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Wednesday, February 04, 2004
 
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Monday, February 02, 2004
 
We are a part of a rhythm nation

The superbowl was a great finale to a post season that has been one of the most entertaining in my memory. It was a great weekend, highlighted by the game and a visit from my good friend Doctor Mike. Aside from the thrilling highlights of the game there is of course, much to talk about around the water cooler today.

We all know about Janet (miss Jackson if ya nasty) and her "wardrobe malfunction". I don't really want to talk about that...especially since I know there are a million other blogs babbling about it right now. What I do want to talk about is this reaction from the FCC:

"I am outraged at what I saw during the halftime show of the Super Bowl. Like millions of Americans, my family and I gathered around the television for a celebration. Instead, that celebration was tainted by a classless, crass and deplorable stunt. Our nation's children, parents and citizens deserve better." - Michael Powell

Frankly I can't believe that anyone would get so pissed off about this. The incident was pretty benign if you ask me. You can see the same amount of flesh on any beach during the summer around here...And you can see it a lot clearer, for a lot longer.

The fact that this glimpse of globular glory elicits so much outrage from the American people is en embarrassment when there are far greater tragedies and travesties to be upset over.

I understand if you think it might be inappropriate, but it's hardly worth the uproar. I mean There wasn't even an exposed nipple!

Before the superbowl, CBS aired a short animated segment that was sponsored by my company and featured footage from one of the games I've worked on: NFL Gameday. Also in the segment were animated versions of the four main commentators: Boomer, Deion, Nantz, and Marino. This was the big project I had been working on for the past few weeks.

We were told that it was going to be aired in the final hour of the pregame show, right before the big game, but instead it aired two hours before kickoff. I have of course seen the finished product, but I missed it in the actual context of the show. Hopefully it turned out okay. I have a feeling it looked a like "gratuitous CG", but what the hell, at least I worked on something that was broadcast to a national audience. I did quite a bit of work on it actually. From motion capture clean-up animations, to key-framed animations...I was even a motion capture actor for a number of the shots.

Anyway...if anyone saw it and had a reaction (positive or negative) and/or is aware of any other reactions to it I would be curious to hear.

-B

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