G’day. Over the last weekend, my friend Carl pointed me out to an aggregator of fractal apps and general fractal awesomositousness, FractalFoundation, and there I discovered a cool bit of software, Mandelbulb 3D, which while sharing some few features analogous to Mandelbulber, and created by Jesse at Fractal Forums, is an entirely (well, to my n00bish mind…) different approach to doing both 2D and 3D images.
Just over the last three nights, including this one, I’ve been watching the online tutorials posted by YouTuber, Don Whitaker and then practicing with the software myself.
The version I have has a few quirks, like occassionally freezing up at odd moments, but with it, the most amazingly cool images make themselves apparent after only a few attempts.
Here are a few of my own halting efforts from its use…
All except the very last are hybrid images, combining two or more fractal types, while the last was a Julia set image whose seed coordinates were taken from a Mandelbulb figure. I have big plans for this app, though I hope my ambition doesn’t outstrip my patience with its use!
All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author,created by
Warning: This entry is a bit horrific, and those readers with weak stomachs are advised to read no further, especially those with a phobia of decaying things, molds, a queasiness for zombies, and fungi.
This post describes a rather sinister locale, a restaurant and tavern specializing in unusual food and drink, including the world’s most flavorful mushroom ales, wines, and whiskey, and a mindboggling variety of dishes based on fungi of various sorts, including for exclusive guests, hallucinogenic mushroom steaks and fermented cheeses, and other, far stranger fare.
The establishment is staffed by personnel who are oddly overdressed, regardless of gender or job description, and clientelle who ask too many questions tend to disappear almost without notice.
But someone is noticing, because many of those who disappear are among the rich and powerful…and the very, very well-known, and there are interests who watch their comings and goings, getting suspicious when they are never seen again.
Yes, this world’s intelligence organizations and spy networks are keeping a careful eye on the café and have discovered that it is actually the recruitment front for a species of intelligent fungi from another world making forays into this one, to conquer the planet by infiltration and infection.
A species known as the Lambent Gray.
Most of the restaurant’s staff are heavily infested by fungal growths, having been fully taken over, hence the heavy clothing, their minds having been suffused and replaced by fungal intelligences, and those in an advanced state of infection or the overly inquisitive, are used as compost in the business’s sub-basements for newly spore-emitting fungi.
The invasion is underway, as most of the clients are infected, and these soon take on the habit of dressing in overly concealing clothing as the infection and mental takeover progresses. These then refer those they know to the café as further customers, and so the cycle of infection and recruitment into the ranks of the alien mushrooms continues.
Meanwhile, in the sub-basements of the café, the bodies used as compost are animated by the fungal rhizomes permeating their corpses, which are consumed completely until the final stage of growth, when giant mushrooms and shelf-fungi erupt in all their disgusting phosphorescent glory, reaching the reproductive stage and releasing spores that infest new victims, including any newly hired staff not yet taken over.
What will be done about this? It’s too early to say, but the investigation of the café is underway, and as more data is gained under watch of the peeping eyeballs of spy organizations, the humans may mobilize and stimey the invasion before it is far too late, or not.
We shall see.