Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
I decided I didn't need to change my personality. I just needed to move. Two months later, I moved to California.
I went again to SIGGRAPH the next year, to present on rain and snow rendering. Then not again for eight years, until last week.
The food booths in the main convention center looked bad. There were long lines for a Chinese take-out box and a sandwich on a plate. They did not look fresh, or tasty.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
A poster on algorithmically converting photos into impressionist paintings. There are many examples of doing this, but this technique emphasizes edges rather than blurring them. It ends up with sharp edges on a blurred background.
Poster on improving vector line art. This was the most clearly-communicated poster on the floor. It actually has a plot and characters.
Monday, August 06, 2012
D: "How many employees are we at? 30,000? 40,000?"
Me: "Oh my God, surely not!"
D: "At least 20,000."
Me: "That's not so bad."
D: "You can justify that? 'Oh, we're a whale, but we're not yet the blue whale.'"
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Tom: "You're going to the Olympics next week! Are you excited?"
Me: "Kind of, but I've been to Beijing so many times already."
Tom: "This time will be different. The air will be a lot better. And there will be lots of foreigners."
Me: "There are foreigners here in America."
Tom: "The foreigners here are Americanized. The ones in Beijing won't be."
Me: "That's true! So I'll see one guy in a turban, and another guy playing a ukelele?"
Tom: "More like one guy wearing a Tommy Hilfiger shirt manufactured in India, and another guy wearing a Tommy Hilfiger shirt made in Jamaica."
Friday, August 03, 2012
Alarm is one of the triggers that fascinates people. If you alarm people, they will be more likely to talk about your company.
Often companies (and people) shy away from creating any negative backlash. But that actually can create more fascination.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
I am glad she came into my life. She told me that if she were to do her wedding over, she would make me a bridesmaid. She told this to another friend of hers, who got super jealous.
I like being ranked a closer friend than someone else. It makes me happy! Because it sucks to be in the shoes of the jealous person, so you milk it when you can be the envied friend.
These are photos of the heart necklace I got her. It has two chains, and you break it in half, and each wear one half. I got it when she was moving to work remotely in Shanghai for six months. Occasionally we wear our halves to board meetings, for solidarity.