The JPL lab was in part a fundamental research operation.
Much of Jim’s time was spent developing software that would eventually be used in creating animated simulations of the upcoming Voyager spacecraft planetary flybys. In another room, I was making art with it.
The software was in a continual state of flux. Now and then not-quite-baked-code injected unpredictable visual elements into an image.
As long as nothing crashed, I quite enjoyed the unexpected results and incorporated them into my work.