Wednesday, December 16, 2009

357 days

Yes it has been that long since I've blogged. Christmas day, 2008. Crazy!

This year has flown by. I've been at Pixar for a year and a half. I still enjoy my job and would love you all to come visit. Friday this week will be my last day working on a project that I started on back in June. Unfortunately, I still can't actually say what it is. But, Starting in January I will be working on Toy Story 3. I think it's really fun that in my first 2 years at Pixar I will have worked on all 3 Toy Story movies. Speaking of which, I hope you were able to go watch Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3-D back in October. I worked really hard on those, and it was all worth it.

Now, beyond work. We moved to Emeryville back in September, and I like it better than Walnut Creek. It is very nice being within walking distance of work, a mall, and tons of restaurants and coffee shops. Hopefully, we will get some pictures of our apartment online at some point. Speaking of which, I haven't taken many pictures lately, althought the other night I took a pretty cool pic of San Francisco and the bay bridge at night from the walkway at our apartment.

Tomorrow is my 5th Anniversary! Absolutely amazing to think back to that week and all the craziness. I love my wife more than ever and I am so blessed and happy that I've been able to share all of these adventures with her! (College, moving to RI, grad school, Pixar internship, moving to CA, and everything else)

Well, I need to get going now, but I will try to blog a little more often. We are headed to Italy in just 4 days to spend 2 weeks with my parents (who live in Naples). Fun times will be had, and hopefully I'll remember to upload some photos.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas from Idaho

Well, I hope you are all having a great day with friends and family. Jess and I are here in Nampa, Idaho with her parents for Christmas and it's been a nice and relaxing week. We are expecting more guests anytime soon, so I may have to cut this short. We've had several snow storms since I got into town and it is very nice to have a white Christmas.

Since it's been so long since I've posted anything, I'll let you know that I'm still very much enjoying my job and I thank God for it every day. Thanks to Jess we were completely move into our apartment, less than 2 months after we moved in! We really like our apartment and the town of Walnut Creek.

I should be finished with my current project next month, and will move onto the next one. I'm not completely certain what that will be yet, but I'll try and let you know. It's been great getting to know all the people in my department.

Well, that's it for now I guess. Have a very Merry Christmas and holiday season and may God bless you this year.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Loving work, getting settled

Again, it's been a long time sine I really posted. One thing I'd like to share right off the bat. The trailer for "Up" has been released (can be seen here). Let me tell you, it looks great in 3D (as it will be shown before Bolt in 3D).

Works been pretty busy, but right now we are plowing through work faster than it can be cleared for us to work on them. So, it looks like I'll be looking for things to work on today. I am really feeling a part of the team now. It's great to feel appreciated and that I'm making a difference in getting things done.

I can't believe it's already almost the middle of November. The days and weeks have been flying by and I know that it will be Christmas before I realize it. The leaves are changing and we've actually seen some rain these past couple weeks.

We continue to get things settled into our apartment, and I think it's really feeling like home. We hung a lot of things on the walls this weekend and I think that helps a lot. I got a hold of a couple Pixar posters this summer and I really enjoy that they are now hung up in our home.

Well aparently, they've found something for me to do. So I'll get back to work now.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Pixar Fans Rejoice

Fans Rejoice – Pixar Isn’t Pulling a George Lucas
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This is a link that one of my co-workers sent me. This is some of the first public information about what I'm working on. It's fun to read what Jim Morris has to say about the parts of Toy Story that he has seen, and to know that I helped with making it "look great".

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Why don't I want to blog?

That is a good question, and I don't know the answer. We'll see how long this ends up being, cause right now I really don't feel like writing.

Well the job is great! Living in a hotel is a little odd right now, but I fly to Rhode Island in just 5 days to be there when the moving truck gets loaded and to help move the cats. We're finding it to be an interesting task to fly with cats across country, but Pixar has been extremely gracious and have helped us find the best flights for us to take the cats. (I must not want to write, I just spent about 20 minutes on looking up our flights, seats, leg room, cabin space, entertainment info, as well as the pet options and seat layouts for several different about easily distracted)

Well, we have an apartment, I will sign the lease and get the keys early next week. It is in Walnut Creek, which is about a 15 minute drive east, from Pixar. After we looked at apartments last Saturday, Jessica and I spent some time exploring the town and were very pleased with our decision. It is a family friendly area that has a lot of shopping, entertainment, and things going on, even though it is only about 60k people. We hope to get a guest room situated pretty quickly. Although, we won't have a car for a while. I just realize that I hadn't mentioned it on the blog, but we sold our car about 2 weeks ago. We decided it would solve a lot of hassle, and when we replace it, we want to get something that's cheaper (to buy, maintain, and fuel). Therefore, I will start commuting to and from work on the BART.

It's been a little weird coming back to work and having most of my friends gone (all the summer interns), but it has been a lot of fun to hang out with the other friends I had that are still here, and I'm already meeting more people. I'm so happy to think about the stability of this job and our future. I like knowing that after we get settled into our apartment, things won't have to change much. I think we are both looking forward to that feeling with all the constant changes we've had over the last several years. And most specifically, there was always some date down the road when another change was going to occur...but not anymore. It's nice.

Well, I think that's it for now. It's going to be a very busy week for Jessica while she finishes the packing without me to help. And then once I leave here, the end of this week will be hectic and crazy for us both. Then we'll have a week of relative clam while we wait for the truck to make it cross country, then we'll be super busy unpacking and getting moved in. Exciting times!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Still alive

Yep, I'm back in Providence, and have been for 2 weeks now. Jess and I are super busy packing boxes and spending time with friends. We fly to Oakland on Friday to do some serious apartment shopping. Jess will fly back to Providence the following Wednesday, but I'll stay in California to start work this coming Monday! Then we'll officially move in just a few weeks.

I am very excited about the entire thing, but it is still very unreal. I look forward to getting back to work and starting to get settled in the area. I'll try to keep you updated on what's going on. Our big goal right now is to find an apartment this weekend.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The biggest news of my summer!

Well, it seems my dreams have come true. And the one thing that I thought had no chance of happening this summer did. I got asked if I would be interested in staying on at Pixar full-time in a regular, non-intern, position! So after a week of interviews with important people and lots of waiting, Tuesday morning I received an official offer letter from Pixar Animation Studios!

I've worked it out with my supervisor and I will be "starting" as a regular employee in 3.5 weeks, on 9/22. I'll continue working with the same team doing exactly what I'm doing now, but this time there is no end date. After I start and find a place to live, Jessica, along with all our stuff, will move to California to begin the rest of our lives. Sometime in the next couple years I will continue, and finish my Master's at a school near Pixar, maybe UC Berkeley.

It's all happened so fast and I still don't think it has sunk in. I'm already deep in the process of moving, initializing many of the processes that have to be complete.

So, now I can extend an invitation to all of you to come visit us in California after October, and see some of the inside of Pixar's studio. (Or just come to see us, that works just as well) We are both very excited about this opportunity and all it means for our future. I think we are both relieved to have a sense of stability and peace in knowing that I have a permanent job. And above that, the job I've wished, hoped, and prayed for most of my life.

God has completely orchestrated this and his fingerprints are all over everything that's happened leading up to this opportunity.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Long time in coming

Well, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then according to wikipedia, I've already written a novel this evening. Meaning, I just posted 60 pictures on facebook which I hadn't updated since 6/15! I also added several pictures to the web album that all have been taken since the last time I posted on this blog.

Well, the end is near. Friday is my last day and it will be a fun and busy week. Our team has a review tomorrow with our director, John Lasseter. Exciting. I also have to get all my stuff packed up this week since I fly out Friday evening right after work.

Hopefully the pictures are self explanatory, feel free to leave comments on here or on the pictures if you have questions or want to hear more about specific things I've done since I last gave a detailed account of my adventures.

It's been fun to become pretty good friends with many of the interns here, and it has been a little sad to say good-bye to so many of them already. But hopefully many of us will return for full-time employment.

Sorry this is so short, it's already after 10 and i really wanted to get a work-out in today, so I'm off to the gym. Talk with you later.


Saturday, August 2, 2008


So, this weekend I am down in the Southern part of the bay hanging out with some friends from Brown. I am currently in Redwood City and my friend, Korhan, had an SD reader in his laptop, so I finally was able to upload some pictures! He's on his way back here and we are going to go to lunch and then head to Monterey to go to the beach! I'm super excited. Enjoy the pictures, they can be found in the Album.

Gotta go, talk to you again soon, hopefully.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Yikes, I'm falling behind!

Well it's been 10 days since my last post! And I only have a couple minutes cause I have to catch the bus that goes by in 6 minutes to get back to the apartment. I purchased a new power jack for my laptop! It should be here in the next couple days and then I can try my hand at desoldering and soldering a part on my motherboard. Sounds scary and it is. Hope it works.

Jess and I had a wonderful time together this last weekend we got to go to the SF zoo and had a lot of fun! I have pictures, but currently no way to transfer them. I hope you are all doing well. Feel free to leave a comment or even better, send me an e-mail and let me know what's up with you! I am still enjoying work, got over a couple hurdles today that have been plaguing me for upwards of a week. We have some fun team reviews this week and some other things going on too.

Talk with ya later.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Idée Inc.

I just ran across a very cool website that I'd like to share. They also have a collection of other image searching tools that are very cool and very useful. Their main website is

I'm sure this type of searching technology will (and already has) become very prevalent in the different media forms that are stored digitally. Already I can think of Pandora that does this type of search with music and BookLamp that does it with books. Amazing!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bad News

So, my crazy laptop has had weird power issues for the last year or so. But, I think it's finally decided to die. It won't take power from the wall anymore, so once I use up my battery it is done for. I can still post from the computers at Pixar (like I am right now), but they don't have SD card readers so I don't have a way to get the pictures off my camera. Hopefully I'll have Jess bring the USB cable for the camera with her from RI on Friday.

Today I went to Home Depot and got a few things to take apart my laptop with and I bought a super cheap soldering iron at Radio Shack and I'm gonna try to figure out how to fix it. Wish me luck.

I'll try and keep up with posts, but we will see how it goes.