In Just Graduated on October 12, 2009 at 8:15 AM
From the Abstract: The properties of knits come from the nonlinear, three-dimensional kinematics of long, inter-looping yarns, and despite significant advances in cloth animation we still do not know how to simulate knitted fabric faithfully. Existing cloth simulators mainly adopt elastic-sheet mechanical models inspired by woven materials, focusing less on the model itself than on important simulation challenges such as efficiency, stability, and robustness. We define a new computational model for knits in terms of the motion of yarns, rather than the motion of a sheet. Movie Link.
Who: Jonathan Kaldor, Doug L. James, and Steve Marschner.
Real World Application: When Toy Story 8 comes around, following Woody and Buzz Lightyear as they go to the local Salvation Army resell it store, the second-hand sweaters and cardigans they’re thrown against will look so real you’ll think that you might have once owned the sweaters.
In Just Graduated on August 11, 2009 at 5:41 AM
The New York Times is reporting how Chinese cities—especially Shanghai and Beijing—are seeing a second great wave of American graduates moving across the Pacific to take better jobs. The first wave came to China in the early 90s, but as the internet bubble grew fewer grads made the flight over. With the worst economy in millennia… well the kids are coming back. Chinese companies are obviously attracted to American kids because they are cheap experts about American markets and American culture. But American education, with its emphasis on individual learning and entrepreneurial spirit, is also a big selling point for Chinese companies looking to innovate and expand:
“I think the more standard Chinese approach is to take orders.” Willy Tsao says the difference is rooted in the educational system. “In Chinese schools students are encouraged to be quiet and less outspoken; it fosters a culture of listening more than initiating.”
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