(note the ambient fill light worn)
233.43 name: Yaohua Hu, lab_name: MSRAIG 231.50 name: Jessica Hodgins, lab_name: hoping for the best 158.50 name: Aila, Lehtinen, Laine and Miettinen, lab_name: rand()%745 + 1 151.57 name: Tom Mertens, lab_name: Breakfast Clubbers 150.00 name: Doug Epps, lab_name: Everything.com 143.57 name: Stephen H. Westin, lab_name: Big Red 136.00 name: captain, lab_name: big researchers with dental failure 135.00 name: Abhijeet Ghosh, lab_name: Imager Graphics Lab 135.00 name: Alan Chalmers, lab_name: bristol_bretheren 123.57 name: Zhaosheng Bao, lab_name: fractureThe sketches did not affect the top slots; Stephen moved up and Abhijeet and Alan moved into the top ten. Jessica had a number of second authors for sketches, but only the first authors count (and since a sketch does not count as a publication, I guess such people should be called first presenters or somesuch).
But what of the monkeys? They were with banana-chucking distance of the two human leaders, didn't they benefit from the sketches? What's wrong with you, didn't I already say the monkeys lost? Why are you asking these questions?
213.14 name: Fundi Washoe Tomasello, lab_name: Monkey #509 210.00 name: Fifi Sarah McGrew, lab_name: Monkey #412 189.24 name: Fifi Cheeta Premack, lab_name: Monkey #692 185.00 name: Faustino Birute Sanz, lab_name: Monkey #333 172.00 name: Flint Washoe Varki, lab_name: Monkey #901 171.14 name: Fred Austin Fossey, lab_name: Monkey #185 161.14 name: Flo Sherman Varki, lab_name: Monkey #970 150.57 name: Ferdinand Dian Premack, lab_name: Monkey #624 146.14 name: Fred Crickette Rumbaugh, lab_name: Monkey #745 144.50 name: Figan Sherman Fossey, lab_name: Monkey #178So seven monkeys beat all but two humans. Fifi Sarah McGrew, who was in thirteenth place, kicked up to second place; quite impressive, a gain of 80 points on sketch authors! Nonetheless, the flying monkeys lost. Still, by watching the Electric Sheep screensaver long enough and voting for the results they liked, new patterns evolved to the point where uncharted monkey neural pathways were opened up and the whole clan was able to use mind-power to instantaneously transport themselves away from the Earth to a better place. Well, at least their logic was that monkeys like being warm, the sun is warm, but in retrospect perhaps that wasn't the best place to mass teleport.
But anyway the humans won, and here's Yaohua's winning team:
1 cost: 210 value: 111.14 Heung-Yeung Shum 2 cost: 90 value: 61.14 Baining Guo 3 cost: 20 value: 30.57 Kun Zhou 4 cost: 45 value: 20.57 Xin Tong 5 cost: 25 value: 10.00 Lifeng WangThat's right, just 5 researchers on this team, which yields huge savings in office space and paper clip costs.
If you look closely at the names, you'll notice they're all Irish fellows. In the "it's a small world" interesting factoid category, Baining Guo was a housemate back around 1986 here in Ithaca. I'd like to say I taught him all he knows, but at the time he wasn't involved in computer graphics. Let's cut to the chase and interview the winner.
Congratulations on winning the FGL title and defeating everyone else, including the monkeys. Was this your first time entering the Fantasy Graphics League?
So there you have it, beginner's luck, if you can call someone at one of the most productive graphics research labs in the world a 'beginner'.
Anyway, this may be the last FGL, unless it isn't. My hopes as a SIGGRAPH Sketches committee member for dirty money came to nothing again this year. So the option of doing the FGL again for a seventh year in a row and firmly establishing myself as a one-joke has-been is pretty tempting. (cue scene of bedraggled author drinking whiskey from a greasy bottle and swinging a handgun around, muttering about how wavelets should have been called wavesicles.) Sorry, been reading too much modern literature lately...
If you want to check your score or see the values of any researcher-for-hire, the list is here.
This just in from Matt Pharr: For giggles, or something like that, below are the top 15 FGL scorers of all time. Those with **s are the winners for their year. Some interesting stuff there, if FGL is the sort of thing you find interesting...
Note that Antoine McNamara's 2004 score, all time #3, wasn't enough to win that year, even though it was much higher than his 2003 winning score. Tim Purcell comes in as highest scorer with no outright win in any year. A good chunk of other folks are distinguished by scoring higher in their particular year than the winner in a previous year.
1. 326.67 ** Aaron Hertzmann, Super Butter Dog (2002) 2. 292.00 ** John Hart, The GPU Abuse Center (2004) 3. 282.50 Antoine McNamara, The Inverse Kinematics (2004) 4. 277.57 Tim Purcell, Wunky Munky Du (2002) 5. 275.00 Mira Dontcheva (2004) 6. 271.00 ** Matt Pharr (2000) 7. 265.00 Hugues Hoppe, Shlomo & Hugues (2002) 8. 255.24 Ian Buck, The Frys Addicts (2002) 9. 254.00 ** Hanspeter Pfister, Beerflakes (2001) 10. 252.57 ** Antoine McNamara, The Inverse Kinematics (2003) 11. 243.57 Henrik Wann Jensen, The Vikings (2002) 12. 240.00 T. Aila, J. Lehtinen, V. Miettinen, lab name: rand()%680 + 1 (2004) 13. 233.43 ** Yaohua Hu, MSRAIG (2005) 14. 232.50 Aaron Hertzmann, Funky Homunculi (2004) 15. 231.50 Jessica Hodgins, hoping for the best (2005)
To relive the past glories and recall how you screwed up: