G’day. In this installment, I’ll show a few recent images made using custom parameter sets, courtesy of Mandelbulber.
Perhaps it’s just status quo bias on my part — it’s always good to acknowledge the possibility of one’s own biases, in my view, and even better to more fully understand when they might play into our decisions — I’ve long considered MB my favorite app for doing 3D images, at least for my laptop’s operating system.
This raises the question of whether there are any more recent apps that do the same thing, or better, for the hardware and OS I use, and I’ll be looking into that during the remainder of the week, which should be fun.
I’ve begun the draft for the first installment of a series of fractal generation tutorials (Yes, I’ll be posting it in several entries instead of one long post for ease of presentation.), and that project should be completed by next year when study resumes.
I’m hoping whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year is an absolute blast, and so, here are this week’s images:
All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author,created by
- Fractals (compuscience.net)
- Turn any Tumblr into an interactive Fractal Fest (theverge.com)
- Fractured! (demirincar.wordpress.com)
- Fractal Aesthetics in Design? (loxleydesignforest.wordpress.com)
- How Long is the Coastline of Britain? (dailysliceofpi.wordpress.com)
Am I the only person who feels a little bit of disappointment along with the excitement of reading about various plans, achievements, and speculations of NASA and other space agencies around the world?
I'm glad there's talk about the next Mars probe and the possibility of a manned Mars mission sometime...soonish...maybe...in the nebulous indefinite future. I'm glad there are people tinkering with rocketry still, seeking ways to refine current technology.
Not too long ago, I did a post on an early character idea, the Magnus, who was to be the Mirus’ opposite number. The problem is, now that I’ve recently sharpened my Doctor Who chops, that idea sounded a wee bit much like the Master, and to me, somewhat cartoony, even campy.
So it was time for a bit of rethinking.
So from that early concept comes the Magna, who like her counterparts the Mirus and the Fractus, is a member of a hominin daughter species of humanity, the Wavetouched, Homo mirabilis, and in her own right, as powerful and dangerous as the other two in this triad of hypershard wielders.
What does she look like? Well, mostly human, if you ignore the extra pair of fully functional arms she has, very much in the arrangement of a mythological being’s, and her firey orange glowing eyes which shine like the Sun when she’s angry. She’s a bit on the attractive side, with an indeterminate South Asian ethnicity apparent in her features, and she keeps herself fit and healthy, with a lithe, well-muscled figure.
She speaks no terrestrial languages, though, knowing only Old High Kai’Siri so as to communicate in strict formality with her masters.
With her Wavetouched physiology and a regular diet and exercise regimen, she’s stronger then most men of her height and weight, humans at least, and she is more powerful than the Fractus or the Mirus in terms of her powers of mass destruction and planetary mass extinction, though the Mirus has her beat in close range combat powers.
The Magna loves her job, maybe a little too much, and is fiercely loyal to the Kai’Siri despite numerous opportunities to break ranks and escape — she’s the perfect soldier, and the perfect doomsday weapon for the humans of Sirug, and so remains the current Enforcer Prime of the Exarch.
If ever there was any memory of a life other than that of service to the Kai’Siri, none remains.
She does have an ego, though, and tends to regard her masters in a sort of patronizing way, as being perhaps children in need of her protection. This is her Wavetouched psychology showing through a veneer of formality, but ignored by the Kai’Siri because of her tractability and proven record of loyal service.
The dynamic between servant and masters is a bit unusual in this case. She does not even have to be rendered unconscious or sleepwalking when sent on missions, as her conditioning is more complete than those of either the Fractus or the Mirus — techniques have improved since then, including the thoroughness of mindwiping and better hypershard control system interfaces.
She is neither particularly evil nor insane, but she has her duty to perform, and gods of Terra help anyone who tries to stop her once she’s been sent after a world. Her sense of detachment when causing a mass extinction event is a testament to her conditioning and her Wavetouched mentality. Despite her sense of loyalty, it is only matter of time before she must choose between identity as a member of her species, and continued service to species Homo ferox, on the day she is sent to fight her own kind on their numerous colony worlds.
I’ve a few fiction installments planned for developing her further as a character, and like my current run of adventures involving Sergei the shinobi, posted intermittently. This should be fun.