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Michael Burns
Worked at CRC Information Systems, Inc
Attended UM, GRCC, GVSU, WMU - all in Michigan
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So, what is the distance that I want to sit from a movie screen? I just now have calculated 1.6 meters (63 inches) from my 1.19 meters (47 inches) television screen.

This is because the standard movie lens is 50mm in focal length and the film frame is 18mm high. So, if I sit 50mm/18mm, or 2.8, times farther from the screen than its height, then, by proportion, I see the contents of the frame at the same magnification and perspective as I would have seen at the location of the movie camera.
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Thank you Leonard Nimoy!
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Let''s play "Where's Wesley?".
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It was time to see some sights elsewhere.
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So now I put Provia slide film in my trusty Yashica rangefinder camera, snapped pretty scenes, and sent it out to North Coast Photo for processing, scanning and mounting.

I get more control over the color and brightness by choosing the slide film. And the mounted slides can be inserted into a cheap viewer in order to access the colors with no electronic intermediary.
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I shot these Kodachrome slides in Grand Rapids in 1969. I was glad to be able to adjust these scans for decent color, but they have the high contrast that is impelled by the Kodachrome medium.

(My Praktica did allow the shooting of a couple dozen rolls of film back then.)
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The November light in Grand Rapids can look like this, rendered faithfully by my Canon 5D.
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OK! It's another learning experience for me.
Jupiter's early migration through the inner solar system caused gravitational mayhem, but it ultimately settled to allow Earth to form in a relatively quiet neighborhood.
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Here is fundamental science coming from a good question - one that is hard to ask in a priestly academic culture.
Since the discovery of how DNA encodes genetic information, most research on the evolution of life has focused on genes. According to the 'selfish gene' theory, cells and organisms exist simply as packages to protect and transmit genes. New research challenges this idea, proposing instead that if anything is 'selfish' it must be the ribosome. That upends everything we think we know about the evolution of life and, in fact, the function of ribosom...
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I improved the rhetoric in two of my papers here at viXra.org. Yes, the dark energy fiasco deserves more critical attention.
Bad Physics And How Not To Do It. Authors: Michael J. Burns Category: History and Philosophy of Physics. [4] viXra:1303.0220 replaced on 2015-01-31 22:17:14, (36 unique-IP downloads). Kaluza-Klein Fields Have Two Orthogonal Components and Two Orthogonal Sources. Authors: Michael J. Burns ...
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I get results with film again. This Daiichi folding camera probably allows me somewhat larger prints before the film grain shows.

The Ektar film is processed and scanned by North Coast Photo.
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There have been 278 downloads of my papers critical of academic physics. Thank you.
Bad Physics And How Not To Do It. Authors: Michael J. Burns Category: History and Philosophy of Physics. [4] viXra:1303.0220 submitted on 2013-03-30 22:49:58, (35 unique-IP downloads). Kaluza-Klein Fields Have Two Orthogonal Components and Two Orthogonal Sources. Authors: Michael J. Burns ...
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It was Heraclitus who observed that you cannot step into the same river twice. And so it is that most mathematical systems out there just come and go.

If a mathematical system endures, then it must be that some lock in theorem applies. If not, then there is obviously no cosmic enforcer to make the system true, and obviously there could be no cosmic censor to clear away the contraries - obvious because causality is outside of its proper mathematical range in this application.

Causality stems from the conservation laws. And the conservation laws originate from the Bianchi identities of spacetime. But spacetime is not germane to metaphysics.

So general relativity and its object matter, spacetime, are locked into the experience of the universe by these Bianchi identities. Observe that, without conservation laws there could be no reliably enduring universe.

Where the Bianchi identities apply - but they do not on the smallest scale, not at dilation horizons, and not at the Big Bang and its expanding shards - then spacetime trumps other mathematical systems; no contrary is permitted then. No unification with other systems is justified, the Bianchi identities suffice.

There is another mathematical system that seems to be locked into the universe. Quantum logic, which is a close relative of propositional logic, seems to endure because of the Unitarity Principle. Namely, the apparent number of universes is constant at one. And the total probability of possible histories between different states (of parts of the universe) adds up to one.

There is no unification between quantum logic and spacetime. But it can take over where spacetime goes out of range. And its consequences that are mostly compatible with spacetime can show themselves on the large scale (solid surfaces and colored light).

As Heraclitus said, the other mathematical systems in physics possess less impressive lock ins; they are more ephemeral.
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Outside critic of academic physics
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I have been, since grade school, an avid and very independent student and critic of science, especially the foundations of physics. I am geographically imprinted on Grand Rapids.
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"Hacking Physics" presents my independent review of academic physics. It includes a new way to relate metaphysics to physics, as well as a way to diagram Kaluza-Klein charges.
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  • UM, GRCC, GVSU, WMU - all in Michigan
    Mathematics, Physics, 1982
  • West Catholic HS, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    1965
  • Assumption HS, Winsor, Ontario
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I spend considerable time on criticism of academic physics, and a tutorial on modern physics - 25 sessions on material mainly unknown to academics.
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    2003
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Perter loves his trade. He repaired and cleaned a Mamiya C3 system 80mm lens for me. He calibrated the focus on my Franka Rolfix II folding camera. He also documented the shutter speeds of my FED 2 rangefinder camera, and he showed me the published tolerances in the Leica service manual. But he refused refurbishing for my Yashica Electro 35 GSN and my Canon FT. If I acquire Rollei or Leica equipment, it is most assuredly headed to Peter for refurbishing.
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