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Paperman: New Disney Animated Short

So, apparently Disney still produces gorgeous things like Paperman, an animated short which has been nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards. The short film employs a new technique of layering the 2D hand-drawn animation on top of CGI, and it really brings back memories of the days when Disney produced quality hand-drawn artwork which could tell a thoughtful story in short form.

J. J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars 7

In case there was any doubt after the onslaught of rumors, J. J. Abrams has been officially announced as the director of Star Wars 7.

This is rather intriguing news for me, as I grew up in a time where obsession over Star Wars vs. Star Trek was pretty much a blood feud. You could not be a fan of both, to do so was shameful. One could say that it was our Edward vs. Jacob. And yes, we were all too young to realize that Industrial Light and Magic was producing effects for both the Star Wars and Star Trek films (and if you told us, we’d probably deny it and brand you a traitor to your space franchise of choice).

Well, now the man behind Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness is bringing us Star Wars 7. It’s pretty big news for my generation. The man who brought life back to Star Trek is bringing life back Star Wars, the blood feud is finally over. And, who knows, maybe I’ll get the crossover I’ve always wanted (please don’t tell my friends from school).

San Francisco Road Trip

After having so much fun at WordCamp San Francisco, my wife and I decided to head out on a road trip back up to San Francisco, California. Along the way to San Francisco, we stopped for hiking in Aptos, our main hotel in Burlingame (right across the bay from SFO for some great airplane shots), Golden Gate Park (and the Conservatory of Flowers for some great close-up shots), the Automattic office, the Palace of Fine Arts, Coit Tower, and finally Solvang to see just how easy it is to turn a historic Danish community into an outdoor shopping mall.

For some reason, the auto-focus on my old camera decided that it was done with this world after the WordCamp trip, so I made this trip with my shiny new Nikon P500 and wound up with a ton of great photos to share. Feel free to also check out my roadtrip2011 tag for some more photos via my iPhone and the WordPress app’s awesome Quick Photo feature.