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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 199x ARTLIFE HQ
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John Henry Thompson Demo 1988
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DICE Preview on Devices 2017-09-13
John Henry Thompson DICE=Distributed Instrument for Computed Expression.
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Robert Henry Thompson
This is an interview I did with my uncle Robert Henry Thompson from approximately 1985 where I asked him to discuss our family history.
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John Henry Thompson Demo 1985-03-29
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John Henry Thompson Shani Tie Dye Dance
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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. Also, no audio avoids music copyright...
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Uncle Henry Show: John Edd Thompson
Mobile, Alabama broadcasting icon John Edd Thompson visits the Uncle Henry Show in January 1990.
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Ashtanga Primary 100th practice - John Henry Thompson
My 100th practice of Ashtanga Primary Series. Took about 9 months.
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Stringbean,Grandpa Jones,Roy Clark and Bobby Thompson - John Henry(Hee Haw Show Feb 12, 1972)
Stringbean Grandpa Jones Roy Clark and Bobby Thompson John Henry Live on tv program Hee Haw Episode 70 , Feb 12, 1972 Hee-Haw Full Episode - Episode 70º https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQVwBEsQPkk...
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marshmallow challenge
marshmallow challenge for Learning Creative Learning course.
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3D animation on still image of me back in 1984 or so. Created at the MIT Visible Language Workshop.
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DirectorProduct.m4v
Adobe Director, formerly, MacroMedia Director. Top multi-media authoring tools in the 1990's.
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3d animation created at MIT Visible Language Workshop about 1984 by John Henry Thompson. I built custom software and z80 hardware to interface computer to 1-inch video tape machine to record...
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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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