A bunch of my friends from work came with and after getting food we headed back to watch a movie called "Everything is Illuminated" which was fantastic. It was very good, the music was weird and very well fitting to the story, and it was a very serious story with some really funny sections. I was really impressed and it's kindof interesting, the boy in the film (Elijah Wood) goes to the Ukraine to try to find a lady who helped his Jewish grandfather during the war. It was a very sweet story and some cool twists and unexpected things happened too. The overall story was very interesting and also a bit motivating for my travels too. I googled my last name once and found out that there were some Jutans in Lithuania, which is around the Ukraine area in Eastern Europe. I was actually thinking of adding Lithuania to my travel list to check out the area where some Jutans may have originally been from. Very cool. I think I have a lot of places to go already, but it's a cool possibility anyway!!
Work was sweet today, and I am in the land of UV Mapping. Sorry I can't talk about any of the details, but it's pretty darn cool stuff right now. I wrote the Automatic Mapping for Maya 7.0 when at Alias and I actually needed to use it today!! Haha it was cool because the manipulator for the Automatic Mapping tool is an example of the first OpenGL code I ever wrote. :)
A cool article I found that mentions the Maya 7 Automatic Mapping feature...Awesome!! So that was pretty exciting and it looks like I'll be working with the Sets Shading team now for a bit doing a whole bunch of UV Mapping, although I am still officially on the Sets Modeling team. This is super awessssoome!!!!!!!!!! Anyhow, sorry I have to be super vague, I can't talk about the details until the movie comes out.
Maya's Automatic Mapping method is best suited to UV mapping of flat-sided objects is also greatly improved: You can now manipulate the mapping planes used by Maya like other geometric shapes to change the angle or alignment of projections on the various planes of a surface.
I guess that's about it for tonight, had a great time with my friends from work tonight, they are totally awesome.