4. History

Some personal and commercial projects over the years:

What New York Times said about the 2005 acquisition: 
"Macromedia, based in San Francisco, 
had a profit of $41.5 million in 2004, 
on revenue of $370 million. 
The company has about 1,200 workers, 
while Adobe, with annual sales of more than $1.7 billion, 
employs about 3,700."
MacroMind was founded by Marc Canter and his then wife Devorah Canter in Chicago in the 1980's.
They moved the company to the SF Bay area in 1989 with the first round of venture funding.
The Chatter Box interpreter mention below was the conceptual basis for the Lingo programming language that I implemented for the Adobe/Macromedia Director authoring app.
Lingo started out as a dialect of BASIC, 
evolved to a dialect of HyperTalk and Smalltalk, 
and ended as a dialect of JavaScript.
Along the way I wrote a convertor from Lingo to Java (with type inference) around 1997.

Prior art letter to MacroMind 1989/03/01. 
When I became a full time employee of MacroMind in 1989 I had to list all my prior inventions since from then on any new inventions was property of the company, thus the need for this letter.

Video Artifacts

Presentation made to MIT Media Lab around 1997.
Summary of my art and work on Director authoring tool
and ideas for the future.

John Henry Thompson Demo 1988] 8:36 minutes

Demo video of music videos and custom visual effects
create on MIT Visible Language computer,
and MIT Film/Video Section video equipment.
Last section created on computers at the just open MIT Media Lab.

[John Henry Thompson Demo 1985-03-29] 53:20 minutes

Full versions of Color Dance video and other music videos.
Some videos shoot on super 8 and transferred to video.

[ Shani Dance 1984 ] 29:59 minutes

Full version of Shani Strothers Tie-Die dance video,
Audio experiment with processed audio.
Spoken words are from Shani Strothers poem.
Uncut video for Color Dance.

Video Clips