Good Works Tour

California Dreaming by timurian
August 13, 2008, 3:45 am
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Hey Guys!

So, being in the same place for a couple of days in a row has become a strange sensation. The pace we set going across the country on our way here enabled us to see and do a lot; being able to say we’ve touched both oceans is almost funny to me. This is the farthest the white van has ever gone.

I’ve been spending most of my days at the LA convention center volunteering at SIGGRAPH, the world’s premier computer graphics conference. AKA I am geeking out 24/7 over here. It’s great. Not only is it a good professional experience, but I get to experience first hand a lot of what the volunteers we interview talk about. One of the most common answers to “Why do you volunteer” is that people like the sense of community. SIGGRAPH most deffinitely has that, the organization is run by industry professionals and their brute labor force consists of 420 college age volunteers like myself.

Yesterday I attended a keynote by Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar and Disney Animation. He posed the question of whether the success of a movie is more dependent on the idea on which the movie is based, or on the people who execute the idea. His conclusion was that it’s the people, because any project is made up of thousands of little ideas and actions brought forth by people compounded on top of one another to form a greater whole. One of the greatest parts of being on the Good Works Tour is contributing to the ideas that form the work of others, and being part of something that is bigger than any one person. Everyone of you that read this are taking part in the Good Works Tour idea, and I hope you find it as exciting as I do.

We still have a few more days in LA – I have much more geekin’ to do, but I’d urge you to take a look at our map and see if you have any suggestions for Good Works / Places to Rest / Relatives that would feed us on our route.

Keep on rocking,

Tim “Watches more animation then a 5 year old” Urian


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Nice analysis. It is a glimpse into what to expect from the documentary. You are keeping us interested.

Comment by P Bones

Tim, who would have thought that the “down” time in LA would give such a different tone to your trip. A little time for retropective thought has served each of you well. You are a small part of many larger deeds/organizations/ideas but I like to think of you a the sparks on their fuses and I have an feeling that this powder keg is going to blow some volunteerism to the sky! Keep up the good works, my little flames!

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