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bio website darenscotwilson.com
location Southern California
age 55
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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.


Dec
13
comment What are the common misuses of “enum” in C?
Biggest cringe-maker I've seen in a long time.
Dec
13
answered What to do about “stopping point syndrome”?
Dec
13
comment What to do about “stopping point syndrome”?
You cannot leap the grand canyon in two shorter jumps. It makes good sense to land on a stable point, whatever length of time it takes, mindful of the constraints of practical healthy living.
Dec
13
comment 5 years of university education vs. 5 years of work experience - Which would you pick if hiring?
To complicate things, there are also people with degrees in other areas - they might as well not have a degrees so far as computer science or software engineering goes, but do have advanced thinking and problem solving skills, and may have practical work experience in software.
Dec
13
asked How to describe styles and approaches of C++ programming?
Dec
10
comment How can I judge whether a project is particularly complex or if I'm just slow in picking it up?
"One piece at a time" might work on other projects, but this has so many classes derived from others, friend classes, pointers to each other's innards, there are few parts that can be understood independently.
Dec
9
awarded  Nice Question
Dec
9
revised What's the idea behind defining rectangles with two points?
clarify context: for x-y aligned only
Dec
9
comment What's the idea behind defining rectangles with two points?
But why are those API designed that way? Besides mindlessly imitating earlier libraries, that is.
Dec
9
comment What's the idea behind defining rectangles with two points?
Good point, about x-y aligned rectangles. I had in mind that, and also extents as used in 3D modeling, and some other things, but all x-y (maybe also -z) aligned.
Dec
9
comment How can I judge whether a project is particularly complex or if I'm just slow in picking it up?
Especially forget about "what a bunch of..." when said person(s) are the boss, boss' brother, boss's boss, or boss' boss' nephew, etc!
Dec
9
awarded  Organizer
Dec
9
revised Are optional parameters helpful or a hindrance to application maintenance?
edited tags
Dec
9
revised What non-technical skills do I need?
edited tags
Dec
9
asked How can I judge whether a project is particularly complex or if I'm just slow in picking it up?
Dec
8
comment Do you write titles in code comments?
The "what" is good to know, and often isn't obvious from looking at the code. These comments make the overall intent clear.
Dec
8
answered How can you learn to design nice looking websites?
Dec
8
comment Do you have any techniques to help you get started in the morning?
Definitely on topic for me! So what if the question might be worded a little to general and could apply to more than programmers?
Dec
6
answered Why does DirectX use a left-handed coordinate system?
Dec
3
accepted How can a Right-Brainer Deal with Massive Left-Brainer Code?