January 19th, 2003

double-twist

SIGGRAPH season continues

I've attempted to post this once already. Perhaps it got eaten. This may get better results.

SIGGRAPH rush continues. The deadline proper is Wednesday: in order to be accepted for review, my paper has to arrive in Colorado Springs by 5PM. That means that I can either send it out Tuesday via FedEx overnight, or I can go with the Wednesday morning 6AM courier that the department arranges for all the last-minute folks. I would much prefer to get the regular Tuesday drop, because that means I can go home and enjoy a quiet evening while everyone else scrambles around madly. It also means I'll be done with the video equipment and the Tektronix printer long before the rush.

I am in the reasonably happy position of not needing to write any more code at all. I'm sitting in the video suite as I type this, setting up the scan converter to record the raw footage for my video, and once I put the tape in it's largely a matter of sitting at my PC for fifteen minutes and running various pre-recorded paths. After that I need to finish the script for the video, write the rest of the Powerpoint slides, and then spend a day wrestling with Adobe Premiere to turn it all into finished footage that I can burn onto CD. After that... an hour or three of work to put together a couple other bits and pieces, and then I'm finished.

This seems like it won't be much trouble to finish on time. I sure hope so. It would be a nice change from all the other deadlines I've had in the last few years.
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double-twist

Watching Purgatory from afar

One of the other teams submitting a SIGGRAPH paper this season is in serious trouble. They've had to back off their claims and are scrambling to assemble decent results because of some assumptions they made. I won't go into details until after we get the reviews back, but the basics are that they expect nice, clean input data for their program. They're using the power plant model as one of their major tests. The power plant is anything but clean and well-behaved: it has every single pathological case I've ever heard of, and doubtless a few that I haven't. I said in the acknowledgements for my dissertation, "Thanks to the anonymous donors of the power plant model, which for five years now has been the standard against which algorithms have been tested and, occasionally, broken." That's what's happening to them right now. That's what (sort of) happened to me this time last year.

I think I'm glad I didn't try to add any major new bells or whistles this year.
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