Sara and I stayed at the same hotel, which was very close to the Alamo. I had never seen it before, and I barely had a chance to even think about it, let alone remember it, while we were there.
"The River Walk" as they called it was a very nice stroll of shops by the river, which looked a whole lot like a canal. Boats of tourists went by frequently, and we could catch little snippets here and there of the tour guide's speel.
Sara and I met up with Holly on the first day we were there, and had dinner together.
The tex-mex food was quite good at this restaraunt, which boasted a bona-fide mariachi band to accompany your meal.
Night on the River Walk.
SA Conference Center
The conference center itself was quite attractive, and had plenty of little nooks and places you could sit and converse or just hang out. Too bad we won't be having Siggraph there again anytime soon -- attendance was way down due to the difficulty of getting to San Antonio. Just when I was learning my way around!
Tim, Alan, Toshi, & Erik
These were the speaker's at Alan's popular "Parallel Rendering" course, one of two half-day courses he helped organize this year.
Greg, Phillipe, Kat, Paul, Alan, Duncan
And here's the other course -- a new one on Archaeology, which Kate did much of the work for. I got to participate in this one, and it seemed to go over quite well. (Except for my bit -- but we can ignore that.)
Greg, Phillipe, Kate, Paul, Alan, Duncan
Here I am rendering motion-blur in real time!
Katerina, Holly, & Ioana
The Siggraph welcome reception was very well done this year and a lot of fun. It continued on into the "Chapters Party," where Siggraph chapter organizers are celebrated. Many of the guests didn't realize that there were two parties, and just hung out the entire time. We hung out, too, but at least we knew what we were doing!
The party included a number of live entertainers, including a magician who couldn't fool anyone and a knife-juggler who kept dropping his knives at people's feet. The lariat master was perty good, tho.
There were several separate rooms where people could gather to talk and listen to different kinds of music at different decible levels. This was one of the "quieter" rooms...
The charicature artist they had basically drew smiley faces for everyone. No one resembled their charicature, but everyone's charicature resembled everyone else's.
The live music was all country, all the time. They did have a DJ programming beats in one of the halls, which was full the whole night long.
Lou & Ki
To cool us off, they had some swamp coolers blowing mist, which was a blessing to the dancers. (Alan is a big dancer!)
Colin & Neill
I don't even know what to say about these two characters, except that this shot was pretty normal for them.
The following day, Katerina gave a presentation in a course organized by Mel Slater on virtual reality and "presence." It was quite good, what I saw of it. Unfortunately, I had a number of conflicts that day and had to keep rushing out to catch other talks and things.
Here's me, Scott, Alan (with finger), Ki, and Pete, enjoying a nice, Texas-style BBQ dinner.
I caught sight of this amazing example of Americana through a shop window, and had to take a picture.
Spiros & Katerina
Katerina came "with friend" this year. Spiros was very nice, I thought, though his English was only slightly better than my Greek.
One of the interesting new developments at Siggraph were these commercial rapid prototyping printers.
Here's a collection of items that were produced by this company's 3D printing technology.
I'm not sure who this was, but it looked like he was having fun.
Shlomo, Julie, & Leonard
I just happened to get out my camera as we were settling the bill, so this is what I got.
Ann, Maryann, & Katerina
Enjoying ourselves at the well-attended Morgan-Kaufmann party.
Kate & Ki
Alan has come to the MKP party with his students and friends so many years in a row now, that they finally gave up and extended him an official invitation. His crashing days are over.
Erik & Kate
What is it with the Dutch and the Irish?
After the MKP party, a bunch of people came over to our hotel to continue some important chemistry research in the creation and metabolism of various alcoholic colloids.
Sara, the chief scientist, with her research assistants, Fredo and Schlomo.
I believe the name of this experiment was the "Texas Toaster."
Here are some of the experimental subjects. I was the control.
Terry, Ki, & Scott
Out of a mug?
Lilly & Sara
Bottoms up, my little guinea pigs!
Why is everyone just holding their drinks?
Not losing control, yet!
Schlomo & Ann
Per w/ Lilly's Hat
It looks quite good on him, actually.
Be Fredo, Be Very Fredo.
I suspect these dancers were having their motion captured, but I wasn't there, so I can't say for sure. This is one of several of Pete's pictures I included in the set.
Here's Pete giving the virtual light saber a go in the emerging technologies exhibit.
Gerhard & Olaf
On the final day of the exhibition, I joined my friends at Spheron for tear-down, and helped them lug their equipment back to their rental car, and we had a drink in celebration (tea).
It's amazing how quickly the show comes apart, really.
That night was the technical reception, and Alan was getting down as usual.
Move over Travolta!
Following the party, Paul and Maya and I went for a little walk by the river and took in some desserts.
Here we are at lunch on the final day, getting ready for Patrick's sketch.
Sara joined us by happy coincidence.
Ki got this souvenier bear for Alan, and Kate attached a train of miniature ribbons to his little badge.
Patrick gave quite a good talk at our sketch on the HDR viewer.
Erik shows off his final ribbon collection.
The whole lot of us. Or at least, a whole lot of us.
Ready for sleep, here we are back at Oakland International, waiting much longer than we expected for the discount parking shuttle to pick us up.
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