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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.


May
18
comment Why does America's Got Talent have so many executive producers?
@Tom77 Nice link, thanks.
Dec
15
comment How do they film “flying human” scenes?
Chroma keying (green screen) was not yet available back in the 70's. Instead a purely optical technique called traveling mattes was used that incorporated blue backgrounds. The actor(s) and the background were filmed separately and combined using an optical printer. Why blue and then green screens>? Blue was originally used because it is furthest away from the color of human skin. Green is now used because digital cameras are more sensitive to green light.
Nov
26
comment In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?
@ShaneFinneran Thanks for pointing out Bond and Sévérine were not tied up when they are first shown on the deck of the boat. I missed that.
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
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.
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.
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.
Feb
20
comment How are older movies post-converted to 3D?
@Incognito, I agree that you did answer my question, and upvoted your answer to offset the -1. However the first line was a little misleading and sounded like you were just going to explain how 3D works. Your links were useful, but I accepted Advicer's answer because the second article he linked to addressed more of the issues in my question.
Feb
20
comment How are older movies post-converted to 3D?
The comments in the second article (Art of Stereo conversion: 2D to 3D) you linked to, by people that actually worked on some of the conversions were very interesting. That article also answers the questions in the second paragraph of my question -- it is still mostly a manual process, involving hundreds or more artists.
Jan
14
comment Why does Jack Nicholson say “Here's Johnny!” in The Shining when his character is called Jack?
Also, Jack is a nickname for John so it fits with his character's name too.