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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.


Nov
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awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
9
answered complex numbers in programming?
Oct
31
answered Increasing confidence in personal knowledge about coding
Oct
31
comment Increasing confidence in personal knowledge about coding
Many are not imposters, but fake imposters :D
Oct
10
comment When to use C over C++, and C++ over C?
This is true, but only for cases of one person working on their own little project. In real life almost everyone spends maybe half their time working on other people's code. Unfortunately most other people "think wrong" regarding those utterly irrational reasons.
Oct
8
awarded  Yearling
Sep
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comment How do you tackle really bizarre errors that keep you puzzled for more than 10 hours?
The "someone else" need not be human. Sometimes I explain things to the cat, and aha! I find the problem.
Jul
16
comment Tools to support learning a new business domain
+1 especially for connecting with others in other roles, other departments, including the suits.
Jul
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
8
answered Is outsourcing (offshoring) disloyal?
Jul
3
answered Is it worth writing a memory error detection tool for C++ these days?
Jun
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
22
accepted How to become an excellent applications programmer, coming from low-level background?
Jun
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awarded  Nice Question
May
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comment Why is every programming language “powerful”?
Regarding "market their programming languaeg as "weak"... well, there is one product out there called Fawlty Language. It's a freeware clone of ITT-VIS's IDL.
May
5
comment How to become an excellent applications programmer, coming from low-level background?
What's a "code camp"? User groups are good, 'cept I don't like being in rooms full of geeky types, and currently I live in a small town far from where any such groups would be.
Apr
27
comment How to explain to non-programmers that programming is not a repetitive task?
Being an artist myself, I like this comparison. It will make sense to most artists, of all types, and those who can relate to art activities. (I'm not sure about non-artists.)
Apr
27
comment How to become an excellent applications programmer, coming from low-level background?
We could trade brains!
Apr
27
asked How to become an excellent applications programmer, coming from low-level background?
Mar
31
awarded  Nice Question