ever at that store. Most people, including myself, were there for the spectacle, not for the purchases.

The line only was 80-100 people deep, wrapping shortly around the corner of the block. After about 10 minutes inside the store, I exited to get on the line again, in a successful attempt to gain an extra shirt for my brother. Later, I befriended an employee who lives in Port Chester and attempted to score an extra shirt for my aunt. There were no more being handed out, so she went in the back to check. About 5 minutes later, the absolute final box of shirts arrived, to great fanfare, with the employee holding the box above his head. As Apple fanboys descended on the box for another free shirt, my friend from Port Chester, at the center of the pile-up, stuck out her arm with a boxed shirt for me. It was time for me to go... a quite successful adventure, but more importantly I can now say I've been to an Apple Store opening.

This Greenwich Apple Store has been very helpful, in terms of it's location. You can ALWAYS get a reservation at the Genius Bar, (unlike The Westchester) and it's a heck of a lot closer to get to than Stamford (When my 30-day-old laptop died this summer, I made a series of 4 trips over 5 days to the Stamford store, fighting i95. One trip, I drove the entire trek on Route 1. Needless to say, Apple staff were generous and understanding. Since the laptop was so new and shouldn't have had such issues so soon, they replaced the computer entirely. Since it was custom-ordered, they facilitated a mail-and-switch system. Within 5 days, I had a new computer.)

Since the Apple Store in Greenwich has opened, I've been there a number of times for purchases and Genious Bar visits alike. I had my laptop's memory cards removed and re-inserted to successfully solve a freezing problem, I've brought my (former) iPod touch, and it was the Genious Bar staff who administered its lasts rites. Finally, I helped my dad purchase his first Mac in person at this store. For once, a store where the staff aren't arrogant, and are willing to find creative solutions to fixing problems. In the case of the memory freezing issue, I couldn't actually get the computer to freeze when I was there, but unlike other stores, the staff actually believed it was happening and didn't need to see proof to help fix the problem.

Here are some photos from my opening day experience.

If anyone from Greenwich Avenue reads this, thanks for your successful customer service and genuine interest in the customer so far. Keep it up, and I'll see you when there's an Slate/ Tablet / Something!




_andrew

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Prediction

Prediction: The presumed Apple tablet. likely to be announced at the end of January, will likely have an e-reader app or function, with possible physical "turn page" buttons (not virtual buttons.) I also predict that, come such time, the iTunes Store (formerly called the iTunes Music Store) will open a section for eBooks, just as they have movies, music, and apps.

That's my prediction, you heard it here first.

_andrew