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The Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup: 2014/07/06


Marty Feldman en Mies Bouwman in Mies en scène

Marty Feldman en Mies Bouwman in Mies en scène (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day, and happy Sunday. This morning, I’m getting to bed earlier than usual, as there’s a visit to the comic shop due later this afternoon. The storm Friday morning passed us by so quickly that there was little of any damage at all reported in my area, though my thoughts and best hopes go out to those further up north on the East Coast who are taking a beating from hurricane Arthur. Personally, I’d like there to be a hurricane named ‘Igor,’ or even ‘Eyegor’ via Marty Feldman’s character from Young Frankenstein, but that’s just the comedy/horror movie fan in me…

 

I’ll be bringing very little on my trip tomorrow, save a few choice books and the ‘Pad, and I’ve been a bit delayed in reading ‘Indra’s Pearls’ for Monday’s post on the Algorithm, but I’ll manage. I’m toying with the idea of moving my entire blogging schedule over to days on the work week only, as slow as traffic on the weekends typically is. I’ll announce the outcome of that pondering in the next edition of this installment, and carry on from there whatever I decide.

The kittens are doing well, though they’ll be without their daddy for a few hours this coming evening, especially the ebil tricksy Eccles and the diabolical King of the Fluffies himself.

Stay well, and be safe this week.

 

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The Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup: 2014/06/15


Aristotle's Square of Opposition

Aristotle’s Square of Opposition

G’day, and happy Sunday. Well, I’ve finally gotten off my keister and begun some long-needed work on diagrams for a set of notes I took from a philosophy course, one of those being shown to the left of this text in reduced form. It shows the immediate inferences of categorical statements in Aristotelian logic. This weekend and continuing, I’m engaged in a little side project, ongoing but which will no doubt see delays in completing — It’ll be my first skeptical look into fractals, as they are used in New Age mysticism, fringe theory claims, and art.

Things have been building in this direction for some time, since I first began posting fractal images in 2010 online, I’ve noticed their prevalence in the New Age. I’d originally thought little of looking a bit deeper into fractal art and associated ideas as areas of skeptical inquiry, but that’s changed.

Fractal mysticism can result in some gorgeous art, and some rather strange theories about the universe not currently supported by the relevant science. The breadth of  ideas that could be looked into would be whole fields of research by themselves, so I’ll first formulate and refine my questions, which should be a no-brainer, but I’m a bit rusty even as a fan of the Evil Spock school of philosophy with my diabolical arched eyebrows and unfortunate lack of a decent goatee.

*sigh*

But skeptic I am. What better thing to occupy myself than to look into the stranger aspects of my favorite digital art form?

Anyhoo…

I’m having a blast with Indra’s Pearls in preparation for this coming Monday’s post on the Impudent Algorithm, and learning a lot about much of the math used to create fractals, whether drawing them by hand or generating them with computer programs. I’m currently on Chapter #4, “The Schottky dance.” After the last two installments, it’ll be a chapter reviewed each week.

I’ve completed housecleaning on this blog, and will be updating the About pages of this and my other sites as well soon, which by rights I should be doing bimonthly. This installment of the Roundup, I’m bringing back the listing of weekly blog stats for the Call, with the page-views being the weekly total and all-time total for the site.

May your days be bright, and your nights restful…and,

Talotaa frang.

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The Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup: 2014/06/01


English: Photograph of the head of Johnny Depp

English: Photograph of the head of Johnny Depp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day, and happy Sunday! I’ve got a pair of guests over for the week, one of whom is already here…Willow the Pillow, the Queen of the Fluffies was brought over in her cat-carrier earlier this evening, with fellow blogger and friend @Ravenpenny to follow soon when all is ready.

Last week, I got to see Godzilla, and despite the alleged protests as to Gojira’s physique by Japanese fans, I thought he looked more plausible, even given the scale problems of something that big.

I’ve got a post to finish by Monday morning, after Cosmos is finished, on The Impudent Algorithm, an ongoing review of a book I’m reading and studying from. I’ll reblog it here when it’s posted.

I’ll be occupied with things to do, and that’s always a good thing. I’m planning on posting on my sites semi-regularly, but distributing the load among them, the blog used depending on the nature of the entry.

Should be cool, but I’ll keep that reasonable, and balanced with my studies. I’ve working with complex number maths that by rights I should’ve learned years ago and only getting into now — for fun — and to better understand fractal geometry.

May you never step on the tail of a vengeful cat…

Talotaa frang.

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The Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup: 2014/05/04


Neil Gaiman bibliography

Neil Gaiman bibliography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

May the fourth be with you…Happy Star Wars day, and may you be safe and well this new week. I’m going to be busy, online and off, this week, working on notes and opening up new blogs, getting myself used to a different posting schedule. I’ll try to keep up on my peeps, though, busy or not.

I’ll also be working on my techniques for setting up links on posts like this one using Chrome, so this week’s entry will be a bit light on news items until I begin to speed things up. So far, the remaining blogs to go public are tentatively named The Exohuman Journal, The Gawds of Terra, the Impudent Algorithm and We Are The Wavetouched, all currently at private status until I complete their debut posts.

I expect to open at least two of them within this week, maybe three, maybe all, during this week and part of the next, but we’ll see.

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The Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup: 2014/04/27


G’day, and happy Sunday. During last week and this, I’m involved in the work of building on my new blogs before they go public. Some will be geared toward specific formats and content, and some not. This site, and my Blogspot site will be two of my general-purpose blogs, with possibly one other once I pin down what I want to use the others for.

I’ve begun all of the pages for each blog, though they are just those existing since their debut onward. They will continue to evolve and grow, so of course new pages will be added over time.

I’ll be viewing another series of lectures to take and make notes from, How Conversation Works, Six Lessons for Better Communication, and will post a review once study of the notes is complete. This week, I’ll be drafting a review of The Philosopher’s Toolkit, which I found to be an incredibly cool course.

I’m reading through my back issues of Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer magazines, and it will be a while before I get done with all of them, but it beats staring at my fractal apps’ rendering windows while the images are being processed.

As many of you may know, I’m particularly interested in Indian culture, including music and the performance arts, so I’ve included something with a South Asian flavor as this roundup’s weekly video.

I’ve been fooling around more with Kleinian group fractals, in my work on creating cool headers and backgrounds for the new blogs, and some neat images have resulted from that.

I’ve posted one of my favorites from yesterday with this entry below. Click to embiggen:

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