More old raytracing pictures. The source files for this one were accidentally deleted, I had no backups of those source files, and I never had the desire to rebuild them. This is annoying since I think the spaceship on the left turned out pretty well and I could’ve improved on it.

One of the jobs I applied for yesterday asked a bunch of questions. Name, address, previous employers, years of experience with technologies X, Y, and Z—normal stuff. And then, “What was the last book you read?” After that, “What is your favorite book?” I’m not sure what they were trying to do with those questions. They probably figure that anyone who puts Mein Kampf down for “favorite book” is probably not a Hot Employment Prospect. But beyond that, what are they looking for? It’s possible that the interviewer would grab the cliff notes or the dust jacket of both books from Amazon or something, then ask a couple of questions about both books during an interview. That might tell the company whether the interviewee was completely full of bovine feces or not.

For what it’s worth, I put down Broken Angels by Richard K. Morgan for my last book read, and Moby-Dick by Herman Melville for favorite book. The first is formulaic but entertaining sci-fi that’s not quite as good as the other books Morgan’s written. The second is one of the few pieces of classic literature that I never had to read for a class, read anyway, and liked enough to buy a copy and re-read. The characters are engaging, even if the whole Queequeg = Noble Savage makes modern people wince. The symbolism is well-done, and I even find the digressions about whaling and rope and boats interesting. Serious nautical vessels have engines, and almost no one goes up against a whale with a rowboat, a harpoon, and a lance now. The digressions show a slice of life in a very different time, and I like that. Melville’s attempts to explain whale biology haven’t aged well, but that’s something that can be skipped over, like the cosmologies that Dante and Milton invented.