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The Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup: 2014/04/20


Indras_Promise_5G’day, and here in the West, (and elsewhere, of course) Happy Easter…May you never be attacked by ravenous alien egg-laying zombie rabbits!

This week saw the conclusion of my City of Glass project for the Fractals of the Week, as well as the wrap-up to the two-week period I’ve spent viewing lectures and taking notes.

I’m in the process of making notes now, and working on diagrams of some of the concepts in the lectures, including all the logic of Aristotle, however limited that may be compared to how far we’ve come.

But it was Plato’s star pupil who first asked, and then answered the question: How do we make thinking work better, easier, more accurate? How do we systematize thought, even mechanize it?

It was his work that ultimately led to further developments and then the modern computer revolution, even as it kept the intellectual world at a standstill for over 2,000 years because of its limits, until the developments of early modern science.

Anyhoo, I’m working on ideas, and pics, for an ebook format folio of my fractal images, and I’ll decide what format to export it in once the file is complete. I’ll let you know when it’s finished. I’m going to start out from the early stages of fractal evolution, and then work my way to the current period of my work.

I’m reading fiction by Stuart Barton again, his collection ‘Isolation,’ and there shall be a review posted when I’m finished. Should be fun. Once I’m done making notes, ‘The Philosopher’s Toolkit: How to be the most rational person in any room,’ will be reviewed as well.

I’m staying home today, both to get things done, and to see Cosmos again. The new series has just been a blast!

The next Fractals of the Week will feature greyscale images via my first app, Fractal Domains. I’ll be trying out some ideas I’ve had on how to make those more striking.

Talotaa frang.

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Fractals of the Week: City of Glass 2, Project’s Ends


Good evening. With this post, I’m finishing two projects, the second City of Glass, and my task over the previous couple of weeks in taking and making notes from a set of lectures from the Teaching Company course ‘Philosopher’s Toolkit.’ I’ll be typing those into Evernote over the weekend, and engaging in related tasks over the next few weeks as well, including a workshop from lecture #8 in the series. I’ll have to arrange things with @Ravenpenny for that soon. Maybe later tonight on FB. I simply must get more of my projects under my proverbial belt!

So, here are this week’s images, all ready for enbiggening…

'A little beady thing'

‘A little beady thing’

Infinite Ursine

Infinite Ursine

Gothic Blue

Gothic Blue

Uturani

Uturani

All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author,created by

way of  Mandelbulber, Fractal Domains, Ultra Fractal , and Mandelbulb 3D and are copyright 2014 by Troy Loy.

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Fractals of the Week: City of Glass 2, the Mirror Realm


G’day, and Mighty Thor’s day, as I bring you the next set of images from City of Glass 2. I’ve been looking at ways to help myself keep track of my projects online and off, as many with my sort of disorder have difficulty focusing on tasks, and as you well know, I’m no exception.

I’ve found that it’s not so much related to memory as it is with attention and ability to focus, so I’m working to improve that. There’s a book I’m reading by cognitive psychologist Fiona McPherson, ‘Planning to Remember,’ addressing that sort of thing,…

…and while I’m normally very suspicious of anything related to the self-help industry unless it’s based on passably solid research (Science!!), and this seems to be just that. But what’s this got to do with fractals?

I’ve decided that a fun way to improve my focus and the ability to block out distractions when switching between tasks would be to use my fractal hobby — as a small part of a larger programme, to improve the quality of my work through practice to an expert level, and help improve through training the efficiency of my brain’s executive functions.

This week’s images represent a portion of that effort, and like last week, I’m posting below another public domain image…just click to embiggen and feel free to rip!

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This image has been released into the public domain and is free of charge. Click to embiggen.

This image has been released into the public domain and is free of charge. Click to embiggen.

All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author,created by

way of  Mandelbulber, Fractal Domains, Ultra Fractal , and Mandelbulb 3D and are copyright 2014 by Troy Loy.

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Fractals of the Week: City of Glass 2: Phase R’lyeh


G’day. This installment sees the first release of some new images for this project, with the city being, unfortunately, not a fractal version NYC, much less Gotham, but Cthulhu’s hometown of R’lyeh and all the non-Euclidean strangeness that goes maddeningly with it.

I’m dedicating this installment of fractal oddness to my friend Christopher Rice, AKA @Ravenpenny, who’s not been feeling very well lately, with hope for a speedy recovery. Get well soon, guy. We can game anytime.

I’m releasing a free wallpaper with this installment below. Feel free to rip, and click to embiggen.

So, on with the glassy luminescent weirdness…It’s time to roll a Sanity check!

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This image has been released into the public domain, and is free of charge.

This image has been released into the public domain, and is free of charge.

All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author,created by

way of  Mandelbulber, Fractal Domains, Ultra Fractal , and Mandelbulb 3D and are copyright 2014 by Troy Loy.

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Fractals of the Week: Project City of Glass 2, Phase 1


G’day. I’ve been working on new images with a glassy appearance to them, at least sharing some of the optical properties of glass, and to an extent, there has been some success, though the results aren’t fully transparent…not yet. But I’m working on that, and recently came up with some very strange pieces that have at least a proper sheen to them.

I’m currently involved in a few projects, in addition to this, some that are in dire need of beginning. I’ve named my upcoming set of installments on rational thinking ‘Project Logicality,’ involving some patterns of formal reasoning as well as basic and hybrid patterns particular to informal logic.

Why?

Because despite its dependence on the richness of language, some formal reasoning patterns do show up, and it’s only right to include them. There are no claims of certainty made for them though — they lend their power by way of their general reliability, usefulness, and strength rather than any alleged conditional certainty.

But I digress. Here are the images so far, and there shall be more of them, hopefully even better looking, over the next couple of weeks or so.

Talotaa frang.

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All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author,created by

way of  Mandelbulber, Fractal Domains, Ultra Fractal , and Mandelbulb 3D and are copyright 2014 by Troy Loy.

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