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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Blogging Live from 3D Base Camp

Blogging Live from 3D Base Camp

Over at my online journal AECnews.com, I’m filing regular reports, blog style, from 3D Base Camp, the first users conference for SketchUp, the fast-rising, easy-to-use 3D design software from @Last Software of Boulder, Colorado. I’m writing in-between sessions, and posting photos from the conference to a separate 3D Base Camp photo gallery.

Boulder is an interesting small city. Home to the University of Colorady, it is a little bit of Soho, Berkeley and Seattle’s U-District combined, with a distinctive Rocky Mountain flair. Tonight’s party, for example, will be at a place called House of BlueGrass. Last night I wandered around a bit and found a coffee shop that had a soccer match (from the US professional league) on the big screen TV, and served tea brewed in a pot to order (take a lesson, Starbucks). The Onion, a self-described “farcical newspaper featuring world, national and community news” is available free from news stands. The two founders of @Last Software dress for this conference as they do every day they go to work, in faded jeans and a T-shirt. When a PR consultant was hired to help with conference planning, she asked what the dress code would be. “Don’t go there” was the serious reply.


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