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Stranger in a Strange Land – Day 1

Posted on June 25th, 2013. Posted In Software Review

It’s 7:15 and, due to avisit from Ms. Insomnia, I’ve been up most of the night. I think I got about 2 hours of sleep, which should make things interesting today. Hopefully, I can catch a fewz’s during one of the keynote speeches. I’m mostly kidding. The opening general session is two hours long…
Thus far, my interactions with the natives have been good. No derisive comments, no snobbery, no “neener, neener, neener!” I don’t get the feeling of excitement that one gets at SWW, but that may be due to the fact that I’m not a SolidEdge user. I am interested to hear Adam Stelzer’s keynote. He was the Lead Landing Engineer of the Mars Rover.
I’ve run into some people I know and been able to meet some that I only know through Twitter, including Mr. Burhop, which is always cool.
It’s getting close to general session time, so I’ll sign off for now.

SolidWorks World 2011 Wrapup

Posted on January 26th, 2011. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Where to begin? Let’s rewind to last night and the “special event” at The Cowboy Dance Hall. I use quotation marks because it really should be called what it is, a bash. Party is too tame of a word. The bash was simply incredible. Kerri Dunne, and her team, hit a grand slam with this one. The location was the perfect size, and there were plenty of bars and serving stations so that lines were never discouragingly long. Aside from the time I spent playing Texas Hold ’em (with play money), I spent the evening with friends, old and new. The band was excellent, and had the whole place hopping, playing cover tunes from the 1980’s. Lots of great rock, none of that wimpy pop crap. There was also a bull riding show that I hear was very entertaining as well. I don’t think it was a coincident that the music volume seemed a bit lower this morning when we entered the conference hall for the general session.
I’m not going to get into too much detail about this morning’s session. I’m quite sure it’s been written about quite a bit already. Let me just summarize it: SolidWorks 2012 sneak peek, cop cliches, SolidWorks AEC, fast modelers, Dell, 13 year old flute playing lock picker and Kevin Bacon. That should paint a clear picture.
I’m now on my way back to Seattle, and the real world. Though it’s more than a year away, I’m looking forward to SWW 2012 in San Diego.
I have a few interviews I need to transcribe, and will be posting those in the next few weeks.

Just a few more weeks until spring training. GO RED SOX!

SWW 2010 – Before Day 1

Posted on January 31st, 2010. Posted In SolidWorks Community

After an uneventful flight on my current favorite airline, Virgin America, I arrived in Anaheim to the welcoming committee that was Alex Ruiz. He’d run into Mr. Christy Jordan (nee Ricky Jordan) and Rich Hall, so the twosome became a foursome and off we went to the hotel.  (Tangent here – more swag just came my way courtesy of Al Dean and Develop3D. I love swag) After a quick shower, it was time for an informal tweet-up in the lobby of the Hilton. After a bit of discussion, a group of us were off to Chubby’s for dinner. You can see said group over at Deelip’s blog.

As seems to be the norm, a large contingent of SolidWorks World attendees, employees, bloggers, VARs were congregated around the bar. With this being my fifth SWW, it was a time to reacquaint myself with friends from years past. One of my favorite parts of the evening was when I was approached by three gentlemen. They wanted to know if I was Jeff Mirisola. Though the temptation to say ‘no’ was there, I admitted that I was. Turns out, they were from AMV and wanted to thank me for my review of SteelWorks. Phew! You’re welcome, guys, it’s a great product!

The night ended quietly, unlike last year. I’m quite happy that I don’t feel compelled to apologize to anyone I may have spoken to. Today is a mellow day. Tonight, well, that may be a different story.

In just over 24 hours I’ll be boarding a Virgin American plane (my current favorite airline) for Anaheim, and I can’t wait. Ever since my first SolidWorks World, way back in 2005, I’ve been hooked. Each and every one I’ve been to has been remarkable in one way or another. Aside from the fact that I’ll be presenting for the first time, this year won’t be any different I’m sure.

While I’m planning on going to some sessions while there, inevitably I’ll end up altering my schedule. There’s always something, or someone, to see. It truly is one of the most hectic weeks during the year, but worth every single energy sucking moment. The rush of seeing thousands of users pouring into the general assembly, the wide-eyed stares of first timers, the camaraderie of friends who see each other only at SolidWorks World. I don’t think I can do it justice with my feeble writing.

There is going to be a ton of info coming out of SolidWorks World next week. Blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts…it’s going to be insane. I wonder who will put out the most info? Personally, my money is on Mr. Mings. If you go to the SolidWorks Blog, there’s a list of places for you to be able to keep up with all the goings on. If you are going, and you see me, please introduce yourself. It’s always nice to meet the people who take the time to read my drivel.

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