[Sidefx-houdini-list] Canadians working in the US

Ben Schrijvers ben.schrijvers at guerrilla-games.com
Fri May 18 05:38:34 EDT 2007


Wow "morphic rendering" that sounds like a cubistic approach where each 
pixel uses a different camera.. :-)

Sean Lewkiw wrote:
> Regarding the lawyer thing.... I once had to "write" a letter of 
> recommendation for someone who was going to work for one of the 
> studios in the US.  It came pre-written by a very deranged American 
> lawyer, who would never let a barely-plausible superlative do when a 
> blatantly outrageous whopping lie was available.  Every adjective in 
> the book was employed, and anyone reading the letter would have 
> thought I was a sub-literate nutter absolutely foaming at the mouth 
> and in love with the person I was recommending, and at the same time 
> totally unfamiliar with the concept of punctuation, (there were whole 
> sentences that went on for what seemed like three pages).
> I had to re-write it so it didn't seem like:  a) I was totally insane, 
> and b) this person was about to revolutionize the entertainment 
> industry with unheard of ground-breaking techniques (morphic rendering 
> or something like that).
>
> Sean
>
> Ammon Riley wrote:
>> On 5/18/07, Ammon Riley <ammon.riley at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> If you're asking in the general sense, then that's where
>>> the creativity of the person writing the visa letter come
>>> in, but it's generally not a problem.
>>
>> Although, having now read Graham's email, perhaps I've
>> only talked to folks who've had a good lawyer writing
>> the letter. :-D
>>
>> My dad had trouble getting a TN-1 visa -- not because
>> of his degree (which was in the field he was being
>> hired to work in), but because of the fees -- the
>> immigration people don't take credit card (cash only),
>> and have no ATM machines in their station. They
>> wouldn't let him leave the office to go to the ATM
>> machine in the liquor store across the parking lot,
>> because they didn't want him to "run off," or something
>> silly like that, and, since they were in the process of
>> evaluating the visa, if he'd have left to go back to
>> Canada, and use an ATM there, they'd have rejected it.
>> Fortunately, my mom was with him at the time, and,
>> since she's a US citizen, she was free to go off to
>> the ATM. She was on crutches at the time, due to
>> a sprained ankle. They wouldn't let her drive, because
>> the vehicle was registered in Canada. It was raining.
>> INS people can sometimes be the biggest pricks
>> you've ever met.
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Ammon
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