Fractal of the Week | Monte Carlo Edition One: Sky Burst


Happy Monday! Here is another wallpaper, 1600 x 1200 pixels, rendered using the Monte Carlo option for MB3D, which I’m happy to say I finally have the hang of! The image took about a little less than five hours to finish, and from my biased perspective, I dislike it less. The MC process produces fractals with cleaner, crisper definition, and less image noise than the usual, quicker, standard method of rendering. In short, it takes longer, but the images are better for it overall, a sound argument for patience!

Double click the image for the full-sized file.

Talotaa frang, talotaa kas, talotaa tranga suulat.

SkyBurst

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The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup | 2015.08.30


This is the image of a consonant in Tamil alph...

This is the image of a consonant in Tamil alphabet generated by User:Sundar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day, and happy Sunday. I’m currently engaged in deepening the level of detail for last weeks’s post on planet Bruticus, with a crunch-piece behind the actual science behind the natives’ biological spacecraft, thanks to commentators Anneliese and Ray – You’re both a huge help with this!

This week will also see the release of the concluding narrative for the #Tamil pure consonants. This one includes the remaining basic letters and their sounds, the laterals, fricatives, glides, and Grantha letters for those sounds borrowed from Sanskrit, and a Lovecraftian rather than silly theme for the mnemonic story is not out of the question.

It will conclude my study for this month, after which I switch learning time to #Hindi, focusing more on vocabulary and grammar, as well as spoken and written practice.

So, as always, be safe, well, and brilliant as the stars. You peeps are awesome.

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Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.08.29


Diagram showing a possible internal structure ...

Diagram showing a possible internal structure of Ceres (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good morning, and may the coming day find you in excellent fortune! With all that’s going on there’s much to do, and so little time to get it done. On my current sleep schedule I’ve been making time, though I’ll have to put off finishing the filk-song parody of Trains and Winter Rains until I come up with something that’s not only Lovecraftian, but complete and reasonably funny as well.

I’ve got in mind brains in cylinders, alien flying fungi that look vaguely crustacean, and Yuggoth (Lovecraft’s name for Pluto), but inspiration has been slow to come, and I’m a few lines short of the complete lyrics. Bloody hell.

Anyhoo, we’ve discovered a new asteroid 2015 QM3, taken a closer look at a so-called ‘pyramid’ on the dwarf planet Ceres, and there’s another asteroid impact rumor debunked as well. For this week’s Cat for ze Caturday, we’ve got Rockykins playing his role as the evil psycho fluffy shredder of hands.

May the weekend be kind to you, and in Soruggon,

Talotaa frang, talotaa kas, talotaa tranga suulat.

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