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