Just wanted to pass on this talk Ed Catmull gave at Stanford in Jan of this year. I downloaded RealPlayer and put this video on in the background this morning at work. For the very few who follow my blog (no matter who you are) you should really go watch it. A lot of common sense and quite a few nuggets of gold, interspersed with stories of Pixar's past and present.
Here's the blog post where I found the video. Enjoy.