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bio website darenscotwilson.com
location Southern California
age 54
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Physicist/Artist who fools around with electrons, photons, pixels and bits. Currently in San Diego, formerly of Socorro NM, Orlando FL, Boulder CO, Ann Arbor and other places in Michigan.

Mainly, I've been making 2D and 3D illustrations and animations, writing explanations for things in physics, astronomy and electronics, writing software for image processing and science number-crunching, and teaching the cats to do my work for me. Regrettably, the latter endeavor has been a total failure.


Oct
7
comment How do people manage to write and maintain extremely complex and hard to read code?
Hiring interns, postdocs, etc and make them do it...
Oct
7
awarded  Commentator
Oct
7
comment What trends do you see for your profession in 30 years?
I'm now working on a project requiring deep skills outside my normal skillset. Sure it's good to stretch oneself and learn new things. But one must stay sane, too. What I see is that the OO people have gone so far into strange depths, it's become semi-foreign to me. After about three years of job hunting, I'm now very aware of the "castes" and huge gaps between mindsets and skillsets, even if they're not well defined yet.
Oct
7
comment What trends do you see for your profession in 30 years?
I suspect qubits and QC will for many decades remain very specialized. QC will have its place, perhaps (i hope) in the massive physics simulations like weather prediction and processing radio astronomy data, but won't ever be as economical as plain on/off bits for general computing.
Oct
4
answered What was your most difficult bug hunt and how did you find it and kill it?
Oct
4
comment When can you call yourself good at language X?
That timetravel link should go to a "Your future self decided you shouldn't see this yet" error page.
Oct
1
comment What programming/software sub-cultures exist? What defines them? Which do you belong to?
I have one foot in this camp. The other is in academic/scientific computing.
Oct
1
comment What programming/software sub-cultures exist? What defines them? Which do you belong to?
And, as this subculture cares very much about practical, repeatable, and extreme efficiency, they often care little for most of the things going on in the computer science world, unless it has to do with parallel processing, clever caching schemes, HPC and such.
Oct
1
comment What programming/software sub-cultures exist? What defines them? Which do you belong to?
Yeah, I'm in this club too. This list is a good start for a description of the typical high energy physicist (i mean, studies quarks, not had too much coffee) or astronomer working with the current large instruments.
Oct
1
comment What programming/software sub-cultures exist? What defines them? Which do you belong to?
One's very first ever computer may indicate if one belongs in this group. I'm definitely here. I started on a Motorola 6800 trainer kit, chips on a PC board in open air, making LEDs blink and my own D-to-A converters to make curious patterns on a scope.
Oct
1
awarded  Autobiographer
Oct
1
awarded  Supporter
Sep
10
comment How to recognize a good programmer?
This is a great idea, and I'd like to see it be standard practice. As one who has been fired from several jobs for not fitting the company culture, or from misjudgment of skill levels, I'd love to test the water first.
Jul
25
comment How Can I Know Whether I Am a Good Programmer?
I wish I had a clue about D-K back in college, when I was a fine example of one end of the spectrum!
Dec
26
answered Why are zero-based arrays the norm?