Thursday, August 6, 2009

The SIGGRAPH 2009 CGTalk Meetup

Every year CGSociety's forums decide to pull together at SIGGRAPH and plan an event to plug the user names from the forums to the real life faces. Not everyone uses their face as an avatar. Actually, come to think of it, a lot of the users decide to hide their faces. I'm not sure why. Scared of the internet stalkers out there? I dunno.

This year's Meetup was held at New Orlean's Acme Oyster House. Now, granted I am too afraid to eat oysters (No, not because I'm literally afraid. I'm allergic to shellfish.) because I don't want to have to make a trip to the hospital. You understand, right? Regardless, the place was great! We had the whole second floor to ourselves. Not too mention the jambalaya was amazing!

And, from what I heard, the oysters were pretty good. Here's some of the group taking oyster shots. Not sure how that works, but I found it interesting enough to snap a picture of the action.

Here's a picture of everyone who stayed for pictures. That's one good lookin' group! I wonder why half of them have goofy avatars? Shows their creativity though, so I don't mind. Plus, those aren't too hard to remember, but a little awkward when you have to ask when they are the one with Iron Man as their picture.

To add to all the excitement, I woke up the morning after and navigated to the CGSociety home page only to see my face as the most recent news picture! Now that was cool. I was so excited, I decided to take a screen shot of it. Why not? I'm not there anymore, but it was my day claim to fame.
To sum it up, it was amazing meeting the guys behind the forum and the owners/creators of the entire CGSociety website. They were kind enough to bring a few books to hand out for our contributions to the site. That's community right there! Thanks to everyone involved for pulling it together and coming out to one of the best nights at SIGGRAPH 2009! It was truly a blast!

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  1. Hey there Josh - I enjoyed reading this writeup of your re:the party. I haven't always been that active in CG Talk - but, jump onto the webboard again recently (and made my account active again so I can login in post) - and actualy went back to CG Talk to find out about the Autodesk User Group Event - which I go to EVERY year when I am at SIGGraph. It was at CG Talk where I found out it was cancelled for this year. But, still - there were many parties to go to - and a bunch of us hanging out - realized we missed the CG Talk gathering. So, it was good to see what you wrote about here! So - where you in that pic above? Below the "Latest Features" wording - and above "SIGGraph Tuesday"???

    Kurt Wendt
    Max guy/Teacher & Proprietor

  2. Hey Kurt,

    Glad you enjoyed reading the post! I'm happy to hear you're becoming involved with the forums again. I wasn't too active until a while ago. Now I am reaping the benefits! ;)

    I'm the thrid from the left, black shirt, holding a plastic cup. Or, the one with the chinstrap beard. Haha!