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Interview time again...

Well, I had an interview with Surreal Software (the guys who did The Suffering) today, and I think overall... well... I blew it.

I stormed their pre-interview programming tests. Those were easy - 100% on the first 15 questions (Math & Physics), 96% on the second (C++/Programming)... don't know how I did on the programming sample code test, but I think it was pretty solid overall (certainly, the code left here with unit tests and everything, and I tested it before sending it out, so I'm nearly 100% certain that it's all good).

So I dropped a single programming question. I'd love to know what the question was that I missed - probably a typo on my part (yeah, I know, it sounds like I'm boasting, but no really, I'm pretty sure I got them all right).

Fast forward to the actual in-your-face interview, and I blew it. I got all the other questions right... but when it came to the 3D Math part... well... I sucked.

Which sucks really. Normally I have a whale of a time doing interviews - they're fun, they're typically no sweat, and it's always good to challenge you brain with time-limited puzzels.... but this one question threw me.

Partly, the question was oddly phrased - but that's no excuse. Mainly, though, the thing that threw me was when I was drawing out a graph of a cosine plot to figure out part of the question, I ended up misreading my own graph. I repeatedly treated x and y, and y as x. Not good. Not good at all.

So, this whole experience leads me to believe three things...

1. The whole interview was riding on this one question. Presumably that meant that there was a whole chain of questions leading off that one which I would have got if I hadn't choked.

2. I need to review and refresh my knowledge of 3D vector math. It's not difficult stuff. It's just a matter of familiarity - and if you don't have that hands on familiarity in an interview setting, you're going to choke no matter how quickly you could figure it out in a real life work scenario.

3. Hindsight is entirely 20-20.

Damn. I hope I get another shot at interviewing there. It's either that, or I just have to bite the bullet and set up my own games company. And that's more complicated - because to do that, I need to get financing.

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Pumping Iron, Eating Food, and Starving

My friend Aydin and I are currently trying out a new muscle-building program at the gym, invented by a guy called Bob Myhal.

It's an interesting program that appears to be working. Most interesting is that fact that last week, I was starving myself. This week, I'm unable to fit enough food into my body to meet the calorie requirements of the program. I'm perpetually full.

It's an interesting feeling. Not the least because although I feel completely and totally stuffed, for the first time in my life, I have a totally full stomach... yet feel still completely and utterly hungry.

I guess I need to eat richer foods... this was certainly an unexpected turn-up though. I guess I'm eating about 3,800 calories a day right now. I'm supposed to be somewhere up at 4,500 - I just can't do it though. It won't all fit in. I'll burst. I mean it, I'll just explode.

However, there is a flip side to all of this. My legs have always been strong. They're stronger than anything else in my body. Heck, on the leg press, the limiting factor is not my legs, but the design of the machine which (due to my short stature and narrow shoulders) puts more pressure on my back than it should - and I also find it difficult to lift the plate off the starting blocks with heavy weight on it.

The odd thing is, there's this machine called a Standing Calf Raise. It puts weight on your shoulders (which translates into pressure on your spine, but oh well...), and then you effectively stand on the ball of your foot, and raise up on your tiptoes, and down again. Or something like that. It (unsurprisingly) exercises your calves.

Now, I've always had strangely strong legs. But today, I just completely astounded myself. I did 10 reps on the Standing Calf Raise machine, two sets (as per the program). You're supposed to do these at the largest weight you can.

I could do them at 300lbs of weight on that machine, reasonably easily, full range of motion. That weight is the maximum it goes to. To get any higher weight, you need to get someone willing to sit on the machine while you use it.

Now, it did cause a little back pain to do this - not too much, but enough to warn me that I need to be really careful doing this. So in future, I'm going to go lighter and do two or three times the prescribed number of repetitions.

The weird thing? My legs look pretty normal. They're not weightlifter legs. They don't bulge in odd places.

I guess it's genetic or something. Either way, this is the weirdest thing that's ever happened to me. I've always been kind of weak in the past - never really had any muscle whatsoever (except in my aforementioned legs). I certainly never imagined that I'd max out a machine in the gym - and the fact that I've done so kind of freaks me out a bit.

Weird. Damn weird.

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Saved by the bell...

In an amazing reversal of fate ... we're back in business.


Our CEO ... boy... he cuts it fine. But he does a damn good job :)

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Layoffs impending in 3... 2... 1...

Looks like we're outta here. *sigh*

Rock Bottom Brewery, here we come. Because, after all, there's only one place to go when you hit rock bottom - and that's Rock Bottom!

I've loved working with the people I work with. Damn. It has been a lot of fun, and we tried to do something great and wonderful ... but we just didn't get there. I don't think our reach was bigger than our grasp - we should have made it. But we didn't.

Add to that the fact that my car died last night and as a result is now in the shop, a volcano is about to go off in my back yard, and my wife got a demand from the IRS for back taxes, and we're pretty much having a peach of a week this week.

Still, this afternoon we'll toast the company off with a little Peruvian Brandy called Pisco, which I bought in Lima when I was there earlier this year. It's good stuff - almost tastes like the smoothest tequila you've ever had. Do a shot for the Inca gods, and see if we can get our gold idols up and running.

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I am the moon...

Apparently, I’m the Moon. (My sister’s blog shows that she is The Devil… which is highly appropriate knowing her… so I thought I’d give this “Which tarot card are you?” online quiz a go and compare notes).

The Moon

![The Moon](/images/themoon.jpg =200x320)

You are the Moon card. Entering the Moon we enter the intuitive and psychic realms. This is the stuff dreams are made of. And like dreams the imagery we find here may inspire us or torment us.

Understanding the moon requires looking within. Our own bodily rhythms are echoed in this luminary that circles the earth every month and reflects the sun in its progress.. Listening to those rhythms may produce visions and lead you towards insight.

The Moon is a force that has legends attached to it. It carries with it both romance and insanity.

Moonlight reveals itself as an illusion and it is only those willing to work with the force of dreams that are able to withstand this reflective light.

Image from: Stevee Postman.

(The link to the quiz site which generated this which used to be here is no longer working - the site no longers exists.)

So now I’m beloved of Spongmonkeys everywhere. Woohoo!

(Note: I’m not a believer in random pseudo stuff like Tarot cards, but it’s fun at parties to get read by people)

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