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Even in high school, John Henry Thompson was interested in computer programming languages. He taught himself several programming languages such as FORTRAN, PLI, COBOL and JCL while working in a New York research facility. Thompson's goal was to absorb as much knowledge as possible so he could invent his own computer language. After graduating from High School, he attended MIT where he obtained a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Visual Arts. By combining these two seemingly disparate disciplines, Thompson wanted to bridge the gap between art and technology. Four years later as a chief scientist at Macromedia™, he was able to make progress towards this goal. He developed a number of products, many of them based on his most famous invention, Lingo programming: a scripting language that helps render visuals in computer programs. Thompson used Lingo in one of his better-known computer inventions, Macromedia™ Director. Macromedia™ Director is able to incorporate different graphic formats (such as BMP, AVI, JPEG, QuickTime, PNG, RealVideo and vector graphics) to create multi-media content and applications, thus combining computer programming language with visual art. Lingo is now used with many programs that have interactive simulations with graphics, animation, sound, and video. Along with Macromedia™ Director, Thompson has helped develop MediaMaker, Actions, VideoWorks Accelerator, and Video Works II. Lingo has also been used to create flash and shockwave programs that now are prevalent in video games, web design, animation, and graphics.


 
John Henry Thompson Gleaner Interview
John Henry Thompson Gleaner Interview, May 5 2012. Reporter Alessandro Boyd.
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John Henry Thompson - Learning Creative Learning - intro
Processed video of my introduction to the Learning Creative Learning online community.
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Ashtanga Primary 100th practice - John Henry Thompson
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John Henry Thompson Year Two Ashtanga Primary #231
My practice of Ashtanga Primary Series after two years, five months. Practice number 231. Audio muted. Recording on Aptek camera that produced audio buzz.
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John Henry Thompson Year Three Ashtanga Primary #301
John Henry Thompson Year Three Ashtanga Primary #301.
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John Henry Thompson Ashtanga 2011 May
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Carolina Chocolate Drops w/ Joe Thompson- John Henry
Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. The chocolate drops with 88 year old fiddler Joe Thomspon doing the song"John Henry" in a small un-amplified showcase ...
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Bobby Thompson - John Henry (Area Code 615)
I isolated the banjo as best I could - Better banjo playing from Bobby on this earlier album. Album: Trip In The Country Track #: 23 Year: 1970.
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Joe Thompson And Odell Thompson - John Henry
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John Henry (Live)
Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises John Henry (Live) · Hank Thompson Ultimate Collection 1958-1961 ℗ 2012 Vintage Masters Inc. Released on: ...
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Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings John Henry · Joe and Odell Thompson Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia ℗ 1998 ...
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John Henry Ramsey and Paul Thompson... Knocking on Heavens Door
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Provided to YouTube by FINETUNES John Henry · Hank Thompson Pathway Of My Life 1966 - 1986 ℗ 1967 Bear Family Records GmbH Released on: ...
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Helpless...John Henry Ramsey and Paul Thompson
via YouTube Capture.
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John Henry (Live)
Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group John Henry (Live) · Hank Thompson At The Golden Nugget ℗ Originally released 1961 by Nashville Catalog.
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Marcelo Encounter 1995 Malabarista 30fps
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ColorDance.m4v
Processed video created about 1984 at the MIT Visible Language Workshop. Custom software written by John Henry Thompson on rare 32-bit computer and full ...
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Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises John Henry · Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys, Vol.
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