September Section Meeting

Our September meeting is on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 7:00 PM and is a joint meeting with SEMAFX (Detroit ACM-SIGGRAPH). The host is Expert Electronics Showplace, 17100 Kercheval (at St. Clair, 2 blocks east of Cadieux), Grosse Pointe, MI 48230, and the topic is “Old School” computer graphics systems, cards, software and hardware.

SEMAFX, the Detroit chapter of ACM-SIGGRAPH, has invited SMPTE Detroit members to join them at their upcoming meeting. Apologies for the very short notice; this came about quite recently. Many of us have had the “pleasure” in past years of installing or working with early computer graphics, animation and CGI systems, video graphics and display cards. If the words Targa, RasterOps, NuBus, Truevision, NuVista, Amiga, etc bring on a chill or other reaction, you might find this program fun.

From Scott Dunham’s notice to SEMAFX:

Come join me as we keep the SEMAFX flame burning bright! School is back in session, and so is SEMAFX. Our goals remain unchanged- to form a casual, yet professional league of talented artists who want to explore the technology, the tips and the boundaries of our own abilities. And by working together, create opportunities for our community and our Craft. The “theme” if you want to call it that, is “Old Guys” Night! (Old gals are invited too, but sadly, we were mostly a guy-industry in those days… sigh. Anyway, it’s not much of a theme, I know. But I’d LOVE to see all my old veteran buddies who have been in the animation, graphics and showbiz biz since the early days! If you’ve heard of a Truevision Targa graphics board, Summagraphic tablets, Amiga II’s, sprites or CosA, then you’re probably an “old guy!” If you were ever impressed by the speed of a 486x processor… yep, you guessed it- OLD! And if you’re YOUNG- then come hang out with us Old Guys and listen to our war stories, along with some cool ideas, latest gossip and other fun stuff. SEMAFX is fun, dangit! So come ready to have fun. We will be meeting on Tuesday night, Sept. 20th, at 7pm, at the Expert Electronics Showplace, in Grosse Pointe Village, at 17100 Kercheval. Look for the Expert Electronics awning – and we’ll be down the stairs (under the TN Thai Bistro on the corner). Parking on the street or in the ramp across the street on St. Clair (might be metered or paid parking). BYOB. Volunteers needed to bring some “snacks”. Also bring any DVD’s or demos you want to share.

Because of location and start time, we will not do a pre meeting dinner. There are, however a number of places in “the Village,” on the adjacent 2 blocks, for early arrivals to grab a bite beforehand.

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