Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Well, whaddya know!

This has actually been up for a while, but I just now found it--Engineering professor wins Academy Award

AUBURN – Technology has followed art in imitating life, and for his part in marrying animation with human movement, Nels Madsen of Auburn University’s engineering faculty received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement Feb. 12 in Pasadena, Calif.

Probably best recognized for bringing to life the world of Gandalf and Frodo in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and digitizing Tom Hanks in “The Polar Express,” motion-capture technology for computer character animation involves mapping human motion onto the motion of a computer character. What these blockbuster films have in common is their creation of animation under Giant Studios’ direction using proprietary Motion Reality, Inc. (MRI) technology that Madsen helped create.

Madsen is an associate professor of mechanical engineering in Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. He is recognized by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his role in the software solution – created by MRI and licensed for entertainment to Giant Studios – that applied a unique biometric approach that has influenced the development of motion-capture technology for motion pictures.

Madsen shares the award with three former MRI colleagues – Vaughn Cato, Matthew Madden and Bill Lorton – all now at Giant Studios. [...]

Pretty cool, even if they didn't get to go to the big show, and even if they didn't get an actual statue or plaque, but rather a certificate, because they got Scarlett Johansson as host instead of Chris Rock.

Anyway, here's Dr. Madsen, and a link to MRI (all you golfers be sure to check out their golf site), and to Giant Studios. AND, in the biggest news of all...SPRING DRILLS STARTED YESTERDAY! WOO HOO!

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