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…








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.


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!


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

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Counterclockwise from top: Otis, Marshie, and Clarice