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Fractal Stiltskin

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I failed grade 11 Math, but I did alright in the other stuff. It's funny because fractal formulas seem to be more about the other stuff than Math.

The trigonometry means nothing. Give the program a poem and it draws a picture.

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They've always wanted to do this. For centuries mathematics dreamed of the theater, the stage and the circus.

Who spotted the hidden talent of math? Who saw them trying to dig under the fencing of their cage and let them out?

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Bored with rocket science, math wanted to join the circus, or just run through the world.

Straw into gold. What else describes the transmutation of grey numbers into dreamlike fractal worlds?

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Anyone can do it. That's strange, because up to a few years ago no one could. Artists copy, but fractals create.

Exponents are the exclamation…

What is art for?

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I used to have an answer for that. But just as it says in the old saying, "The more you know, the less you know" I know a lot more about art now and I feel my answers have become inadequate.

Art is for the enjoyment of beauty. Art is the enjoyment of beauty. Therefore the purpose of artists is to add to the worldwide, pan-historic collection of beautiful stuff.

But it's not that simple. I see on the internet and elsewhere a great interest or passion for making artwork that isn't necessarily worthy of being included in the Louvre, and was never intended to be.

What is that art for?

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I also sense that there are many people who enjoy making artwork that seems to have little appeal to the majority of people around them and yet this rejection or indifference doesn't discourage them one bit.

Why are they making such bohemian things?

I don't know. All I do know, or rather, …

Fractal Plates

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Behold, the Fractal Plates.

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Gentlemen, the Plates are among us.

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Truly, these are the Plates of legend.

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I fear for the plates. Is it safe?

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What hath man wrought?

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Who am I to approach these plates?

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Why do they ridicule these objets d'art?

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Yea, the Plates shall defend themselves and reveal the baselessness of these accusations.

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(sung to the tune of The Beverly Hillbillies theme)
"Binary clay, Fractal fire
With machines like these
We can all retire"

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He laughed until,

...a door in his head opened and a signal shot out, relayed by satellite to all his friends.

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I don't know why, but this image just says, "Poster" to me.

I used to scrounge images off the internet to make seamless tiles using a kaliedoscope filter. I began to realize that the best kaliedoscope images came from any kind of image that had an interesting color scheme.

I focused on vintage posters because they were non-photographic and made a great source of color blocks and lines.

Many of them were advertizements, meant to be glued to walls or hung up in businesses. It was an advertising format that, while still around, particularly in travel agencies, is not so common today.

Anyhow, this image reminds me of some of them; bright, simplistic, but artistically interesting enough that people will keep them on display for decorative reasons and thereby broadcast the message of the advertisers.

Who knows what the final impression will b…

I am forever falling apart

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Although Inkblot Kaos allows you to render your own formulas, you can't make your own filters and can only choose from the built-in ones.

I've only found one that seem to work well, the first Stalks one. So I was pleasantly surprised when I made this images using the dual bubbles filter, number 11.

As is often the case with fractals, you can't make any assumptions. This filter didn't look too good when I first switched from the first Stalks one.

Upon lowering the iterations it started to show some promise and finally I got down to only 15 from the default of 128.

Strangely enough, the next image is the same dual bubbles filter but at 128 iterations.

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So, you never can tell what will work. It's an exciting mix of hit and miss.

One of the advantages of lowering the iterations is the image is generated much quicker. This can be very important when using a "parser" or &…

Victorian Florian Fractals

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For those of you who have just joined us, the blog is now anchored off Inkblot Kaos Island.

Old maps and rumours brought me here. As Long John Silver often said, "You'll only find dirt, diggin' where others have dug!"

Which for me raises a question, "Why after all these years, should fractal programs like Sterlingware, Xaos and now, Inkblot Kaos remain so relatively untouched that someone like me can find treasure after only an hour of coming ashore?"

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While fractal software has reached a state of advanced development, I think the artform is still in its frontier days or dark ages (frontier sounds more upbeat).

We ought to be driving down paved roads and looking at street signs and billboards, but instead we are more like conquistadors stumbling on cities of gold or explorers eating strange fruit.

I was reading some very enlightening information on the technical aspects of …

Mandel on a stick

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The Evil that Fractals do

Attack of the Fractal Cannibals

I Escaped from Fractal Island

Your head here. $20

Zor-tar: Fractal Warlord

Fractal Chainsaw Massacre

Boyunga, Terror of the Orbit-Trap

Ribs to Go: $10.99 (weekdays)


I should have been an empty husk, impaled on a thousand thorns.

Glowbar -the shield that shook the nations!

When I look at the trees, I see the wind

Trouble, trouble, trouble, to all on the earth, because of the other voices of the horns of the three angels, whose sounding is still to come

Freak me green

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That's what I said when I made this in Inkblot Kaos 2.9.

It's another program I'm rediscovering, just like Tierazon.

Written by Stephen Ferguson, who wrote Sterlingware and Tierazon and also the java applet that made the green flowery thing up in the top left corner of this page.

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Inkblot Kaos can be downloaded from the same place as Sterlingware and Tierazon as part of the same miniscule admission price of $25 USD.

What caught my eye was the coloring style. It's just very easy to make interesting color with this program.

There's not too many formulas, but it has a formula editor just like Tierazon (infact I think it's the same one).

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I got a real thrill out of making my own formulas. It just opens up a whole new dimension to fractals. I got an even bigger thrill when I found a bunch of formulas on the internet written by someo…

Is there pain in radio waves?

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Is there pain in radio waves?
or somewhere,
suffering in silence,
between the woven wires
a place of hurt?

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Who can say
that there is no range like the Andes?
a sanctuary,
electronic oasis
where the troubled
come and wonder
beneath the woven roof of sky.

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Or is it some savage sea
rising and falling?
where the shipwrecked and the separated
gather together
awaiting the wave
that will transmit them home.

Dot World

A new neighbourhood in Sudzy-ville.

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I like mechanical looking stuff. The punched-out, assembly line patterns that foliate our modern living lands.

What makes these bubble balls even more interesting is their mirage-like nature. Zoom in and the interesting sea of dots doesn't look closer, it rearranges itself.

Even changing the size of the image window causes a near complete change of thing you were looking at.

Just to prove to myself that I'm not losing my mind, I saved the same image twice. The one above is not anti-aliased and the one below is. That's the only difference.

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Normally, anti-aliasing just smoothes everything, especially curved structures which tend to be rendered as jaggy, stair stepped, shapes in our squared-off digital medium.

Fiddling with the "Bay Factor" value in the fractal parameter dialog helps to adjust the density of the dots and the size. So does ad…

Land without music

Some things are everywhere
like drawing and carving
folktales and pottery

There is ground
there is sky
over here
and over there

If I went far away
and said to the people I met:
With my finger
I make a picture
in the sand
They would smile
and say,
we do that too

Fire and make-up
is like air and water
in the places of the world

But there is a land
without music,
where sound is scoured
and pale

Though seeds are planted
and singers arrive
their songs shrivel on the shore
and music will not grow

It has been a long time now
and still they say
draw us a picture
of this "music"

Fractal Orbits

Once in a while I like to walk up a tall hillside, sit down and reflect on what I see.

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Something that has puzzled me lately is the fractal art contest with Benoit Mandelbrot in Spain. It's a great thing for the genre of Fractal Art, but it just isn't my thing and I keep wondering why.

For starters, I wouldn't even have heard about it if it wasn't for an email from a friend about another fractal project. Why did something so big and bright not appear on my horizon?

Submissions to the contest ended May 1st. I never even thought of submitting anything. The required dimensions of the submissions seemed foreign and distant to me.

I've never made images that big even for the purpose of anti-aliasing. I'm not even sure if the programs I use will allow such sizes. I didn't even try to find out, either.

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If that is Fractal Art, then what am I making? What does that mak…


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In Sergio Leone's masterpiece, The Good The Bad and the Ugly, Eli Walach (aka Tuco, the Rat) says to Clint Eastwood, "There are two kinds of spurs in this world, my friend. Those that come in through the door, and those that come in throught the window!"

Well, there are two kinds of website people. Those who are satisfied with a design that works and those who want to keep revising it.

I'm of the latter kind, if you know what "latter" refers to. I'm trying to become like the former and concentrate on the content rather than the way it's displayed.

A few days ago I went back and read some of my archives saved from when I still had the standard two column blog format. That looks better, I thought.

Of course that's exactly the opposite of what I thought when I switched to the current one column format.

I don't know why, but the two column thing just seemed more energetic and inspiring and function…

Spring in fractal land

Time for a drive in the country...

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Next to the joy of seeing some really exotic insect fluttering around a light bulb outside on a summer's evening, is the thrill of checking out the crushed bugs on the car's radiator grill after a long drive.

That's the first thing that hit me (no pun intended) when I saw this poor mandelbrot beetle on the radiator of my fractal truck.

In the same way as the Amazon rainforest has been invaded with logging trucks and the crude ways of industry, so to has fractal land fallen beneath the crushing tires of greedy souvenier hounds and well meaning people like myself.

Let me tell you about the creature that came to dinner one night in Trinidad, down in the Caribbean.

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We were visiting the grandmother of my wife's friend down in the southern, rural part of the island. The house was at the top of a forested hill. It was dark now and we were eating in an ups…