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Freelance contract programmer/computer consultant since 1978, dba SOFTWEST, LLC. (www.softwest.com). BSEE/MSCS.

I work mostly with embedded microcontroller systems (8-16-32 bit) where I design both the hardware and firmware (usually C or C++).

Learning Objective-C, Ruby and Python in my spare time.


Nov
11
revised In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?
edited title
Nov
11
revised In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?
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Nov
11
asked In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?
Nov
10
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Nov
10
comment Minimum or Maximum Movie Running Time Limits?
During the time movies were sold on VHS tapes (before DVD's were invented), there was a de facto maximum length of two hours for almost all films since that was all that would fit onto a standard VHS tape. Anything longer would have to go onto two tapes, or uses a lower speed (and lower quality) both of which was done very rarely. With DVDs, this restriction went away.
Jul
6
accepted Why does America's Got Talent have so many executive producers?
Jul
6
comment Why does America's Got Talent have so many executive producers?
Using the Wayback Machine I was able to view the NBC AGT site from the second season. Of the eight EP's back then (more than I remembered there being), seven were the same as this season so it does seem likely many of them were financial backers.
Jul
4
asked Why does America's Got Talent have so many executive producers?
Jun
30
awarded  Enlightened
Jun
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
3
answered How do they film minors smoking?
May
13
comment History and reasoning behind average length of a feature film
During the 20 years or so that VHS tapes were the primary medium for retail movie sales and rentals, few movies were released longer than two hours, since that was the capacity of a VHS T120 tape, played at standard speed. With DVDs now the medium of distribution, that limit no longer applies.
May
9
answered Why do many movie titles differ between the U.S. and the UK?
Apr
29
answered How do they film “flying human” scenes?
Apr
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
24
comment Walking around someone who is moving in Slow Motion?
Given the title of the question "Walking around someone who is in Slow Motion", I thought they might have used the same technique, i.e. a circle of still cameras as mentioned in my answer.
Apr
24
comment Walking around someone who is moving in Slow Motion?
Paragraph starting with "In order to understand" in Philosophical Potential in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" -- where it discusses a slow-motion scene with Giles and Buffy in the episode "Once More, with Feeling" as similar to scenes in the Matrix. But perhaps there was more than one slow-motion scene like this. As I mentioned, I did not see the episode.
Apr
21
revised Walking around someone who is moving in Slow Motion?
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Apr
20
answered Walking around someone who is moving in Slow Motion?
Apr
14
revised How do they film scenes with the actors driving in a car?
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