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bio website darenscotwilson.com
location Southern California
age 53
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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.


Mar
30
comment Does being a Linux-only expert limit career choices outside academia?
Would showing skill in too many fields make one less appealing, as unlikely to stay in some narrow position? (I guess that would be a separate top-level question here.)
Mar
30
comment Does being a Linux-only expert limit career choices outside academia?
Since I got my start working directly with chips and bits, embedded seems like a natural area to be in.
Mar
30
comment Does being a Linux-only expert limit career choices outside academia?
I picked up that particular twisted idea from being in the academic/research world too long!
Mar
30
comment Does being a Linux-only expert limit career choices outside academia?
Pacific northwest, as it happens. But this question and answers should be of interest to others, with other targets.
Mar
30
comment Does being a Linux-only expert limit career choices outside academia?
FreeBSD (and all the BSDs) are alright with me. I imagine anyone accustomed to Linux would just have to get used to a new kernel. It's not like a whole new paradigm such as moving into an all-Microsoft world.
Mar
30
comment Does being a Linux-only expert limit career choices outside academia?
So what about flying a helicopter running on Windows software?
Mar
28
comment What strategy to landing an enterprise postion given a non-enterprisey past?
Makes me think of musical performance or acting. Small mistakes are made but everyone must continue and keep the show together.
Mar
28
comment What strategy to landing an enterprise postion given a non-enterprisey past?
I have been in a PhD program, did enough credits and work for a Master's, but alas no actual degree.
Mar
28
comment What strategy to landing an enterprise postion given a non-enterprisey past?
That would drive me batty, to often have to get something in before a deadline when I know it is flawed.
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
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
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
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.
Feb
24
comment What is your favourite/ideal development environment?
Wow! You for president. Or dictator.