I’m sure there was a lot going on, but I just could not seem to get into the groove until later in the evening.
I had a little time to kill in the morning so I stopped off at the AUGI meeting. There was some discussion about local user groups, volunteer action, and leadership. An interesting study on interactive boundaries was brought up, and made me interested in seeing where the discussion was heading. However, I had to leave prior to the end, so I can’t say much more about it.
A nice hour+ with Usability
I then got down to a usability meeting with Ananth Uggirala, Carlos Olguin, and Erin Bradner (who was somewhere behind the scenes), who I always miss meeting. We ran through scenarios, answered questions and played with things as directed. It’s all hush hush, but I can say that each time I meet these folks I always go in with the premise that there won’t be anything too interesting, and leave with a bit more hope for the future. They always surprise me. Ananth took a little extra time to discuss some interesting things about usability and development, and that helped me get over the fact that I missed the opportunity to meet with Elena Fadeeva’s study.
I got there on time, but it seems that the early birds had already got things started downstairs at the Border Grill. We all tried to get around and meet new people, discuss some business and some not so business topics. The beer was cold and waitresses brought tapas about to munch on. The stuffed date things were awesome.
Shaan Hurley took the mic and gave introductions and a welcome thank you to the crowd. He then explained that his head would not be shaved until THURSDAY!
I got to thank Joseph Wurcher in person, and did not pass up photo ops with Lynn Allen and Karen Brewer, but we got kicked out before I could get the Civil Diva to take one with me.
We moved over to the AEC Mixer, that had obviously been going on for awhile. The groups were quite dispersed, and seemed awkward, which I figure is because we got there so late. Our group continued discussions from before, and tried to find some food and beer to go with it. Ok, I tried to find food and beer while my friends made some pretty impressive BIM arguments. Then we got kicked out of there too.
Free Beer over
I said good night and headed in. The lower limit poker games were over, so I figured enough was enough. The day wasn’t as productive as I would have liked, but I got to meet some pretty cool folks, and got pictures with lovely ladies. Not a bad night after all.