Since there’s no action in this forum, I thought I’d post some cool links.
SIGGRAPH is the be-all end-all annual event in computer graphics. The latest technology is shown here, and a few years later, it starts to show up in commercial applications.
Here is a link of all the technical papers presented at SIGGRAPH 2008.
Some of it is too technical for me to understand, but the demo videos speak for themselves.
All kinds of stuff - painting, motion capture, rigging, realtime global illumination, soft body dynamics, etc… check it out!