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Fractal Oddities

I'm not talking people. I mean the sort of, "Oh, isn't that interesting" type of image that otherwise might just get deleted.

Clouds can look like animals and a fractal can look like....

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...a chair.

You've probably already looked at the next picture and are reading this afterwards. That's what I always do when I'm "reading" a blog with illustrations.

This Chinese vase or ceramic container raises some interesting questions about fractals and artistic design.

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It's kind of freaky isn't it? It even has handles in the right place and a chinese-looking roof-lid on the top.

The bottom has this sort of snakey or scaly dragon-shaped leg and foot thing to it. The handles on the side near the top appear to have rings dangling from a dragon's mouth.

If you notice the reddish patches on the sides of the vase, they suggest the "object" is eight-…

Fractals in Space

Or, Mandelbrot Pilots and the Bubbleships from the Unknown.

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Forgive me for handing out weblinks and talking like a normal blog but variety can be a good thing and I stumbled on a really great blog/e-column/website yesterday.

I forget what it was...

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Just joking, Digital Rising is a fairly newish blog (5 posts but spread over several months) but looks to be a real goldmine for people interested in Digital Art in the context of other artforms.

I don't know much about the guy (Bruce Price) who writes it, but from looking at the material, he is a good artist (dedicated, talented) and also a good writer.

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I don't really need to say much more since this is the internet and you can click on the link and check it out for yourselves, but here's a few thoughts.

This is a guy who is excited about what computers can create. I'm talking here about…

What is Algorithmic Art?

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alien paintbrush

astounding collisions between machine and canvas

craters of creativity

untouched and untouchable

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the undrawable

without imagination, beyond imagination

the artist as theif

robot savant

the beauty of brainless thought

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a leak in the fourth dimension


cast iron canvas

masterpiece factory

diesel powered painter

computers with hands

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astonishing scratches

collected not made

portrait of the artist as a rivet

off the floor, onto the wall

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Jack's other beanstalk

new frames for new wine

artist as scavenger

digital new world

They ran off to Venus

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They ran off to Venus

looking for jobs,

I told them,

be realistic

what will you do?

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They eventually got there

sent a postcard back home

but left when the adventure

stopped being new.

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They made up a story

about getting sick

but I said,

you're a beachball,

you probably got kicked.


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Think of it as fractal froth. Something skimmed off and tossed. adj. 1. of no direct relevance; a by-product of mathematical calculation; a far-out domain, eg.(OE) "let's go to sudzy-ville".

In Xaos, the Barnsley formulas when done in Mandelbrot mode using squares in-coloring and the edge detection filter, would produce this shattered, fish-net sky that when zoomed into had all sorts of interesting currents and eddies of what is really not part of the fractal formula at all but is just something produced by the rendering method of the program, artificial and un-fractual and should have been rendered as empty space.

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I'm not really interested in fractals, I'm just looking around for interesting things.

What is a fractal? To me it's the seeds that grow into wild digital domains. Jack's digital beanstalk -and you get to keep the cow.

We came up here to ponder mathemati…

When hills are dreaming

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When hills are dreaming

the wind is still,

birds play by the river

and ants stop working.

Animals go underground

to watch the scenes

of drifting dreamery.

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Roots run

into dreams

and are told to stop.

We live down here, say the roots.

We're part of the dream.


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Between zero and infinity
is the zone
of tentacles

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With every iteration
fresh zeroes arrive
they climb the mountain
to the place of 1.000
then downward
and outward
to infinity
the other zero

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Iterate and bifurcate
the stalks and bubbles proliferate
on their way to zero

So far they come
such distance they go
arriving, departing
the place of 1.000

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Their life is a line
and each becomes a hero
on the mountain of 1.000
between zero and zero

Tierazon Radio

Why do so many fractal programs have hyphens and funky capitalization in their titles?

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Well, not in my blog they don't, not in Fractal Bean-StaLK. It means I have to look for the hyphen key when I'm typing and double-check the capitals. I'd like to overhaul spelling in the whole English language too.

Anyhow, I just love the waffle coloring setting (#2) in Tierazon 1.7. It's such a versatile pattern. It's not unlike the system of dots used to produce B&W newspaper photos and has similarly interesting effects when scaled.

I upped the Bay Factor settings in the fractal parameters from the default of 1 to 3. But really, isn't this radio thing here pretty freaky? Sometimes I think fractal formulas could be used to produce designs for real things.

The big change is from increasing the Stalks and Bubbles from 0.08 to 0.8. This is what made for the big round, expanded mesh thing at the back of the radio.

The filter…

Fractal Crash Scene

There's something intoxicating, I mean fascinating, about overwhelming force.

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I've always been curious about burning, blasting or crushing. I remember blowing up spray cans and burning up toys just for fun.

Or rolling loose boulders off a cliff or hitting some small object thing with a sledge hammer.

There was always a moment of excitement when you ran over to look at the outcome of those powerful forces; the collision, the crash scene.

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I remember back in university, one of my Geography professors said that he thought primitive people often started large forest fires or grass fires just for entertainment. So I guess it's a healthy, natural and expected thing --for a neanderthal.

I'm not talking about violent things that cause pain or suffering like earthquakes or bombings or tsunamis or car accidents. That's sick.

Meteor Crater in Arizona or New Mexico or somewhere in the Sou…

Tiera-Zon 2.7

Not all fractal programs do the same thing.

I'm not sure why I wrote this program off back in the summer of 2002 when I discovered fractals. I downloaded almost every freeware fractal program I could find.

I think now the reason I couldn't get interested in it was because it didn't make photo-realistic fractals like Sterlingware does.

I see now it was a phase I was going through; I thought photo-realism and 3D stuff was the apex of digital art. Now I appreciate more the abstract qualities of Tiera-Zon: shape, forms, lines, cut-outs, carve-outs.

Strangely enough, that's the sort of thing I've been pursuing with Sterlingware lately, and I'm surprised that the same author, Stephen Ferguson, made both programs because they seem so different.

Color seems more straightforward in Tiera-Zon. Tiera-Zon has a lot of formulas which combine with what seems like every rendering option possible.

I've only been using it for about three hours now; maybe I'll discover a f…

How Green was my Wasteland

While checking out the L-systems on Fractal ViZion, I re-visited another cool thing this program does.

"Random Landscapes -- 3D rendering using ray-traced mid-point displacement algorithm" That's how the author, Terry Gintz describes it in the help manual. (You can get a trial version of the program here.)

I'd probably say, "Random Wastelands -- Do the Sindbad thing and get dropped of by a Roc in the middle of nowhere."

The images are quite stylish with a vintage touch. They remind me of the opening credits to Sergio Leone's, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

I love the wastelands.

Nicest place I've ever lived was Arizona. Six months on the edge of Phoenix.

Notice I said "edge;" downtown Phoenix is something else.

Just out of the city to the northeast there was a nice "park." The closest thing to it back east would be a gravel pit overgrown with small trees.

Wasteland of wondrous waste and endless worthless wastes. Sun cracked golden …