Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

eJournal

SIGGRAPH 2015

SIGGRAPH 2015

August 8-14, 2015 During the month of August, artists and computer-graphic geeks from around the world make their way to the CG-Mecca known as SIGGRAPH. This year’s event took place in Los Angeles. I’m not a big fan of LA, but it is the place where most the major studios are and that helps make the conference a more productive experience. Since most of our former students live/work in the... [Read more]


The Sunset Limited

The Sunset Limited

August 5-7, 2015 Whenever possible, I like to travel by rail and I encourage others to do the same. This summer Bill and I decided to take the train to Los Angeles to attend this year’s SIGGRAPH conference. Traveling by rail is a more civilized way to get somewhere. However, everything comes at a price. When you travel by train in the United States you should expect delays. Commercial freight... [Read more]


El Verona de Cacahuates

El Verona de Cacahuates

August 4, 2015 This past spring our friend Manny complete his MS at TAMU and needed a place to stay while he worked on a research project before moving out-of-state to continue his academic career. Manny stayed in my guest room for the summer and during that time we had a too much fun. We made a couple of trips to a local, authentic Mexican grocery story where Manny purchased the Mexican treat known... [Read more]


A Vizzy Summer

A Vizzy Summer

July 22, 2015 People make the false assumption that my work slows down during the summer. *LAUGH* Sometimes I wish it would. In addition to supporting our summer courses, the Viz Lab hosted several Viz Kid Camps as part of TAMU’s Youth Adventure Program. Students from middle school to high school attended workshops where they learned everything from animation and circuit building to projection... [Read more]


Jessie Mae Vigus

Jessie Mae Vigus

July 6, 2015 On July 6, 2015, my Granny passed away at the age of 91. She was the beloved and respected matriarch of our family. She had not been in the best of health for the past couple of years and it was a challenge for the family to see her slowly fade away. Several years ago, she gave me two of her old scrapbooks. They were tattered and torn, but full of gold. One evening before her funeral,... [Read more]


The 4th of July 2015

The 4th of July 2015

July 4, 2015 This Fourth of July, Ruben, Manny, Glenn and I enjoy an Independence Day celebration with some of our other friends at the George Bush Presidential Library. The day was filled with plenty of laughs, and too much food, The evening concluded with a great firework show. ………..     ………..     ………..     ………..... [Read more]


Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality

June 26, 2015 I’ll be honest, I never thought I’d live to see the day when gay Americans would be allowed to legally wed like their fellow “straight” citizens. When the news came out, I couldn’t help but be happy for all the friends I know who have been in loving, supportive relationships for decades but weren’t treated fairly. In time, those who opposed equality will realize that it was... [Read more]


Prayers for Charleston

Prayers for Charleston

June 24, 2015 Did you hear the story of the atheist, the catholic, the jew, the muslim, the baptist, the methodist, the old, the young, the gay, the straight, the transgendered who gathered at a little church in College Station, Texas to share a common vision of peace one week after the hate-based tragedy that took place in Charleston? Well, if you didn’t hear that story, let me tell you….it was... [Read more]


Terlingua

Terlingua

June 11-13, 2015 Years ago, my Dad purchased land on the Terlingua Ranch. I never knew why he was so excited about this place until I saw it. Early one morning (4AM), I accompanied my Dad, brother-in-law, and nephew on a ten-hour drive to Terlingua. The main purpose of our journey was to survey and mark my Dad’s property. It is a different world in this part of Texas. It’s isolation and natural... [Read more]