nyvrmlsig meetings and events
nov-dec 1998

nyVRMLsig Meetings

Tuesday, December 15th
Where have we been? — Where are we going? Brainstorming Meeting
Location: Fashion Institute of Technology

Tuesday, November 24th
General Meeting, NYVRMLSIG, Bill McCloskey, Guest Speaker
Location: One Club Gallery

Other Events

Wednesday, December 2nd
SIGGRAPH 98, Electronic Theater, Mitch Butler's "The Smell of Horror"

November 21st
Avatars 98, the third annual conference

November 11th
New Media at an Exhibition, One Club, Ken Perlin, Guest Speaker

December 15th
Where have we been? — Where are we going? Brainstorming Meeting

Tuesday, December 15th
6:00 - 8:20 p.m.
Fashion Institute of Technology, (see map)
7th Avenue and 27th Street
"C" building (Marvin Feldman Center, located on 27th Street)
Room CC15A, Quick Response Center, lower level

This meeting is planned as an informal brainstorming session to discuss:

  • where we've come in 1998?
  • where are we going in 1999?
  • should we plan a BOF in 1999?
  • suggestions for meetings in 1999
  • planning a meeting for FIT Students
  • data visualization

As of December 6th, the theme for our meeting has expanded.
We're fortunate to have several very special guests from local corporations, schools and professional organizations who are interested in seeing New York City grow as a digital new media hub.

In the spirit of cooperation and collaboration, the December 15th meeting will be a unique "think tank" or brainstorming" session focused on exploring ways we can work together to draw attention to the city's digital creative and technical talent.

We'll arrange chairs in a circle and start with a round of 15-second introductions. All participants will be asked to introduce themselves and describe their particular interest in new media.

  • your name
  • your occupation
  • (optional) educational background
  • (optional) your area of interest (in new media)

Name tags will be provided. Bring business cards and suggestions for answers to the question "what do we need to make New York City a new media hub?"

November 24th
General Meeting, NYVRMLSIG, Bill McCloskey, Guest Speaker

Tuesday, November 24th
6:00 - 8:20 p.m.
The One Club Gallery
32 East 21st Street, New York
Topic: "3D Stories"
Bill McCLoskey
Director of Strategic Relations
InterVU, Inc.

Please Note: The NYVRMLSIG usually meets at FIT. We have been invited to hold our November meeting in the One Club Gallery for the month of November. In December, we will be collaborating with the Object Developers Group on a large data visualization meeting and we are presently looking for space for 100 people. We will resume our meetings at FIT in January, 1999.

I will give a brief tour of the "New Media as an Art Exhibition" exhibits prior to Bill's talk:

  • Ogilvy Interactive
  • Oven Digital
  • Armadillo
  • Nicholson
  • Medius IV
  • Adjacency
  • Poppe Tyson Modem Media
  • Martin Interactive
  • Think New Ideas
  • Red Sky Interactive

Bill McCloskey recently joined InterVU from Silicon Graphics, Cosmo Software, where he held the position of senior market development manager. While at Cosmo Software he was responsible for activities such as identifying and developing core markets, developing key relationships with partners to expand the online advertising market, producing and creating marketing campaigns and materials, and speaking at industry events and trade shows. Before working at Cosmo software, Bill was president and founder of Quartet Multimedia Design, and founding techncial editor of, and regularly featured columnist for, 3D Design Magazine. He also taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Bill earned his undergraduate degree at Bucknell University and attended the masters degree program of computer art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

InterVU is a full-service Internet video solutions provider to major ISPs, cable/TV networks, Web sites, advertisers and advertising agencies. InterVUs range of services are designed to optimize bandwidth for Web publishers and end-users to increase performance while driving down costs. InterVU's turnkey video and Rich Media services include automation of the vide publishing process, installation of end=user mmultimedia software, management and distribution of live broadcasts, video-on-demand and Rich Medi Adveritisng. Among InterVU's clients are severl Fortune 500 companies and others such as NBC, CNN, Intel, Microsot, Major League Basebeall. Ralston Purina, General Motors and Volvo.

Wednesday, December 2nd
SIGGRAPH 98, Electronic Theater, Mitch Butler's "The Smell of Horror"

Dear SIGGRAPH 98 Attendee,

As you may already be aware, the Electronic Theater is one of the highlights at each year's SIGGRAPH Conference. NYC ACM SIGGRAPH would like to invite you to experience the SIGGRAPH 98 Electronic Theater at our Holiday Event. It will take place on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30PM in the Haft Auditorium at FIT. The auditorium is located in Building C (on the 2nd Floor) of the FIT campus at 227 West 27th Street. The screening will be followed by a reception in The Museum at FIT.

We'll also have a very special guest at the screening. Mitch Butler, whose piece "The Smell of Horror" was one of the big hits at the conference, will be spending the evening with us. If you have a question about "The Smell of Horror", you can ask Mitch about it at the reception.

Admission for NYC ACM SIGGRAPH members to both the screening and the reception is FREE! If you would like to become a member of NYC ACM SIGGRAPH, you can download a membership application from our website at http://www.siggraph.org/chapters/nyc/Membership.html. The non-member price is $10.00 (includes the reception) and the non-member student price is $8.00 (this also includes the reception). The screening is free to FIT faculty and students. The reception is free for FIT faculty and $5.00 for FIT students.

If you would like to become a member of NYC ACM SIGGRAPH, you can download a membership application at our website at http://www.siggraph.org/chapters/nyc/Membership.html.

Underwriting for this event has been graciously provided by COMPAQ's High Performance Systems, UNIX Group (http://www.unix.digital.com) and the Office of Career Services at FIT. We'd like to thank them both for their support.

For more information about this and all our other events, please visit our website at http://www.siggraph.org/chapters/nyc. If you have any comments or questions about NYC ACM SIGGRAPH, you can send email to [email protected].

I hope to see you on December 2.

Scott Lang,

November 21th
Avatars 98
the third annual conference

Saturday, November 21, 1998
NYVRMLSIG Avatar Meeting
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Avatars 98 Conference
Larry Rosenthal's Stardock Alpha World
via the Blaxxun CCPro Client

The New York VRMLSIG is having an informal avatar meeting in Larry Rosenthal's Stardock Alpha world during the Avatars 98 Conference. Screenshots will be taken for display on the NYVRMLSIG Web site. The SIG meeting is planned for the afternoon and Larry's chats are scheduled for the evening (see his chat information posted on the Avatars 98 Conference site).

If you're new to 3D chat here are some steps:

  1. Go to http://www.ccon.org/conf98 and follow the link at the top of the page to download the Blaxxun 3D multi-user chat client (PC Only)
  2. If you plan to use your own avatar, follow Special Events/Blaxxun Worlds/Stardock Alpha to load Larry's Stardock Alpha World and log-on. Double-click on your name in the list of "people." A blaxxun:CCpro:Personal Data dialog box will be displayed. Use your real name so others can identify you. Add the URL of your avatar to the field labeled Avatar URL:
  3. If you don't have an avatar to upload, you may use one of the avatars from the Blaxxun library or use one of Larry's Cube3.com avatars. Go to http://www.cube3.com/avatars and browse Larry's selection of avatars (copy down the URL so you'll have it to type into the Personal Data dialog box). Larry's avatars are really great looking. A visit to his avatar page is highly recommended.

Note: I was unable to see my own avatar when I logged on to Stardock Alpha. The "A" key on the keyboard is supposed to trigger a look at your own avatar.


If you're Macintosh-based, you can join Cati Laporte and me at Pratt Manhattan (295 Lafayette Street, 2nd floor in the computer lab — ask for Mary Jo Fahey). We're logging on at a computer lab workstation and we'll upload Cati's avatar.


November 11th
1998 New Media at an Exhibition

You are invited to attend the second annual exhibition of New Media at The One Club Gallery. This exhibit builds on the strength of the One Show Interactive awards and highlights emerging technologies in advertising. The show is designed to illuminate the creative process of interactive media, de-mystifying an important environment in the advertising industry.

Guest speaker: Ken Perlin, professor Oscar winner and director of the Center of Advanced Technology in digital multimedia.

Adjacency Medius IV
Armadillo Modem Media.Poppe Tyson
Ogilvy One Nicholson NY
Oven Digital Red Sky Interactive
Martin Interactive Think New Ideas

When: November 11th. 1998 Opening reception 6:30 pm
Where: The One Club Gallery, 32 East 21st Street, New York
RSVP: [email protected]

NYVRMLSIG meetings moving to FIT

Globix (formerly the Bell Technology Group) is moving to a building of their own in lower Manhattan and their conference room will be unavailable starting in August. Aaron Schorr of FIT's Quick Response Center has generously given the NYVMRLSIG meeting space. This introduction was made by SIG member Patrick Jennings who introduced the SIG to Toni Shannon, a 3D artist who works at the Quick Response Center. Toni has modeled the Empire State Building in 3D Studio Max and will be adding her model to the landmark project.

Dates for upcoming meetings at FIT include:
Wednesday, August 26th
Wednesday, Sept 23nd
Wednesday, October 28th
Tuesday, November 24th
Tuesday, December 22rd



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