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Thanks for your support[edit]

...those of you who offered it, that is. I'm going to semi-retire from Wikipedia now. I'll probably stop in to check on messages from time to time, and if I happen to run across a Wikipedia article that needs a grammar or spelling fix, I might do that (at least until I need to add a ref to prove that my spelling is correct). So, see you all around. StuRat (talk) 15:59, 2 November 2017 (UTC)


I'm a computer programmer specializing in FORTRAN programming for CAD/CAM (especially CATIA) and database applications. My interests vary widely from that field, however; into math, science, economics, history, etc., so I hope to contribute to many areas.

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Have you read our articles on Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Omega? It looks to me like they might help with your question, but if you still need to know more after reading them, feel free to come back!

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Hi, you should check out the Wikipedia article on that topic. If you still have any questions which are not answered there, please come back and ask and we'll try to help.

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Resolved: StuRat found mental poker. --StuRat (talk) 15:06, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

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Computer animation[edit]

Computer animation is a hobby of mine. I generate the panes using FORTRAN programs I write, then use ImageMagick to stitch them together into animated GIFs.

Here's one which requires red-blue 3D glasses:

For those of your without 3D glasses, here's a few that don't require them:

Fountain animation.

Fountain animation.gif

Morphing 3D graph.

Morphing 3D graph.gif

Hallway perspective view with shifting eye pt up-down (shaded & wireframe).

Hallway perspective view with shifting eye pt up-down shaded&wf.gif

Torus with cross-hatched wireframe (not animated).

Torus with cross-hatched wireframe.gif

Here's a discussion of some of the issues I've encountered: Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Archives/Computing/2012_April_18#how_hard_is_2.5_d.

Also see Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Archives/Mathematics/2013_March_26#Perspective_correct_interpolation_of_screen_coordinates_given_desired_texture_coordinates_on_a_plane. StuRat (talk) 20:28, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

Here's a tool for finding a range of color RGB hex codes: this one to design a gradient. The theory behind it is here.