Friday, December 14, 2007

The stuff of legend

So I haven't posted anything in the longest of times but today I just have to break this unintentional silence; my co-worker Nafees (bin Zafar) just walked into our cubicle with the biggest smile on his face, eyes gleaming. In his hand was a letter from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It turns out he, Doug Roble and Ryo Sakaguchi have scored a Scientific & Technical Achievement Award for our internal fluid simulator FSIM! For those of you who don't know, it was one of the first fluid simulators ever to be used in a feature film - check out the flooding of Bruinen in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (it's the one where the ringwraiths get their asses wooped out in the river). While FSIM has seen substantial improvements over the years it remains based on their original work, and this award serves to emphasize how groundbreaking that was. So although many of these guys seldom or never turn to alcohol for comfort or joy, I just might have to get hammered tonight in their honor. Celebration!

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