Book Meme

Mark Alexander at WitNit has passed a “Book Meme” along to me. I guess it’s like a blogosphere chain letter. I would refuse to cooperate on principle, but I didn’t have anything better to write about. So…here goes:

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

Anthem by Ayn Rand. It’s short and sweet and illustrates the supremacy of individualism over collectivism; which is probably the most important meme to spread in such an environment.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Yes. (stupid question! They should probably have added, “and if so, who?”)

The last book you bought is:

Sock by Penn Jillette. I blogged a little about it here.

The last book you read:

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. I thought it was a pretty interesting read. I liked the anecdotes. I don’t think it helps one to know when to trust his first instincts, and I’ll probably continue to look for good explanations before making important decisions, but it’s good to remember how much of what we know is based on inexplicit knowledge.

What are you currently reading?

How Would You Move Mount Fuji? by William Poundstone. Not because I’m very interested in the value of these questions when interviewing, but because I like logic puzzles, and I’m curious about what kind of answers to impossible questions are desired.

MCAD/MCSD Visual C# .NET Certification All-in-One Exam Guide by Marj Rempel, Kenneth Lind. Just in case I decide to take more certification exams.

Freedom Evolves by Daniel C. Dennett. I actually haven’t picked this up in a while, but I consider myself to still be reading it.

Five books you would take to a deserted island:

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter.

The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes-And Its Implications by David Deutsch

The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Extreme Survival Almanac: Everything You Need to Know to Live Through a Shipwreck, Plane Crash, or Any Outdoor Crisis Imaginable by Reid Kincaid. I can’t believe everybody didn’t pick this one!

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons)? And Why?

I’m going to cheat here (even more than above) and not name anybody, because I don’t think it’s fair if the invitation isn’t wanted.

But, I encourage anybody who reads this, and has a blog, and wants to answer the questions to do so and let us all know about it in the comments.

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