That’s right folks, as of 5PM Pacific Standard Time this evening, MAXON US’ staff size has shrunk by two. Today was the last day for Kai Pedersen and Amanda Knight. Kai was the Technical Support Manager, Cineversity Live, and general C4D Know it all. The two of them are heading back to Vancouver Canada to pursue other options I suppose is how it would be said.
Kai’s presence at MAXON was one of the reasons I returned to MAXON in ’08. Being one of the few experienced riggers in CINEMA 4D, and him being in Newbury Park put him within a 20 mile radius. So he brought me in, we talked with Paul and got me back to MAXON.
I owe a lot to Kai for convincing(or at least suggesting) me to come back to MAXON. Number 1: it’s given me a few cool opportunities being back at MAXON. I’ve gotten to go to Siggraph twice, seen Wicked, gotten to go to New York City. In addition to that, It brought me to Libby. So I owe a lot to Kai getting me back to MAXON.
A lot of fun times have been had at MAXON during what I will call the Pedersen Era. There have been Blood(from Air Hockey), Sweat(from Air Hockey and One Touch), and Beers(Poker Night) at the MAXON office after hours. I know he and Amanda(who’s one of the nicest people on the planet) will be sorely missed at MAXON, and Monday will be a very surreal day to walk into the office and see two empty seats, and to know that they are like 24 hours of driving away.
With Kai and Amanda gone, it changes how technical support will be handled for a bit. My role has changed now because of it, for the better. So it’s the end of an era and the beginning of a new time at MAXON.
Kai and Amanda, I wish you both a safe trip and good fortune back in Canada. Hopefully Libby and I can go see you guys in Vancouver at Siggraph or something. Keep in Touch.
You know, I’ve worked at MAXON for about 2.5 years total now(Fall ’05-Jan ’07, June 08′-Present), and there’s always been some sort of game to help us unwind. During the majority of my first stint, it was Foosball. Rick and Scott would often have some epic battles. But Scott Left, the Foosball table was replaced with a Air Hockey Table. I never really played either, but I remember Jon Ware and Steve would around the time I left.
When I came back to MAXON after graduation, Air hockey was still there, but seldom used as anything other than a table for people using the Printer. Andy Runyon joined this past June and suddenly, there was someone pretty amped to play some Air Hockey, and so he and I began playing regularly. We had a good First to 10 Wins series that culminated to I believe a 14 game July 2nd Afternoon. For the record, I won that Tournament but Andy made a VERY good effort to pulling out the upset as I was up I believe 6 wins to 2, and it ended 10-8.
Since then, a few others have popped in to get in on some of the action Andy and I have been playing. Kai has begun playing, and now, when it hits 5PM, we head to the Table. 3 Games were played today as is pretty normal. First, Andy and I played which I believe I won 5-2(we play first to 5) or 5-3. He and I have gotten into a habit of trading wins, although he may have fueled me with a Free Taco from Taco Bell. Then Kai and Andy faced off with Kai pulling out the victory, which led to me vs. Kai…Enter Air Hockey Glory…
Kai and I had a good match, trading points until we got to a tied game at game point, 4-4. As is customary in our games, the Puck often will fly off the table. We’ve all been hit, sometimes fingers, sometimes faces. On game point the puck went sailing off the table towards Kai, which meant it was his puck. He set the puck down and was focusing on tapping it thinking about his plan of attack. I saw an opportunity to try and just knock the puck into the right corner of the goal(that is, my right). With a very dicey move, I decided to throw the mallet to go for the win. If it did not go in I would be left wide open for a game winning shot.
Kai was not looking at me, instead he was planning his shot. With a swift throw(which with office rules is legal), I hit the puck, with a force that knocked the mallet out of Kai’s hand, but it did not go in. Instead, it bounced against his mallet, against mine, then the of the table before gingerly tapping his mallet and going into the goal for the victory and glory in what has been described as one of the best moves pulled in MAXON Office Air Hockey History. Below is my 3D Model reinactment of the epic scene which will forever be etched in the MAXON Air Hockey History Books.
Another dream I had, it is funnier, much less fucked up than the last one, I promise. Unfortunately, I didn’t write it down so here I go trying to remember as much of it as I can.
From what I remember I was hanging out with my co-workers Kai and Amanda. We were down at what looked similar to like Venice Beach, but it was a lot like the Ventura Coast. Anyway, we went to some restaurant, and I wasn’t wearing a shirt for who knows why, but I was wearing Pants. That’s the weirder part since I normally only wear shorts, although maybe in the dream they were shorts, I dunno. Anyway, so we were at some little restaurant that looked exactly like the one from the last dream, except you entered from the other end…and it was sunnier inside of it.
So we’re just eating and stuff, and somehow a Baseball bat came into play. I don’t remember why, but Kai and Amanda got up to do something and so I hid the bat underneath my right side. They came back asking for the bat, but couldn’t find it. Eventually we left.
So we’re walking along the beach and I remember “Oh shit I forgot the Bat!”(I think I went back for the bat. I know I went back for something) So I go running like that bat was illegal or something. I get back to the diner just as this female cop on a segway scooter pulls in. I’m like shit. I manage to sneak in and out with the bat with no problems whatsoever and head back down the path where Kai and Amanda were.
Now, something happened, where I found myself in this dark maze type thing. I fell into a big pool, like an underwater lair…but it was filled with water. So I’m swimming through this thing, and there are these underwater gun turrets that are shooting at me. I manage to swim past all 12 or so of them on a single breath of water. Actually, I remember trying to go to this spot where I THOUGHT there’d be air, but their wasn’t and suddenly it didn’t bother me so I was fine.
So I get out of the water, and I’m in a dark maze. and I find my way around where I have to climb the walls all ninja warrior style(the 2nd or 4th level where you gott have your hands and feet on both sides of the wall and climbing up and over. Eventually I get to the end, I see some light, and I flip on the lightswitch before needing to leap over like some crocodiles or something. I find this line of kids cheering and running through the once dark and dangerous maze. One kid thanked me. Turns out, it was a bathroom. It was an epic maze through the bathroom, and none of the kids could manage to make it through there alive and turn on the switch. So I was like a hero to them. Now it’s weird because Kai and Amanda were at this exit and were like “That was cool”. And I remember thinking “Aw, it’s nothing, I’ve done something like that back home.” And I remember trying to think of a place where I did that. Like it seemed like I was no longer dreaming, but now, thinking hard trying to remember where I had done something like that before(still don’t know).
Anyway I came out and Kai and Amanda were like, guess who we met, and it was Reese Witherspoon. I assume this is because I saw Walk the Line last weekend, which I fell in love with her in. I wanted to marry her after that movie lol. That’s only happened one other time in a Movie, Zooey Deschanel in Yes Man. Anywho, She thought it was cool helping out those kids, and again Iwas like Oh’ I’ve don’e something like that before. Now, I remember being wet still, shirtless and in dark pants. But I remember thinking, Damn I look good. It has hit me who’s body I kind of resembled. Something like this. So, I mean, come on I looked good right? I remember suddenly feeling very tall. And I took the picture, and chit chatted, and then BAM! My alarm woke me up.
So weird lol. More AM stuff probably to come tomorrow or Saturday.