It's really become a small, and highly connected world. A few days ago I received an email from Robert, the webmaster for the RobotsRule website, and the developer of the Robosapien Dance Machine project He gave me a heads-up to a short but funny (perhaps tragic) Robosapien video clip taken at the recent Robogames 2005 event. Someone, name currently unknown, thought it would be great fun to pit our favorite RoboGuy up against one of the whirling dervish type Battle Bots. The results were predictable, though certainly interesting to watch.
Of course, being the curious person that I am, I had to move up the url link and see who had gone to the trouble of taking the video and posting it for all of us to enjoy. Much to my surprise, and delight, the videotographer (is that a legal word?) turned out to be none other than Mark VandeWettering. On his appropriately named brainwagon weblog, Mark bills himself as:
"husband, dad, programmer, maker of telescopes, blogger, podcaster, lover of all things scientific and/or trivial, and Oakland A's fan."
All of that is true, as far as it goes. But, if you dig a little deeper, you'll discover that Mark is also responsible for some very impressive raytracing and other graphic software, and works for Pixar. You've enjoyed some of his work in films like the Incredibles. He's also an invererate podcaster. Be sure to check out his Robogames photos and give a listen to his Robogames 2005 podcast to find out what happened, and what he fixed for his family's Easter dinner.
Be sure to give Mark some feedback, and tell him how much you appreciate his efforts.