Fractals of the Week | Come Halley or High Water!


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This week, I’ve a few pieces done using the math of Edmund Halley, of comet fame, whose method for finding square roots bears some similarity to Newton’s method, but which can produce images of wholly different character. A few years back, I found such math challenging to work with, but with time I’m increasingly satisfied with the results. Here are two of them:

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An alien spider at the center of its web? Maybe. It’s currently untitled, and this piece like the next does not make use of quasi-3d orbit trap settings. Both of these use only the limit set, brought out by the color mapping of each piece to best effect. Well, best out of a series of attempts using a coloring randomizer, and selected from those that didn’t make the cut as either too pixelated, or too garish. Many of you are aware that I tend to avoid colors that one might find on a psychedelic black light poster from the 1970s. That is, unless requested to do otherwise for commission work.

FD_QDR

This one is a bit more anthropomorphic, perhaps suggesting a face, or a badly drawn ancient medical diagram of an absurdly over-muscled human figure. I was less displeased with the coloring for this one, and I think I’ll keep it in my archives. I’m currently updating the file addresses of all my pieces, from the very first set of image folders to the very most recent. It’s coming along quickly, and perhaps once finished, I’ll have time to improve on this piece, as I intend to do for my more interesting early pieces, themselves far too small to make good prints, but otherwise decent.

It pays to revisit old apps with not-so-old ideas. Now then, I have cats to attend to. May you all have a beautiful time of what remains of the week, and I’ll see you sometime.

Tf. Tk. Tts.

All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author, created via a variety of apps and unless otherwise stated are copyright 2016 by Troy Loy. I hereby permit the free, noncommercial use of these images, with proper attribution or a link back to the original source. Thank you!

Fractals of the Week | Horrid Parameters of Algorithmic Doom!


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G’day. I’ve got a few odd little pieces, three uploads to DeviantArt created via Mandelbulb 3d v. 1.8.9. They’re made using recently created custom presets, as there’s been much experimentation lately. I’m providing the base parameters for each preset as text in this entry after the image descriptions. The text may be copied and pasted into one’s own copy of the software, and tweaked or modified as desired. Let’s see what eldritch visions come forth!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Edifice

This one kind of had me stumped as far as what it evoked, though if I had to guess, I’d say some kind of alien monument or computer core with floating memory banks, perhaps like the scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey where the supercomputer HAL 9000 was being disassembled by astronaut Dave Bowman, memory units drifting about in microgravity as the insane computer’s mind was dismantled. Frankly, I never did like the star-child scene at the end, a bit too mystical and New Agey for my taste. Brilliant science fiction, though, despite the departures from the original book by Arthur C. Clarke.

Eukarion

Here we go with what reminds me a lot of some kind of biotech craft hovering in flight in a biotech city. Eukarion gets its name (vaguely) from those complex organisms with living cells containing organelles, like mitochondria and a nucleus, the eukaryotes. This group of living things includes all multicellular organisms, like us, cats, wombats, tomatoes, krishnakali flowers, mushrooms, and even the tiny single-celled protists, and excludes those simple organisms lacking organelles, like bacteria and archaea. I got the impression from this image of a civilization strong in the biological sciences, and weak in other sorts of technology. What sort of strange weapons might they have?

Brond

This one I dislike the very least. It reminds me of some kind of alien fortress among a fleet of spacecraft, or perhaps adrift in an implausibly symmetrical asteroid belt. The name comes from a planet in the Cthulhu mythos, Tond, with an orbit perpendicular to the other planets and a extremely long orbital period, and from the name of a human-scale Zentradi in the old Macross series, given as Bron (the heavyset fellow with wavy ginger hair) in the American version, Robotech. The name, plus the image, conveys to me the suggestion of massiveness and alienness with its dense, solid-looking, but detailed form.

But what do you see in these?

Here are the parameters in text form for the presets used to generate these images, in order: Copy, paste, and tweak, create your own as you wish. I’d appreciate attribution for these though, and if you post the results online, a link from the resulting image to this post would be wonderful. Thank you!

Edifice (MB3d124):

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…U.ydelyjeYFnzTeOgzf8No.6.nc..zzzz..EizccZWGyD6EdGkxmWcz1………..k.8.kXWF1.
.sM93P58iz9.MmnWK2zwz0………./EU0.wzzz1………..s/……………….E.2c..
zzzz………….0……………….2./8.kzzzD…………8………………..
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9M0kzlIIu0U7EgU7…crIGJzzFoTuIdyzngi8qdxzZX.4rU…………………………..
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{Titel: MB3d124}

Eukarion (MB3d45)

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…………………………..h0uePi51M.2……..Y./………………y.2…wD
…Uz6….E0…./M.0/…..kC0…B0….E3…..AIWGhPTJooD/……….m/dkpXm1…..
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.z1…sD1ZcIvqL3Bx1……….0………………..kE78pixJFHz……….U……..
………….AIWGhPTJooDU…..21…………..sD.6….sD..G…………………
………….oAnAt1…sD….zw1…………………………………..E….k1.
…..Ksulz1…….kz.wzzz1.U..6.P….61…kD….m….c3…kE….6/…I1…..SF52
…U.ydelyjeYFnzTeOgzf8No.6.nc..zzzz..EizccZWGyD6EdGkxmWczX………..k.8.kXWF1.
.sM93P58iz9.MmnWK2zwz0………./EU0.Qtmz1………..s/……………….E.2c..
zzzz………….0……………….2./8.kzzzD…………8………………..
/EU0.wzzz1………………………………uBZ.U7EgU7zzFoTu2.oQm2oszDnueM.YXB
bYHzTt6Ul/k6Ukl6Qs5crI0.a.l0a.bTUSH7.M029M0ly/uBZ.U7EgU7Mw5crI0.a.l0akqTUSH7.M02
9M0kz/uBZ.U7EgU7…crIGJzzFoTuIdyzngi8qdxzZX.4rU…………………………..
E6…6..F2U/….2….A….EEh3aSdtqNU6oPs/UQ……………………..k/9…….
……….EnAnAnAnA/.7NaNaNaNavj……..kz1……………………………….
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…………………6…..3….3….2YEjVLHjFqGVlKO……………………….
.QU1……………..oAnAnAnA1.EnAnAnAnAXz1……..sz………yD……..Uz1…..
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{Titel: MB3D45}

Brond (MB3d33E)

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…………………………..z6/6hFuw012……..Y./………………y.2…wD
…Uz6….E0…./M.0/…..ET3…B3….E3…..IbXUg8yn7eD/…….6/hd/dkpXm1….U
./….UD12../.kiRMh878uwzk8NYagtG.xjU.oj9osQE.A………..U0…..y1…sD…../..
.z1…sDG6POFF94OuX2maKIoWVay0……….G6POFF94OuX2maKIoWVay……….U……..
………….EbXUg8yn7eDU…..Yd…………..sD.6….sD..G…………………
………….oAnAt1…sD….zw1…………………………………..Z….k1.
…..Ksulz1…….kz.wzzzH.U..6……61…UD….U0…s/…U2….4/…I1…..SG5A
…U.0aZczDM6/nzMg2czX6dE16.0c..zrhe..UoK/nl2xvj6sM93P58izX………..U.8.UQgk0.
.wUmc2beYz1.dA8E5Exwz0………./EU0.wzzz1………..s/……………….E.2c..
zzzz………….0……………….2./8.kzzzD…………8………………..
/EU0.wzzz1……………………………..srGw/.y3q/yzzVUDO9..1Ak.vzDEF3G.UDn
5VTzTp5Zi/kaqaPiQsrFLi4.sLM5s1bTr4uG.UTVRUDlyloWB0.y3q/yMwrf6h5.sLM5snqT2KdV.UTV
RUDkzZvdx0.y3q/y…y3q/bzz/k.1Akyz1yATomxzpaqaffhJLRoFLOdtWOkR4……………..
E….6E.F2./….2….A….EEh3aSdtqNU6oPs/..m…………………….k/9…….
…………………pAnAnAnAHzjOaNaNaNa/.2……………………………….
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…………………M…..3….9….AJOZ75QdtqQfZ4B……………………….
…….1Ak.1Ak…….MaNaNaNaNzDZNaNaNaN4.YaNaNaNaNqz………zD……..kz1…..
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{Titel: MB3D33E}

All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author, created via a variety of apps and unless otherwise stated are copyright 2016 by Troy Loy. I hereby permit the free, noncommercial use of these images, as long as proper credit is given for them.

Fractals of the Week | Partying like it’s Space: 1999


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G’day! Caturday’s Astrophenia will be back next week when the fortnight is over. This week, I’ve recent uploads to DeviantART and this time with real titles, something I ought rightly to do more often with these pieces! First, they are available as prints in a variety of formats and as free raw file downloads at 6400 x 3600 pixels and about 20 MB in file size or so, so I advise caution for those of you with finicky Internet connections.

So, a little commentary on the titles. These derive from what I initially saw in them as they completed main rendering and the shadow calculation was finished.

Caught in the Backblast reminds me of a starship’s main drive engine seen from the rear, perhaps some sort of ionized low-density plasma, either an ion drive, or the initial warming up of a fission thermal chemical propulsion engine, or a high-thrust fusion-torch drive, like that of an interstellar Bussard ram-jet. It definitely does NOT remind me of a nuclear-pulse drive, like that of the old Project Orion proposal that was abandoned after its designers realized the potential for nuclear terrorism that the technology posed. I STILL can’t do nuclear explosion effects in space very well even at this point in my ability with the software (Mandelbulb 3d), and I may have to resort to after-rendering editing with the appropriate software, like Pixelmator (my favorite), or GIMP, or whatever works best for the OS (I currently use El Capitan).

Caught in the Backblast

A Place of Strangers comes from the fact that to me, it evokes a long-lost space-borne site of my Gods of Terra aliens, the Strangers, still drifting in the void between star systems and humming with power after billions of years. Funny thing about that species: They are a Precursor race, seemingly vanished or extinct long ago save for their artifacts and installations scattered across the galaxy, but are actually from billions of years in the distant future, the evolved descendants of humanity, still extant, who looped back through time into the early history of the universe to preserve the flow of history and their own existence through meddling in the past by preventing paradoxes that would erase them.

A Place of Strangers

Macroplasmid uses a Julia set of a hybrid Mandelbox formula, one of the component formulas being a Smooth Mandelbox, which typically has a very cool, curvy, biological and sometimes creepy feel to it. The title derives from the odd, organic-matter look and the aliens from an old Space: 1999 episode (I believe from the second and final season) Bringers of Wonderment in which the aliens, illusion-casters who wanted to blow up the Moon in a nuclear blast and kill all the humans on it so that they could feed on the radiation, were pretty horrific in their true form and described by resident alien Maya as looking like ‘decayed plasmids,’ or something of the sort. Damned ugly, and weird to any extent.

Macroplasmid

So, what do you see in these?

Tf.Tk.Tts.

All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author, created via a variety of apps and unless otherwise stated are copyright 2016 by Troy Loy. I hereby permit the free, noncommercial use of these images, as long as proper credit is given for them.

Fractals of the Week | From the Bleeding Edge of Chaos


Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 13.38.40G’day. This installment features some new wallpapers, uploaded directly to WP, from recently created custom presets. These were fun to create, and represent the use of hybrid formulas involving in some combination Mandelboxes and Mixpinski formulas.

I’m taking this week and next to practice on and consolidate my learning so far in Bengali, concluding the first semester of study in seven weeks after, then moving on to the next period of eighteen weeks. I’ll keep you updated as I make suitable progress. Right now I’m focusing on vocabulary and script practice by hand, working on my penmanship and writing speed.

But on my break periods between study, I’ve been creating scads of new presets for cool images to post, rebuilding old presets to newer and better ones, and working once again on a project I’ve just returned to as of yesterday; the completion of my first color portrait of my Gods of Terra character, the Rani of Stars. I’ve completed the first hand-inked drafts, and now have the digital file set aside for later and more extensive editing; the lines, some of the color, and adding the Rani’s star-field before posting the final image. I’m looking forward to getting back to it over the next few days.

So, here are the favorites of my collection for the week. Have fun with these, and as always…

Tf.Tk.Tts.

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All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author, created via a variety of apps and unless otherwise stated are copyright 2016 by Troy Loy. I hereby permit the free, noncommercial use of these images, as long as proper credit is given for them.

Fractals of the Week | Random Acts of Zodd


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G’day. namaskar. slamalaikum. Ave. Ohayo gozaimasu.  Greetings in English, Bangla, and two other languages I’ve studied in my impetuous and impertinent youth decades ago; Latin in high school; Japanese during my days as a diehard anime fan in the late eighties and early nineties. Needless to say, I’ve lapsed in fluency in both over time. Like my Japanese teacher in community college once said, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Mrs. Sayoko, you were, and are, so correct.

This week, I’ve a few more pieces that I’ve uploaded to my deviantART profile while I try to make time to study this morning and the next. But first, a few points on my study…

At this moment, I’m working on an issue which has long plagued my study of languages in recent years, particularly with the three languages I’m working with now: low confidence in my command of them despite any actual ability, and an irrational reluctance to “show off” when posting on my progress. I find this annoying, as it delays the crucial publishing of the Lost in Translation series on this blog, and impedes accurate perception of real progress in all of the three.

There’s also a dangerous tinge of perfectionism there as well. Bad Troythulu! Irrational thinking!!

But I want what I post on them to be the very best I can do. Most important is to be accurate, even given local variations in native speakers’ use due to regional differences (like the distinctions of use for speakers in West Bengal and Bangladesh, respectively). That last is most important, but also important is to allow myself to make mistakes during the learning process. For instance, I still sound just a little like a stereotypical foreigner in a Bengali comedy, with my pronunciation of consonants like ত, থ, দ, ধ, ট, ঠ, ড, and ঢ, though less so as I manage to squeeze in some practice. Proper aspiration of the consonants is coming much easier than before, and currently I’m figuring out the intricacies of the dialogue I’m on. I’m not moving on until I finish it and can fully, fluently, and accurately answer the quiz at the end of the unit.

So, here are the images. I had a lot of fun working with these, and new presets came out of the deal along with the pics. Here’s to conquering my perfectionism so that I can get those study updates finished. After all, I believe that strong claims require strong proof, and nowhere is that more obvious to me here at my workstation at this wee hour of the morning.

Stay awesome, people.

adab.

All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author, created via a variety of apps and unless otherwise stated are copyright 2016 by Troy Loy. I hereby permit the free, noncommercial use of these images, as long as proper credit is given for them.

Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.12.05


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vanakkam, namaste, namaskar, as-salam-alaikum. This post’s essay deals with something other than astroscience, so please bear with me. As I type this, I’m listening to podcasts, and the thought had occurred that my early work with fractals, especially from my middle period from 2012-2013 has been…less than optimal. There was much that looking back I think could have been done better, images better realized, better actualized than was the case — in short, I sometimes think of my work in less than favorable terms, sometimes to the point of hating some of the early images — but also noting that much of that work, though retained in my archives, sometimes posted online, was experimental. I was still trying out the basics of navigating the apps, all but one of which I can still use.

I’m looking at you, Mandelbulber… *glares*:-)

Sure. There are things I could have done more ambitiously, things I would have done better had I thought of it. But this is counterproductive, and the reality is that the Hindsight bias is not doing me any favors, so I’ll just continue to develop my technique, make better use of the technology, and with little doubt I’ll regard much recent work with the same misgivings as fractals past. Much of my early work, on this blog and elsewhere, seems stillborn, failed, to me.

But I’m fine with that. I consider that many of the truly failed experiments have never been published, their files never rendered or saved, that what I’ve put out to be seen online was probably the best possible given my level of skill at the time.

So, I’ll continue as I am, no problem with that, continue experimenting, working things out, and working them through.

I’m currently involved in playing with transparency settings for Mandelbulb3D, on a new City of Glass project like I did a few times with Mandelbulber. The objective is to create new images, better done, on an app which still functions on my current OS and like it, creating fractals that look like stained glass cities and other glassy structures. Here’s hoping that turns out well, though with allowances for possible failure. I must at least try, Jedi Master Yoda quotes to the contrary.

So it goes. I hypothesize that I can get this worked out, and the best test of a hypothesis is to test it against the real world, be the results success or failure.

Let’s see how this turns out.

Phobos: Doomed Moon of Mars

A 212 Hour Exposure of Orion

Aurora over Clouds

Unusual Pits Discovered on Pluto

Planets of the Morning

Gravity’s Grin

Rosetta and Comet Outbound

Dark Sand Cascades on Mars

In the Center of Spiral Galaxy NGC 3521

Nebula in Auriga

Golden Gate Sunset: Green Flash

Enceladus: Ringside Water World

Cygnus: Bubble and Crescent

Kepler Orrery IV

Image of the Week:

Weekly Astrognuz:

New Horizons Takes Closest Image Yet of a Kuiper Belt Object

Climate Week Part 3: Extreme Weather Linked to Global Warming

Climate Week Part 4: Global CO2 levels reach 400 ppm forever

Climate Week Part 5: There Is Still Hope.

To Jupiter with JunoCam!

Newborn Planet Being Kicked out of the Nest

Weekly Space Hangout, Dec. 4, 2015

Mars Mission Team Addressing Vacuum Leak in Key Science Instrument

Big Picture Science Radio Show: Happily Confused

What Are The Earth’s Layers?

Pareidolia: Artificial Face Made from Morphing Inanimate Objects

LISA Pathfinder Carries Advanced NASA Thruster Tech

Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey – One Year Into the Survey

Should We Go to Mars, Or Back to the Moon?

Loss of Carbon in Martian Atmosphere Explained

NASA’s Big Mars Story

Is Space Travel Worth It? Spoken Word with Mark Grist

via The Royal Institution‘s YouTube channel

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Cat Thursday | Cats & Fractals – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?


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Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy!

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Counterclockwise from top: Nimbus, Eccleston, Gorgeous, & Rockykins

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Counterclockwise from top: Otis, Marshie, and Clarice