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July 29, 2009


Filed under 3D, Animation, Celebrity, Computers, SIGGRAPH

It’s almost time! I’m heading to New Orleans on Friday for SIGGRAPH 2009. It will be my 13th in a row.

I plan on actively updating this blog (http://davidlenihan.com/ORIGINAL_davidlenihan.com) and my twitter account (http://twitter.com/davidlenihan) while I’m out there. Let me know if you will be doing the same and I’ll track you.

Here are some pics from SIGGRAPH 2008 that I never got around to posting…a few computer graphic celebrities.

Jos Stam (I told him I was collecting photos of the tallest people at SIGGRAPH and he won).


And Ken Perlin (I think he needs a new shirt…check out the link!)…



SIGGRAPH uploaded a few videos to whet your appetite for the New Orleans event.

SIGGRAPH overview…


Technical papers previews…

Animation festival preview…

A new category at SIGGRAPH, real-time rendering animation festival…

July 26, 2009

Pixar Visit

Filed under 3D, Animation, Travel

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I’ve been trying to get a tour of Pixar for quite a while now.

And I finally did…thanks to my buds Rachel and Jason.

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I met them for lunch on Thursday. We grabbed some Mexican pizza from Cafe Luxo and ate outside.



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Pixar has an art exhibit featuring work from various stages of development of their last project. Up! was on display when I visited. There is a lot to see…I wish I could have spent more time looking at this.

Pixar is filled with the characters from their movies.

Luxo Jr.

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The Incredibles


Finding Nemo



Monster’s Inc.


Cars (on the right)


They have “hidden” rats drawn in various places…


My last stop was the company store.


I got a few new work shirts for me…


   …and some shirts for my nephew and niece.



Thanks again to Rachel and Jason! They were great hosts…now it’s my turn!

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July 14, 2009

My First Movie Credit

Filed under Movies, Work


I saw Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince today. It is easily the best Harry Potter movie.

I knew my name was submitted for a credit...but you don't know if you actually *are* in the credits until you see the film.

I watched the film today...and I *am* in the credits!

The first large break in the credits (about a full screen) occurs just before the "Industrial Light & Magic"-section. I'm in the "Research & Development" group at ILM. There are only 2 people from R&D in the credits: myself and Max Chen. We are under the title "Technical Support." My name is in the center column, last row.

I'm thrilled to have a movie credit...and on a really good movie, no less.

July 8, 2009

Desktop Hunters

Filed under Computers

This is David.


He told us he wanted a desktop with...

"a super-fast processor with lots of cores, lots of RAM, lots of hard drive space and looks cool"

...for under $3,500.

We told him...



"I like the look of the new Dell Studio XPS 435, so let's start there."


"I went to dell.com and configured it just how I wanted...


  • 3.33GHz Intel Core i7-975 with 8 cores
  • 12GB RAM
  • 1.5TB Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 with 1024MB RAM
  • Blu-ray Burner (reads/writes CD, DVD and Blu-ray)

...for a grand total of $3,054."



"Ok, let's see what Apple has. The Mac Pro looks nice."

image"I configured an Apple Mac Pro with similar options...


  • 2.93GHz Intel Xeon with 8 cores
  • 12GB RAM
  • 1.0TB Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 with 512MB
  • SuperDrive (read/writes CD and DVD)

...which adds up to a total of $6,549."



"The Dell Studio XPS 435 has all my qualifications. When compared to an Apple Mac Pro, the Dell has...

  • A 13% faster chip (3.33GHz vs. 2.93GHz)
  • 50% more hard drive space (1.5TB vs. 1.0TB)
  • Twice as much graphics card memory (1024MB vs. 512MB)
  • A Blu-ray reader/writer (Apple doesn't have an option for this)

...all for $3,495 less than the Apple Mac Pro."

"I'm going to buy the Dell Studio XPS 435."


"I got exactly what I wanted for *well* under $3,500."



"I'm a PC and my new system blows away the fastest Mac for half the price."



P.S. I am naming my new PC "Lauren."



July 2, 2009

PowerShell Gem #1

Filed under Computers, Programming, Software

PowerShell is a replacement for the Windows command prompt (a.k.a. CMD).

I ran into this feature today: accessing network shares.

With CMD, you map a drive letter to a network share in order to access it. Trying to access the share directly (via the UNC name) does not work.

For example, here's what happens if I try to list the contents of a share called \\ivory\users\public directly (fails) and then via a mapped drive S: using CMD...


PowerShell supports UNC! No more mapping drive letters!

Check out the same task via PowerShell...



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