Pixar MacRenderMan floppy disk

Some historical floppy disk fun from old Pixar days. When Pixar decided to sell RenderMan to the public we had to come up with a good name (It was REYES, Renders Everything You’ve Ever Saw / Seen). You… Read More

The PICS 2000

The Philips PICS 2000 imaging workstation. Developed at Pixar in 1987.

A medical imaging workstation – the beginning of volume imaging When I got my interview at Pixar, I was at Ohio State working on volumetric rendering of CT and MR images. There are a few callbacks to that… Read More

Highland Aire

I just finished a row. It’s about 99% humidity this morning, which, to credit Chris Wedge, reminds me of having just rowed inside someone’s mouth. Chris and I used to ride our bikes together when we were at… Read More

Cat Came Back Jeans

Sometime in the late 80’s, I was a guest at a Spike n’ Mike animation festival, Santa Cruz I think. A bunch of us from Pixar went down, JL was probably the only ‘true’ special guest, but somehow… Read More

Pixar Goes Commercial…

An article from Computer Graphics World, circa June 1986. $125K for the entry level, in mid-1980’s dollars. You still needed a host (Sun-2 at the time was a good choice) and, if I recall, a display device. There’s… Read More

Sony XBR Club

The XBR was Sony’s top-of-the-line consumer CRT TV, back in the good old days. So elite, you got to join a club. I believe it stood for “eXtra BRight”. Steve May used to mock it, calling it the… Read More