It's official. My dogs? They're barking.
Random bizarre misunderstanding of one's audience: SIGGRAPH forbids the use of cameras or other recording devices. Naturally, at any given time, I can see two cameras, one camcorder, and three cameraphones out in my field of view. The convention staff is constantly running around telling people to shut them off. This garners on affable or confused smile, compliance, and then a re-emergence of the device fifteen minutes later. You can't keep a good geek down.
I just got back from the Electronic Theater, which is the two hour showcase of badass computer imagery from the last year. This is the best way to see all the good bits from movies you will otherwise never ever watch, like Stealth. Hint: it's best to get someone else to pay your way in.
(Aside: as I'm walking back to the hotel this afternoon, some guy asks if that's where SIGGRAPH is. I nod. He asks if I wouldn't mind "saving him a little time" and points to my badge. After all, he assures me, he has a registration (points vaguely at printed out piece of paper). Baffled, it takes me a moment to actually summon up: "Um, I'm still using mine.")
Before the show, there was a live performance of Autocosm: Gardens of Thuban. This guy basically uses a joystick, a keyboard, and a WACOM tablet to conjure up a bizarre otherworldly garden on the bigass screen in front of us. Breathtaking when seen live.
Did I mention my feet are composed entirely of bruises at this point? 9:43:19 PM ()