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Fractals of the Week: A Festival of Hybrids


G’day, and good week. This installment features some of the stranger results from new parameter sets created in the last couple of weeks. I’ve recently gotten a jukepop.com account both as a venue to pursue my serialized fiction at some point, but also to vote on the stories of one of my favorite bloggers, Sharmishtha Basu, and the three serials she’s posted so far, The Tower, The Strange Island, and a cool little SF story of hers, Harmony. Note: The links go directly to recent or updated chapters.

Things are going well on the study front: I’ve completed half of one course while preparing to move to others. I’ve also been using mnemonic techniques in learning Tamil letters, which is coming along swimmingly. My Bengali books, and the audiodiscs for Tamil syllable and word pronunciation have arrived in the mail, but first things first: I’ll take care of the current language course before moving to the next. In an ideal world I would study all three languages at once, but I do not live in such a world!

So, here are thumbnails of the odder images recently rendered…stay brilliant, or in the Kai’Siri…

Talotaa frang.

MB3D182A1 copy

MB3d171A68 copy

MB3d171A1

MB3D180B1 copy

MB3D182A3 copy

MB3D181A1 copy

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

Fractal of the Week: “Shrouded”


Indo-Aryan languages, grouping according to SI...

Indo-Aryan languages, grouping according to SIL Ethnologue (Urdu is not shown because it is mainly a lingua franca with no prevalence as a first language.) Central and East Central zones Northern zone Northwestern zone Eastern zone Southern zone Insular (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day. Today I’m posting my favorite piece from the past week, my first real experimentation with fog-effects, which will be going into the next segment of my Mandelbulber tutorials. Image rendering has been slow this week, but productive if not prolific, and represents a major step toward professional quality in use of the software.

I’ve been posting a wee bit too much this week, though on different blogs, so I’ll be spacing out a bit more the posting schedules of each site’s entries from here on. I’ve gotten much done, and I’ve finally gotten the material I need to begin my Indic language studies, beginning with Tamil, and going onto Hindi and Bengali once I space study and practice sessions to sidestep the interference effect. Yes, they are distinct languages, but there are enough similarities to confuse the unwary student if studied at the same time. The Ebooks are already installed in my toys for reading, and I’ve just received notification that the print copy Bengali books I ordered are now being shipped — Yay!

This will be the first time in years I’ve really gotten into studying new languages, from Latin in highschool, Japanese in college, and Tagalog near the end of the 1990s. I’ve always loved learning languages because to be any good at them, you have to learn something of the cultures that speak them, and that’s always cool!

But I’ve rambled enough. Here is the image for this week, at 1200×1600 pixels. Click to ginormify…

shrouded

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

Fractals of the Week: In the Domains of the Imaginary


G’day. This week, the images don’t have any particular theme, but do share one particular thing in common: The parameters used to generate them used only imaginary numbers as the values in the formula terms. This allows me to take advantage of the cycling effect of powers of the number ‘i’ and also its multiples, leading to some very strange effects and vastly extending Fractal Domains usefulness for the foreseeable future. Here are a few of the results of last week’s tinkering…

I’ve included a wallpaper, the bottom image, free for personal use, at 1680×1050 pixels. click to enlarginate.

fholi

irigaa copy

jmydtcmhgfm

sprakka

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

Fractals of the Week: The Wondrous Weirdness of Wallpaper


G’day. Now that I’m finally getting this blog a bit closer to its intended topic matter with recent posts (but I’ll keep up posting varied content too), I’m featuring here some recently generated wallpaper by way of Mandelbulber. I’m including two images here, each in two different pixel sizes for differently sized backgrounds, one of each in 1680×1050 and one of each in 1600×900 pixels. Not that it makes any difference on a retina screen…

These were fun, as they allowed me time to explore making new parameter sets from earlier, less promising ones. No, I’ll not be deleting parameter files for quite a while, not until I fully realize their possibilities and no longer need them. Then it will be time to create new ones.

I’m getting out of making really large images for wall hangings and exhibition displays except for commission pieces, and will focus mostly on digital wallpaper and smaller images suitable for small objects.

These wallpapers are free for use, as long as attribution is given if used for online display on your site. I’m taking requests for new images, and if any shown in this series of posts interests you, let me know using the contact information on this site’s About page!

Egads! I’m late in updating it by three days, on all my blogs. I’ll have to get to it NOW! And remember, with these images, click to enlargify :-)

Balconian 1680x1050

Balconian 1680×1050

Hive 1680x1050

Hive 1680×1050

Balconian 1600x900

Balconian 1600×900

Hive 1600x900

Hive 1600×900

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

Fractals of the Week: The long and winding road…with Silk!


G’day. This Thursday, I present some images generated by a new app (new to me, at least) called Silk, and also to be found on the Apple app store, using just my fingers, or a stylus, and the touchscreen on my iPad. This is a remarkably simple app to use, and the learning curve is not as steep as those of the apps on my laptop.

It does take some getting used to, but the images it produces can be very cool looking, with a sort of whispy, smoky appearance, or in a few, a sort of barbed wire look. These can be quite strange, and have a distinctly different feel from the others I use for creating images. There are few settings to adjust for this app, so setting things up for a decent-looking image or batch of them is quite convenient.

Simply click on the symmetry you want to use, click on the color button, even for using different colors with the same image, choose between Spiral, or Mirror, both or neither, and swipe your finger or stylus across the screen, and the image forms in real time with motion across the touchscreen.

I must add that there’s a cool atonal music effect that plays when the app is opened, but that’s neither here nor there. I can see that I’ll be using this in future quite a bit. I’m not copyrighting these images, not for this post, so use as you wish, or not. These are quite large images when clicked upon, but light in digital space taken despite their actual size.

Click to embiggen!

Talotaa frang.

Quintimorph

Quintimorph

Cosmic Deity (title credit: Todd Thurman)

Cosmic Deity (title credit: Todd Thurman)

Blaze

Blaze

Bisected Infinity

Bisected Infinity

Ascendi

Ascendi

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

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