Went For Siggraph, came back with a Hang Over
Somehow the production coordinator found a site
showed the location of the homoscides in New Orleans in the last 6
months. There was a staggering number of dots, but a there seemed
to be a pattern - the dots were gravitating towards my Hotel.
Cool. I arrived
the night before the show (I was cost sharing and even the marginal
hotels weren't cheap) so I spent most of my days in the show.
Thankfully it was my second Siggraph so I
wasn't so overwhelmed by the show that I missed the city.
The show itself was, as expected, amazing. Sony showed off their
GS Cube (they had a shot from the Final Fantasy movie rendered in
realtime on it). The company that did "Bullet time" for the
Matrix showed off their many camera rig. The papers were amazing
- inspiring - a kick in the pants.
My first trip into the city was to see the above
ground cemetary. As usual, I missed the details - the cemetary
"closes" at 5pm and I wen after the day's conference so it had already
closed. The old homes really caught my eye though - I walked good
distance back to the hotel just to get a sense of this place.
On futher days I explored more of the
French Quarter and the area around my hotel. I visited Cafe Du
Monde - one of the local coffee shots and it just about killed me - the
food was so fattening. Love it.
A lot of the area is old (in the Vancouver
sense, not the Europe sense). There are places you can drink
outside (as long as your
drink isn't in glass). They had these fish all over the place -
they had been painted by local artists and were to be auctioned
later. I've since seen this model replicated - Toronto had a
moose project (in most cases, way too corporate), Vancouver had an Orca
project (some cool - just too few of them in the city) and New York had
something really bland that wasn't even worth remembering.
Night got exciting. The conference and
most of the conference accomodation
was within walking distance to the French Quarter. Perhaps the
best marketing I've ever seen done - NVidia (who at the time had ripped
the brains out of SGI and was starting to feed on 3DFx) sponsored
Burbon street. Show your pass and you got free drinks - just that
Apparently the city had to put on extra
police for the week
because there were so many "I live in the lab" geeks with expensive
looking digital toys who weren't accustomed to a slightly dodgy street
environement. The city ate them alive.
Overall, a very cool (and distinctly not what I thought of as American)
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