Fractals of the Week: Frax-ional Values

G’Day, and happy Wednesday. I’ve more images for you by way of Frax today. Over the last few days, I’ve also been experimenting with Mandelbulb 3D’s Big Render option, and I’ve learned enough to write a tutorial on how that works. I’ve also bookmarked a few video tutorials to help with basic operations of the software for those new to it. The draft for the tutorial is already started and should be scheduled for posting this weekend. Well, here are the images. It’s been a great week, and I hope that’s true for you as well!






Fading tones




Storm of Brass



All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author, created via  Mandelbulber, Fractal Domains, Ultra Fractal , Frax, and Mandelbulb 3D and are copyright 2014 by Troy Loy.

Call Bulletins: 2014/10/15

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 2.05.59G’day, all. As I announced here, I’ve finished my first short story, Dirge, and a good friend of mine (You know who you are!) is having it professionally formatted to make it more cross-platform friendly and reader-friendly, and let me distribute it more widely than just on my personal blogs.

Also, I’ve begun two new drafts, both currently under 5,000 words, originally from serialized fiction posts on this blog. I’ll get them up to at least 6,000 words, with the intent of reaching 7,000 – 8,000 words and much rewriting of the material before finishing. I’m also working on a compilation of flash fiction, some of it posted on this blog, sometimes others, and some of it completely new.

Having looked at my verses for memorizing Tamil ‘pure’ consonants, I’ve found I’m dissatisfied with them, and shall rewrite them in two sets of three: One in dactylic hexameter, the poetic form used by Greek poets Hesiod and Homer, and just to be more faithful to the Tamil language, I’m also rewriting them in the meter used in the ancient Sangam literature. This will be glorious when both sets are finished! I’m using in each set clues and cues to the shape of each letter in the alpha-syllabary, and of course, the ordinary pronunciation as well.

English: Goddess Tamil. Mother of Tamil Langua...

English: Goddess Tamil. Mother of Tamil Language தமிழ்: தமிழ்த்தாய், தமிழன்னை (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another Tamil book, my first hardcover text for study and its accompanying video disc have arrived in the mail, giving me one more tool for learning the language. I’ll soon begin studying Hindi and Bengali as well. I’ll have to take care to space the study sessions for each language out to avoid the interference effect, perhaps limiting myself to one language per week, alternating between them.

Robert Kurzban: Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite

A Quote: Martin Gardner

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Future Fluff: Hypershards and their Functions, Part II

Originally posted on Checkerboards of The Gods:

(Image: A Health Blog /Flickr)

Last post in this series, I gave an overview of what hypershards are capable of, at least from the examples of some of the Gods of Terra setting’s iconic characters, the Fractus, the Mirus, the Magna, and the Tempest.

But I also mentioned that their ‘supernormal powers’ were secondary to their original function as communications devices by some ancient, inscrutable design. I’ll get to that in this post, but first, I want to quantify the better-known abilities that these relics grant to their users, to aid in writing them up, doing the number-crunching, for roleplaying rules.

Three of these devices have been refitted by the Kai’Siri race of humanity, co-opted to cause extinction-level events, though of course physically blowing planets up is beyond their repeatable operating limits, and these relics are unique and priceless. They are referred to from here on as the Kai’Siric Hypershards.

The fundamental communication…

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