Tag Archives: Fractals

Fractals of the Week | Embossed Nightmares


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This week, I’m trying out something different, back to using the (on my system) quirky XaoS app for Mac OS, I’ve got unusual greyscale wallpapers using Phoenix formula images, in this case looking like they were embossed rather than digitally colored. Here are three of them, currently untitled, that I’ve picked out as my favorites from the most recent batch of trial renderings. These stand out much better at full size, when relief is more easily seen. Double click the images to enmegatize…

XS_KPEG

Looking something like a hyper-detailed weevil snout with horns, this one uses the embossing settings plus a way of detecting outlines from the contours of the original color image (not saved as a file).

XS_FPEG

This one was embossed without the outline detection, but uses a means of digitally breaking down the geometric figure rendered into separate regions to reveal interesting detail that shows nicely here in the raised and indented areas. It involved a fairly deep zoom into the figure to a region that showed a wonderfully complex, yet clear, mirrored symmetry.

XS_RPEG

This was rendered at extreme depth into the base figure. Rather than binary decomposition, as with the second, or outline detection with the first, this one uses the biomorphs option, lending it a level of detail and strangeness despite the limits of zooming this far into the figure!

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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, with proper attribution or a link back to the original source. Thank you!

The Four, FOUR Postulates of Conspiracy Theories, Ah, Ah, Ah!


I recently came across some old fractal memes in my files, and decided to do an update to Three Postulates of Moonbat Conspiracy Theories and three followup posts Here, Here, and Here. I thought it would be fun to give them facelifts and reformulate them in light of current understanding. In all truth, the original memes could have looked better, and been much easier to read…

I do not call them laws, much less name them after myself, as I think that presumptuous.

These memes will read as dismissive, and that is exactly as intended. Claims offered with no evidence beyond illogical connections of invisible dots are well-deserving of being dismissed without needing evidence against them. Hitchens’ dictum, my peeps.

Yes, conspiracies do sometimes happen, but the vast majority that frequent the Internet and make the rounds in chain emails and 24 hour political news cycles ought to be called out as what they are: baseless nonsense and propaganda, spread with a paranoid fervor to deliberately misinform and mislead.

So here they are, the Four Postulates of (Moonbat) Conspiracy Theories, using better images and new fonts.

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Fractals of the Week | Dystopian Fever Dreams


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I’ve three wallpapers this week, all from reconditioned presets at 1600×900 pixels in resolution. I think that these are a vast improvement on the images first produced using those presets, if a bit dark in tone. Double-click to enmacronize.

Dark Technophite
Dark Technophite

What to make of this one….Some sort of engine or reactor? Or perhaps the core processor of an alien computer? Whatever one sees in this, it doesn’t look friendly or welcoming to visitors, not with all those sharp edges floating about!

Silent Festival
Silent Festival

It’s a celebration! But wait…Where is everyone? Here might be any number of things, but to my eyes looks a lot like a view into a brightly decorated town square with nobody in sight! What happened? Where did they go? This one is a recent draft that I may make into a larger image suitable for full-sized prints. It bears further exploring.

Sutured
Sutured

This is another that I think could use further development, and possibly a bit more tweaking. But the sharp, pointy, evil-looking fibrous edges are a good start, and once finished, will make a good-sized print file!

I’ll explore it a bit further, and post a sample of the best outcome here.

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 | Phractal Madness in Triplicate


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G’day, such as that is with the tragedy over the weekend in Orlando. The previous week has been spent with me being all hermit the crab in my shell in the dark recesses of the benighted abyss, and working on a project for a friend, Sharmishtha Basu, who’s putting together a terrific new ezine, Agnishatdal The Lotus of Fire, and looking for submissions to publish in it. Check it out, and do consider contributing!

This week, I’ve three wallpapers for you. These are courtesy of MB3d, and represent some results of reconditioning older presets to produce something…maybe more interesting than before. I’ve certainly had fun with them, and the time spent tweaking settings, downsizing the files so that they don’t gobble up space on my hard drive and slow down the rendering of new images, has been worth it. MB3d preset files are hogs when it comes to taking up disc space, even more so than the images they are used to render. I suspect that this is because presets hold not only the information needed to generate a new file, but also the full information for the most recently stored image itself readymade to be saved in a given format, say JPEG or PNG. Useful if you need a big, previously rendered image on the fly, ready for lighting and color settings to be tweaked, but not at all easy when the system is overburdened and responsiveness slows to a crawl.

So, here they are.

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This is a considerable improvement over its predecessor, and the resulting image looks all the world like an alien apartment complex, with lots of little boxy structures with a dystopian look worthy of a Philip K. Dick or William Gibson story, contrasted with an unnaturally bright sky. Maybe the sun is starting to run out of fuel and bloat?

MB3d118_7657575

Not sure what to make of this one, though it would make a cool castle or something else medieval where it not for the alienness of the piece. I would either question the architect’s sanity or praise her engineering brilliance if this were actually attempted as a thing to build.

MB3D25_283284

This one looks a bit Industrial Punk with suggestions of oily vapours and interlocking cogs. What the heck was I thinking? On closer inspection, it’s apparent that this probably wouldn’t work mechanically, but who cares?

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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, with proper attribution or a link back to the original source. Thank you!

Fractals of the Week | Newton’s Bounty, So Passing Strange


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Here I’ve a few wallpapers from a parameter set using Fractal Domains as an example of how useful older apps can remain. I’ve still not found a version of the Mandelbulber app that will work with my current OS, El Capitan, so I’m forced to find new methods with apps that may seem at first more limited. FD is the first app I ever used, and the most limited. FD uses only 4 fractal types; Newton, Halley, Mandelbrot set (and its corresponding Julia sets), and a more generalized Mandelbrot set, kinda, sorta, using a method of finding ratios which allows more variation in formula exponents, like z^3, z^4, and so on, instead of only z^2 as with the regular M-set. These are all created from the same Newton fractal parameter set, and vary by far in differences in the formula numerator.

Small changes can have a big effect! Double-click to macro-transscalify each image to full size!

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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, with proper attribution or a link back to the original source. Thank you!

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:

FD_QEO

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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…………………………..IAUPHhglX/2……..Y./………………y.2…wD
…Uz6….E0…./M.0/……E1…h0….E3…..YWrrTpwi4kD/……….h/dkpXm1.aNaN
z…..cD12../……….wz……………………………U0…..y1…sD…../..
.z1…sDZN.nB.GEUiHFm7zteXLzy0……….37bwbfCSxvHN4kQ1U22cv……….U……..
………….IYQmTiuspjDU…..Y2…………..sD.6….sD..G…………………
………….oAnAt1…sD….zw1…………………………………..H….k1.
…..Ksulz1…….kz.wzzz1.U..6.P….61…kF….m….c3….F….6/…I1…..SF52
…U.ydelyjeYFnzTeOgzf8No.6.nc..zzzz..EizccZWGyD6EdGkxmWcz1………..k.8.kXWF1.
.sM93P58iz9.MmnWK2zwz0………./EU0.wzzz1………..s/……………….E.2c..
zzzz………….0……………….2./8.kzzzD…………8………………..
/EU0.wzzz1……………………………..EeYh0U7EgU7zzVJft7.oQm2oszDaaNV.YXB
bYHzTB5Ji0k6Ukl6QsrO3a5.a.l0a.bTzief.M029M0lytrIL0U7EgU7MwbRIG8.a.l0akqTjKeZ.M02
9M0kzlIIu0U7EgU7…crIGJzzFoTuIdyzngi8qdxzZX.4rU…………………………..
E….6E.F2U/….I….Y….EE0x4SKBpLdBKNi31……………………………….
0………………..tMaNaNaNavjAnAnAnAnI.2……………….zD……..Uz1…..
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…………………E…..3….1….wJEh3aSdtqN0x4SHBJFm…………………..
.Qk0……………..oAnAnAnAH.E……..Uz1……..wz………………………
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{Titel: MB3d124}

Eukarion (MB3d45)

Mandelbulb3Dv18{
g…..N…Es….w….2….kzCtBst3P2.Hjv4sMdb70EsogYMtyv8zXgbExcFE2yz0IybmMazt.k
…………………………..h0uePi51M.2……..Y./………………y.2…wD
…Uz6….E0…./M.0/…..kC0…B0….E3…..AIWGhPTJooD/……….m/dkpXm1…..
z…..cD12../2EAamlYCS7qz.3iGZuelZzDV8werxVz5.A………..U0…..y1…sD…../..
.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.