Siggraph 2006 - anyone else going?

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Siggraph 2006 - anyone else going?

Post by sinbad » Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:12 pm

Hey folks,

I just wanted to let you know that I'm expecting to be at Siggraph 2006 this year (for those who don't read my blog). :D

As well as attending the conference proper, I'm hoping to get a Birds of a Feather session set up for OGRE too, to do a bit of OGRE publicity and generally meet people whilst at the conference. And of course, I'll be there all week anyway and will be glad to meet any OGRE users who happen to be there.

So, who's planning on attending this year? :)
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Post by joshcryer » Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:38 pm

I'm hoping to attend, but since it's so soon from now I don't know if it'll materialize. It's actually not looking good, but maybe things will pan out for me. I did go to E3 on an almost zero budget. :)

Question, is "Conference Select" really that preferrable over "Exhibits Plus" (Full Conference being totally out of the question for me)? I don't see much it offers that's worth three times the price.
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Post by sinbad » Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:20 pm

Panels, special sessions, a few others: http://www.siggraph.org/s2006/main.php? ... categories

I'm still pondering the pass too, I think it's going to be conference select even though there's a good few paper sessions I'd like to go to. I hear from friends who have been before that it's not too hard to blag your way into a couple though so that might be an option :)
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Post by Praetor » Fri Jun 09, 2006 2:16 pm

My roommate is from boston and we want to go sooo bad. Sucks that it's during the week cause there's no way I can get off work (already taking a week this summer).

Hope Ogre has a good showing. How could there be any birds of a feather? After all Ogre is the only thing in it's category: Best Free 3D Engine.
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Post by Lioric » Fri Jun 09, 2006 5:00 pm

To get a visa to USA, the application should be made from 3 to 6 months before the trip date, and you need to pass all of the paranoia of the US custom's agents, so i dont have any plans to travel to USA in the near time

It would be great to help promoting Ogre there, best of luck Sinbad

What about Eurographics? is this a similar event? if Ogre will be there, i will be there too for sure
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Post by Praetor » Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:48 pm

It might be similar but I'd say that Siggraph is in a league of its own. There really is nothing "like" it anywhere.
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Post by sinbad » Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:30 pm

Lioric wrote:To get a visa to USA, the application should be made from 3 to 6 months before the trip date, and you need to pass all of the paranoia of the US custom's agents, so i dont have any plans to travel to USA in the near time
Ouch. Thank God for the Visa Waiver Programme us Brit's get to use :)
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Post by sinbad » Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:33 pm

Lioric wrote:To get a visa to USA, the application should be made from 3 to 6 months before the trip date, and you need to pass all of the paranoia of the US custom's agents, so i dont have any plans to travel to USA in the near time
Ouch. Thank God for the Visa Waiver Programme us Brit's get to use :) I went to the US last in 2003 and although the queues were long, it wasn't that bad.

Is your country not in this list then? http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/temp/w ... 990.html#2
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Post by danharibo » Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:06 pm

i would go, but im too young
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Post by Lioric » Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:40 pm

My actual country is not part of the Visa Waiver Program (in fact 99% of this continent is not, except, of course, USA)

The last time i went to USA (and that was before the 9/11), i had to be in the queue from 4am to process the visa in the local office, and the interview was like talking to a military guy, in fact, they put a microphone a few centimeters away so your words are forwarded to the 200 persons in the wait queue outside to try to make you nervous or some, and a security guard is right next to you

That day, if i remeber, there were about 500 persons that applied for a visa, and they just approved visas for a girl and myself

They charged 50 dollars (now is more) per person, visa approved or not, a non-refoundable deposit to have the honor of be interviewed by some paranoic guy, so they did 25000 dollars that day, not a correct or ethic bussiness
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Post by haffax » Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:43 pm

wtf :shock:
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Post by pjcast » Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:50 pm

Yeah. that is freaking crazy.. And you know, us US citizens are not any safer for it :/ Stupid politics and right wing conservative nutjobs :(
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Post by xavier » Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:58 pm

I'd go if it were in California like GDC and E3. ;)
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Post by Lodes » Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:30 am

Next year it is in San Diego! :)
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Post by sinbad » Sat Jun 10, 2006 9:20 pm

Looks like my OGRE BOF might be a little bare then ;) I guess I could still run it anyway and see who turns up, you never know...

@Lioric: wow, that sucks.
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Post by joshcryer » Sun Jun 11, 2006 12:43 am

Don't be discouraged sinbad, I'm sure people will show! :D
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Post by Bloodypriest » Sun Jun 11, 2006 4:24 pm

Heh thanks god I live in Canada. We just need a valid passport to enter the USA.

One thing I've found weird last time I've went to the US is the shoe screening. Those guys are really weird wanting to smell our shoes' odor. Seriously, if someone was hiding a blade in his shoes, he wouldn't pass the metal detector so what's the need for it? Talk about paranoia.
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Post by bisco » Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:01 am

Hey, I'll be there too.
Sinbad, if you accomplish setting up anything for OGRE just tell, I'll be glad to pass by and get to meet some of you guys from the OGRE team ;)
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Post by sinbad » Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:40 pm

bisco wrote:Hey, I'll be there too.
Sinbad, if you accomplish setting up anything for OGRE just tell, I'll be glad to pass by and get to meet some of you guys from the OGRE team ;)
Woohoo! :)

I've requested space for a 1 hour BOF get-together on the Thursday, I'll let you know if it gets approved.
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Post by bisco » Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:16 pm

great!
I'll definitely be there :mrgreen:
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Post by sinbad » Mon Jun 19, 2006 6:23 pm

It's been confirmed :)

BOF: OGRE Community Meet Up
Location: Room 213, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Date: Thursday 3rd August 2006
Time: 2:00-3:00pm

I'll post a news item to officially announce it once the session is showing on their website.
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Post by sjcomp » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:02 pm

It looks like I have no choice but to come :) Hope to see you there.
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Post by xavier » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:15 pm

Bloodypriest wrote:Heh thanks god I live in Canada. We just need a valid passport to enter the USA.

One thing I've found weird last time I've went to the US is the shoe screening. Those guys are really weird wanting to smell our shoes' odor. Seriously, if someone was hiding a blade in his shoes, he wouldn't pass the metal detector so what's the need for it? Talk about paranoia.
It's not the blade, it's the possibility of explosives after the "shoe bomber" incident" some years ago -- it's also airline only; they don't actually screen you coming across the border on the ground now do they?
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Post by Bloodypriest » Thu Jun 22, 2006 4:00 am

Ah. I was too young to care about such things some years ago. I've only started reading the newspaper this year and wanting to travel too. Guess it's a mid-twenty thing wanting to do more than sit on your ass or maybe it just took me a bit longer to grow up.
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Post by Robomaniac » Thu Jun 22, 2006 4:32 am

Who's gonna set up a webcam?!

or at least take pictures (with captions) :)
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