Author Archives: Thomas

Polaris and Epsilon Gruis

One of my job responsibilities is interviewing candidates. Finding talent is a high priority so I take it seriously, but I also enjoy it since it also gives me a chance to think about fun puzzles and problems (algorithmic, or … Continue reading

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The Implications of the Maximize Button

The maximize button in the Microsoft Windows UI is interesting. While I had obviously been aware that Windows had such an interface idiom, it was not until I’d been required to use Windows in my daily work, used Windows programs … Continue reading

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The Awful Tychus Findlay

I’ve been enjoying the single player campaign of Starcraft II. It’s great fun. The tremendous variety of goals and mechanics of each level makes each level a very unique fresh experience. They are not so much “levels” per se, but … Continue reading

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New Blog: Defaults and Sidebars

This is my new blog site. When my homepage was booted from the Cornell CS department webservers and forced to make its own way in the world, I quickly gave it a home with a web hosting company. Their most … Continue reading

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Circular/Radial Photography

Photographs are rectangular. Historically, this makes sense; when photography was first invented, it was the film (or rather, photographic plates) that cost the most money versus, say, the lens, and obviously one makes the best use of the raw material … Continue reading

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Zoom vs. Prime: Focal Length Usage

I recently observed an online discussion of camera lenses. People were debating the merits of zoom vs. prime lenses, falling into the predictable points of flexibility vs. performance. One of those defending the merits of prime lenses posited that if … Continue reading

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Webpage Exile

About one month ago, I received an unwelcome notification from Cornell’s CS department that they intended to close my account and delete the associated data. This was something I had expected for some time: I had defended and graduated a … Continue reading

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Orion: The Space Flight Simulator

When I was much younger, still on my first computer, my parents gave me a voluminous 240 MB hard drive for my Mac IIcx. Upon connecting the drive, I found among other contents a shareware spaceflight simulator, Orion, the work … Continue reading

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