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peterme in D.C. Posted on 08/28/2002.

Arriving Saturday morning (red eye on JetBlue), I've been visiting and working in Washington, D.C. Some highlights.

National Building Museum. Easily my favorite museum experience this trip. First, I learned about Turner City, a kind of visual annual report produced by Turner Construction, in which a fictitious 'city' is created, made from buildings that Turner constructed. For 2001, they employed Flash to create an interactive city.

Then I took in "On Track: Transit and the American City", a lengthy and informative look at mass transit over the last hundred years. We non-car types find this stuff fascinating. Some quick Googling has turned up interesting transit history links:
History of Williamsport, PA Mass Transit, text and photos, showing horse-drawn street cars, trolleys, and more.
"Transit City, U.S.A" is the federal government's take.

At the National Museum of American History, we enjoyed Within These Walls, a 200-year history of a single Boston-area house... with the entire house rebuilt inside the museum!

Ray's The Steaks -- an exceedingly relaxed steakhouse in Alexandria, which seems to be run by stoners. But damn that bleu cheese sauce was tasty.

Lazy Sundae -- a hipster ice cream parlor with massive portions, tasty chocolate peanut butter ice cream, and a groovy old-school pinball machine with actual digit counters.

International Visions Art Gallery, where Adaptive Path hosted a wee drinks soiree. Great exhibit of Australian Aborigine-influenced art. Mike Lee took some photos of the event. I'm the psychotic-looking one.

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Ray's Steaks is great food and the staff and owner truely are entertaining.

It was fantastic seeing Peter, Lane, Courtney, Jeffery, and Brian here is DC. It makes DC a real place now. There were many that had been fortunate enough to catch the Adaptive Path Road Show 2002 and from hearing them at International Visions the attendees are going to be adding more to the DC UXD and IA scene. Having Adaptive Path come to town and having so many local folks attend and absorb the the knowledge and experience it gives great hope to what will come from these seeds.

Thanks AP folks and for those that have not attended one of these sessions you are missing out and your clients and users are missing out even more. There is still time.
Posted by vanderwal @ 08/28/2002 07:26 PM PST [link to this comment]

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