Also thanks go to Michael Johnson of Pixar for indulging my neurotic job search issues.
A. It is very pleasant on a social level. B. It is moderately interesting on a technical level, but nothing outstanding. C. The tradeshow floor was very useful as a way of keeping up with what is happening in production technology. D. SIGGRAPH has been essentially useless for me for a decade for economic or employment purposes. E. The job fair was completely useless. F. The people who run SIGGRAPH seem completely unaware of anything going on outside their very narrow interests, but it is not clear to me that this is the wrong thing.
The idea that SIGGRAPH formed a community of people who were inventing a new field is long, long gone. And thats the way the people who run SIGGRAPH want it to be. Too bad. They fucked it up.
I personally had a strong negative reaction to the hype-based "vanity" projects at SIGGRAPH based on AR/VR. But this might be a little hypocritical of me since, after all, I had benefited so directly from such projects in the early days of computer animation.
Pixar, it would seem, has completely changed out their old software suite for a completely new one. Which of these are available to the public and which are internal only is not clear to me.
Disney R&D Mixer
I knew almost no one there, but had a very nice chat with Christophe Hery of Pixar and Scott Watson of Disney R&D.
I think that this event could benefit from more structure and I humbly propose one here. Since I presume that most of the attendees were there to push their agendas within the larger Disney financing pool, this could be assisted perhaps by a large Disney org chart positioned somewhere near the entrance, or perhaps also in the food or drink line, that color codes their executives in helpful ways. It might report the amount of currently budgeted discretionary financing. Then the Disney executives could wear special color coded hats or other easily visible apparel that could be checked against this chart.
Alternatively, one might consider a handout at the entrance with a picture of each executive or project leader and a brief description. "Stanley Berriview will entertain concepts based on the real time use of surveillance technology to create a more meaningful guest experience." And so forth.
Another Point of View
One attendee, Lance Williams, who looks remarkably like an old school Russian revolutionary these days, points out that his employer, NVIDIA, had a foveal display of some sort. This is certainly an idea worth looking at more closely.
Finally got to to talk to Aung Min after all these years.