We met up at 6am at the Bristol CS department building to head for Stanstead airport (northeast of London) for our flight to Pisa.
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Due to insurance restrictions, Ki and Patrick weren't allowed to share the 3 hour drive to the airport.
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We had our second breakfast at Stanstead, as we were too early to even check in. (Thanks, Alan.)
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After a short 2 hour flight, we had to wait 40 minutes in the information line, which was apparently the only place to buy bus tickets to our hotel. We later discovered that we could have walked there in 15 minutes or so.
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Alan arranged an informal reception with beer and soft drinks for early registrants.
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Here we are happy in Italy even though we just missed the bus to the restaraunt. We didn't realize at this point that the next bus was going to take 45 minutes to pick us up. That's the aquaduct in the background.
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Here we are an hour and a half later, finally sitting down to dinner at 10pm. An early dinner in Italy, really.
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Alan and Erik at the far end of the table are "just good friends," so they claim.
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Pizza in Pisa
There was a lot of food. A lot of food. Too much food. We rolled home.
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This is the morning just before the workshop. Simon and Paul (the co-chairs, foreground) finally get to enjoy the fruits of their labors.
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Simon gives the welcome address before Hans-Peter's invited talk.
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The lunches were good and quite filling. I'm full just thinking about it.
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Patrick, Ki, Jon
The attentive audience.
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On the bus for our first social event. (The others were all antisocial.)
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We were given a tour of the Certosa Charter House, where sons were signed up for monkhood by their parents, then had to take a vow of silence and give up all possessions and even their name.
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Ann & Kate
We had a wait for out turn on the tour, so we walked half a kilometer to a little cafe for something to drink. This is one of several nice shots taken by Pete, which I included in my album.
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On the way back, we saw this old guy working with a gas-powered weed wacker in his front yard, and I had to get a picture.
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Here we are back at the monastery.
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Werner Purgathofer and others waiting for the tour.
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Left to right, Yiorgos, Celine, Laurent, and Marcello.
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I don't know what to say about this picture, but I had to include it.
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Certosa di Calci
Photography was strictly forbidden within the monastery grounds, but I got away with this illicit shot on the way out.
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I wasn't the only one to break the no-photos rule. Pete captured this nice close-up of the cornice.
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The restaraunt was around back of the monastery, and a bit of a hike, taking us by a pasture and some old houses.
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That's Kadi Bouatouch, right center.
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Everyone seems to be doing real-time rendering with their digital cameras this year.
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Alan, Joelle, & Eric
At the restaraunt. Alan doing his sexy dance. Everyone stopped what they were doing to look the other way.
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Christian, Pete, Alan, & Joelle
Christian Bouville organized the first workshop on rendering with Kadi Bouatouch in Rennes, 1990.
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Patrick, Ki & Me
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I took a bunch of table shots. Out of respect for those whose names I don't know, I won't offer the names of those I do. If you are among them, I assume you will recognize yourself.
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Steve, David, & Ann
These guys are not related, I don't think...
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Another table shot. I took quite a few. I'm having mercy on you by only including the better ones.
Captured June 26 2002 10:33:59p
Patrick & Ki
The great thing about hanging out with the Bristol crowd is that, besides being very fun people, they all get along really well with each other.
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I spent some time chasing lighting bugs on the way back to the bus. I didn't even know what I was trying to catch, as I'd never seen one before, and I was just cupping my hands on the flying lights. This one wouldn't fly anymore after I caught it. I think it's because I tamed it. I wonder why its wing looks bent, though....
Captured June 26 2002 11:52:39p
I had a talk the next morning and hadn't slept the night before, so I left my compadres to drink with the night crowd while I headed for bed. Most of the young population of Pisa seems to hang out to drink and look cool on this one wall by the central bridge, and the Bristol crowd did the same.
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The Teapot's Shadow
One of the many nice touches the workshop organizers arranged was this shadow of the Utah teapot. I was so busy that I failed to even notice it, but Pete and Kate were paying better attention than I was.
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My camera didn't come out again until the next evening, as we headed out to the Big Event, a football match between the Europeans and the out-landers.
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Here's a nicer picture of the aquaduct through the bus window, which dates from Roman times. (The aquaduct, not the bus!)
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Fortunately for us, Erik was a European expatriot, so he was on our team. He played defense wearing a pair of giant boots, and those opponents who dared to cross him were sorry.
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It was rather an exciting match, I thought, and the skill level was fairly high. Despite the heat, people were giving it their all.
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Getting ready to play. We had more than enough volunteers for two full teams, so we took turns with substitutions.
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Ki waited some time for the ball, but when she got it, she was amazing!
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Alan looking less tired than a lot of us. He'd been running mornings for the past month or two in preparation for the match, which was dubbed "The Teapot Cup" by the organizers.
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Here are the Europeans, the best non-winning team.
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The Rest of the World
The non-Europeans, best non-losing team. (2-0, yay!)
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My face was about the same color as my shirt.
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Paul & Maya
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You'd never know they played on the non-winning team looking at this photo. (I just had to rub it in.)
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Reynald was nice enough to take pictures for me while I was occupied with winning the match.
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Laurent has the exact same camera as I have, and we shared pictures at the end of the day -- a few of these are his. Laurent was also quite a football player!
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There was a play structure near the pitch, which some of the smaller kids played on...
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La Villa Poschi
Dinner after the match was at a very fancy restaraunt, called the Villa Poschi. It was milli poschi.
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La Villa Poschi
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This is a nice, medieval church across from the restaraunt.
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Ann & Roberto
Ann talking with Roberto Scopigno, one of the workshop organizers. The workshop organization was superb.
Captured June 27 2002 9:23:24p
Who is the focus of this shot?
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The dinner was fab.
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Alan, the patron saint of beer, explains some subtle points of brew consuption to a novitiate.
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Me, Karin, Alan, & Francesco
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Philippe, Marco & Letizia
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Notice the cool caustics cast on everyone by the anisotropic specular plates.
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Captured June 28 2002 12:05:32a
The grand finale was a group of beer affecianados singing Monty Python's "The Philosopher's Drinking Song."
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Their rendition was every bit as good as it looks.
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Alan, Simon, & Erik
After dinner, some of us went out for drinks. It was late, and it got much later before we headed home.
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Erik, Ann, & Andrew
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Andrew, Jon, & Kate
Looking a little defocused. It must have been the hour...
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We took several pictures of the whole group, but we were so big and so indoors, that none of them really came out. This was the best of the bunch.
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Simon, Doug, & Paul
The program co-chairs (Simon and Paul) have a discussion over lunch with the second invited speaker, Doug Roble.
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Roberto, one of the two workshop organizers, gets up for a few closing remarks and acknowledgements.
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Alan Chalmers passed around two soccer balls that participants signed to honor and thank Roberto and Fabio for doing such a great job with the workshop.
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Roberto receives the pass from Paul.
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Alan Chalmers (who coordinated the ball signing) also made sure there were some nice flowers for Francesca, who handled all the registrations, paperwork, and reservations.
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Francois Sillion also had an announcement, which unfortunately I can't remember after last night....
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Roberto & Fabio
Feeling some relief at the end of the workshop, the organizers contemplate their return to a normal life.
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Here's a group photo of all the students and academics involved in the workshop organization.
Captured June 28 2002 4:55:13p
Once it was declared officially over, quite a few researchers remained to swap ideas and contact information, and just chat.
Captured June 28 2002 5:02:32p
Francesco & Ki
These two used to share an office in Bristol, when Francesco was doing a term project there.
Captured June 28 2002 5:03:51p
Toasting the end of a great three days.
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That afternoon, a bunch of us walked over to the Tower of Pisa, and I took several high dynamic range photos. This is one of a few that turned out.
Captured June 28 2002 7:11:07p
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