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bio website darenscotwilson.com
location Southern California
age 53
visits member for 3 years, 6 months
seen Apr 9 at 1:34

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.


Mar
28
comment Why does DirectX use a left-handed coordinate system?
Several 2D and 3D systems all derived their conventions from a common history.
Mar
27
comment What strategy to landing an enterprise postion given a non-enterprisey past?
FWIW, I use mostly C++, Python, a wee bit of assembly, Java and Ruby. A lot of IDL, but this is little known outside science and certain engineering fields. Learning Go and D.
Mar
27
comment What strategy to landing an enterprise postion given a non-enterprisey past?
Ah yes, a friend mentions Android. Maybe I should go get one...
Mar
26
asked What strategy to landing an enterprise postion given a non-enterprisey past?
Mar
26
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
25
comment Reinventing the Wheel, why should I?
Not fully understanding things is common in all professions. Doctors prescribe aspirin even though no one knows how it works (last time I checked anyway). We install lightning rods though physicists still don't fully understand lightning (a lightning expert told me that a few days ago). The challenge for intelligent people is not to understand, but to make things work despite not understanding the inner details.
Mar
25
comment Career strategy for those of us who *like* re-inventing wheels?
"how deeply you mean scratch" - well, i started off with shoving tiny DIP switches and watching LEDs. Ah the good ol' days...
Mar
25
comment Career strategy for those of us who *like* re-inventing wheels?
Which organizations? Mostly in particular industries?
Mar
25
comment Career strategy for those of us who *like* re-inventing wheels?
Yeah, been there and done that. In such a job is where I discovered that many off-the-shelf libraries are crap, failing to be designed for one's particular situation. But then, that was back in the 8086 days.
Mar
25
comment How (and where) to organize a team to make a website?
"who assures me he will not steal my idea" - mostly a social convention called "professionalism" but the answer about the NDA is the practical thing to do.
Mar
25
asked Career strategy for those of us who *like* re-inventing wheels?
Mar
16
comment What is programming like in the Japanese language?
@FrustratedWithFormsDesigner: Yes, there are. I've used Greek letters for variable names in Go. As a physicist, I like lambda for wavelength, rho for density etc. Go should be able to handle letters like the German ö, Japanese characters, etc. But I don't know about keywords like "for" and "if". These might be stuck in English for now.
Mar
13
accepted What's the idea behind defining rectangles with two points?
Mar
6
comment Is there a programming language with not a tree but tags idea behind OOP?
Two answers should be two posts. But +1 anyway; I like the 2nd answer.
Mar
5
answered Animation languages (or tools or libraries)?
Mar
5
accepted Is there a measure of code rot?
Feb
27
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
24
comment What is your favourite/ideal development environment?
Wow! You for president. Or dictator.
Feb
23
asked Is there a measure of code rot?
Feb
22
comment Have programmers at your work not taken up or been averse to an offer of a second monitor?
"I hated having the crease between the two monitors" = three monitors are better. With front, left and right it's sort of like driving a car with main windshield, left and right door windows.